The entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy 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: firstname.lastname@example.org; website: www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call (218) 723-6786 or email email@example.com.
FAST FACTS: Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
* Tuition rates are for the 2020-21 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.
Physical therapists improve patient’s lives by diagnosing, treating and managing movement system dysfunction. We treat people of all ages who have movement difficulties related to disease, injury or pain. As the medical experts in movement science, we improve quality of life using exercise, education and hands-on therapies.
The physical therapy program at The College of St. Scholastica embraces the five values from the Benedictine heritage that make this educational setting unique. We teach, mentor and work in ways that are shaped by the emphasis on Community, Hospitality, Respect, Stewardship and Love of Learning. Graduates of our program are highly professional and clinic-ready.
The entry-level DPT is a post-baccalaureate program that is completed in just under three years. The first year emphasizes foundational sciences and clinical skill acquisition, culminating in a short clinical experience. Year two builds on this foundation and emphasizes clinical reasoning, problem-solving and advanced application of knowledge and skills. Students are on clinical internships during the third year, returning to campus for a short capstone course prior to graduation.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for physical therapists is expected to grow by 18% between 2018 and 2028. This is well above average and represents an opportunity for those looking to enter the profession.
Graduates must pass a standardized national licensure examination in order to practice physical therapy in the United States. Requirements and documentation needed to apply for and take the examination vary by state. The examination and state licensure process are not part of the DPT education program, however successful completion of the program is required to take the examination.
We advance clinical practice, develop leaders and scholars, and provide service through an inclusive and compassionate approach that is guided by evidence and shaped by the values of the College and the physical therapy profession.
The DPT program is located in the Health Science Center (HSC) at BlueStone, approximately one mile from the main St Scholastica campus in Duluth. The BlueStone development includes retail, restaurants, and housing in addition to the HSC. BlueStone Lofts and BlueStone Flats offer convenient high-end housing options for DPT students. The HSC includes state-of-the-art classroom space, a research laboratory, meeting rooms, faculty offices, and student lounge areas overlooking Lake Superior. The maurices Community Clinic is also located in the HSC, providing DPT students with mentored hands-on learning opportunities and interdisciplinary training. The maurices Community Clinic serves uninsured and underinsured individuals from the Duluth community.
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"Opportunities like treating patients in the maurice’s Community Clinic and collaborating with OT, PA and PTA students made my time at CSS extremely valuable. The hands-on approach to learning and focus on patient-centered care helped me graduate as a confident physical therapist."
– Samantha Rude, DPT, '19
"I will be forever grateful that I had the opportunity to be a part of the DPT program at CSS. Knowledgeable and caring faculty and staff helped establish a community that allowed me to grow not only as a student but as a person as well."
– Jordan Peratalo, DPT ‘19
"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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