Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
It is my pleasure to welcome you to Methodist University Department of Physical Therapy and I thank you for your interest in the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program. Physical Therapy is an exciting and rewarding profession that offers numerous opportunities in clinical practice, education, research, administration and professional service. I commend you on your choice of this profession as it reflects your commitment to caring for others in the context of a profession that is continually evolving to meet new demands and rising challenges in health care delivery.
Today, Physical Therapists are recognized as practitioners that have ever-increasing autonomy and take active roles in wellness and prevention, fitness, and rehabilitation. This means that in addition to knowledge and understanding of movement science; physical therapists must also possess a keen understanding of a dynamic health care system, have strong leadership capabilities, and be skilled in the art of human interaction. Therefore, the DPT faculty is committed to offering a high quality educational experience to develop graduate practitioners that are prepared to play a vital role in health care today and in the future. The character of our program is reflected in the tenets of the university's slogan, "Engage, Enrich, and Empower," which are embedded in the DPT program.
Engage: The educational experience in the DPT program at Methodist University engages students by maintaining a low student to faculty ratio, providing faculty mentoring throughout the curriculum, providing state-of-the-art facilities, and retaining faculty that are actively engaged in the clinic and/or research.
Enrich: At Methodist University, the faculty enrich students learning experiences through direct patient interactions, mentoring active participation in student centered research projects and by modeling evidence-based decision making in the classroom and clinic.
Empower: The students at Methodist are empowered to become clinician leaders. This is accomplished through a DPT curriculum that is intended to provide graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to practice within the scope of physical therapy as well as position them to be leaders that are poised to shape the future of the profession.
On behalf of the faculty, we welcome your inquiry, invite you to navigate around our website, and learn more about our program. We look forward to helping you achieve your professional goals at Methodist University.
Lori Leineke, PT, DPT, OCS
Interim Director & Chair
Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
The program was started in August 2013 and formally approved by the University in February 2014. The DPT program has received Accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), which is required for licensure (for more information, see Accreditation below). The program welcomed the first cohort of students in the Fall of 2015.
- Program Length: 3 years (33 months)
- Semesters: 8
- Didactic Credits: 109
- Clinical Credits: 19
- Clinical Rotations: 38 weeks
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- September 11, 2019
- October 16, 2019
- November 6, 2019
- January 8, 2020
- February 5, 2020
- March 4, 2020
- April 1, 2020
- May 6, 2020
All sessions are at Noon in the Thomas R. McLean Health Sciences Building.
Please RSVP one week prior to the session. Seating is limited.