PT Curricula, Schedules & Dates
Doctor of Physical Therapy Curriculum Philosophy
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. Our goal is for graduates to become competent and compassionate physical therapists who practice using evidence to support decision-making. As a graduate, you will be expected to show commitment to serving patients, society and the profession and to demonstrate that learning and reflection are lifelong endeavors.
DPT education at Creighton begins in August each year. The program is eight semesters long and is spread throughout three calendar years by attending summer terms. The curriculum is organized and presented in a logical sequence using a hybrid model systems-based and lifespan-based learning. Early courses emphasize mastering the breadth and depth of knowledge in the foundational sciences (such as anatomy, cell biology, kinesiology and neurobiology). The clinical science courses, with accompanying laboratory skills work, are sequenced around physiological systems (such as musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiovascular, pulmonary and integumentary systems). Each course addresses the physical therapy needs of individuals throughout the lifespan. Critical inquiry, clinical judgment and communication skills are emphasized to ensure that you are incorporating critical thinking skills, bridging theory with practice and developing as a professional.
Attention to the behavioral and social sciences is complemented by service, teaching and inter-professional experiences to enhance understanding of the complexity and diversity of the patient and society. This includes psycho-social, cultural and ethical elements of patient care.
Omaha Physical Therapy Schedules & Dates
Fall Exam Schedule
Exam schedule details and policies:
- Friday is reserved as a make-up day in the event that may require the University to close or if there are technical problems.
- Students should NOT make travel plans until Friday after 5 p.m.
- Final examinations scheduled for a day in which the University is closed will be rescheduled to the next available day. An alternate final examination schedule will be posted as soon as possible
- Final Examination Policy
- Physical Therapy Exam Environment Expectations (campus)
- Emergency-Related School Closing and Suspension of Examinations