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Why St. Kate’s

A first-year DPT student receiving her white coat at a ceremony

Physical therapy is currently one of the fastest growing areas for employment within the burgeoning healthcare field, and the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program at St. Kate’s excels in preparing physical therapists (PT) with skills to lead and influence the profession.

The innovative DPT curriculum breaks free from more traditional approaches by integrating basic sciences and professional practice in a way that is clinically relevant and meaningful.

Join a growing field

Jobs for PTs are expected to grow by 31.6 percent in the decade ending in 2016, and salaries for PTs averaged $66,200 in 2006, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Aging baby boomers are contributing to the demand for physical therapy, as are younger people who seek the preventative health measures now offered by PTs, often in conjunction with health and fitness centers.

Experience the curriculum

We’re focused on the knowledge and skills you will need to succeed in clinical practice. As a student at St. Kate’s, you’ll have clinical experiences from the start of the program, treating patients with a variety of movement-related conditions across the lifespan, including children, adults and geriatric clients.

You’ll work in hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, acute care and outpatient orthopedic clinics. Opportunities are also available to work in unique settings such as pediatric clinics, school systems and facilities providing experience in women’s health, aquatics and wellness practices. You’ll bring these real world experiences into the classroom for a richly layered education.

Another unique feature of St. Kate’s Physical Therapy program is the partnership between the University’s Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) and Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) programs. Through collaboration in classrooms and labs and at clinical sites, students gain insight into each profession’s role in the healthcare setting.

Learn from faculty who put you first

In order to provide you with so many supervised clinical experiences, St. Kate’s has an extensive and diverse clinical faculty, representing all aspects of physical therapy practice from acute care to orthopedics, neurology and long-term care.

Both clinical faculty and full-time faculty at St. Kate's are dedicated to teaching — our faculty members are here for you.

Learn to serve and serve to learn

In the spirit of Catholic Social Teaching, you’ll contribute to our “good neighbor” mission in several ways. Each month, DPT students participate in a Native American foot clinic aimed at helping the disproportionate number of people with diabetes in the local Native American population.

In your third year, you’ll have a deep immersion experience in service learning locally, nationally or abroad, in which you’ll serve and explore the health needs of an economically impoverished community.