Doctor of Physical Therapy Program Overview
Marymount University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program is renowned locally and nationally for producing the next generation of qualified talent in the field. Are you ready to make a difference in PT?
The Doctor of Physical Therapy program prepares generalist practitioners to deliver best-available physical therapist practice for improving movement, function, and health across diverse individuals and communities. Employing a dynamic learning-in-context environment that is warm and welcoming, the Doctor of Physical Therapy program utilizes a modified problem-based curriculum that is unique to the region. You’ll learn with a curriculum that emphasizes critical thinking, professionalism, respecting individual differences, and adhering to ethical practices in all classroom, clinic, and community activities.
At Marymount, you will work with expert faculty and clinicians who use innovative education and health care delivery strategies. They also tend to stick around, as our Doctor of Physical Therapy faculty have an average of 12 years of service at Marymount! With small class and lab sizes, these leading professors are eager to be mentors and connectors to exciting futures in the world of physical therapy.
Take your PT aspirations to the next level with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Marymount University!
|Marymount University 2020-2021 Graduates||Percentage|
|NPTE Ultimate Pass Rate||100%|
|First Time NPTE Pass Rate||92%|
- 102 credits
- 9 semesters; 3 years to complete
- Modified problem-based learning curriculum
- Fall intake only
- $121,400 in tuition and fees for the entire program: Marymount University Financial Fact Sheet 2021 2022
- Accredited by CAPTE
Applicants to Marymount University’s DPT program must apply through PTCAS.
The 2022-2023 PTCAS Application is now closed (for FALL 2023 Admission).
IMPORTANT DATES for FALL 2024 ADMISSION
Applications Open: June 2023
Application Deadline: TBA
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university prior to entry into the Doctor of Physical Therapy program
- Minimum 3.0 GPA
- Prerequisite coursework: General Biology I and II (Lecture & Lab); General Chemistry I and II (Lecture & Lab); Physics I and II (Lecture & Lab); Anatomy and Physiology I and II (Lecture & Lab); Psychology; Statistics
- No more than 1 prerequisite course can have a course grade of C+ or C; all other prerequisite courses must have grades of B- or better
- Up to 12 credits of prerequisite coursework can be incomplete at the time of application; all remaining coursework must be completed with a course grade of B or better (click here for list of acceptable prerequisite courses)
- 2 references (click here for list of acceptable evaluators)
- Receipt of supplemental application fee
- Complete or Verified application status in PTCAS by the deadline (all transcripts, references, and application materials must be received by PTCAS by the deadline)
- No GRE required
- Interview (by invitation only)
Program Curriculum Snapshot
Visit Marymount’s Graduate Catalog for a listing of course descriptions
DPT Program Curriculum
|PT 700: Clinical Neuroscience (5)||PT 710: Gross Anatomy (6)||PT 713: Therapeutic and
Scientific Principles of Exercise (3)
|PT 701: Applied
|PT 711: Foundations of PT
Examination, Evaluation, and Diagnosis (6)
|PT 702: Health Care Delivery &
Contemporary Society (3)
|IPE 715: Critical Assessment of Information (3)|
|14 Fall Credits||15 Spring Credits||3 Summer Credits|
|PT 714: Foundations of Physical Agents & Therapeutic Technologies in PT Practice (2)||PT 730: Evaluation and
Management of Patients in Acute Care (5)
|PT 800: Clinical Practicum I (6)|
|PT 720: Evaluation and
Management of Patients with Orthopedic Disorders (5)
|PT 731: Clinical Applications of PT
Management of Patients in Acute Care (5)
|PT 721: Clinical Applications of Physical Therapy Management of Patients with Orthopedic Disorders (5)||PT 732: The PT as a Manager (3)|
|IPE 716: Research Principles and
|PT 735: Physical Therapy and the Older Adult (3)|
|15 Fall Credits||16 Spring Credits||6 Summer Credits|
|PT 740: Evaluation and
Management of Patients with Neurological Disorders (5)
|PT 803: Case Report II (3)||PT 802: Clinical Practicum III (6)|
|PT 741: Clinical Applications of PT Management of Patients with Neurological Disorders (4)||PT 801: Clinical Practicum II (5)||PT 757: Leadership, Professional Development and Expert Practice (3)|
|PT 744: Case Report I:
|PT 745: Clinical Practice
|PT 746: Physical Therapy in Pediatrics (2)|
|16 Fall Credits||11 Spring Credits||6 Summer Credits|
Total: 102 Credits
Career and Salary Possibilities
- 100% of Doctor of Physical Therapy graduates are employed within 6 months
- The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 21% growth in physical therapy jobs from 2020 to 2030
- Mean average salary for a Doctor of Physical Therapy graduate in 2020 was $91,010
Meet Our Faculty
Welcome to the School of Health Sciences in the College of Health and Education at Marymount University. We are extremely proud of our programs and are excited to share some of the features that make us unique. Our School is dedicated to providing quality education to improve the lives of our patients and clients in the ever-changing health care landscape.
The School has undergraduate programs (Bachelor’s in Health Science with specializations in Pre-Physical Therapy, Pre-Professional, Public Health, and Exercise Science), graduate programs (Doctor of Physical Therapy, Master’s in Public Health Education & Promotion), and post-professional transitional doctoral programs (t-Doctor of Physical Therapy and t-Doctorate in Occupational Therapy).
The faculty and staff in our programs are committed to the success of our students, and have built a curricular framework that focuses on critical thinking, professionalism, and leadership. Our emphasis on intellectual curiosity, service to others, and a global perspective allows us to provide a learning environment that respects each individual student. The School has a deeply-held belief in servant leadership and prepares our students to advocate for the health of individuals and communities.
Our campus is placed in an ideal location at the intersection of expert practice and policy. The success of the School is facilitated by our excellent relationship with multiple internship sites, which include clinics, businesses, hospitals, and health-related nonprofits in the D.C. metro area. Our connection to several national associations such as the American Public Health Association (APHA), the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) enriches the connection between learning in the classroom and best practices in these disciplines. Our location in Arlington, Va., is a mere 5 miles from several of these associations.
I am honored to be the Director of a School that is grounded in excellence and service. Please explore our website to learn more about our faculty, students, and staff, and our many initiatives that are shaping the future of health across the globe.
Skye Donovan, PT, PhD
Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist
Professor and Director, School of Health Sciences
Department of Physical Therapy
Click here to view Rehab Essentials Faculty
Captain Kirstin Sessoms, Class of 2021
After working as a travel physical therapist over the last year, she was recently accepted into the United States Air Force to begin working as an active duty physical therapist.
After completion of Officer Training School this winter, she will begin the USAF Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency. As an AF PT, she will be trained to prescribe medications, order diagnostic imaging, treat direct access patients without limitations, and perform medical procedures, such as joint aspiration and corticosteroid injections.
“My interest in becoming a physical therapist started when I was around 15 to 16 years old, when I suffered a knee injury and required PT post-op. At the time, I also had a strong interest in athletic training. I’m blessed to say I’ve been able to earn both degrees and pursue my dream of working in professional sports. When deciding on which PT program best suited me, I really leaned on how the interview process went and how I was treated as a candidate. Marymount University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy department showed interest in investing in me and my future, and I didn’t feel like just a number. The department allowed candidates to speak to current students, and during the interview process they just wanted to know about me and my goals. The PT program and faculty felt like home, so it was an easy decision for me. Thank you, Marymount Doctor of Physical Therapy program, for believing in me back in 2015!” – Wilson Diez, Class of 2018, Major League Rehab Department PT/ATC for the Tampa Bay Rays
“I found my passion for physical therapy during my recovery at Walter Reed Medical Center after a tour in Iraq. After graduating with my Doctor of Physical Therapy degree, I started my career in a post-acute rehabilitation facility. I knew I wanted to innovate the delivery of physical therapy services, so I founded Theralution, a mobile physical therapy practice. The required Physical Therapy Management course at MU was a tremendous training ground for running a business. The class project took us through every step of starting your own practice from the ground up – a perfect foundation.” – Victor Washington, Class of 2011, Owner of Theralution in Arlington, Va.