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Doctor of Physical Therapy

Graduate Programs

Physical Therapy

Mount Saint Mary's University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program Mission

Mount Saint Mary's University provides doctoral education to a diverse student body culminating in physical therapists with sound clinical reasoning in a variety of settings who are committed to professional and personal development, social citizenship and ethical, compassionate care.

As a Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy we are committed to facilitating life-long learning in the faculty, alumni and the professional community.

To accomplish this mission:

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program will provide an education whose theoretical foundation is structured with the best evidence emphasizing critical thinking and professional behavior. Instruction will be provided by well qualified, professionals with post-professional doctorates, advanced or specialist certification and expertise in their content areas.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program will set and maintain high standards for admissions and graduation.

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The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Mount Saint Mary’s 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:; Website: If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 213-477-2600 or email  

Mount Saint Mary’s University DPT graduates are eligible to sit for the National Physical Therapy Exam in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Licenses are granted by the licensing authority in individual states and those licensing boards might require an additional exam on laws and regulations specific to that state. Prior to enrollment, prospective students must review the Doctor of Physical Therapy professional licensure webpage. The Physical Therapy Board of California is the licensing authority for California and requires an exam on the laws and regulations for practice of physical therapy in California. Mount Saint Mary’s University will assist applicants and students as they determine licensure requirements in other states. Please contact the Director of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program by email at Contact information and licensure requirements for the licensing authorities in other jurisdictions can also be found on the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy website.