Mount DPT graduates are known for their professionalism and compassion. 

 

Mission Statement

In keeping with the Mission of Mount St. Joseph University, the Department of Physical Therapy is committed to academic excellence in educating students for professional careers as physical therapists based upon a solid foundation of undergraduate liberal arts and sciences degrees. The faculty will prepare students with essential knowledge and skills and instill in them the duties, responsibilities, and professional standards necessary to function and grow as individuals and as health care professionals in a complex, dynamic, and diverse society.

 

The Program

The Mount’s DPT Program is a 117-credit hour, 9 semester, 3 year curriculum designed to build from semester to semester as students develop the necessary knowledge and skills to be professional and proficient physical therapists. The first year presents foundational knowledge from which students can build initial clinical skills, culminating in short inpatient and outpatient clinical experiences. The second-year clinical courses, organized by practice pattern and patient population, build from the basic knowledge and skills of the first year. The third year builds upon the prior two years and culminates in four full-time clinical internships, which include inpatient and outpatient experiences. Core course series proceed developmentally through the curriculum and include research, professionalism, foundational science (pathology, medical management), patient management and clinical experiences.  

Philosophy Statement

Physical therapy encompasses the application of scientific principles in the art of adapting or enhancing function and preventing dysfunction by utilizing physical measures, therapeutic exercises, and rehabilitative procedures. As in all health care fields, the scope of the profession is constantly changing in response to socioeconomic, cultural, and political influences as well as technological advances and research. The physical therapist must be compassionate and people-oriented with a strong desire to promote optimal quality of life while respecting the dignity of each person. Physical therapists must be culturally aware and able to respect individual values, beliefs, and behavioral differences that impact all aspects of patient and client management. Individuals entering the field of physical therapy must be well-educated with a sound liberal arts and sciences background, strong professional development, and must be self-motivated, goal-directed, lifelong learners.

Faculty members serve as educators, mentors, and role models in the professional learning process by designing and revising courses and educational experiences. Faculty guide students in developing critical thinking and clinical competence. Recognizing individual differences between students in learning styles, each faculty member works to design meaningful experiences and adjust teaching strategies to meet the needs of each student, whether in the classroom, laboratory, clinic or tutorial sessions. The faculty members recognize the rigor inherent in physical therapy education, and therefore, assume the responsibility of assisting student acclimatization to the professional education process. 

Accreditation and Outcomes

Mount St. Joseph University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and receives its certificate of authorization from the Ohio Department of Higher Education

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Mount St. Joseph University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: CPTE Online Website Link.

If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 513-244-4890 or email physical.therapy@msj.edu.

The program is in good standing and accredited to the next self-study and site visit in 2025.

CAPTE accredited programs meet the requirements for application for PT licensure in every state. However, many states have other requirements that could make a candidate ineligible. Prior to enrolling in our DPT program, a student who does not reside in Ohio should contact the licensing board in their home state to determine whether they would meet the requirements for licensure in the state where the student resides.

Reporting of Student Outcomes
Mount St. Joseph University has a 93% graduation rate (2019-2020) and 100% employment rate (2019-2020).

For the cohorts graduating in 2019-2021, MSJ graduates have a first time pass rate on the National Physical Therapy Exam of 90% and an ultimate pass rate of 99%.

Program policy and procedure that addresses handling complaints that fall outside due process.

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Resources

FAQs: Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
Frequently asked questions about the DPT graduate program at MSJ

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2021-2022 Graduate Rate Sheet [PDF] (96 KB)
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Graduate Degree Employment Survey Data [PDF] (534 KB)
2018 statistics about employment rates of those who earned a graduate degree at MSJ and their places of employment

Department of Physical Therapy 2021 Spring Newsletter