There are a range of 4-year Christian colleges and universities in a variety of states that offer Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree programs. These programs usually include extensive hands-on training, and the schools also provide students with ways to grow spiritually. Learn more about a handful of these schools and their program.
Students can earn a DPT from Christian schools in states like Oregon, Pennsylvania and Tennessee. In the table below you can compare some of these schools and their undergraduate tuition rates.
|School Name||Institution Type||Denomination||Location||Graduate Tuition (2018-2019)*|
|Messiah College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Interdenominational||Mechanicsburg, PA||N/A until 2/2019|
|George Fox University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Friends||Newberg, OR||$31,132 per year|
|Belmont University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Interdenominational||Nashville, TN||$19,420 per semester|
|Harding University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Churches of Christ||Searcy, AR||$13,593 per semester|
|Anderson University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Baptist||Anderson, SC||$88,200 (entire program)|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
Description of the Christian Colleges with DPT Programs
The Christian colleges with DPT programs typically provide students with practical, hands-on learning experiences, as well as opportunities to deepen their personal faith. These colleges also vary in size, location and other distinguishing features. Get more details about a few of these schools here.
Pennsylvania's Messiah College had a little more than 570 graduate students in 2017, according to the NCES. The college offers a cohort-model DPT program that requires 110 credits and includes an Early Assurance Program for five high school seniors each year. Students in the program study in state-of-the-art facilities, engage in community service and mission trips related to physical therapy and partner with the local physical therapy (PT) community for unique learning and networking opportunities. Students at Messiah can invest in their spiritual lives through chapel services, worship events, small groups/Bible studies and a wide range of local, national and global service opportunities.
George Fox University
George Fox University in Oregon is one of the only Christian colleges in the Pacific Northwest that offers a DPT program, which consists of 129 credit hours and incorporates clinical research. Students in the 3-year program also can gain hands-on learning experience through the school's Community Clinic and physical therapy service trips to Africa. Students may also choose to practice and grow in their faith through other service opportunities, like the James Project (weekly local community service), and/or chapel services, including Spanish and International chapel services, and small groups. In 2017, the NCES reported that the university had close to 1,380 graduate students.
Spiritual life at Belmont University in Tennessee includes chapel services, short-term missions, community service opportunities, Connect Groups and other spiritual organizations on campus, like Campus Crusade for Christ (CRU), Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) and Young Life College. According to the NCES, the university had close to 1,520 graduate students in 2017. The university offers state-of-the-art facilities and has a DPT program that boasts a 100% pass rate on the National Physical Therapy Examination. Students in the 6-semester program complete 38 weeks of clinical experiences and have the opportunity to work on small group research projects.
Harding University in Arkansas had close to 1,360 graduate students in 2017, per the NCES. The university's DPT program requires 110 credits and boasts a 100% employment rate for graduates. Students in the 8-semester program complete multiple clinical internships and have the opportunity to participate in a medical missions practicum for 2 weeks in Zambia, Africa. For their spiritual lives, students can attend chapel services and participate in devotionals, missions and spiritual events, such as Bible Lectureship.
South Carolina's Anderson University offers a DPT program that requires 126 credit hours and a total of 32 weeks of clinical experiences. Students in the program have the opportunity to participate in research, service learning and hands-on learning experiences with inpatient care, long-term rehabilitative care, outpatient care and more. Students can grow spiritually through campus worship services, mission and service opportunities and religious groups on campus, including Baptist Collegiate Ministry, CRU and FCA. According to the NCES, the university had around 510 graduate students in 2017.