Augustana University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program prepares graduates with the core skills needed to advance and lead within the physical therapy profession. The program is delivered in a hybrid format, with learning delivered online, in hands-on labs in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and through clinical rotations. Graduates will finish in two years, moving into the clinic sooner.
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Online Education | 50 weeks
Learners participate in live synchronous sessions, record reactions, watch videos, and read materials to prepare for live sessions and lab immersions.
Lab Immersions | 13 weeks
Lab immersions are held at the National Sports Center outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Students apply what they have learned from the online experience into hands-on skills during intensive on-site practice, bringing their learning to life.
Clinical Education | 32 weeks
In year two, student learning comes together in clinical rotations in varied practice settings, serving diverse patient populations close to home or across the country.
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Learn from passionate faculty who are skilled in hybrid learning and teaching and are invested in students’ success. Each faculty member is strongly committed to providing a safe, supportive, and inclusive learning environment and culture, including completing the Diversity Advocate Certificate offered at Augustana University. Core and adjunct faculty live and work across the country and in every physical therapy specialty to create a diverse, dynamic learning experience.
50 unique specialty certifications
Faculty from across the US
85% board certified in specialty area
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Interprofessional Collaboration
Genomics | Telehealth |
Data Science | Bioelectronics
Augustana DPT students learn to innovate, integrate career and service, and solve critical problems. The curriculum provides a solid foundation in physical therapy and provides the opportunity to collaborate with multiple science disciplines. Vikings are prepared for the future of physical therapy.
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Commitment to Holistic Admission
Augustana University is looking for lifelong learners who want to bring positive change to their community and the world. In order to be considered for admission into the DPT program, applicants must meet the following criteria:

Complete a baccalaureate degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale from a regionally accredited institution.

Complete all required prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of ‘C’ or higher in each course and a prerequisite course GPA of 3.00 or higher on a 4.00 scale.
Effective November 8, 2022, Augustana University has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; phone: 703-706-3245; email: If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 605-202-6175 or email

Candidate for Accreditation is an accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates the program may matriculate students in technical/professional courses. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status does not assure that the program will be granted Initial Accreditation.

Candidacy is considered to be an accredited status, as such the credits and degree earned from a program with Candidacy status are considered, by CAPTE, to be from an accredited program. Therefore, students in the charter (first) class should be eligible to take the licensure exam even if CAPTE withholds accreditation at the end of the candidacy period. That said, it is up to each state licensing agency, not CAPTE, to determine who is eligible for licensure. Information on licensing requirements should be directed to the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT; or specific state boards (a list of state boards and contact information is available on FSBPT's website.