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Colorado Mesa University Physical Therapy
1100 North Avenue Grand Junction CO 81501 United States
Phone+1 970.248.1709
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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

Located in the beautiful Grand Valley of Western Colorado, the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Colorado Mesa University is a 2.5 year (105 credit) program that plans to accept its inaugural cohort during the Fall of 2023. A mandatory orientation for all matriculating students will take place on Friday August 18 of 2023. The academic program (including clinical education) consists of 8 consecutive semesters with graduation in May of 2026. 

The program commences with basic science coursework (e.g. Anatomy, Histology, Physiology, Kinesiology) progresses to clinical sciences (e.g. Musculoskeletal, Neurologic, Cardiovascular & Pulmonary, Pediatrics, Geriatrics, etc.) all the while being complemented by a myriad of specialty courses (e.g. Imaging, Pharmacology, Pathology, etc.). Anatomy will be taught using traditional (cadaver) and modern (virtual reality) modalities. Students will have the opportunity to learn from a talented group of core faculty augmented by local community experts. Class sizes will be small (1st cohort = 20; 2nd cohort = 22; 3rd cohort and beyond = 24) ensuring a personalized approach. Most faculty teaching clinical content remain engaged in clinical practice to ensure you are learning from clinician-academicians. Woven throughout the curriculum are a series of Professional Practice courses designed to address topics ranging from documentation, ethics, professionalism, the psychosocial aspects of healthcare, business and law among others. Additionally, during the curriculum, students will take two Research classes (EBM & Applied Statistics). These research classes will establish the foundation for two Capstone courses where students will ask and answer a Clinically Relevant Question most often in the form of a Clinically Appraised Topic (CAT). 

The program includes 34 weeks of clinical education spread over 4 separate full-time rotations. Rotations are 6, 8, 8 & 12 weeks in duration. Rotations will be take place in a variety of settings where the art and science of physical therapy is practiced. 

The program is housed in the newly constructed St. Mary's Medical Education Center (MEC). In addition to Physical Therapy, the Occupational Therapy program and Physician Assistant programs are housed in the MEC. Other allied health programs on campus include Athletic Training, Nursing and Radiologic Sciences making interdisciplinary learning opportunities abundant. 

Upon successful completion of the program, students will earn a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree and be eligible to sit for the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE). Collectively, the program aims to provide a high-quality, cost conscious education. For the 2023-24 academic year, in-state tuition will be $515/credit hour while out-of-state tuition will be $772.50/credit hour. 

We welcome you to contact us to learn more about this very special place we call home. 

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?
Institution's Religious Affiliation
Admission Interviews
Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
Additional information about interviews

All applicants are required to complete the 'Snapshot' video interview as part of the Altus/Casper assessment. 

Is a Deposit Required for Accepted Applicants?
Total cumulative deposit
Additional Information about Deposit
*The deposit will be applied to the first-year tuition and fees. 
Deposit Refundable?
Additional Information about Refunds
*Deposits will only be refunded if the program does NOT receive affirmation from CAPTE to enroll students in the Fall of 2023. 

*Instructions for payment will be provided with the acceptance letter. 
Deposits collected on a rolling basis after offer of admission made?
Additional information about rolling deposits
Seats in the program will be secured upon receipt of the acceptance deposit. Enrollment will be capped at 20 students. 
Total Cost of Education for In-State Students
Total Cost of Education for out of State Students
Incoming Class Profile
Anticipated Size of the Next Entering Class
Size of Most Recent Entering Class
Additional information about the class profile
Program gives slight preference to Colorado Mesa University graduates and Colorado residents particularly those who are from and intend to stay on the Western Slope after graduation. 
Minority-Serving Institution (MSI) Status
Program housed at a Minority-Serving Institution No