Professional Entry-Level DPT Program

While you can receive quality PT education at many schools across the nation, together the seven very important features built in to our entry-level program that sets us apart:

1. A Christian Approach to Healthcare

Everything we do is integrated with our vision of "Uniting Christianity with Healthcare Education" and our mission "To empower students who dream of becoming excellent physical therapists". Every aspect of learning and interaction with faculty and clinicians is integrated with the goal to serve the whole person not just the physical needs of patients.

2. Cooperative Learning Environment

Andrews PT students are NOT in competition with any classmate for grades or ranking. Class members are encouraged to be supportive and help each other succeed. We believe this not only reflects our Christian philosophy of education but is also more representative of clinical expectations after graduation.

3. A Caring Family-Like Atmosphere

Our faculty, staff, and students care about each other. You will be surrounded by people who want you to succeed. It's satisfying to know that even though you will be investing a considerable amount of time, money, and energy into your professional education, you will have a support system.

4. Small Class Size

In addition to a quality educational experience, graduate classes are small enough to provide a personal learning experience. Some classes are held conference-style, which promotes involved, direct discussion between students and faculty.

5. Diversity

Andrews University enrolls more than 3,400 students annually from most of the 50 states and nearly 100 countries and territories around the world. We are a leading university in racial and ethnic diversity according to US News and World Report and we have been given a rank of excellent ethnic diversity in the student body and above average in the faculty by College Factual .  Our DPT student body has always included a broad representation of racial and ethnic backgrounds, both nationally and internationally. Currently, our DPT student body includes 46% non-white/caucasian which is nearly 30% more ethnic diversity than the national average of DPT programs in the US.  In addition to racial and ethnic diversity, our student body represents a wide spectrum of faith and spirituality. Although we are a Seventh-day Adventist faith-based program,  we welcome students of all faith backgrounds. We believe, "We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other." Romans 12:5. The diversity of our student body, faculty and staff creates a welcoming, enriching and affirming environment. 

6. Program Accreditation

The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program at Andrews University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)

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Postprofessional programs (such as our DScPT and tDPT) are not accredited by CAPTE, as it currently accredits only qualified entry-level DPT programs. The Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at Andrews University satisfies educational prerequisites for professional licensure as a physical therapist in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia and the US Virgin Islands. 

7. Student Outcomes (Averages)

  • Graduation rate - 92.3%  (2017-2019)
  • NPTE ultimate pass rate - 96.2% (2017-2019)
  • NPTE first time pass rate - 78.4% (2017-2019) * We recognize this is less than impressive and it is below our expectation so have taken immediate action to improve our first time pass rates. Be sure to contact us if you have questions about our improvement plan. 
  • Employment rate - 100% employed as Physical Therapists within six months after graduation for those who sought employment (2017-2019).


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