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3 + 3 Physical Therapy Dual Degree Program with ASU

Earn Two Degrees in Less Time 

Finish school sooner and start working as a physical therapist earlier with the 3 + 3 dual degree program at Arizona State University (ASU) and Creighton University. The program allows participants to earn their undergraduate degree at ASU and a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree from Creighton in Phoenix.

Accepted students will start taking DPT classes with Creighton during their senior year as an undergraduate at ASU. That means you’ll finish two degrees in just six years, which offers time and cost savings.   

Your Time at ASU

This program is open to undergraduates at ASU. During your time there, you’ll complete your major requirements and Creighton’s DPT program prerequisites. While at ASU, you’ll work closely with an admissions counselor to ensure you’re on track to apply to Creighton’s DPT program.

Creighton Admission Requirements

Students typically apply to the Creighton DPT program in their junior year at ASU. If accepted at Creighton, students will begin taking DPT classes their senior year. At the end of the fourth year, students will be awarded a bachelor’s degree.   

Formal admission in the DPT program is contingent upon the student’s final grade point average, completion of all prerequisites, completion of successful background check and drug screen requirements, evidence of required immunizations and evidence that the ASU degree will be satisfied prior to beginning the program at Creighton.

Students must provide Creighton with satisfactory documentation of the preceding, prior to a final decision by Creighton. Final acceptance into the DPT program is contingent upon Creighton’s issuance of a written statement confirming acceptance.    

Prior to admission to the Dual Degree PT Program, a student must:  

  • Complete the required curriculum identified by ASU with respect to the student’s specific major at ASU with an overall cumulative average of 3.5 (on a scale of 4.0). Student must have at least a grade of C in all prerequisite courses to the PT program.   
  • Complete all current requirements by Creighton regarding criteria for direct admission into the dual degree PT program.   
  • Be in good standing at ASU.     

Admission Requirements 

Students should apply through PTCAS, the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service. Application requirements include: 

  • An official transcript received from each institution the applicant has attended and/or is currently attending. Official transcripts must be received directly from the issuing institution(s). 
    • Fall/winter term transcripts for your final year should be directed to PTCAS. 
    • All spring/summer term transcripts should be directed to Creighton University Enrollment Services. 
  • Three letters of recommendation. 
    • One recommendation must come from a licensed physical therapist. 
    • We prefer that one letter come from a college professor who can attest to your ability to enter a competitive professional program.  
  • Proof of a minimum of 60 hours of observation supervised by a licensed physical therapist. 
    • Applicants will be considered for an interview prior to the completion of observation hours. Admitted candidates will be required to complete the minimum number of observation hours by August 1 prior to their first year in PT school. It is highly recommended that candidates complete observation hours prior to their interview.

Join a Top-Rated DPT Program

Creighton was the first university to offer a Doctor of Physical Therapy, and we’ve been leading the way ever since. The Phoenix program continues our commitment to innovation as we work to help meet the growing need for physical therapists in the Southwest. Students in the program will learn in Creighton’s new state-of-the-art facility in the heart of midtown. 

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