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Doctor of Physical Therapy

The Allen College DPT program has been granted candidacy status (the first phase in achieving full accreditation) and will be accepting applications for the 2022 admission cycle on the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service. The application cycle opens June 16, 2021 and closes October 1, 2021.

Program Overview:

The Allen College DPT program offers a unique blend of online and onsite learning developing entry-level physical therapists. The three-year curriculum emphasizes application and clinical reasoning skills through a mixed delivery of virtual and hands-on learning, comprehensively preparing students to pass the National Physical Therapy Examination. The program begins once each year in the spring semester.

The physical therapy profession is comprised of highly educated, skilled, and ethical individuals dedicated to helping people of all ages prevent the loss of or restore the ability to move and function throughout life. Treatment strategies include the use of exercise, patient education, and hands-on techniques to facilitate rehabilitation. Physical therapists are essential members of the inter-professional health care team working collaboratively in a variety of settings schools, homes, hospitals, and clinics.

Additional Program Information (Join a DPT Webinar)

Learn more about the program structure and requirements during an Informational Webinar. The events are hosted by DPT faculty and Admissions at 7 p.m. Central Standard Time (CST). 

  • Tuesday, May 18, 2021
  • Tuesday, June 15, 2021
  • Tuesday, July 13, 2021
  • Tuesday, August 10, 2021
  • Tuesday, September 7, 2021
  • Tuesday, October 5, 2021
  • Tuesday, November 2, 2021
  • Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Register today!

Blended or Hybrid Learning

The combination of online learning with in-person, immersion experiences, and clinical internships creates an innovative blend for students to excel while remaining close to current communities. Students learn alongside classmates in a virtual classroom. With blended learning students have continuous access to online learning resources and connection to experienced program faculty with expertise in virtual teaching and learning.

Online Learning Highlights

  • Coursework accessible any time of day, granting an individualized pace

  • Create strong connections with classmates and faculty through collaborative and engaging content

  • Develop and refine professional skills with ongoing feedback from both peers and faculty via video, case scenario assignments, and class discussions

  • Access high-quality video on patient demonstrations, short lectures, and skill prep for immersion labs

Onsite Learning Highlights

  • Reinforce professional bonds with faculty and peers during in-person labs

  • Apply and advance hands-on skills in a small, intimate class setting

  • Learn in Allen College's brand-new physical therapy education space, equipped with state-of-the-art technology, as well as at the world-renowned Practical Anatomy and Surgical Education cadaver dissection lab at St. Louis University

Clinical Internship Highlights

  • Develop clinical knowledge in four internship experiences throughout the program, beginning in the first year

  • Spend a total of 32 weeks in various geographical and clinical settings for a well-rounded education, ready to work in any setting upon graduation

  • Collaborate side-by-side with a full-time, licensed physical therapist guiding learning with patients in a real-world setting

Program Mission

The mission of the Allen College DPT Program is to prepare competent, compassionate, and caring physical therapists who, through a diverse learning community and an innovative, blended educational format led by accomplished and veteran faculty, practice with a commitment to lifelong learning, engagement in their community and leadership in the profession.


Graduation from a physical therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone: (703) 706-3245; accreditation@apta.org is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.

Effective November 3, 2020, the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Allen College has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education [1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: (703) 706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org ] If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call (319) 226-2024 or email eric.arguello@allencollege.edu. Candidate for Accreditation is an accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates the program may matriculate students in technical/professional courses. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status does not assure that the program will be granted Initial Accreditation.

In 2023, the program will be eligible to apply for full accreditation status prior to the first cohort graduating.

To file a complaint with CAPTE, please go to the CAPTE website at capteonline.org/Complaints/

The program values comments or concerns that allow for improvement of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. Comments should be sent in writing to Program Director, Dr. Eric Arguello, Eric.Arguello@allencollege.edu or Dean, Dr. Peggy Fortsch, Peggy.Fortsch@allencollege.edu.