SAU-Loras sign physical therapy program agreement


For The Catholic Messenger
DAVENPORT – A collaboration between St. Ambrose University and Loras College-Dubuque offers Loras undergraduate students the option to pursue graduate study in physical therapy while completing their bachelor’s degree at Loras. This option allows students to complete their undergraduate degree and a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in five and a half years through a 3+2.5-year articulation agreement. The agreement guarantees the top five Loras students interviews with St. Ambrose’s Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program as part of the application process.

The St. Ambrose Physical Therapy Department is comprised of a DPT program and an Orthopedic Residency program. The DPT program includes training in clinical decision-making and evidence-based practice, and skills to care for medically complex patients. The DPT students learn in an inter-professional environment with the seven other healthcare programs in the College of Health and Human Service: kinesiology, nursing, occupational therapy, physician assistant, public health, social work and speech and language pathology. St. Ambrose’s DPT students have a licensure pass rate of 100% and 100% job placement rate within one year.

“We are eager to provide this opportunity to Loras College students as we continue to build our partnership to ensure enhanced access through multiple pathways for students,” St. Ambrose Provost Paul Koch said. “We remain committed to serving the healthcare needs of the region, including rural healthcare, through programs such as this.”

Loras College students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and who have completed the application requirements, will be eligible to apply in their junior year for admission to St. Ambrose’s DPT program. If accepted, students will transition to St. Ambrose University in their fourth year. Students who complete all requirements will earn the DPT degree from St. Ambrose University in two and a half years. The first cohort of Loras students may apply for admission to St. Ambrose’s 3+2.5 DPT program for the fall 2024 semester.


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