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Graduate with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy in just 2.6 years!

Courses are taught in a blended-learning model (both online and in-person), flexible and convenient from the comfort of your own home.

  • A blended learning and competency-based model offers you the opportunity to study from a location convenient to you and your life circumstances, while attending onsite program sessions throughout each semester. 
  • Learn from faculty with broad educational and clinical experiences in a range of practice arenas from around the United States.  
  • Apply knowledge and skills learned in academic courses to clinical experiences at one of our many active clinical partner sites across the country in a variety of settings, including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, skilled nursing facilities, home health, schools, and outpatient clinics.
  • Complete two 16-week internships at the end of your curriculum, in both an inpatient and outpatient setting.
  • GRE not required.
  • Receive your Doctorate of Physical Therapy in just 31 months.

Degrees Offered

Doctorate of Physical Therapy

Career Outlook

The U.S. Department of Labor projects employment of physical therapists to increase by as much as 28 percent by 2026. With a national average median annual salary of $87,930, physical therapy is a high-demand career.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration

DPT Admissions Decisions

Completion of basic requirements does not guarantee an interview or admission into CSM’s DPT program. CSM’s Physical Therapy Admission Committee uses a selection model to choose which candidates best qualify for the program and practice of the profession from a pool of applicants. Admission is based on quality of baccalaureate academic institution, cumulative and prerequisite GPA, difficulty of prior coursework, references, and applicant interview.


Graduation from a physical therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; accreditation [at] is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.

College of Saint Mary is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist education program from CAPTE. The program is planning to submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage, on December 1, 2019. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the professional phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in professional courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Furthermore, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.

State Authorization

College of Saint Mary seeks to make available all online programs/courses to residents of Nebraska and other states, and to allow completion of required clinical or practical experiences in those states. We work through the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) process and with states directly to ensure that when authorization or licensure is necessary, required approvals are secured. Nebraska is a member of SARA and CSM is an approved SARA institution. As such, we adhere to a set of national standards for interstate offering of post-secondary distance education courses and programs. SARA also covers all interstate placements in clinical or practical situations among SARA member states, no matter the nature of the main program. However, not all states are SARA members (i.e. California). While we do monitor the laws in each state, authorization of distance education is a dynamic environment and prospective students should check often for updates. It is the student’s responsibility to understand current circumstances or special requirements in their state of residence.

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