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Doctor of Physical Therapy


Program Mission and Goals

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The mission of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program is to prepare highly competent physical therapists who have the broad knowledge and skills required for the scope of physical therapist practice. Graduates of the program will be known for their compassionate care for all individuals, professional development, commitment to life-long learning, and high standards of professional behavior.

DPT 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 they:

  • "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