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Doctor ofPhysical Therapy (DPT)

The mission of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program is to prepare students for autonomous practice across the lifespan. Our students and graduates will apply and contribute to evidence-based practice while epitomizing the art of physical therapy. Our graduates embody lifelong learning and will be leaders in education, scholarship, and Christian service within their communities.

Area of Study: Health & Medicine

  • Credit Hours: 111
  • Course Length: 15 weeks

This program can be taken:

  • On Campus
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Physical Therapy (DPT)
Curriculum Overview

Highlights of the three-year DPT curriculum include:

  • A firm foundation in all aspects of physical therapy clinical practice
  • An extensive clinical education component, beginning in the first year of the program
  • Content to prepare our graduates to be primary medical practitioners
  • Service learning and health promotion opportunities
Course Name
  • Service Learning I1
  • Anatomy6
  • Systems Physiol & Pathophys I3
  • Applied Neuroscience3
  • Functl. Anatomy/Biomechanics3
  • Systems Physiol & Pathophys II3
  • Medical Screening2
  • Clinical Seminar I2
  • Clinical Seminar II2
  • Clinical Skills 1/Foundations4
  • Clinical Skills II/MT & Exerc4
  • Clinical Skills III/Modalities4
  • Clinical Skills Assessment I1
  • Health Promotion I2
  • Lifespan I2
  • Research Methods/EBP3
  • Capstone I2
  • Integumentary/Medical3
  • Musculoskeletal I3
  • Neuromuscular I3
  • Clinical Internship I4
  • Administration Roles3
  • Biopsychosocial Aspects2
  • Capstone II1
  • Cadiopulmn/Acute Care/Trauma3
  • Musculoskeletal II3
  • Neuromuscular II3
  • Capstone III1
  • Clinical Seminar III2
  • Clinical Skills Assessment II1
  • Health Promotion II2
  • Lifespan II2
  • Service Learning II1
  • Women's Health2
  • Clinical Internship II4
  • Capstone IV2
  • Complex Medical2
  • Musculoskeletal III2
  • Neuromuscular III2
  • Ethics and Professional Issues1
  • Specialty Seminar2
  • Clinical Internship III4
  • Clinical Internship IV6
DPT-7100 - Service Learning I

This is the first course of a two course service learning sequence. Service is an important component of the Lutheran tradition and is a key element of the Concordia, St. Paul mission statement. Service-learning incorporates cultural competence, meaningful service, and critical reflective thinking to enhance student learning. The students will participate in lecture, case studies, and interaction with the community to reinforce the importance of life-long civic engagement, patient and/or community advocacy, and social responsibility. Students apply what they learn in the classroom to the community. (Prerequisite: Successful completion of the first two semesters of the DPT curriculum)

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  1. Apply Online
  2. The $50 Application Fee (non-refundable) should be payable to Concordia University by check, money order or pay online. Please allow 2-3 business days for online payment processing.
  3. Submit official transcripts from the regionally accredited institution stating the conferral of a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 based on a 4.0 system.
  4. Submit GRE scores to Concordia using institution code 6114.*Exam must be taken within the last 5 years
  5. Submit one hundred (100) physical therapy observation hours using this form.
  6. Submit two (2) letters of professional recommendation. One letter must be from a current physical therapist.Letters should address the following questions:
      • How long and in what capacity have you known the applicant?
      • What is the greatest strength the applicant would bring to the CSP DPT program?
      • Is there anything the applicant could work on to increase his/her liklihood of success in the CSP DPT program?
    • Provide your overall recommendation: Strongly Recommend, Recommend, Neutral, Do Not Recommend

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