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The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)* program is a professional doctorate designed to prepare physical therapists for practice in an evolving healthcare environment.

The DPT program at FranU is unique among its competitors in that it features a streamlined curriculum, expert faculty with over 50 years of industry experience combined, state-of-the-art learning environments, and both clinical education and service-learning opportunities for students.

School of Health Professions
Physical Therapists
Program Contacts

The DPT program at FranU participates in the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service, known as PTCAS. Applicants applying to the FranU physical therapist education program should apply online using the PTCAS system.

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Admission Requirements

In order to be considered for admission to the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University, the following admission requirements must be met:

  • Successfully earn a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution prior to the first day of scheduled classes in the DPT program
  • Earn a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and a calculated GPA of 3.0 in all prerequisite courses
  • Successful completion of all pre-requisite courses with ‘C’ or better, inclusive of*:
    • General Biology and lab (8 credit hours)
    • Upper level Biology or Chemistry (2000 level or above) (3 credit hours)
    • General Chemistry and lab (8 credit hours)
    • Human Anatomy (3 credit hours)
    • Human Physiology (3 credit hours)
    • General Physics (8 credit hours)
    • Math [Algebra or higher] (6 credit hours)
    • Statistics (3 credit hours)
    • General Psychology (3 credit hours)
    • Upper Level Psychology [preferably Child/Developmental Psychology and/or Abnormal Psychology] (3 credit hours)
    • General English Composition/Writing (6 credit hours)
    • Upper Level English Composition/Writing [2000 level or above] (3 credit hours)
    • Medical Terminology (1 credit hour)
  • Graduate Record Exam (>/= 290) combined quantitative and verbal portions and earn a minimum of 3.0 on the analytical writing portion. The GRE must have been taken within the last 5 years.
  • 60 clock hours of observation/practical experience with a licensed physical therapist. 100 clock hours from 2 different settings is recommended.
  • 2 letters of recommendation (one must be a licensed physical therapist and one should be from an employer or professor)

* All coursework will be reviewed in regards to course acceptability as meeting prerequisite requirements. If you have questions regarding acceptability of coursework, please email us at

Program Mission Statement

The mission of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University is to educate and form entry level Doctor of Physical Therapy practitioners in a faith-based academic community. Students are educated to become highly-skilled, ethical servant leaders who are valued contributors to the health professions and to the community.

Program Goals

As a premier health professional education program, the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University will meet the following program goals:

  • The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program will achieve a two-year average graduation rate of greater than 85%.
  • The Program graduates will have a two-year average ultimate licensure exam pass rate of greater than 90%.
  • The Program graduates will sustain a first-time licensure exam pass rate of greater than the national average.
  • The Program graduates will have a two-year average employment rate of greater than 95% among graduates who are actively seeking employment in the field of physical therapy within one year of graduation.
  • As a community-engaged campus, 85% of the program faculty and students will be engaged in service to the community and profession at the institutional, local, state and/or national levels on an annual basis.

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Upon completion of the DPT program graduates will be able to:

  • Practice in a manner that meets legal standards and demonstrates ethical action and decision-making.
  • Utilize best evidence in making sound clinical judgments, as well as create scholarly material through scientific inquiry.
  • Apply entry-level knowledge and skills in the examination and evaluation of patients and clients to formulate accurate physical therapy diagnoses.
  • Create effective, evidence-based intervention plans that optimize an individual’s physical and emotional well-being and participation in society.
  • Administer effective physical therapy services through communication, interdisciplinary collaboration, servant-leadership and sound business acumen as autonomous, reflective practitioners in an ever-changing healthcare environment.

Core Faculty

DPT faculty members are highly-skilled professionals with diverse backgrounds and a comprehensive blend of clinical practice, content expertise, and educational experience.

Program Resources

Document Title Type File Size
Document Title: DPT Core Performance Standards Type: pdf File Size: 151.109 KB Download
Document Title: DPT Program Handbook 18-19 Type: pdf File Size: 581.838 KB Download
Document Title: Evaluator Form 2019-2020 Type: xlsx File Size: 14.27 KB Download


Tuition for the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program


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*Tuition costs do not include textbooks or any additional costs associated with this program.


Regional Accreditation

Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. On September 21, 2017, the University received SACSCOC approval to grant the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University.

CAPTE Accreditation

Effective May 2, 2018, Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call (225) 768-1792 or email

Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates that the program is progressing toward accreditation and may matriculate students in technical/professional courses. Candidate for Accreditation is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation.

DPT Program FAQs

How many students are accepted per cohort?

We plan to admit 40 students a year in the fall semester; however, the number of students enrolled is based on the amount of qualified applicants each year. Each cohort progresses together. We do not have a rolling admissions process.

How long is the program?

Our curriculum is comprised of 100 credit hours over eight semesters and includes over thirty-six weeks of formal clinical education.

Do any courses transfer into the program?

No coursework may be transferred or substituted for credit in the program’s curriculum. 

How does the total cost of the program compare to other similar programs in the region?

DPT program at FranU costs less than most private physical therapy programs in the south region. The tuition is $87,500 and fees are $9,650, totaling $97,500 for the overall cost of the program.









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Will Scholarships and Financial aid be available?

Scholarships are available for first year DPT students. The office of financial aid works individually with students to procure appropriate student loans and aid based on their needs.

Are transfer credits from another program accepted?

Transfer credits from other physical therapy or physical therapist assistant programs are not accepted.

Does Kinesiology coursework count for the upper level biology requirements?

In most cases, Kinesiology courses do not meet the upper level biology or chemistry requirement. However, we do refer specific course questions to an in-house content expert for the final decision.

Does a PTA-PT bridge program currently exist? Will this be pursued in the future?

Currently, a bridge program from PTA to PT does not exist at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University. Plans have not been made to include this in the future.

When will the school achieve full accreditation?

In September 2017, the University received approval from SACSCOC to award the degree of Doctor of Physical Therapy. On May 2, 2018, the program was granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). 

Per CAPTE, "accreditation is a process used in the US to assure the quality of the education that students receive. It is a voluntary, non-governmental, peer-review process that occurs on a regular basis. Prior to graduation of the first cohort of students, the program completes the Accreditation Process." Please view CAPTE’s website for further details:


Curriculum Notes:
Total Program
100 Credits