Written By Gregory Fischbach

August 16, 2022
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The inaugural DPT program cohort at Aloha Tower Marketplace.

The inaugural DPT program cohort at Aloha Tower Marketplace..

HPU’s inaugural cohort of Doctoral of Physical Therapy (DPT) students arrived on campus on Sunday, August 14, to begin their in-person lab experience after completing six weeks of online education. The lab experience will take place in the newly constructed 10,000 square-foot Center for Graduate Health Sciences in building six of Waterfront Plaza. Over 100 students will be studying on campus for two weeks, engaging in interactive, hands-on lab immersion sessions.   

“The DPT faculty and staff have been preparing for this moment and are delighted to finally have our very first cohort together in our brand new lab space,” said HPU DPT Program Director and Associate Professor Tricia Catalino, PT, DSc. “Seeing our students practicing the skills they will use with their future patients and clients is very fulfilling. The DPT Program is committed to meeting the physical therapy needs in the community, which is why it is so important for us to provide this educational experience here in Hawaiʻi.”

 Kumu Ramsay Taum blesses the Center for Graduate Health Sciences.

Kumu Ramsay Taum blesses the Center for Graduate Health Sciences..

The DPT program at HPU is the first and only program in Hawaiʻi. This two-year program utilizes hybrid course delivery with most of the education completed online, allowing students to live and study anywhere.   

Students will participate in 32 weeks of collaborative clinical education experiences and will complete their degrees a full year earlier than most DPT programs.   

“We are excited to offer advanced physical therapy education to the people of Hawaiʻi, the Pacific, and beyond,” said HPU Senior Vice President and Provost Jennifer Walsh, Ph.D. “HPU’s vision is to provide our students with innovative programming for market-ready education.” 

On August 12, 2022, Kumu Ramsay Taum blessed the Center for Graduate Health Sciences, the new home of the DPT, physician assistant, and occupational therapy programs.

To apply, or learn more about the DPT program at HPU click here.

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