Admissions Office
The College of St. Scholastica
1200 Kenwood Avenue
Duluth, MN 55811
(218) 723-6046
(800) 249-6412
TTY/TDD: (218) 723-6790

Sandy Marden-Lokken, PT, Ed.D.
Interim Department Chair
Science Center, Room 3125K
(218) 723-6090

Physical Therapy (4 + 3 Doctorate)

Fast Facts: Physical Therapy (4 + 3 Doctorate)

  • Undergraduate students can take part in St. Scholastica's "4-plus-3-DPT" program, where students earn their four-year degree, then apply to the three-year Doctor of Physical Therapy program. See program requirements section for application criteria. 
  • Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).
  • Numerous hands-on learning opportunities include a physical therapy clinic on campus and required off-campus clinical experiences and internships that prepare students for the professional workplace.
  • Faculty are experienced clinical practitioners  including certified specialists in geriatrics, orthopedics and pediatrics 
  • One hundred percent of all program graduates are successful in finding jobs.

Program Requirements

Doctor of Physical Therapy applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered for admission:

  • A bachelor’s degree, including the required prerequisite courses and GPA
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • At least 60 observation hours within two physical therapy settings
  • Completion of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

Applications are submitted through the Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service. The application cycle begins on July 15 each year. All applications must be submitted by the Oct. 1 deadline for entrance to the class beginning the following summer. Admission to this program is based primarily upon a student’s academic record, personal interviews, scores attained on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) as well as reasons cited for wanting to enter the profession.


The St. Scholastica Physical Therapy program has contracts with more than 350 clinical sites throughout the United States. During clinical, students gain rehabilitation experience in outpatient, inpatient and rural PT settings. Because of such intensive hands-on learning, students who complete this Doctor of Physical Therapy program are very well prepared to meet the therapeutic needs of whomever they serve.


The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that between 2010 and 2020, physical therapist employment will increase by 39 percent. Not only is demand high for physical therapists, salaries are too. The median annual salary for an entry level PT position is about $76,000. Additionally, physical therapists can find employment in so many venues:  hospitals, clinics, nursing care facilities, outpatient care centers, private practice settings, rehab centers, home healthcare agencies, and academic and research settings.

Pair with a Language

Boost your brain power and give yourself a competitive edge in our global economy by pairing your major with a language. St. Scholastica offers programs and courses in American Sign Language, French, German, Latin, Ojibwe, Russian and Spanish.

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  • "I choose the DPT program at CSS because the faculty has an exceptional reputation in the community and among the professionals in the field of physical therapy. The faculty are wonderful resources and make every effort to take the time to be available to students."

    – Alyana Newton, ‘15