About the Program

Philosophy

Physical therapists’ newly acquired autonomy carries with it serious responsibility. This growing force of health care providers represents a substantial aspect of patient care and stands poised to exert significant influence over the current health care delivery systems. To prepare the nation’s leading physical therapists, APU’s Department of Physical Therapy:

  • Hires the industry’s best faculty members with extensive experience in both clinical and academic arenas.
  • Balances didactic and clinical-based education, integrating evidenced-based critical thinking into every aspect.
  • Focuses on sound basic scientific theory and clinical research in the dynamic role of physical therapy.
  • Engages students in firsthand experience opportunities to complement rigorous study and research.
  • Integrates all course work and clinical experience with a Christian worldview
  • Promotes a holistic approach to physical therapy that cares for the spiritual well being of clients.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of APU’s Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program:

  • Gain advanced clinical skills for optimum patient care.
  • Elevate the profession’s standards by infusing doctoral-level physical therapists into the health care system.
  • Qualify for leadership positions in hospitals, private clinics, sports clinics, rehabilitation centers, business and industry, pain clinics, school systems, government agencies, home and community health care programs, academic programs, and research projects.
  • Build a strong foundation for postprofessional specializations in areas such as orthopedics, neurology, cardiopulmonology, clinical electrophysiology, pediatrics, geriatrics, and sports medicine.

Student Outcomes

This information is provided in compliance with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) Student Outcomes regulation.

Graduation Rate

Graduation Year Graduation Rate
2013 92.5%
2012 90.24%
2011 97.43%
2010 91.89%

Employment

Graduation Year Percent Employed Within
6 Months of Passing NPTE
2013 TBD
2012 100%
2011 100%
2010 100%

NPTE Pass Rate Data

Graduation Year Ultimate Pass Rate
for Graduation Year
2013 97.3%
2012 100%
2011 97.37%
2010 100%

Working While in the Program

It is best not to work while in the program. Most students who attempt to work find the demands of the program too great to continue to work, or are able to work only part time on weekends. Students must be available Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m., and work for occasional classes in the evenings.

Note: This information is current for the 2014-15 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.