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Entry Level Degree Program

Physical therapists are healthcare professionals who work to restore movement and function through direct treatment, education, consultation, and management of rehabilitation resources. Physical therapy means the examination, treatment, and instruction of human beings to detect, assess, prevent, correct, alleviate, and limit physical disability, movement dysfunction, bodily malfunction, and pain from injury, disease, and any other bodily and mental conditions.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) entry level program is designed for the individual without a physical therapy degree. The three-year program is offered in Mesa, Arizona, and requires full-time attendance and includes supervised clinical internships.

Courses are designed with emphasis on both a strong academic foundation and clinical practice. Enrollment is limited to 62-64 students per class. Class section size allows faculty and staff to work closely with students to help them develop the professional attitudes and clinical problem-solving skills necessary for optimum patient care.

Mission Statement

The A.T. Still University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program is committed to
educating highly competent and professional entry level physical therapists who are
dedicated to clinical excellence, whole person health care, cultural competence,
critical inquiry, and lifelong learning.

Philosophy Statement

The faculty of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program affirms the mission and values of A.T. Still University. We believe in whole-person healthcare that enables individuals to achieve optimal health.  We believe physical therapists are uniquely qualified practitioners for the diagnosis of, intervention for, and prevention of impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions related to movement, function, and health.

We strive to graduate autonomous practitioners who value life-long learning and demonstrate expertise in clinical reasoning and critical appraisal of evolving knowledge to provide high quality services to individuals across the continuum of care and lifespan in a dynamic healthcare system.

We Believe in providing a rigorous learner-centered curriculum that emphasizes a hands-on approach to patient/client management and incorporates critical inquiry, cultural competence, service-learning, and interprofessional collaboration.