Considerations for Developing a Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

Topics: Capacity Planning, Academic Planning, Academic Affairs, Health Care Programs, Program Market Research, Organizational Structures, Program Costs, Clinical Faculty, Faculty Affairs, Strategic Planning

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Summary

Despite rapid growth in demand for physical therapy education, doctor of physical therapy (DPT) programs have generally struggled to expand enrollment because of capacity constraints. This report explores the constraints on program development posed by clinical education, faculty availability, and physical space, and it identifies strategies to maximize these limiting resources. It also addresses application trends, price points, and interprofessional education.

Research Questions

  • What factors shape demand for doctor of physical therapy (DPT) programs?
  • Given capacity constraints, how do program administrators maximize scarce resources such as clinical placements, faculty, and space?
  • What related health professions programs create efficiencies when housed together with DPT programs?