Department of Physiotherapy

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

Course Description

The demand for physical therapists is expected to grow nationally by 28%1 between 2016 and 2026,1 much faster than the average for all occupations. As baby boomers age, they are staying active longer and the need for physical therapy professionals with a DPT degree has accelerated.

With that in mind, Dale Kietzman academy  has created a student-centric, three-year doctor of physical therapy program dedicated to developing proficient physical therapists poised to fill this emerging demand.

Leveraging innovative learning strategies, Dale Kietzman Academy’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program places experience and collaboration at the cornerstone of student achievement.

Learning Outcomes

  • Ongoing Experiential Education—classroom theory comes alive with a progression of dynamic clinical experiences. At approved clinical sites and in simulated training, DPT degree students work with and under the supervision of experienced clinicians. Three end-of-program clinical internships will help students develop skills learned in the classroom and lab and establish the self-confidence graduates will need as they begin their careers.
  • A variety of clinical internship opportunities—Doctor of Physical Therapy program students will have a total of 51 weeks of full-time clinical internships during the academic program at DKA. These will take place in a minimum of three different practice settings to ensure that students are prepared to be a general practitioner at graduation and equipped to work in a range of clinical settings. DKA has clinical agreements nationwide and students will be required to complete at least one clinical education experience outside of the Los Angeles metropolitan area. Expenses related to the clinical education experience such as housing and other living expenses, are the responsibility of the student.
  • Student-focused approach—DKA helps prepare graduates to practice physical therapy with both compassion and competence, while reinforcing essential, evidence-based skills.



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