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 clinical reasoning, 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
- $121,740 in tuition and fees for the entire program: Marymount University Financial Fact Sheet 2023-2024
- 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 15, 2023
Application Deadline: October 16, 2023
- 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)
- 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
- No additional application fee 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
APTA Leadership Opportunities
“I had such a great time during the 2024 APTA Student Leadership Congress held in Washington, DC! My first PT conference was in San Diego this past February where I first learned about the opportunity to get more involved in the profession while still in school. Fast forward to July as the Virginia student representative, I was able to collaborate with other states representatives on how to move our profession forward, as well as revitalize and reaffirm my passion for serving others and advocating for patients. It was an honor to represent Marymount University on a national level! Let’s keep going!”
-Emmanuel, Class of 2024
Go, Baby Go
“Go-Baby-Go is an unbelievably rewarding program as a student. For a few hours, you are able to participate in the challenge of building and customizing a car for a child who may never have experienced that level of independence before. These cars enable children at all levels to move about and play freely as well as explore the world around them in new ways. Mobility is something so many of us take for granted, so to be able to help these children become more mobile is an unforgettable and extremely humbling experience.”
-Brooke, Class of 2025
Remote Area Medical (RAM) Clinics
“Attending Remote Area Medical (RAM) in Emporia VA this summer really put into perspective the lack of healthcare access that exists across the United States. We all had the ability to help provide free, quality health and physical therapy services to an underserved community who live in a rural location and suffer from inequities and gaps in care. We could all see firsthand how providing some compassion, community engagement, and social responsibility can make a real national and international impact. It was also an amazing opportunity to bond and get to know my fellow classmates and faculty outside of 4040. This is an opportunity everyone should take advantage of, even if rural health care is not on your radar!”
– Jordan, Class of 2025