College of Saint Mary Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
7000 Mercy Road Omaha NE 68106 United States
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The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the College of Saint Mary is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; telephone: 703-706-3245; email;; website: If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 402-399-2640  or email

Program Description

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program at College of Saint Mary prepares future physical therapists to be competent clinicians in evaluating and treating patients/clients across the lifespan and conditions effecting all body systems.  Using a blended-learning model of instruction that includes online learning and multiple on-site hands-on intensive laboratory sessions throughout each semester, the 31-month program develops a servant practitioner who is a transformational leader.  The first 24 months of the program include didactic preparation in evidence-based physical therapy skills in evaluation, clinical reasoning and treatment for all body systems across the life span; research practice; professional development; and service-learning experiences.  The clinical education program includes integrated clinical experiences that occur throughout the coursework and two full-time clinical internships that are each 16-weeks long. 

Educational Philosophy

The faculty are committed to developing competent physical therapists who will effectively and efficiently provide physical rehabilitation services to patients across the lifespan. Sound clinical reasoning skills and the best evidence will be used to guide patient/client management processes. The program will develop self-directed lifelong learners who will be recognized as leaders and patient advocates in the healthcare industry within their respective communities. 

Program Mission 

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program's mission is to offer a blended curriculum to prepare competent, compassionate, and professional physical therapists who demonstrate excellence in the physical therapy practice to diverse and medically underserved communities. The program prepares graduates to be lifelong learners and health care leaders in accordance with the values of CSM as inspired by the Sisters of Mercy: excellence, service, dignity, compassion, inclusivity, and integrity.

Program Goals

  • The DPT Program will support the delivery of quality physical therapy services to medically underserved and/or culturally diverse communities to increase health equity and access.
  • The DPT Program will provide a contemporary, evidence-based blended DPT education.
  • The DPT Program will support the advancement of knowledge in physical therapy, teaching and learning, and health sciences and the achievement of college expectations for the scholarly role of faculty.

Courses are taught in a blended-learning model (both online and in-person), flexible and convenient from the comfort of your own home.

  • A blended learning and competency-based model offers you the opportunity to study from a location convenient to you and your life circumstances, while attending onsite program sessions throughout each semester.
  • Courses are taught in an asynchronous and synchronous manner requiring a full-time commitment.
  • Learn from faculty with broad educational and clinical experiences in a range of practice arenas from around the United States.
  • Apply knowledge and skills learned in academic courses to clinical experiences at one of our many active clinical partner sites across the country in a variety of settings, including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, skilled nursing facilities, home health, schools, and outpatient clinics.
  • Complete two 16-week internships at the end of your curriculum, in both an inpatient and outpatient setting.
  • GRE not required.
  • Receive your Doctor of Physical Therapy in just 31 months.
  • Program open to both men and women.
Program offers a guaranteed freshman admission pathway?
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Will the professional (entry-level) PT program offer a satellite or branch campus to applicants during the upcoming admissions cycle?
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Successful completion of an admission interview. Applicants are selected for an interview based on a holistic evaluation of their application and supporting documents. The admissions interview will include an asynchronous online oral interview and written essay questions.
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