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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 St., Alexandria, VA 22314; telephone: (703) 706-3245; email:; website:

Entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

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FAST FACTS: Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

Tuition: $838/credit*

* Tuition rates are for the 2017-18 academic year. Additional fees and costs for course materials may apply. Total program cost and completion time varies depending on transfer credits and individual program plans. Tuition rates are subject to change.

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-baccalaureate Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) 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 (DPT) 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.

Career opportunities

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for physical therapists is expected to grow by 39 percent 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 percent job placement rate over the past three 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.

Mission statement

The mission of the entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) 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 Health Science Center at BlueStone: A beautiful new place to learn

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program is located in the new Health Science Center located in the BlueStone development about 1 mile from the Duluth main campus. BlueStone is a vibrant new retail and housing development featuring BlueStone Lofts and BlueStone Flats, premium on-site housing options for students. The Health Science Center includes state-of-the-art labs and classroom space, as well as study and lounge areas. It also features maurices Community Clinic, an interdisciplinary clinic where students receive supervised hands-on experience working with uninsured or underinsured individuals.

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    • Alyssa Baltes, DPT, '13

      "I feel confident in my knowledge base that was given at St. Scholastica, as well as incredibly supported by faculty and staff that I remain in contact with. When I told them about my desire to move overseas to Uganda, they helped me network, fundraise and provide encouragement during my transition."

      – Alyssa Baltes, DPT, '13

    • Jeff Lahti, Director of Physical Therapy at Viverant

      "CSS was the perfect environment for me to get the most out of where I was at in life. To this day, my experience there has really helped me mature as a professional, a father and a husband, and I’m very thankful for that."

      – Jeff Lahti, Director of Physical Therapy at Viverant



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The Convenience of Bluestone

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The DTA has added a convenient new bus stop to serve this area. It will be part of the route that covers UMD, St. Scholastica, Boulder Ridge, Summit Ridge and Campus Park during the school year.