Doctor of Physical Therapy Program


Quick Facts

Degree Level
Doctoral Degree
GPA Requirement
Minimum 3.00 required to apply
Application Deadline
December 1 (preferred)
February 1 (final)
Program Start
Summer Trimester
Admits per Intake

About the Program

The Profession

Physical therapists (PTs) are highly educated, licensed healthcare professionals who can help patients reduce pain and improve or restore mobility. They examine each individual and develop a plan, using treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. In addition, physical therapists develop fitness- and wellness-oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles. Physical therapists provide care for people in a variety of settings, including hospitals, private practices, outpatient clinics, home health agencies, schools, sports and fitness facilities, work settings, and nursing homes.

The Program

The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program prepares graduates to become licensed physical therapists. The program uses a selective admission process to identify a new group of students each summer trimester to begin study in the 3-year DPT program. The curriculum, grounded in Christian principles, builds on the students’ undergraduate foundation in the arts and sciences, and includes 127 graduate-level credits during which students progress through and integrate foundational and clinical sciences, patient/client management skills, and ultimately, the provision of person-centered care.

Program Mission

Consistent with the values of ADU, the program prepares Doctors of Physical Therapy who promote holistic, person-centered care and wellness through evidence-based practice, leadership, life-long learning, scholarship, and service to the local and global communities.

Employment Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, "employment of physical therapists is projected to grow 36 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for physical therapy services will come from the aging baby boomers, who are staying active later in life. In addition, physical therapists will be needed to treat people with mobility issues stemming from chronic conditions, such as diabetes or obesity." More than 198,000 physical therapists are licensed in the U.S. today. The median salary for a physical therapist is $79,860 depending on position, years of experience, degree of education, geographic location, and practice setting. For more information on the physical therapy profession, please visit the American Physical Therapy Association's website at

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