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ClarkeCollege (D6, F1, PR)


Last Updated by Program: 03/14/2007


Address:   Department of Physical Therapy


1550 Clarke Drive

Dubuque, IA52001-3198


Phone:   (563)588-6382 Fax:   (563)588-6789

Admissions/Student Inquiry Phone:   (563)588-6316 

Financial Aid Phone:   (563)588-8153 


Web Address:

Program E-mail:



Andrew Priest, PT, EdD




  Accreditor:   Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

  Carnegie Classification:   Baccalaureate Colleges--Arts & Sciences



  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Master's Degree, May 1998 (no longer offered); DPT Degree, August 2004

  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation

  Next Visit   2014

  Five Year History:   Accreditation



Doctor of Physical Therapy



ClarkeCollege offers a 3+3 program of education leading to a baccalaureate degree after the 4th year of study and the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree after the 6th year of study. Students typically enter the DPT program in the fall semester of their senior year and continue through the program for 3 years to graduation in May. Prior to graduation with the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree, students will satisfactorily complete a summative evaluation in which they demonstrate competence as a graduating physical therapist. Approximately half of the current classes are composed of students who have transferred to ClarkeCollege after graduating from another institution. There are 30 seats in each year group.



Students complete a 40-week sequence of clinical internships. These experiences take place for 8 weeks during the summer following the first year of the DPT program, for 8 weeks during the summer following the second year of the program, 4 weeks during the second winter semester, and 16 weeks during the spring semester of the third year in the program. Integrated Clinical practicum courses emphasizing health/wellness and prevention in susceptible populations are also completed throughout the academic year, beginning the second semester in the professional program. Every student is required to complete a clinical assignment in an acute care setting, an outpatient orthopedic setting, a rehabilitation setting, and a setting of their choosing. ClarkeCollege has more than 280 clinical experience sites across the United States.



Five full-time faculty members from the Department of Physical Therapy and two full-time faculty members from the Department of Biology teach courses in the professional physical therapy program. Three members of the physical therapy faculty, either hold post-professional doctoral degrees or are finishing their degrees, one holds an MBA, two are certified as clinical specialists, and each faculty member within the Department of Physical Therapy is engaged in clinical practice. There are several adjunct faculty from the community. Over the past 3 years, the faculty has averaged one publication in peer-reviewed journals per year. The student/faculty ratio is approximately 11:1.



Approximately 1,200 undergraduate and graduate students are enrolled at ClarkeCollege. The Physical Therapy Program has a capacity of 90 students across three year groups.



Qualification for admission to the DPT program is based on the following: cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA), prerequisite GPA, GRE scores, record of clinical observation, letters of recommendation, and completion of prerequisite coursework. Undergraduate students from ClarkeCollege who meet the minimum standards for acceptance will be given priority for the maximum of 30 openings in DPT program. Students possessing undergraduate degrees from other institutions, however, are encouraged to apply and may be admitted to the DPT program if all prerequisite coursework and admissions requirements are satisfied.



90% of admitted students graduate from the program (3-year average); 90% of graduates pass the national licensure exam on their first attempt (3-year average); and 100% of those program graduates responding to surveys are employed (3-year average).



Tuition and fees for DPT students starting the program in the fall of 2007 will average approximately $24,000 each year. ClarkeCollege participates in extensive federal and non-federal financial aid programs to assist students and their families to meet the costs of attendance. Over 90% of Clarke students receive some form of financial aid. Eligibility for various financial aid programs will depend on the academic status of the student (undergraduate or graduate).



ClarkeCollege is nationally affiliated with the NAIA for athletics. Intramural programs are available as well as an array of other activities. Facilities include a new state-of-the-art fitness and wellness facility and an outdoor fitness trail. Dubuque is a picturesque city located on the bluffs above the Mississippi River. Cultural and recreational activities are abundant. Activities in Chicago, Minneapolis, and Des Moines are within a reasonable driving distance.