I hope to foster a student’s desire to know; to help cultivate their intellectual curiosity. A continued desire to learn will impact our students and their future patients well after they have graduated.
Once you enter the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program at Clarke University, you will experience an incomparable, well-rounded education for students who want to graduate as exceptional physical therapy generalists. Clinical education is an essential part of your training as a physical therapist. The DPT program features a national network of clinical internships at some of the top clinics and medical centers in the country, along with access to service learning experiences. We offer a program that is nationally recognized and accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education through 2024.
- 124 Credits
- Three years
- Medical school-grade cadaver lab
- 4:1 student to cadaver ratio for optimal learning
- Hands-on experiences begin in your second semester
- Faculty are all licensed, practicing physical therapists
- Inter-professional opportunities for collaboration and networking
- Class sizes limited to 33 guarantees you a one-on-one experience
- 36 weeks of internship work spread throughout the three-year program
- Financial aid is available
Admission to Clarke University
Applicants are considered on an individual basis. Prospective students should achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0 scale, score competitively on either the ACT or the SAT, and submit the application form.
Our lab-based courses allow students to interact with one another and learn in a ‘hands-on’ manner to reinforce ideas presented in lecture.
Baseball values a five-tool player. I encourage students to become an all-around therapist in the same way including memorization of science facts, critical thinking, developing clinical skills, communicating, and having a compassionate heart.
I encourage individuals to critically think in order to be able to make informed, knowledgeable, free, and independent choices to solve problems and ethical dilemmas.
Our Students & Alumni
Clarke prepared me to reach beyond and say ‘yes’ to things I only ever dreamed about. The rigor of coursework during my undergrad in biology and the challenge of earning my Doctorate in Physical Therapy prepared me to take on any challenge with grace.
Clarke taught me not only how to treat patients, but also how to run a business.
Clarke’s DPT program has allowed me to work with patients in the community, experienced clinicians, and state-of-the-art facilities. I have had the opportunity to participate in professional development events and learned how to incorporate evidence-based practice into the clinical setting.
Percent job placement rate Clarke physical therapy graduates have.
The median annual wage for physical therapists in 2015, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Anticipated job growth is 33 percent from now to 2022, much faster than the average for other occupations.