Program Overview

CUW’s Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program is three full years of coursework, beginning in the summer. The program is full-time and includes six semesters, three winterims, and three summer sessions.

Learning Outcomes

Upon graduation our graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and skills for safe clinical practice
  2. Possess entry-level knowledge and skills for patient/client management (screening, examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, plan of care, interventions (procedural & educational), documentation, outcomes assessment)
  3. Value and use evidence in practice
  1. Follow legal and ethical standards of clinical practice
  2. Demonstrate professional behavior
  3. Demonstrate effective written, oral, and non-verbal communication skills
  4. Demonstrate cultural sensitivity in clinical practice
  1. Report a belief in service as a professional duty
  2. Students/graduates will report participation in service activities
  1. Possess the ability to direct and supervise PT support personnel
  2. Possess the ability to manage financial resources (reimbursement; equipment/supplies; productivity; time management; environmental resources) within the clinic
  3. Be prepared to serve as a consultant within the healthcare system
  4. Possess the knowledge and skills related to developing prevention / health promotion programs
  5. Possess the knowledge and skills related to management of care delivery (i.e., providing patient care through direct access; collaboration with other healthcare practitioners; participation in case management)
  6. Value the role of the PT in social responsibility & advocacy

Learning Outcome Data

Graduation Year

Graduation Rate
*

Licensure Pass Rate
**

Employment Rate
***

Number of    Applicants

Number of   Students per Cohort

Average Cumulative GPA of Accepted Students

Average Science GPA of Accepted Students

Number of Concordia Undergraduates in Cohort

2009

95.8%

100%

100%

76

24

3.30

3.31

6

2010

79.2%

100%

100%

84

24

3.49

3.37

7

2011

91.7%

100%

100%

97

24

3.49

3.49

3

2012

90.9%

100%

100%

148

24

3.56

3.46

10

2013

95.8%

100%

100%

185

24

3.59

3.57

4

2014

91.7%

100%

100%

203

26

3.59

3.58

2

2015

89.3%

100%

100%

385

28

3.60

3.52

18

2016

96%

100%

n/a

423

26

3.66

3.51

3

2017

n/a

n/a

n/a

500

26

3.75

3.73

11

2018

n/a

n/a

n/a

457

26

3.74

3.64

4

2019

n/a

n/a

n/a

288

28

3.62

3.64

4

*Graduation rate according to the formula in the Annual Accreditation Report
**Licensure examination pass rate consistent with the information published by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy
***Employment rate: % of graduates who were employed as PT’s or PTA’s within 6 months of passing the licensure examination

Entrance Requirements

  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 in all required sciences
  • Ability to perform Essential Functions of a physical therapist

See our course catalog for prerequisite coursework or contact the graduate admissions counselor.

Curriculum

Our comprehensive Doctor of Physical Therapy curriculum includes coursework in human anatomy and motion, therapeutic exercise, neuroscience, clinical decision making and problem solving, and musculoskeletal disorders, to name just a few.

Please see our course catalog and curriculum schedule for a full list of courses offered.

Certification and Credentialing

The Physical Therapy Program at CUW is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). Graduation from a CAPTE-accredited program is required for eligibility to sit for the licensing exam, for which Concordia graduates have an overall first time three year pass rate is 100%.

Faculty

Dr. Bob Barnhart, PT, ScDPT, PCS
Director of Physical Therapy Program
Office: HS 110D
Phone: 262-243-4280
robert.barnhart@cuw.edu 

Please contact our graduate admissions staff for more information.