Mount DPT graduates are known for their compassion and professionalism
Mission and Philosophy
The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program’s mission and philosophy grow from the College of Mount St. Joseph's liberal arts and sciences tradition. From the inaugural graduating class of 1999 to today, the College has been privileged to participate in the education and development of physical therapists who embody the seven Core Values as defined by the American Physical Therapy Association: accountability, altruism, compassion/caring, excellence, integrity, professional duty, and social responsibility.
This comprehensive degree trains compassionate, caring professionals who practice autonomously, holistically and collaboratively. Students learn to effectively apply scientifically validated therapeutic skills and techniques, respect individual uniqueness, dignity, and diversity and understand the responsibilities of a health care provider in the 21st Century.
The College of Mount St. Joseph established its Physical Therapy Program and accepted its first class of students in 1995. In accordance with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) guidelines, the College was granted accreditation in 1999, subsequently graduating its inaugural Master of Physical Therapy class in August 1999. In January 2005, CAPTE re-accredited the program as a Doctor of Physical Therapy Program for a 10-year period.
Reporting of Student Outcomes for the College of Mount St. Joseph (CMSJ) DPT Program
Congruent with the College of Mount St. Joseph and the DPT program Mission Statements to provide students with the concepts, principles, and methods which will stimulate and nurture a lifelong commitment to professional obligations, social responsibilities, and personal growth, the DPT program exhibits an average graduation rate of 90% over the past three years.
DPT graduates for the past three years (2010-2012) have an ultimate pass rate on the National Physical Therapy Exam of 97%, and a first time pass rate of 87%. The national first time pass rate average for 2012 is 88% (fsbpt.org)
Graduates from the DPT program are described as strong clinicians with a sound foundation in the basic sciences, excellent critical thinking skills, and adept hands-on skills. Our students often have several choices for first-time employment opportunities and many have secured employment prior to graduation. All of our eligible graduates in the past three years have gained a position within one to six months of graduation.
For more information on accreditation:
The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)
- 1111 North Fairfax Street
- Alexandria, VA 22314
- Telephone: 703-706-3245
- Website: www.apta.org/CAPTE