Entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy
FAST FACTS: Doctor of Physical Therapy
- High clinical and patient interaction. On-campus physical therapy clinic. Program includes internships and clinical experiences
- 98% licensure exam pass rate. 1st time 93%, overall 98% (3-year average)
- On ground program in Duluth
- Full-time day program of 108-credits; takes 33 months to complete
- Competitively priced program
Help patients recover from illness and injury
Physical therapists help people of all ages, from infants to the elderly, recover from disease and injury. By helping patients increase their mobility and return to their everyday activities, physical therapists contribute directly to their patients' quality of life.
A unique program. A unique education.
The physical therapy program is a post-baccalaurate Doctor of Physical Therapy program. We strive to graduate PTs who are professional, experienced, and ready for clinical practice.
- Faculty members are experienced clinical practitioners. Clinical specialist certifications include orthopedics, geriatrics and pediatrics
- Focused on professional development
- Hands-on learning, including an on-campus, student-run PT clinic and clinical internship requirements
- Specialized facilities including a motor behavior laboratory and a cadaver lab
Excellent preparation for a great career
Our entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy Program is a 4+3 model of education. Prerequisite years contain coursework necessary for admission to the program and completion of general education requirements. Once admitted into the program, students take all courses at the graduate level. During the first year, students gain knowledge of the profession and begin fundamental skill acquisition. During the second and third years, students continue to acquire application skills along with proficiency in critical inquiry necessary for knowledge advancement in physical therapy.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for physical therapists is expected to grow by 39% between 2010 and 2020. This is well above average and represents an opportunity for those looking to enter the profession.
- St. Scholastica's DPT program has a 100% job placement rate over the last 3 years
- Median annual salary is $76,310
- Work in variety of settings, including hospitals, clinics, nursing care facilities, outpatient care centers, private practice, rehab centers, home healthcare agencies, academic and research settings and more
Students graduating from this program are eligible to take the physical therapy licensure exam. Successful completion of the exam is required for licensure in all states. Requirements for taking the exam vary by state. Application for the national exam and licensing are separate and occur after successful completion of the program.
The mission of the entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy program at The College of St. Scholastica is the education of front-line physical therapy providers who are prepared to meet the diverse health care needs of society, including rural communities and underserved populations, through practice, education, and administration. Program graduates are committed to interprofessional collaboration and are recognized as leaders in the provision of evidence based practice that is compassionate, ethical, and legal. Program graduates adapt to and implement change that benefits their community and the profession.
The Entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at The College of St. Scholastica is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: email@example.com; website: http://www.capteonline.org.