Doctor of Physical Therapy - Phoenix, AZ

First enrollment planned for Fall of 2022

Phoenix photo with palm trees


Improve lives and society through a commitment to exemplary physical therapist education, research and service, within the Jesuit tradition.

Program Description

The plan is to have two separately accredited Doctor of Physical Therapy Programs one located in Omaha, NE and a new program coming to Phoenix, AZ with a single mission and a shared curriculum.

The Phoenix program will build upon the Omaha program’s long history of excellence in Doctor of Physical Therapy education.

The Phoenix program will incorporate Ignatian values.  The curriculum will be both learner and patient centered; it will include authentic learning experiences, promote adaptive learning, and strong clinical reasoning. In addition, interprofessional collaborative practice and innovation will be a focus.

The program will be a part of the Creighton University Arizona Health Education Alliance with close relationships to Dignity St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Valleywise Health, and District Medical Group, Inc.  


Graduation from a physical therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA  22314; phone; 703-706-3245; accreditation [at] apta [dot] org is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.

Creighton University is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist education program from CAPTE.  The program is planning to submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage, on June 1, 2021.  Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status.  Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the professional phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in professional courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved.  Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.