Stefani Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
The University of Saint Mary Stefani Doctor of Physical Therapy program prepares students for autonomous practice as an entry-level physical therapist. In keeping with the spirit of our founders, the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, USM is committed to helping students realize their God-given potential—inspiring them to strive for academic excellence in coursework and in practice.
Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), USM’s curriculum emphasizes dynamic, hands-on learning and applicable clinical reasoning skills consistent with the Guide to Physical Therapist Practice and the American Physical Therapy Association's Standards of Practice. Students fully understand the fundamentals of the profession while also being introduced to a broad spectrum of treatment techniques—comprehensively preparing graduates to pass the National Physical Therapy Examination.
Meeting the Needs of a Growing Population
The future looks bright for physical therapy—thanks to an aging population that’s projected for continued growth. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates a 34 percent growth (much faster than average) in the field through 2024, with more than 71,800 new physical therapist jobs. Consistently ranked in the top 15 U.S. News “Best Jobs” list, physical therapists are in high demand—and will be for the next decade or more.
USM DPT Program Student Outcomes (As of 2/3/2016)
1. Graduation Rate: 97% for Class of 2015 (first class graduated on May 9, 2015).
2. Ultimate Licensure Examination Pass Rate: 91.9% for Class of 2015.
3. Employment Rate of graduates looking for employment as a PT within one year of graduation: 100% for the Class of 2015.