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Physical Therapy program to be offered at Phoenix Health Sciences campus in 2022 receives Arizona state approval

Phoenix RenderingA physical therapy doctoral program to be housed at the Creighton University Health Sciences–Phoenix campus has secured approval from the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education.

The approval is a critical step towards achieving accreditation from the Commission for Accreditation for Physical Therapy Education, which requires that universities secure state approval before its process can begin.

Creighton is now on track to add Physical Therapy to its Occupational Therapy, Pharmacy, Medical and Nursing programs at the Creighton University Health Sciences Campus currently under construction in downtown Phoenix.

The programs will benefit from the recently announced partnership between Creighton University and Arizona State University where slots in each program are reserved for ASU students.

The Physical Therapy doctoral program will be offered beginning in the fall of 2022.

James Lynskey, PT, PhD, founding chair of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program in Phoenix, said the accreditation application to CAPTE must be submitted by June 1.

“We are hitting all our milestones and checkpoints,” he says. “We are moving forward smoothly with the process, and we are confident now that we have state approval that we will achieve candidacy status with our accrediting body next year.”

Creighton’s Physical Therapy program is ranked among the top 10 programs nationally by U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 rankings.

“We are excited to be able to expand our Physical Therapy program to the Phoenix campus and help Arizona meet its growing healthcare needs,” said Evan Robinson, RPh, PhD, FNAP, dean of the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions at Creighton University. “Physical therapy is a highly desirable degree with great employment potential. More importantly, the need for physical therapists will continue to grow within Arizona, fulfilling these needs will not only bring additional and needed rehabilitation services resources to the state but also enhance significant economic growth throughout the region.”

Under the terms of the agreement between ASU and Creighton, ASU will welcome Creighton students to on-campus research projects and supplement instruction at Creighton’s health sciences campus in Phoenix.

“ASU’s collaboration mindset is opening doors to new opportunities for learners,” said ASU Provost Mark Searle. “Our alliance with Creighton University creates new and varied pathways that empower ASU students from diverse disciplines to accelerate and apply their knowledge in preparation for careers in high demand health fields.”

Expected to be completed by 2021, Creighton’s Health Sciences Campus will serve nearly 900 students, invigorating Arizona’s health infrastructure with physicians, nurses, pharmacists, physician assistants, physical therapists, occupational therapists and more — each educated in Creighton’s distinctive Jesuit, Catholic mission of service.

The Greater Phoenix Economic Council estimates Creighton’s expansion will create more than 250 jobs, $124.5 million in personal income, $12 million in tax revenues and more than $300 million in total economic output.

Graduation from a physical therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA. 22314; phone; 703-706-3245; accreditation@apta.org is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.


Creighton University is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist education program from CAPTE. The program is planning to submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage, on June 1, 2021. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the professional phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in professional courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.

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