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Physical Therapy

Marymount University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program emphasizes patient management decisions based on best available scientific evidence, well developed clinical skills and judgment, and incorporation of patient goals and preferences.

Program Structure
  • Three-year weekday program
  • Clinical practicums include 32 weeks of full-time supervised clinical practice in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings and 4 semesters of integrated part-time clinical experiences
  • Capstone project is a professional journal-ready patient case report, based on an actual patient managed during a clinical practicum
  • Comprehensive examinations at the end of the program to assess readiness for practice and prepare students for the national licensing exam

Unique Features

  • Modified problem-based learning approach and integration of "real life" clinical experiences
  • Student-directed, active-learning component revolves around commonly occurring patient problems. The patient problems serve as the catalyst for students to identify their learning needs and guide their learning activities. Learning-in-context encourages students to discriminate clinical relevance of content rather than focusing on pure memorization and reproduction of study materials.
  • Campus location near Washington, DC, affording exceptional opportunities for educational and cultural enrichment
Accredited Program
The Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Marymount University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax St, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email; accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. DPT applicants or prospective applicant questions should be directed to the Marymount University's Office of Graduate Admissions by phone at 703-284-5901 or email at gadmissi@marymount.edu.

Mission, Goals, and Student Outcomes
The mission of the Marymount University Doctor of Physical Therapy program is to prepare generalist practitioners to deliver best available physical therapist practice for improving movement, function and health across diverse individuals and communities. The program employs a dynamic learning-in-context environment that is warm and welcoming. Critical thinking, professionalism, respecting individual differences, and adherence to ethical practices ground all classroom, clinic, and community activities.
CFNV Scholarship Opportunity for Northern VA Residents Entering Graduate Physical Therapy Programs.

Contact Information

Physical Therapy Department

Marymount University
4040 N. Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22203

Questions? Call:
(800) 548-7638 or (703) 284-5901

E-mail: grad.admissions@marymount.edu

Faculty Spotlight

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Dr. Skye Donovan
Associate Professor of Physical Therapy

Dr. Skye Donovan has been part of Marymount’s faculty since 2008. Her areas of practice include orthopedics and obesity management in adolescents and adults. Dr. Donovan has a very active research agenda with her primary focus on childhood obesity management.