The Physical Therapy Program is an entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree program, accredited by the APTA’s Commission on Accreditation in Education and prepares students for the professional licensure examination. The curriculum emphasizes clinical and professional skills through a three-year graduate level study of didactic coursework, faculty-guided evidence-based critical inquiry projects, and mentored clinical internships.
The Physical Therapy Department is currently housed within the Independence Square Building on Route 138 on the west end of campus. The close proximity of the Department to the University Physical Therapy Clinic and other agencies and groups in the Independence Square Building is unique, and encourages collaboration in service, research and instruction.
The faculty and staff of the Physical Therapy Department believe:
The Physical Therapy faculty is dedicated to graduating doctors of physical therapy competent in providing physical therapy to a variety of patient/client populations in Rhode Island and nationwide; who value the need for and use of evidence in practice; who are committed to professional development through life-long learning; and are active contributors to their professional and social communities. The faculty aspires to advance the theory and practice of physical therapy and provide service to the University, State, and Nation, through works that promote the profession, interacting communities and related disciplines.
The Program is highly selective and seeks candidates who exhibit a combination of success in the sciences, a broad understanding of physical therapy practice, dedication to their community, and potential for success in the Program. The curriculum is designed to challenge students toward excellence in clinical practice, professional behavior, and service.
The Program is fully accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). Accreditation by CAPTE is a statement that a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant education program meets the standards for quality set by the profession in areas including educational experiences, faculty, resources and student outcomes. Graduation from a CAPTE-accredited program is required for eligibility to take the national licensing exam. The University of Rhode Island has consistently been awarded the maximal accreditation level.
Comments about the URI PT Program can be mailed to the American Physical Therapy Association, Attention: Accreditation Department, 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-1488; Fax: 703-684-7343; or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clinical education occurs throughout the duration of the Physical Therapy Program. Throughout the first 2 years of coursework, part-time integrated clinical experiences occur at local sites designed for students to practice basic skills as they learn. Three, full-time, 12-week clinical internships take place in the 3rd year, designed for students to learn and practice the patient /client management of physical therapy in a variety of practice settings. Placement settings include: acute care, rehabilitation, orthopedics, sports, pediatrics, geriatrics and women’s health. Sites are concentrated in the Rhode Island and New England areas, but sites have been established at over 300 locations across the United States.
A major goal of the Physical Therapy Program is to develop and maintain positive working experiences with clinical internship sites. The Program is selective with internship sites, seeking to maximize clinical mentoring of students. This attention helps to produce consistency and adherence to high standards in assuring quality learning experiences for students.
The Physical Therapy Department at URI participates in the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS). Applicants for the 2014 entering class can apply online using the PTCAS Web application, beginning in July 2013. To learn more about the PTCAS application process, please visit www.ptcas.org.
Interviews for the 2014 entering class will be held on January 3 and 4, 2014. Interviews are by invitation only.