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Physical Therapy - Phoenix (Doctor of Physical Therapy)

Join the Doctor of Physical Therapy program in Phoenix, and learn in Creighton’s new state-of-the-art facility in the heart of midtown. While the location is new, Creighton’s program is well-established and focused on improving the lives of patients. The first enrollment for the Phoenix doctor of physical therapy program is planned for fall 2022.

One of the largest Catholic health professions educators in the nation, Creighton is preparing students for a workforce that demands their commitment to innovative care. Like the Omaha program, the Phoenix program will incorporate Ignatian values, and the curriculum will be student and patient centered, with authentic learning experiences and a focus on clinical reasoning.

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Program Details

Creighton was the first to offer a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), and we’ve been leading the way ever since with expert faculty and a commitment to innovation and research. Additionally, the program aims to promote social justice, minimize health disparities, and improve clinical practice in diverse environments to support local and global health initiatives. Learn more about what sets Creighton apart.

Program goals include:

  1. Education: The program will create a collaborative learning community that develops adaptive, reflective physical therapists with sound clinical reasoning skills.
  2. Research: The program will improve health care through scholarship in clinical and educational practice, collaborative care, social justice, and rehabilitation and movement science.
  3. Service/Social Determinants: The program will promote social accountability and inspire students to act as agents of change and have a positive impact on health and the human experience.

Learn more about program outcomes or read about Creighton’s accreditation.

Curriculum

The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program supports Creighton University’s Jesuit identity, existing to educate and mentor future and current clinicians for excellence in physical therapy practice, advance the profession through scholarship and provide service to the University and community for the greater good. View the doctor of physical therapy curriculum outline.

Specializations

  • Sports
  • Research
  • Women’s Health

View the doctor of physical therapy specialization tracks.

Admissions Requirements

Prerequisites

For admission into the Doctor of Physical Therapy programs at Creighton University, you must meet the following requirements:

  • A minimum of 90 semester hours or 136 quarter hours is required before entering the programs.
  • Students who do not hold a baccalaureate degree must take coursework that includes in-depth upper division study in one discipline comparable to a minor at Creighton University prior to matriculation (18 semester hours).
  • Strong academic performance is considered paramount; the degree of emphasis is secondary.
  • Prerequisite courses may be completed at any regionally accredited institution and must be completed with a grade of C or better (a C- grade is not acceptable). All prerequisite coursework must be completed by August 1 of the desired year of entry.

Admissions Requirements

To apply, submit an online application and all supporting materials through PTCAS, a physical therapy centralized application service, which includes:

  • An official transcript from each institution the applicant has attended and/or is currently attending
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Proof of a minimum of 60 hours of observation supervised by a licensed physical therapist
  • Official FRE scores submitted through PTCAS
  • International applicants must submit a foreign transcript evaluation to OTCAS through an evaluation service such as World Education Services (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE)

Personal interviews are required in the admission process. Qualified applicants will be notified via email if they are selected for an interview.

Dates & Deadlines

  • PTCAS Launch Date: June 15, 2021
  • Preferred Deadline: October 1, 2021
  • Creighton Undergraduate Deadline: October 1, 2021
  • PT – Omaha Program Deadline: January 17, 2022 (firm)
  • PT – Phoenix Program Deadline: March 1, 2022 (soft), April 15, 2022 (soft deadline closes)

Tuition & Financial Aid

The Doctor of Physical Therapy tuition and fees varies over the 3-years of the program. See up-to-date tuition and fee information.

Financial Aid

Competitive scholarship awards are available to all qualified Doctor of Physical Therapy candidates at the time of the admission decision. A typical scholarship award ranges up to $60,000 for the duration and is divided throughout the three years of the programs. The Office of Admission awards the top 25% of the incoming class at minimum. Explore scholarship and aid.

Creighton in Phoenix

When our partners in Arizona asked us to open a campus in Phoenix to help solve the shortage of health care providers in the Southwest, we answered the call. Today, we’re educating the next generation of providers, in the Creighton tradition, which focuses on care and concern for others.

Our connections in the region mean students will have diverse opportunities for hands-on experiences. The program will be a part of the Creighton University Arizona Health Education Alliance with close relationships to Dignity St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Valleywise Health and District Medical Group, Inc.

Creighton’s new, modern health sciences campus will be home to nearly 900 students across multiple professions bringing interprofessional collaborative practice and education to improve and innovate patient care. The physical therapy labs on the new campus will offer cutting-edge technology, affording students hands-on opportunities and specialized training not available elsewhere. Learn more about Creighton in Phoenix.

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