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Doctor of Physical Therapy


Entry-Level DPT

Students learning hands on

The mission of the Physical Therapy Department at St. Ambrose University is to provide high-quality professional and post-professional education for physical therapists. In this process, the department will foster the personal and professional development of its students, staff and faculty, and make positive contributions to the university, to the physical therapy profession, and to society.

DPT program faculty members are dedicated to providing students with the knowledge, skills and confidence to become integral members of the modern health care team. Building upon St. Ambrose's long history of liberal arts studies, the DPT program is distinguished by a rich environment of academic success, and top-flight clinical experiences.

Courses in the curriculum are taught by physical therapists who are experts in areas such as orthopedics, sports medicine, cardiopulmonary, neuromuscular, pediatrics, geriatrics and wound management. Basic and clinical sciences are supported by faculty members who have strong clinical and academic experience.

Employers of SAU/PT graduates have noted that our graduates:

  • "are great team players,"
  • "are some of the best prepared therapists I have worked with,"
  • "have a good broad base of knowledge regarding diagnosis and appropriate treatment interventions,"
  • "demonstrate strong professional behaviors,"
  • "are good at problem solving skills and application of techniques,"....

For more information about the Doctor of Physical Therapy program, contact Carrie Meador-Bliss at 563/333-6403 or email at


The St. Ambrose University Doctor of Physical Therapy program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).