Doctor of Physical TherapyAccepted Students


Congratulations on your acceptance to Concordia University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program!

Now that you have been accepted, please complete and submit the list of items below.  You can also view all phases in this printable checklist.

Phase I

Complete Your FAFSA

After January 1, 2017 you are eligible to apply for financial aid. To apply, complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and choose Concordia, St. Paul using the code 002347.

Pay the Tuition Deposit

Accepted students are required to submit a $300 tuition deposit by March 1, 2017.

*Follow these steps to submit your $300 tuition deposit online:

  1. First time users: Create a password for your Concordia network account
    Your username and the PIN you will use to create your password will be emailed to you a few days after you are admitted
  2.  Login to CSPConnect (Concordia’s student portal) with your username and password
  3. Select the “Financial Aid and Billing” tab
  4. Select “Tuition and Fee Payment Online” (in the center column, Payments box)
  5. Under “Your Account”, select “Click here to make a payment”
  6. Select “Tuition Deposit-DPT”
  7. Select your term of entry (Fall 2017) and Add to Shopping Cart
  8. Proceed to Checkout
Send Final Transcripts

A final, official transcript showing degree completion must be received by the Office of Admissions at least one week prior to your program start date.

Submit the Health History Form

Please complete and submit the Health History form by May 1, 2017.

Submit the Immunization Form

Minnesota State law requires proof of immunization. You will not be allowed to enroll until the required documentation has been submitted. Please complete and submit the immunization form by May 1, 2017.

Submit the Letter of Intent

To finalize your admission into the DPT program, please sign and submit the Letter of Intent (LOI) by March 1, 2017.

Your LOI was mailed along with your acceptance letter.
Completed LOI’s can be returned to Concordia by mail or can be scanned and emailed to

Send Materials to Concordia

Submit completed materials to Concordia:

by mail:
Concordia University
Office of Admissions, DPT Program
1282 Concordia Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104

or email:


You probably still have some questions. Don’t worry, Leah Martin is here to be responsive to the questions or concerns you may have as you continue on your enrollment process. You can reach Leah by email at:

Phase II

Items below must be completed between May – August 15, 2017.
(Please contact Jen Menke at with questions)

Establish a Castle Branch Account

In order to establish a Castle Branch account, utilize the following informational guide with link to access the Castle Branch system:

Place your order for Package OF68 using your Concordia L number (L00…).  Please note that the Castle Branch account lists ALL requirements from Phases II-III, but you are only responsible for completing the Phase II requirements before August 15, 2017.

Background Study

You will be required to complete a Background Check (national and county) through Castle Branch, enter all pertinent information and follow prompts to complete.

You will also be required to complete a MNDHSnet Background check (state).  Please review the NetStudy Instructions and the Applicant Background Study Instructions/Notice of Privacy Practices and contact Jen Menke ( to schedule individual times to complete the MNDHS Background Study requirements no later than June 15.

Vaccination or Positive Titers

You will be required to upload all immunizations and positive titers into Castle Branch for approval.  Please follow the instructions outlined by Castle Branch on the following:

  1. Tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis (TdaP) – most current dose/booster within the last ten years.
  2. Varicella (Chicken Pox) – two documented doses of the varicella vaccine, laboratory evidence of immunity or confirmation of disease (via a titer), or verification of a history of varicella disease (including exact date and signature of a licensed health-care provider).
  3. Measles, Mumps & Rubella (MMR) – two doses after age 12 months or antibody titer results documenting immunity of the three components.
  4. Hepatitis B – Document 3 doses of the vaccine or antibody titer (blood test) results documenting immunity.  If the titer is negative or equivocal, then a repeat of the three vaccine series AND repeat titer is required.  Note: The Hepatitis B series takes four to six months to complete; therefore, if you have not had this series, you should begin this process as soon as possible to comply with this requirement.
  5. Polio
  6. Tuberculosis (TB) – a Two-Step Tuberculosis Skin Test (TST) must be completed (one step will not be sufficient for clinic sites). This is a skin test that is read 48-72 hours after placement of PPD, and the area of indurations recorded.  Then a second PPD test to be performed/completed one weeks to three weeks after the first test being started.  This two-step TST needs to be done once and an annual one-step TST will need to be then thereafter.  The requirement can also be met through an Interferon-Gamma Release Assays (IGRA) blood test (QuantiFERON Gold or T-Spot) which will meet the requirement for the two-step TST and may be conducted annually in place of the annual TST.
Proof of Health Insurance

You are required to have health insurance to participate in clinical activities.  If you already have insurance, copy your insurance card (front and back) or receipt and upload to Castle Branch.  Proof of health insurance will need to be submitted annually.

The Affordable Health Care Act requires that everyone has health insurance and provides access to coverage. With this change to the law, Concordia University also expects that all students carry health insurance. It is the student’s responsibility to provide payment or insurance for any physical or mental health medical needs.

Concordia University assumes no liability for student illness or injury and no responsibility for medical bills and/or services contracted for by students. It is the responsibility of the student to carry the insurance card at all times to have available in case of illness or injury.

Students and families that are concerned about health insurance should know that the Affordable Care Act requires everyone to have health insurance. There are many options available to students, including, being covered on their parent’s policy until age 26 or purchasing coverage through an insurance exchange. The insurance exchange is an online resource where you can find information about different health plans and coverage. Https:// is the federal insurance exchange. Residents of Minnesota can look under where you can access the cost for each plan and enroll or find out whether you qualify for financial assistance based on annual income.

Health Screen

A physical exam must be done within one year of entering the program and be “within normal limits” in all areas.  If not, the student must have documentation regarding any treatments, medicines, plans to follow, limitations, etc. If a student’s physical exam status changes, they must seek treatment and provide the Program Director and Director of Clinical Education with the necessary documentation noting any limitations.   Fulfilling this Student Health Record will require an appointment with your healthcare provider for a physical and immunization updates. If seeing a new healthcare provider, you should bring your immunization records with you. It is suggested that you bring this letter and the Health History Form with you to your appointment. If your employer has a physical on file not over a year old, this is fine, send a copy.

Phase III

Items below must be completed between August 15 – September 15, 2017.
(Please contact Jen Menke at with questions)

Influenza Vaccination

Students must have a documented annual flu shot for the upcoming flu season.  This must be administered prior to students going into the clinic and documentation of the vaccination must include: supplier, batch, and that it is specifically for the upcoming flu season.  This must be uploaded into Castle Branch.

Concordia University Training Modules

Students are required to complete training modules via the CSP Training system on HIPAA, OSHA and Blood Borne Pathogens, and Diversity on Campus.  The DCE will provide links to students to complete these courses during the first full week of classes.  These courses must be completed and certificates uploaded into Castle Branch.

Student Handbooks

Students are required to review the CSP Student and Clinical Education Handbooks during their orientation week.  A signature form, indicating acknowledgement of this must be signed and uploaded to Castle Branch.

CPR/AED Training for Health Professionals

Students in the DPT program are required to complete CPR/AED Training for Health Professionals through the American Heart Association.  This will take place within the Clinical Seminar I course, prior to going into any clinic setting.  There will be a course fee associated.  Students must upload their certification of completion into Castle Branch.  Students will renew their training at the end of their 2nd year in the Clinical Seminar III course.

Other Information

Academic Calendar

Classes begin on Monday, August 28, 2017.

*Please note: Fall break is only for undergraduate students

Concordia’s Technology Requirements

Students enrolling at Concordia must have access to a computer that meets Concordia University’s technology requirements. An acceptable device is one that has connectivity on a high speed internet network, is capable of running a supported operating system and features both a webcam and microphone. Most devices sold within the last two years will meet these requirements.

Concordia is one of the first universities to partner with Microsoft to license Microsoft Office for all students. This software will be available at no cost to students and the license allows installation on up to five devices owned by the student.

DPT Program Schedule
Commuter Meal Plan Information

You’ll be spending a lot of time on campus as a Physical Therapy Student. Quite a few students find having a meal plan helpful so you can simply stop at the coffee shop or Winget Student Life Center to grab a meal in between classes and studying.

Health Requirements and Risks
Housing Assistance

For information about living on campus at Concordia, please contact our Residence Life Department for availability and information:

Sharon Schewe: 651-641-8228 |
Heidi Goettl: 651-641-8704 |

Student Accessibility Services

Determine the accommodations that may be available to you at Concordia by contacting Student Accessibility Services at

Visit Concordia’s Student Accessibility Services webpage for more information.