Aspiring Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) students in Vermont have one on campus option to consider – the University of Vermont in Burlington. Fortunately, there are also hybrid online DPT programs that Vermonters can apply to so that they can get a quality education without having to move. These flexible options are not only good for when there is no nearby campus, they are also convenient ways to earn a degree as they cut commute time and allow you to attend class right from your computer. This guide will help you understand what your choices are so that you can identify the programs that will best serve you.
Online DPT Programs vs On Campus Programs in Vermont
As you start looking at DPT programs, considering your schedule is a good place to start. Look for programs that tend to hold class at times that are convenient for you, particularly if there are times when you will not be able to attend class. If your schedule tends to change by the week, look at online DPT programs that allow you to learn on your own time.
Last Updated 7/28/2022
Online DPT Programs in Vermont
Currently, if a DPT program with online coursework Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) accredited, it is a hybrid program. The current online offerings will occasionally require you to report to campus for some hands-on learning components. At this time there are certain things that can not sufficiently be taught online. Look into how frequently you would need to report to campus to attend the programs you are interested in. Even though campus trips are required, they are infrequent and do not take away from the fact that completing courses at home brings a good deal of flexibility into student lives.
Online courses are typically delivered in one of the following ways or a blend of both:
- Synchronously (in real time)
- Asynchronously (at the convenience of the student)
Again, your learning style and schedule may dictate which delivery format you prefer. If you learn best when attending class in real time, asking questions and participating in discussions, you may gravitate towards a synchronous program. If you are too busy to attend class at the same time every week an asynchronous program would afford you the opportunity to learn on your own time.
In addition to coursework, DPT students must also complete real world experience in the form of fieldwork. Since this experience is real life, it cannot be completed online, but with online programs you can typically be placed at a clinical site local to you. Check with the programs you are interested in to see how they can assist you in securing placement sites.
On Campus DPT Programs in Vermont
With on campus programs, students go to class on campus for lectures, exams, and more. Fieldwork is completed locally.
How Long Do Vermont DPT Programs Take to Complete?
Two and a half to three years is the typical length of time needed to complete a DPT program, though timing could be shorter or longer and you should verify with the programs you are interested in what the specific lengths and structures are.
You can see the specific program lengths for all Vermont on campus and online DPT programs in the tables below.
Typical Hybrid DPT Programs Available to Vermont Students
The following hybrid Doctor of Physical Therapy programs are available to students in Vermont.
|School Name||Type||Live Classes||On-Campus Requirements||Time to Complete|
|Allen College||Hybrid||Some||Twice per term||3 years|
|Arcadia University (Sponsored)||Hybrid||Yes||Unspecified||2 years|
|Baylor University||Hybrid||Some||Twice per semester||2 years|
|Nova Southeastern University||Hybrid||Some||Every 4th week||4 years|
|South College||Hybrid||No||Quarterly||2 years|
|Tufts University||Hybrid||Some||Eight visits||2 years|
|University of Southern California (Sponsored)||Hybrid||Yes||Up to twice per semester||3 years|
|University of St. Augustine||Hybrid||Some||Twice per month||4 years|
On Campus DPT Programs in Vermont
The following DPT programs can be found on Vermont campuses:
|Program||City||Time to Complete||GPA Requirement|
|University of Vermont||Burlington||2.5 years||3.0|
General Tips on How to Become a Physical Therapist in Vermont
- 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.
- 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 Vermont.
- Get Licensed – You may want to make sure your NPTE score is set up to be transferred to the state organization governing PTs 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 the Vermont Office of Professional Regulation for exact requirements.