Mount St Mary's College

Information about Physical Therapist program at Mount St Mary's College



Mount St Mary's College (A4, D6, F1, PR)


Last Updated by Program: 09/07/2005


Address:   Department of Physical Therapy

Mount St Mary's College

10 Chester Place

Los Angeles, CA90007


Phone:   (213)477-2600  Fax:   (213)477-2609

Admissions/Student Inquiry Phone:   (213)477-2676 

Financial Aid Phone:   (213)477-2562 


Web Address: 

Program E-mail: 



Debbie L Lowe, PT, PhD

Director and Chair



  Accreditor:   Western Association of Schools and Colleges/Accrediting Commission for SeniorColleges and Universities

  Carnegie Classification:   Master's Colleges and Universities (smaller programs)



  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Bachelor's degree, March 1981 (no longer offered) Master’s degree, October 1991 (no longer offered); DPT degree, April 2002

  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation

  Next Visit   2016

  Five Year History:   Accreditation



Doctor of Physical Therapy



The program offers professional education based on a foundation of liberal arts and sciences. It is a three-year program (120 units) of academic rigor requiring full-time study. Concentration on the basic and clinical sciences is integrated with physical therapy management principles and skills. Presentation of foundational sciences occurs prior to clinical application and the appreciation of normal function prior to learning pathological. The curriculum is hierarchical in nature, progressing from simple material to the more complex, and covering the domains of knowledge and comprehension prior to application, analysis, synthesis and evaluation activities. Increasingly complex clinical experiences are integrated with the classroom learning experiences. There is consistent integration of prior curricular content with current learning through intentional learning activities and experiences during the Integrative Seminar series. The faculty includes four full-time and 31 part-time practicing clinician experts. The learning environment nurtures students to become competent practitioners, critical thinkers, able communicators, adept teachers, and life-long learners. The DPT program commences in late August and completes in October. This program prepares the graduate for practice as a competent generalist practitioner.



There are a total of 38 weeks of clinical experience woven throughout the curriculum. Starting in the second semester, students are regularly involved in clinical activities. One-week practicums occur during semesters of introductory clinical content, and are followed, in the next semester, by an intensive patient management course and 6-week clinical affiliation. The clinical experience culminates in a 10-week affiliation and 12-week affiliation in different settings. The majority of sites are located in California and the Southwest; clinical opportunities are available throughout the United States.



There are four full-time and 28 part-time faculty members. Of the full-time faculty 75% hold post-professional doctoral degrees, one is certified as a clinical specialist and one is engaged in clinical practice. Over the past 3 years, the faculty has averaged 3.3 publications in peer-reviewed journals. The faculty-to-student ratio is 1:12.



There are 2,700 students on two campuses, representing an ethnic diversity that includes 19 states and three countries. The DPT program will have a total enrollment of 78 students, admitting a maximum of 26 new students per class each fall.



The students (approximately 1/3 male and 2/3 female) range in age from 22-45, and are predominantly from the western US. Fall 2005, 129 applications were received, of which approximately 65 were admitted. The following are required for admission to the program: a baccalaureate degree, science and cumulative grade point averages of 3.0, and a total of 1000 on the verbal and quantitative Graduate Record Examination. Prerequisites include 3 semester units each of written and oral communication and statistics; 4 semester units each of human anatomy, human physiology, and upper division biology; 8 semester units each of biology, chemistry, and physics; and 9 semester units of psychology (general, developmental, and elective). The DPT program has a rolling admissions policy. Admissions decisions will be mailed within one month of the completion of the applicant's file and interview beginning in October. Applicants are encouraged to apply before the December 1 priority application deadline. Approximately 32% of qualified applicants are admitted to the program (3-year average).



Approximately 95% of admitted students graduate from the program (3-year average).



For the academic year 2005-06, the average yearly cost for academic tuition is $23,160 including clinical experiences. The average annual cost for books is $1,800. Comprehensive student fees are $850 per year. All students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aide (FAFSA). Grants and loans are available on the basis of need and availability. Information may be obtained from the Office of Financial Assistance at 213/477-2562.



The physical therapy program is co-educational. Mount St Mary's College is known for its supportive community, family-like environment and excellent faculty-student ratio and rapport. The city and local college environs are rich with a wide variety of cultural, ethnic, political, social, and recreational activities. Both beaches and mountains are within easy driving distance for recreational activities. All graduate programs are housed on the Doheny campus in Los Angeles. The DPT program is located in the newly inaugurated Magdalen Coughlin Learning Complex that includes the state-of-the-art Fritz Burns Health Sciences building and brand new Library complex. Students live off campus and must supply their own transportation for all clinical experiences.