About the Program

The Doctor of Physical Therapy curriculum is designed to develop the student completely as a person and as a professional. A foundation of courses in the humanities and sciences challenges the students’ personally by focusing not only on the intellect, but also upon the character of the student.

Features of Marquette University's Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree Program:

  • Complete 2 degrees in 6 years
  • Choose from a large variety of undergraduate majors
  • Special area of interest concentrations
  • Exercise Physiology major and Master of Athletic Training program are part of the department and offer dual credentials for greater marketability
  • Distinguished faculty
  • Program committed to cultural diversity
  • Program holds state and federal grants to support minority and disadvantaged students
  • Ranked 13th in country by US News and World Report, 2020
  • Over 700 Clinical sites nationwide

     

    EXPECTED GLOBAL STUDENT OUTCOMES

    One of the defining characteristics of a Marquette education is the focus on cura personalis – care of the whole person. In that vein, we expect that Graduates of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program will embody that characteristic. Graduates of the Physical Therapy program will be able to:

    1. Demonstrate the skills necessary to practice autonomously within a direct access environment in essential practice areas as defined by the Guide for Physical Therapist Practice.
    2. Use testing and differential diagnosis to screen individuals in order to determine appropriateness for physical therapy services, and/or to determine the need for referral to other health professionals.
    3. Apply evidence based decision making in planning patient care.
    4. Advocate for or influence social and physical environments that promote better movement for all. 

      PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES

      Graduation Rates

      Year of Graduation

      Number of Students Enrolled

      Graduation Rate

      Recent 2-Year Average

      2018

      53

      92.3

      96%
      (Class of 2017 & 2018)

      2019

      54

      83%

      88%
      (Class of 2018 & 2019)

      2020

      65

      98.5%

      91%
      (Class of 2019 & 2020)

      2021

      66

      TBD (9/2021)

      TBD (9/2021)

      National Board Examination Pass Rates

      National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE) pass rates are reported by The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy.

      Year of Graduation

      Number of Graduates

      Graduates Who Passed NPTE on First Attempt

      First Attempt Pass (2-Year Average)

      Overall Pass Rate on NPTE (%)

      2018

      53

      100%

      100%
      (2017 & 2018)

      100%

      2019

      54

      96.7%

      98.4%
      (2018 & 2019)

      100%

      2020

      65

      96.8%

      96.8%
      (2019 & 2020)

      100%

      Employment Rates

      Graduation Year

      Number of Graduates

      Number of Graduates Who Sought Employment, Employed Within 1 Year of Passing the NPTE

      Number of Graduates Who Sought Employment, Employed Within 1 Year of Passing the NPTE (2-Year Average)

      Employment Rate for All Graduates (%)

      2018

      53

      53

      100%
      (2017 & 2018)

      100%

      2019

      54

      54

      100%
      (2018 & 2019)

      100%

      2020

      65

      TBD (11/2021)

      TBD (11/2021)

      TBD (11/2021)