A hybrid degree program designed for graduates to finish in two years.




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 bring student learning to life. Students apply what they have learned from the online experience into hands-on skills during intensive on-site practice.

Clinical Education | 31 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 committed to students’ success. 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 U.S.
85% board certified in specialty area

Lead the Health Care System of the Future

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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 2.80 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.

Ability to fulfill the technical abilities required for physical therapists.

Completion of an approved criminal background check before enrollment in the program.


Effective Nov. 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: accreditation@apta.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 605.202.6175 or email dptadmissions@augie.edu.

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) at fsbpt.org or specific state boards (a list of state boards and contact information is available on FSBPT's website).