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Doctor of Physical Therapy - Phoenix, AZ

First DPT enrollment planned for Fall of 2022


Improve lives and society through a commitment to exemplary physical therapist education, research and service, within the Jesuit tradition.

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.


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; is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.

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.

Contact Information

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