Marymount University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program emphasizes patient management decisions based on best available scientific evidence, well developed clinical skills and judgment, and incorporation of patient goals and preferences.
- Three-year program
- 32 weeks of full-time supervised clinical practice, near campus or across the country
- Capstone: a professional journal-ready patient case report, prepared over several semesters, and based on an actual patient experience during a clinical practicum. This report allows students to communicate best scientific evidence, apply clinical reasoning principles, make clinical judgments, and utilize a patient-centered approach.
- Comprehensive examination at the end of the program to assess readiness for practice and prepare for the national licensing exam
- Modified problem-based learning approach and integration of "real life" clinical experiences
- Student-directed, active-learning component revolves around commonly occurring patient problems. The patient problems serve as the catalyst for students to identify their learning needs and guide their learning activities. Learning-in-context encourages students to discriminate clinical relevance of content rather than focusing on pure memorization and reproduction of study materials.
- Campus location near Washington, DC, affording exceptional opportunities for educational and cultural enrichment
Marymount’s program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).
Mission, Goals, and Student Outcomes
The mission of the Marymount University Doctor of Physical Therapy program is to prepare generalist practitioners to deliver best available physical therapist practice for improving movement, function and health across diverse individuals and communities. The program employs a dynamic learning-in-context environment that is warm and welcoming. Critical thinking, professionalism, respecting individual differences, and adherence to ethical practices ground all classroom, clinic, and community activities.