Doctor of Physical Therapy

An accelerated and innovative program that will prepare you to be an excellent healthcare professional. You can study from anywhere in the country without having to relocate.


Finish your doctoral degree in physical therapy in just two years.


An evidence-based DPT curriculum, blending faculty expertise, interprofessional education, and clinical education training.

Hybrid Format

Online learning in an engaging virtual classroom with 10 trips to the beautiful Tufts University campus.

Become an expert in the human movement system as a Doctor of Physical Therapy

What to expect from the Tufts University School of Medicine’s innovative hybrid DPT program.

Year One

Through innovative educational and learning experiences, the clinical education curriculum advances the program’s goals of developing future Doctors of Physical Therapy that 1) are career-focused; 2) demonstrate mindful practice and interprofessional skills competencies to positively impact the human experience; and 3) demonstrate a commitment to critical inquiry and excellence in both academic and clinical preparation, consistent with the professional scope of physical therapy practice.

Year Two

Integrated clinical education experiences provide students the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills gained in year one to clinical situations under the direct supervision and guidance of experienced physical therapist clinicians. In clinical learning environments, students actively develop safe and effective skills in all aspects of patient care, while enhancing the ability to work as an integral part of the interprofessional healthcare team. We provide high-quality clinical education with placements all over the country and in a wide variety of settings to meet students' post-professional goals.

Admissions Requirements

Bachelor's Degree

Minimum 3.0 GPA from an accredited institution in the U.S., showing evidence of prerequisite coursework completed within the previous 10 years. Tufts University DPT program is accepting prerequisite courses with a pass/fail grade only for the spring and summer semesters of 2020. Courses graded as pass/fail are otherwise not counted towards completion of prerequisite courses.

GRE Exam

GRE within 5 years of the admissions cycle year. No minimum score has been established. Applicants are encouraged to have overall GRE scores above the 50th percentile. The GRE is required even if an applicant holds a previous master's or doctoral degree. ETS has created and launched the online GRE test that prospective applicants can complete remotely. We encourage all applicants who have not yet completed the GRE to visit the ETS website for additional information.

English Proficiency

Demonstrated either through evidence of enrollment for two or more years (four or more semesters) at a U.S. degree-granting college or university or through TOEFL or IELTS exam scores.*

Pursue Your Doctorate

Please fill out the form to contact our Tufts DPT admissions team. Get your questions answered and learn more about this exciting hybrid and accelerated DPT program within Tufts University School of Medicine.

Next Cohort Starts January 2021 | Applications Due November 2, 2020

Contact Information

* Incoming students must provide evidence of enrollment for two or more years (four or more semesters) in a degree-granting college or university located in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand; the TOEFL is required if English is not the candidate's first language or the candidate has a non-U.S. academic degree. Minimum TOEFL score required = 100 IBT; the IELTS is an alternative option for applicants to demonstrate English language proficiency when applying to the DPT program. Minimum IELTS score required = 7.0.

Accreditation Information: Graduation from a physical therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone; 703-706-3245; is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.

Effective May 12, 2020, the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Tufts University has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 617-636-3593 or email

Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates the program is progressing toward accreditation and may matriculate students in technical/professional courses. Candidate for Accreditation is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation.

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