DPT Programs in Colorado

There are two on campus DPT programs offered in the state of Colorado – at Regis University and the University of Colorado. Luckily, these limited in state options are supplemented by the fact that some universities across the country offer the opportunity to complete a DPT degree online, with fewer on campus requirements. Here is what to look at when considering your options.

Arcadia University

College of Health Sciences


Doctor of Physical Therapy

Earn your DPT from a hybrid program. Experience on-campus immersions and apply skills learned online to patients in person. Complete the program in 25 months. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree but do not need to submit GRE test scores for admission.

  • Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) 
  • Complete in 25 months  
  • 32 weeks of in-person experience

University of Southern California (USC)

USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy


Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

With USC’s Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy, aspiring physical therapists can earn a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in an innovative hybrid format. Bachelor’s required.

  • Full-time, three-year program 
  • 44 weeks of rich, varied clinical experiences 
  • Regular visits to USC for on-campus, skill-building immersions


On-Campus Programs vs Online DPT Programs in Colorado

There are various pros and cons to online and on-campus DPT programs, the best way to determine what matters most is to look at your own needs and learning styles. Need a program that allows you to squeeze coursework into pockets of free time? An asynchronous online program may be for you. Need a classroom environment to rid yourself of distractions? You might learn best with an on campus program.

Last Updated: 1/25/21

Online DPT Programs

When it comes to online offerings for your Doctor of Physical Therapy degree – options are going to be exclusively hybrid programs. This is because there are some things that you need to learn that cannot currently be taught online. So, you have your choice of programs that offer coursework online and then require you to come to campus at varying frequencies for lab/hands on components. Additionally, you will need to complete clinical placements, but programs will often be able to place you at a site near your home (always check first). Despite the necessary campus trips, hybrid options are still a great way to add flexibility to your schedule through the convenience of completing your coursework right at home.

Online DPT programs are delivered in two main ways, sometimes in combination:

  • Synchronous – anything conducted live, where all students learn together in a specific time
  • Asynchronous – anything not conducted at a specific time, students learn on their own time

Always reach out to a program directly for the best understanding of how their program is delivered, they do not always make it obvious!

On Campus DPT Programs

On campus learning requires frequent trips to campus to attend class. Labs and hands on coursework requirements are also completed on campus. Clinical placements are typically completed near the university at clinical placement sites.

How Long do Colorado DPT Programs Take to Complete?

Expect to find out that the DPT programs you are interested in will take two and a half to three years to complete, though this is not a definitive rule. Hybrid offerings can vary greatly in length, from shorter to longer than a typical DPT program.

You can see the specific program lengths for Colorado on campus and online DPT programs in the tables below.

Typical Hybrid DPT Programs Available to Colorado Students

The following are examples of hybrid Doctor of Physical Therapy programs. Be sure to check with the school to see if they are authorized to operate in your state.

On Campus DPT Programs in Colorado

The following DPT programs have Colorado campuses.

General Tips on How to Become a Physical Therapist in Colorado

To become a physical therapist in Colorado, here are some common steps. Be sure to check with the state licensing agency for specific state requirements:

  1. Earn your Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree – Consider looking for physical therapy programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) which may help you ensure you meet certification requirements in the future.
  2. Pass the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) – To do this, you will need to get approval from both the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) and the state of Colorado.
  3. Get Licensed – Make sure your NPTE score is set up to be transferred to the Colorado Division of Professions and Occupations so that the state can issue your certification once you pass and check with the board to make sure you meet any additional requirements for licensure. This is a high-level overview, make sure to check out Colorado’s state board for exact requirements.