Concordia St. Paul News

September 4, 2014

Doctor of Physical Therapy Program Welcomes Initial Class of Students

The first doctoral degree offered in the 125-year history of Concordia University, St. Paul commences September 8 as it welcomes a class of 30 students studying in the new Doctor of Physical Therapy Program.

The new program, which has been in the works at Concordia for five years, was given recommendation to be granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).

“The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program will be a hallmark for Concordia University,”  Dr. Loren Leslie, member of Concordia’s Board of Regents said. “The real benefactors will be the thousands of the handicapped, elderly and disabled throughout the Midwest who will be served by the graduates of this program.”

The recommendation for accreditation will be considered at the CAPTE annual meeting in November 2014. This recommendation allows for the first class of students to begin taking courses in the newly renovated Thompson Hall and allows the CSP to begin recruiting for the next class of DPT students for the Fall of 2015. As a Candidate for Accreditation, Concordia remains in a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with CAPTE. It is not full accreditation nor will it ensure eventual accreditation.