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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.

Mission Statement

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

Learn more about the program and our faculty.


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.

University Reputation

Azusa Pacific University continues to be recognized annually among the nation’s best colleges, landing in the most prestigious category of U.S.News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2014 rankings (Tier One, No. 173), and being named 1 of 124 institutions in The Princeton Review’s Best Western Colleges 2014.

Note: This information is current for the 2013-14 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.