College of St Catherine

Information about Physical Therapist program at College of St Catherine

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College of St Catherine (A2, A4, D6, E5, F1, PR)

Last Updated by Program: 07/08/2003
Address:   Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
College of St. Catherine
601 25th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55454
Phone:   (651)690-7825
Fax:   (651)690-7876
Admissions/Student Inquiry Phone:   (651)690-6933
Financial Aid Phone:   (651)690-6574
Web Address:
Program E-mail:
Cort J Cieminski, PT, PhD, ATC, CSCS
Associate Professor & Program Director
  Accreditor:   Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  Carnegie Classification:   Special Focus Institutions--Medical schools and medical centers
  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Masters degree, May 1994 (no longer offered); DPT degree, September 2002
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2009
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Doctor of Physical Therapy
The program is a three-year, full-time day program housed with the college's Physical Therapist Assistant Program, which offers opportunities for interaction and collaboration between PT and PTA students. The program offers an innovative integrated curriculum that breaks away from more traditional curricula by integrating basic and clinical sciences in a way that is relevant and meaningful to today’s health care environment. The coursework is organized around physical therapy practice settings, cases, and issues, rather than academic disciplines. The curriculum utilizes a variety of teaching methods including small group work, lecture, labs, patient experiences, problem-based tutorials, and periods of independent learning. The program emphasizes the development of students’ leadership and ethical decision-making skills, provides the opportunity for a service learning experience and develops students’ cultural awareness. Research skills are addressed and developed in clinically relevant ways throughout the program. Graduation is in May each year.
Integrated, Part-Time Students will have half-day clinical experiences on an ongoing weekly basis during the first year of the DPT Program. This clinical exposure provides students the opportunity to apply the information learned in the classroom to the clinical setting, on an ongoing basis. Full-Time: First-year students complete an 8-week, full-time experience at the end of the first year during June and July. Second-year students complete an 8-week, full-time experience in the spring, during April and May. Third-year students complete three 8-week experiences during September/October, January/February, and March/April. Since the DPT Program is designed to prepare graduates to practice as generalists, all students must have a variety of clinical experiences and are strongly encouraged to do one clinical experience at a general practice site (usually rural). All students with few exceptions can expect to relocate for two of their 5 full-time clinical education experiences. Clinical facilities are located primarily in the upper Midwest, but experiences in other parts of the US are available on a limited basis.
There are seven full-time and three part-time core faculty along with several clinical faculty and adjunct DPT faculty members. Of the core faculty 70% hold post-professional doctoral degrees (PhD, DSc), one is certified as a clinical specialist (orthopedics and sports medicine), two are certified athletic trainers, and a majority are engaged in clinical practice. Over the past three years, the faculty have averaged 2-3/faculty presentations or publications per year. The average faculty to student ratio is 1:10.
The main campus in St Paul has a approximately 3,500 students enrolled. The smaller campus in Minneapolis has approximately 1,000 students enrolled. The Physical Therapist Program is housed on the Minneapolis campus. The physical therapy program accepts 28 students per year.
A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required to apply. The mean GPA of applicants accepted last year was 3.35 on a 4.0 scale. Undergraduate students from the College of St Catherine may apply in the spring of their junior year (3+3 option). Transfer students must complete a baccalaureate degree or an approved dual degree. Prerequisites include 3 semester credits of statistics; 4 semester credits in each: human anatomy, human/mammalian physiology, and math (trigonometry level or higher); 6 semester credits of psychology; 8 semester credits in each: biology, physics, and chemistry (w/labs); and a medical terminology course. Applicants are required to have 100 hours volunteer or paid physical therapy or health care experience. Applications are reviewed on a monthly rolling basis and ranked based on GRE scores, cumulative GPA, prerequisite GPA, letters of recommendation, leadership experience, and application essays. On average, the program receives 75-100 applications per year. Classes begin the second week of August.
Over the past three years: approximately 98% of admitted students have graduated from the program; 99% of those seeking employment in the profession were employed within six months of graduation; first attempt licensure pass rate was 97.6%.
For the 2003-04 academic year, tuition is $17,000 per year. Student fees are $30/semester. The physical therapy program is a 118-credit, 3 calendar-year program with 45 credits in the first year, 45 credits in the second year, and 28 credits in the third year. Students need to allocate additional funds for housing relocation, and travel expenses during the clinical education courses typically ranging from a total of $800-$2000. More than 80% of the physical therapy students receive some type of financial aid. For specific information, the Office of Financial Aid, CSC, 601 25th Ave. South, Minneapolis, MN 55454. 651/690-6540.
The physical therapist program is located on the Minneapolis campus, next to the Fairview University Medical Center complex, near downtown Minneapolis. Limited dormitory housing is available on the Minneapolis campus and dorm and college apartments are available on the St Paul campus. Off-campus housing is available. Students have access to services on either campus, including use of a state-of-the-art fitness center. A shuttle bus is available for the 5 miles between campuses. The St Paul campus is an undergraduate women's college, however, all graduate programs (including DPT) are co-educational. The Minneapolis campus is near the University of Minnesota, with access to additional library resources. The college's metropolitan setting offers students a diverse range of recreational and cultural activities.