Anyone interested in earning a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) in the state of Nevada has two on-campus options that they can consider – Touro University and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Given that Nevada is a large state, many residents may not live within commuting distance to one of these universities. Thankfully, in these cases, there are also online hybrid options that allow students to attend class without relocating. For some students, both online and on campus programs may have some appeal, making it hard to decide which programs to apply to or attend. This guide will help you sift through your options so that you can choose the best DPT program for you.

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Online DPT Programs vs On Campus Programs in Nevada

When considering options for DPT programs, addressing and scheduling constraints that you may have is a good place to start. If it would be impossible for you to attend class at night, for example, you would not want to enroll in a program that offers many of its classes after business hours. As mentioned before, the commute is an important consideration as well. Even if commuting to campus is possible, how will the loss of time spent commuting affect your day and your stress level? If fitting an on campus program into your life is starting to seem like a challenge, you may want to think about an online DPT program.

Last Updated 11/8/2021

Online DPT Programs in Nevada

Any DPT program that is currently being offered in an online format is considered to be a hybrid program. While the class for these programs is attended mainly online, there is some lab work and skills learning that students do need to report to campus for with any of these programs. Some things in the physical therapy field can not yet be adequately taught over the internet. These campus visits are infrequent, but are important to think about if getting to and from campus for these learning sessions is a deal breaker for you. If it is not, you will be able to benefit from the flexibility that comes with completing most of your studies online!

Online courses are either delivered synchronously or asynchronously. Synchronous learning is anything that is completed live – because of the live nature students must log in at a specific time to attend class. Asynchronous learning is anything that is not completed live, such as a pre recorded lecture. While some programs may utilize both forms of learning, each kind supports a different set of needs. Synchronous learning allows students to collaborate and discuss during class and may create a more engaging experience that is more similar to the traditional classroom. Asynchronous learning accommodates the busiest of students so that they can attend class when they are best able to and complete their degrees.

Any DPT program will require clinical placement completion, as students need real world experience in order to become certified as physical therapists. In the case of an online program, you may be able to complete your placements locally. Talk with the programs you are interested in to determine how they can assist you in securing placement sites local to your home.

On Campus DPT Programs in Nevada

If you have already earned your bachelor’s degree, you are likely familiar with the concept of on campus learning. Students enrolled in campus programs report to campus to go to class, take exams, and earn credits towards their degree. For on campus DPT programs, clinical placements are typically completed off campus but at a clinical placement site in the region surrounding the university.

How Long do Nevada DPT Programs Take to Complete?

Earning a DPT degree often takes between two and a half and three years to complete. Some programs may take more or less time. Program websites will typically break down curriculums and time to completion for programs.

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

Typical Hybrid DPT Programs Available to Nevada Students

The following hybrid Doctor of Physical Therapy programs are available to students in Nevada.

School NameTypeLive ClassesOn-Campus RequirementsTime to Complete
Allen CollegeHybridSomeTwice per term3 years
Arcadia University (Sponsored)HybridYesUnspecified2 years
Baylor University HybridSomeTwice per semester2 years
Nova Southeastern University HybridSomeEvery 4th week4 years
South College HybridNoQuarterly2 years
Tufts UniversityHybridSomeEight visits2 years
University of Southern California (Sponsored)HybridYesUp to twice per semester3 years
University of St. Augustine HybridSomeTwice per month4 years

On Campus DPT Programs in Nevada

The following DPT programs can be found on Nevada campuses:

ProgramCityTime to CompleteGPA Requirement
Touro UniversityHenderson3 years2.75
University of Nevada, Las VegasLas Vegas3 years3.0

General Tips on How to Become a Physical Therapist in Nevada

To become a physical therapist in Nevada, here are some common steps:

  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 likely need to get approval from both the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) and the state of Nevada.
  3. Get Licensed – You may want to make sure your NPTE score is set up to be transferred to the Nevada Physical Therapy Board 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 Nevada’s state board for exact requirements.