Spalding University School of Physical Therapy
901 South 4th Street Louisville KY 40203 United States
Phone+1 904.910.9817
CAPTE Developing

Per CAPTE: "This program has begun the process toward accreditation by submitting an Application for Candidacy. A review of the Application for Candidacy is scheduled and a determination on candidacy is anticipated prior to their stated matriculation date. Submission of an Application for Candidacy 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."

Should the program not obtain Candidate for Accreditation status and not be eligible to admit students, applicants to the program will not be refunded the PTCAS application fee paid to apply to the program.

Program Description

Spalding University, an independent, urban, coeducational institution in the Catholic tradition for students of all traditions, will begin accepting students into its new Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program in Fall Semester 2022, pending approval by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). The School of Physical Therapy, with its planned professional and post-professional offerings, continues Spalding University's long tradition of graduate education and builds on its Research Doctoral graduate status.

Students can be admitted into the DPT Program after completing three years of college, and many prerequisite courses can be completed online. A Bachelor of Health Sciences degree will be awarded at the completion of the first year of the DPT curriculum. Undergraduate students interested in admission to the DPT Program will have opportunities to engage with physical therapists in clinical and research settings through prerequisite coursework offered by Spalding University. 

The DPT Program will use a hybrid/low residency delivery of its curriculum, building on Spalding University's tradition of flexible education that meets the needs of the times. The lecture portion of the 110 credit curriculum will be offered online, and hands-on laboratory courses will be taught in the program's state-of-the-art on-campus facilities in Downtown Louisville, KY. Students will complete 32 weeks of full-time clinical education in physical therapy settings in metro Louisville and across the country. Twenty of these 32 weeks will be integrated across three years of the program, assuring students gain the experience and confidence for their three-month terminal clinical education experience in the last semester of the program. 

Veteran faculty with experience in online learning will guide the professional curriculum in preparing competent, compassionate physical therapists who will be advocates for their patients, collaborators in interprofessional practice, and leaders in their profession. Faculty will guide graduates on the path to lifelong learning through post-graduate residencies and post-professional education opportunities. 

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