The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program is a 31-month (including summers), entry-level professional program emphasizing the scientific basis of human structure and human movement, the spiritual basis of human worth, and the integration of these foundational elements into a comprehensive and problem-solving, evidence- and consensus-based approach to artful evaluation and skillful treatment. Graduates have a solid generalist perspective of patient care in a variety of professional treatment settings with a strong foundation for post-professional specialization and lifelong learning.
The Doctor of Physical Therapy program prepares graduates to practice as competent generalist physical therapists who have a solid foundation for post-professional specialization. These graduates, who are guided by Christian principles, critical thinking, lifelong learning, and ethical values, support the community and the physical therapy profession by functioning as service-oriented practitioners and are pledged to excellence in total patient care, guided by a belief in human worth and dignity, and dedicated to the optimization of human health and function.
DPT Program Highlights
- Earn a highly respected doctorate in 31 months (including summers)
- Gain a solid, generalist perspective of patient care
- Prepare with some of the nation's leading experts in the field
- Integrate a distinct Christian perspective into your clinical approach
- Learn to care for patients holistically
- Prepare for specializations in orthopedics, neurology, cardiopulmonary, clinical electrophysiology, pediatrics, geriatrics, and sports
- Join one of the fastest growing sectors of health care
- Enjoy autonomy as a primary health care provider
The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), one of six regional organizations in the U.S., accredits Azusa Pacific University. In addition, the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program at Azusa Pacific University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) of the American Physical Therapy Association.
Questions or comments regarding the accreditation status of Azusa Pacific University may be directed to CAPTE at 1111 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314-1488, (703) 684-2782.
Azusa Pacific University held its place in the most prestigious category of U.S.News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2013 rankings, placing in Tier One at No. 179 in the National Universities category. In addition, The Princeton Review named APU as 1 of 121 institutions in the 2012 Best Colleges in the West for the seventh consecutive year.