Northern Arizona University is expanding its Doctor of Physical Therapy program to include a competency-based, hybrid option for students to learn primarily online with some travel to campus for in-person immersive learning experiences.
The hybrid Doctor of Physical Therapy program is now accepting applications and is expected to launch January 2024, pending approval from the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. Those interested in applying should visit the NAU Hybrid Doctor of Physical Therapy website.
Currently, NAU offers the residential Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program at its Flagstaff campus and at the Phoenix Bioscience Core (PBC).
“It’s an exciting time for NAU Physical Therapy,” said Matthew Ford, chair of the Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training. “The new hybrid Doctor of Physical Therapy program marks an important expansion as NAU continues its focus to meet health care worker shortages in Arizona and nationwide head-on by making educational opportunities more accessible.”
There are very few competency-based, hybrid Doctor of Physical Therapy programs available for students considering a career in physical therapy, but they are increasing in demand and offer a much-needed educational option.
The program will offer most of the didactic portion of the curriculum online, augmented by in-person weeklong immersion experiences at key-points in the curriculum.
NAU is dedicated to making education more accessible and this competency-based, Hybrid Doctor of Physical Therapy program allows for greater participation from those who choose to stay in their communities while pursuing their Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Learn more about the hybrid Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at nau.edu/pt.