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College of St Scholastica (D6, F1, PR)

Last Updated by Program: 01/05/2005
Address:   Department of Physical Therapy
College of St. Scholastica
1200 Kenwood Avenue
Duluth, MN 55811
Phone:   (218)723-6786
Fax:   (218)723-6472
Admissions/Student Inquiry Phone:   (218)723-6285
Financial Aid Phone:   (218)723-6397
Web Address:
Program E-mail:
Denise Wise, PhD, PT
  Accreditor:   Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  Carnegie Classification:   Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Bachelor’s degree, July 1976 (no longer offered) Master’s degree, September 1990 (no longer offered) DPT degree, June 2004
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2009
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Doctor of Physical Therapy
The College of St. Scholastica (CSS) program in physical therapy follows the 3+3 model of education. The program is divided into two parts: pre-professional and professional. The pre-professional portion consists of prerequisite courses that meet the Benedictine liberal arts education outcomes of the College and initial program goals established by the PT department. The 103 credit, 33 month professional portion of the entry-level doctorate in physical therapy is designed to provide the students with learning opportunities that develop the intellectual, affective and psychomotor skills required for physical therapy practice. This full-time day program integrates educational material into professional practice. The following five components form the profession of physical therapy and consequently the design of our entry-level program: Foundational Sciences (basic science information), Tests & Measures (skills associated with examination and evaluation), Interventions (communication/coordination, documentation, education, and therapeutic procedures including physical agents, mobilization, rehabilitation, prevention), Professional and social responsibility (professional socialization/professional behaviors, administration, ethics, teamwork, and the health care delivery system), and Patient management (integrative courses to hone clinical decision making and reasoning) The program is based on concept progression of scenarios moving from simple to complex, from single-system to multi-system involvement ,and from wellness to deviations from wellness. Philosophically, the DPT program at The College of St. Scholastica is based on the confluence of the values cherished by our Benedictine sponsors, the mission of the College, and the values of the physical therapy profession: Love of Learning is reflected in the professional values of diligence, dedication, and scientific inquiry; Respect is seen in the professional qualities of caring, communication, leadership and collaboration; Community is evident in the professional values of helping, collaborating, and welcoming diversity; Hospitality is realized through the professional values of warmth and openness; Stewardship is demonstrated through the process of scientific inquiry, which results in optimum use of resources to ensure that patients/clients receive the best possible care. In the first year of the PT program students grow in their knowledge of the profession and begin fundamental skill acquisition. During the second and third years of professional education students continue to acquire knowledge and clinical application skills along with proficiency in incorporating critical inquiry and evidence-based practice skills necessary for sound clinical decision-making. The mission of the physical therapy program is to prepare individuals who can meet the health care needs of society with a special consideration for rural communities.
Students are required to complete four full-time internships (36 weeks total) in a variety of practice settings and geographic areas. Students must complete one internship in a rural setting with the remaining internships in varied settings such as sports medicine, pediatrics, geriatrics, acute care, rehabilitation, and cardiac care. Currently, CSS has contracts with over 170 sites across the country. While the majority of clinical sites are in the upper Midwest region, possible internship options exist from Maine to Hawaii and Alaska to Florida. During the academic year, first and second year students experience hands-on skill during clinical rotations at local facilities and industries. A unique clinical rotation site for second year students is the Lake Superior College (LSC) Physical Therapy Clinic. Under the direct supervision of faculty, students provide physical therapy services to underinsured and uninsured community residents and faculty/staff/students of LSC.. The clinic also serves as a venue where PT and PTA students develop teamwork skills and where our PT students develop direction and supervision skills.
There are eight full-time faculty members with several adjunct faculty for didactic instruction. Of the full-time faculty, 38% hold post-professional doctoral degrees and two are ABPTS certified specialists (one in pediatrics and one in geriatrics) Core and adjunct faculty are active in clinical practice in a variety of settings including home health care, rural, private practice, orthopedics, acute care hospital, rehabilitation, and outpatient orthopedics including sports medicine. Over the past 3 years, faculty have averaged .50% publication in a peer-reviewed professional journal or presented at competitive conferences. The full-time faculty to student ratio is 1:9 for students in the didactic portion of the program.
Two thousand students are currently enrolled at The College of St. Scholastica (CSS), the only co-educational, independent college in northeastern Minnesota. The physical therapy program accepts up to 36 students each year. A mix of 6-12 transfer students and 24-30 CSS students are admitted to the PT program yearly.
Students must have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 to apply. Admission to the program is based on GPA, exposure to the profession through volunteer or work experiences, GRE scores, interpersonal skills assessed by interviews, and letters of recommendation. The professional program in physical therapy at CSS seeks to integrate liberal learning and professional education. Students with a previous degree (AA or bachelors) may apply. Those students without a bachelors degree must have completed all Benedictine Liberal Arts requirements and 96 total semester-credits requirement with at least 10 upper division (junior-senior level) semester credits before beginning the program. Program prerequisites are: one course each in developmental psychology, abnormal psychology, statistics, and medical terminology; full year/full sequences in human or vertebrate anatomy/physiology, chemistry, and college physics. Deadline for application is November 15 each year with selection for admission made in early January. Approximately 70% of qualified applicants are admitted to the program (3-year average).The DPT program begins in July of each year and runs for 33 consecutive months.
98% of admitted students graduate from the program (3-year average). Of the graduates who take the licensure examination, 99% pass, with 87% passing on the first attempt (3-year average). Employment rate averages 100% for those seeking employment (3-year average).
For the 2006-2007 academic year, tuition for the physical therapy program is $600/credit. First year DPT is 45 credits, second year DPT is 43 credits, and the third year is 15 credits. Estimated cost of fees and textbooks for the entire program is $2,400. In addition, students must allocate money for travel and lodging for clinical internships, which could range from $500-$1,500. On-campus student housing is available ranging from $2,600-$5,400 per year. More than 90% of all physical therapy students receive financial aid. Typically, all students receiving financial aid are also eligible for college-controlled grants and government student loans. For specific information, contact Trish Johnson, Graduate Financial Aid, The College of St. Scholastica, 1200 Kenwood Ave, Duluth MN 55811 218/723-7027.
The relatively small size of the college community and the spacious, wooded setting make CSS an excellent place for friendship and retreat, with many places to walk and relax. Housing, food service, and recreational facilities are near academic buildings. Duluth's city transit system connects the College with shopping areas, movie theaters, and places to visit and explore. Outdoor recreation opportunities abound on campus and in the surrounding area. Minneapolis/St. Paul is 150 miles south of Duluth and the Boundary Waters Wilderness Canoe Area is 100 miles north. Duluth is the regional medical referral center and includes three large hospitals, a rehabilitation center, and numerous physical therapy clinics.