Doctor of Physical Therapy

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Graduate Program



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Why This Program? 

You can only learn so much inside a classroom, which is why our accredited Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program curriculum focuses on hands-on clinical and service experiences. The program includes a variety of experiential learning clinical experiences that will give you the chance to apply the techniques and theories you learned in the classroom.

  • Progressive Curriculum: Created with input from faculty and practicing expert clinicians across the country, our curriculum will prepare you to work with a variety of patients, from newborns to athletes to older adults. 
  • Interprofessional Service-Learning Opportunities: In collaboration with community partners, you'll work side-by-side with faculty and clinicians to provide services to underserved populations across Siouxland. In doing so, you will gain vital experience and correlate what you learn with hands-on, interprofessional, service-learning opportunities.
  • Clinical-Focused Education Experience: Working in Briar Cliff's Physical Therapy Clinic and the assigned clinic experiences you will encounter real-life situations that will prepare you to succeed in the field.  As an integral component of the physical therapy curriculum, we take great pride in ensuring the clinical education experiences reflect our mission and vision. We have secured hundreds of clinical experiences across the nation and are committed to placing students in experiences that meet their educational needs. Upon matriculation into the program, we meet with each student individually to match their professional goals with clinical education placement and standards outlined in the clinical education handbook