Doctor of Physical Therapy Program


Quick Facts

Degree Level
Doctoral Degree
GPA Requirement
Minimum 3.00 required to apply
Application Deadline
December 1 (preferred)
February 1 (final)
Program Start
Summer Trimester
Admits per Intake

About the Program

The Profession

Physical therapists (PTs) are highly educated, licensed healthcare professionals who can help patients reduce pain and improve or restore mobility. They examine each individual and develop a plan, using treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. In addition, physical therapists develop fitness- and wellness-oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles. Physical therapists provide care for people in a variety of settings, including hospitals, private practices, outpatient clinics, home health agencies, schools, sports and fitness facilities, work settings, and nursing homes.

The Program

The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program prepares graduates to become licensed physical therapists. The program uses a selective admission process to identify a new group of students to begin study annually in the 3-year DPT program. The curriculum, grounded in Christian principles, builds on the students' undergraduate foundation in the arts and sciences. It includes 124 graduate-level credits during which students progress through and integrate foundational and clinical sciences, patient/client management skills, and ultimately, the provision of person-centered care.

Program Mission

Consistent with the values of AHU, the program prepares Doctors of Physical Therapy who promote holistic, person-centered care and wellness through evidence-based practice, leadership, life-long learning, scholarship, and service to local and global communities.

Employment Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “employment of physical therapists is projected to grow 28 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for physical therapy will come from the aging baby boomers, who are not only staying active later in life, but are more susceptible to health conditions, such as strokes, that may require physical therapy. In addition, physical therapists will be needed to treat people with mobility issues stemming from chronic conditions, such as diabetes or obesity.” The median salary for a physical therapist is $87,930 depending on position, years of experience, degree of education, geographic location, and practice setting. For more information on the physical therapy profession or the education required to become a physical therapist, please visit the American Physical Therapy Association's website at

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