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
  • Graduation rate:
    • 2017: 100% or 62 students graduated within the normally expected time frame.

    • 2018:  92.3% or 53 students graduated with their original cohort.
    • 2019:  83.1% or 54 students graduated with their original cohort.
    • 2020: 98.5% or 65 students graduated with their original cohort.
  • Employment Rate:
    • 2017 - 100% job placement within 6 months of passing licensure examination.
    • 2018 - 100% job placement within 6 months of passing licensure examination.
    • 2019 - 100% job placement within 6 months of passing licensure examination.
    • 2020 - 100% job placement within 6 months of passing licensure examination.
  • Licensure Examination Pass Rate:
    • 2009-2017 Ultimate Pass Rate: 100%
    • 2018 First Time Pass Rate: 100% 
    • 2019 First TIme Pass Rate 96.7% Ultimate Pass Rate 100%
    • 2020 First Time Pass Rate 96.8% Ultimate Pass Rate 100%
    • 2021 First Time Pass Rate of early April testers 100%

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.