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Doctor of Physical Therapy - Phoenix, AZ

Program Description

The plan is to have two separately accredited Doctor of Physical Therapy Programs one located in Omaha, NE and a new program coming to Phoenix, AZ with a single mission and a shared curriculum.

The Phoenix program will build upon the Omaha program’s long history of excellence in Doctor of Physical Therapy education.

The Phoenix program will incorporate Ignatian values.  The curriculum will be both learner and patient centered; it will include authentic learning experiences, promote adaptive learning, and strong clinical reasoning. In addition, interprofessional collaborative practice and innovation will be a focus.

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.


Effective November 2, 2021, Creighton University – Phoenix Health Sciences Campus has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; phone: 703-706-3245; email:  If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 602.812.3131 or email

Candidate for Accreditation is an accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates the program may matriculate students in technical/professional courses. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status does not assure that the program will be granted Initial Accreditation.

Candidacy is considered to be an accredited status, as such the credits and degree earned from a program with Candidacy status are considered, by CAPTE, to be from an accredited program.  Therefore, students in the charter (first) class should be eligible to take the licensure exam even if CAPTE withholds accreditation at the end of the candidacy period. That said, it is up to each state licensing agency, not CAPTE, to determine who is eligible for licensure.  Information on licensing requirements should be directed to the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT; or specific state boards (a list of state boards and contact information is available on FSBPT's website).

Complaints that fall outside of due process should be directed to Dr. James Lynskey, Physical Therapy Department Chair - Phoenix, School of Pharmacy and Health Professions, at or Dr. Paul Price, Senior Associate Dean, School of Pharmacy and Health Professions, at Retaliation following complaint submission is prohibited.

Contact Information

James V. Lynskey, PT, PhD
Associate Professor,
Program Chair – Phoenix
Department of Physical Therapy