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Physical Therapy Programs

Wherever you're at in your journey into physical therapy, Concordia University has options for you at both the undergraduate and doctoral levels.

As a Christ-centered university, we are committed to developing healthcare professionals, by learning from experienced therapists in a hands-on environment and developing a foundation in ethical leadership. 

Through this program, our faculty seek to foster personal growth in mind, body, and spirit for Christian service to the community.

We offer the following programs in Physical Therapy: 

  • Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT)
  • Accelerated (DPT) with a Bachelor's in Rehabilitation Science (BSRS)

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Physical therapy program pathways

You are at the beginning of your university education, and that is pretty exciting! Are you planning even further ahead for future graduate studies? Yes? This program is going to get you ready for a Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT).

The accelerated admission option will allow students to complete the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 5.5 years. The option will be open to students who matriculate as freshmen at the Concordia University Ann Arbor campus and who take all their science prerequisite coursework on the Ann Arbor campus. 

If you decide to pursue admission through the accelerated process, you will receive a Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Science (BSRS) following completion of your fourth year of academic study at Concordia University.

Do you already have a bachelor's and are looking to move into the world of Physical Therapy?  This is the option for you. The post-baccalaureate track is designed for those who already hold a bachelor’s degree and are prepared to complete the DPT in 2.5 years.

Our full-time DPT program encompasses seven semesters (14 terms). You'll complete 105 total credit hours over the course of 28-months. The majority of DPT courses are taught using a blended learning format to promote active learning. You'll be able to learn online and practice in-person in our state-of-the-art facilities.

Credits
105
Careers
Physical Therapist (PT)
Home Care PT
Pediatric PT
Faith based

We are committed to engaging your mind and spirit for service to Christ in the church and the world.

Program Overview

Program details

  • This accelerated graduate face-to-face program consists of 105 semester credits which is spread over 30 didactic courses, and three clinical experiences
  • The majority of DPT courses are taught using a blended format to promote active learning
  • Students participate in hands-on patient care experiences in the first year of the program
  • Inter-professional learning experiences with students from programs in occupational therapy, physician assistant, nursing, social work, athletic training, and business administration
  • In the 28 month studies, you’ll explore not only the scientific underpinnings of this profession, but also the professional characteristics of a leader in healthcare
  • Learn how to supervise PT staff and personnel, create programs that promote healthy living, and follow the legal and ethical standards of clinical practice
Preparing Healthcare leaders

What makes us different?

At Concordia, we are committed to developing healthcare professionals who have a sound foundation in movement science and are prepared for safe, autonomous, and ethical practice as physical therapists within a changing healthcare environment. Through our DPT program, our faculty inspire our diverse student body for life-long service of patients in mind, body, and spirit grounded in evidence and best practices in rehabilitation and medicine.

Frequently asked questions

All students are eligible to be reviewed for financial aid. Students will need to complete the FAFSA at studentaid.gov. Concordia’s school code is: 003842.

• Students must take a minimum of three graduate credits per semester to qualify for financial aid

• Students may be eligible for up to $20,500 per academic year to cover educational related expenses

For more information on tuition costs please visit our Financial Aid page here.

This accelerated graduate face-to-face program consists of 105-semester credits which is spread over 30 didactic courses, and three clinical experiences. Students will complete 1,280 hours of clinical education. The curriculum incorporates interprofessional learning experiences and simulation activities aimed at engaging the student in the rich professional content.

Concordia University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Graduation from a physical therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; phone; 703-706-3245; accreditation@apta.org is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.

Concordia University Ann Arbor is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist education program from CAPTE.  The program is planning to submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage, on December 1, 2022. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the professional phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in professional courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation

All students applying for admission to the program must have:

  • Earned bachelor degree from an accredited four year higher education institution
  • 3.2 cumulative grade point average (GPA) for the earned degree
  • 3.2 Science GPA for all prerequisite courses
  • 8 credits of Anatomy and Physiology I and II with labs
  • 8 credits of General Chemistry I and II with labs
  • 8 credits of College Physics I and II with labs
  • 4 credits of Statistics
  • Documentation of completion of 20 hours of Physical Therapy observation and 20 hours of service work with unnderserved/underrepresented population (the identified hours must be completed at time of application)