Concordia University, St. PaulDoctor of Physical Therapy Program

Doctor of Physical Therapy Mission Statement

The mission of the Concordia, St. Paul Doctor of Physical Therapy Program is to prepare students for autonomous practice across the lifespan. Our students and graduates will apply and contribute to evidence-based practice while epitomizing the art of physical therapy. Our graduates embody lifelong learning and will be leaders in education, scholarship, and Christian service within their communities.


Curriculum Highlights

Highlights of the three-year DPT curriculum include:

  • A firm foundation in all aspects of physical therapy clinical practice.
  • An extensive clinical education component, beginning in the first year of the program.
  • Content to prepare our graduates to be primary medical practitioners
  • Service learning and health promotion opportunities

Accreditation Status Announcement

Graduation from a physical therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.

Effective August 28, 2014, Concordia University, St. Paul has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org). Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates that the program may matriculate students in technical/professional courses and that the program is progressing toward accreditation. Candidate for Accreditation is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation.

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Approval Notice

Concordia University, St. Paul’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program has attained conditional approval from the Higher Learning Commission. Concordia has obtained Candidacy for Accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).


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