Improving lives through quality, Christ centered training

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

Credits 105
Careers
  • Physical Therapist
  • Home Care PT
  • Pediatric PT
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Program Overview

Through the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program, you’ll receive the in-depth training for entry-level practice of physical therapy as a generalist clinician. Over the course of your 28 month studies, you’ll explore not only the scientific underpinnings of this profession, but also the professional characteristics of a leader in health care. You’ll learn how to supervise PT staff and personnel, create programs that promote healthy living, and follow the legal and ethical standards of clinical practice.

Our comprehensive 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. This learning will take place out in the field and in our state-of-the-art-facilities, which include a human anatomy lab with cadavers.

This accelerated graduate face-to-face program consists of 107 semester credits which is spread over twenty-three didactic courses, three clinical experiences, and two problem-based courses. 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.

Our mission

The DPT program at CUAA inspires a diverse student body for life-long service of patients in mind, body, and spirit grounded in evidence and best practices in rehabilitation and medicine.

What to Expect
  1. Our graduates demonstrate Christian values of care, compassion, respect, empathy and understanding, personal responsibility and trustworthiness in patient, peer, and colleague interactions.
  2. Our graduates serve as culturally competent professionals when engaging with patients, families, peers and colleagues, and within service roles in community and professional organizations.
  3. Our graduates will be prepared to provide high-quality, efficient, physical therapy services in a variety of settings through direct access or referral.
  4. Our graduates will use clinical problem-solving skills to establish a physical therapy diagnosis and prognosis, based on examination and evaluation of the patient, and carry out a safe and effective plan of care.
  5. Our graduates will demonstrate effective written, interpersonal, and professional communication in all interactions with patients, peers, and colleagues.
    1. [interpersonal] Demonstrating appropriate verbal and non-verbal communication with patients and families.
    2. [written] Complete electronic documentation of the physical therapy examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, interventions, and outcomes
    3. [professional] Communicate diagnostic results and clinical impressions with other practitioners as appropriate
  6. Our graduates will demonstrate the ability to select appropriate measures, collect accurate information, and analyze the results in order to determine the need for further physical therapy treatment.
Locations
  • Ann Arbor

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