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wo students looking at a spineMount Saint Mary's University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program Vision

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program will be recognized as a leader in providing innovative models of professional education that will inform and enrich the profession. Students and faculty will learn, refine and expand their skills and knowledge base with application in traditional and non-traditional models of health care delivery within communities with unmet health and wellness needs.

All aspects of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program are rooted in the following values:


Approach interactions with honesty, truth and moral courage.


Strive to develop an emotional and cognitive understanding of patient experiences different than one's own and their influence on patient-caregiver interactions.

Social Citizenship:

Actively engage in the larger community through political, social or spiritual activities to facilitate access to optimal health and wellness.


Demonstrate appreciation, acceptance and respect for differences in thought, heritage, ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation, religion and socioeconomic status.


Strive to contribute to the knowledge base of the profession and be critical consumers of evidence-based or critically assessed knowledge.


Engage in professional activities to influence positive health outcomes for individuals and the community.


Develop the ability to create positive outcomes in the classroom and clinic interactions.

Doctor of Physical Therapy Program Outcomes

Two-year average graduation rate CAPTE data (Class of 2020, 2021):  92.25%

Two-year average ultimate pass rate for the licensure exam (Class of 2019, 2020 Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy Data):  100%

Employment rate within 1 year following graduation (Class of 2019, 2020):  100%


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.