St. Catherine University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
2004 Randolph Avenue Saint Paul MN 55105 United States
Phone+1 651.690.7738
Phone 2 +1 651.690.7825
CAPTE Accredited

"This page is intended for college transfer students and graduates ONLY. High school students MUST contact the institution directly for information about the guaranteed freshman-entry program. Do not apply using PTCAS."

Program Description

The DPT curriculum at St. Catherine University is an integrated curriculum designed to create a transformative learning environment that prepares students to fully develop the sophisticated clinical reasoning ability required of competent physical therapy practitioners. The DPT Program at St. Catherine University is an 11-month per year instructional program over three years and a new cohort of 34 students. Students graduate near the end of May in year 3 of the DPT Program. Students take one course at a time, with courses ranging from 3-7 weeks in length (average of 5-6 weeks/course). Courses are organized around practice settings, rather than academic disciplines (e.g. anatomy, neuroscience, exercise physiology, etc.) or clinical skill sets (e.g. patient/client examination, patient/client intervention, patient handling, etc.). Some examples include Outpatient, Acute Care, Rehabilitation, and Long Term Care. This curriculum design allows students to create knowledge relative to a specific clinical context. 

Curricular content within each course is organized into four ???streams???: Medical and Behavioral Sciences; Practice Environment; Examination; and Intervention. Students acquire a basic level of understanding in multiple areas and move to more complex integration in order to facilitate reflective, active, and deep learning. Various instructional methods are intertwined in the learning including lecture, practice skills labs, tutorial case learning, critical appraisal of physical therapy literature, and student presentations. Principles of Catholic Social Teaching are embedded throughout the curriculum. For example, students are required to participate in a two week service learning project with options of traveling to the Dominican Republic, Mississippi, or service in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.

Research and principles of evidence-based medicine are threaded throughout the curriculum. Students participate in faculty-led research projects and choose a topic of their interest area at the end of year 1 in the DPT Program. Projects begin in the fall of year 2 and end with a formal, oral presentation of the project at the DPT Program's Research Day in year 3, along with final manuscript completion. Beginning with the first course in year 1, students have ongoing, half-day clinical experiences supervised by physical therapists in various practice settings. During these integrated clinical education sessions, students practice basic components of patient/client management including history taking, examination (goniometry, muscle testing, palpation, etc.) and therapeutic exercises, and bring back experiences for classroom discussion. During the three years of the DPT Program students participate in 4 full-time clinical internship experiences, one at the end of year 1, one in the spring of year 2, and two longer experiences in year 3.

Program offers a guaranteed freshman admission pathway?
Dual Degrees
Will the professional (entry-level) PT program offer a satellite or branch campus to applicants during the upcoming admissions cycle?
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Admission Interviews
Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
Is a Deposit Required for Accepted Applicants?
Total cumulative deposit
Additional Information about Deposit
The DPT Program at St. Catherine University complies with admissions deposits guidelines set forth by ACAPT to promote a uniform deposit date of January 15 or later.  Accepted applicants are required to submit a $500 deposit by January 15 to hold their place in the class.  A second deposit of $250 is due by February 15. The applicant won’t be guaranteed admission if either deposit deadline is missed.  ALL deposits are applied towards first-year tuition costs and are non-refundable.
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Incoming Class Profile
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Additional information about the class profile
The DPT Program gives preference to applicants who are currently enrolled at St. Catherine University.
Minority-Serving Institution (MSI) Status
Program housed at a Minority-Serving Institution Yes
Minority-Serving Institution
Asian America and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI)
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