Doctor of Physical Therapy – Program Features/Outcomes


Maryville’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program is a six and one-half year Early Assurance (freshman admit) program. Acceptance into the program as a freshman assures the student a place in the professional portion of the program if the student maintains satisfactory academic progress in the program. Students earn an undergraduate degree in Health Science upon successfully completing the first four years of the program.

Program Outcomes – The information below is based on a two-year average.

  • Graduation Rate
    • 95.3% (2019)
    • 91.7% (2020)
    • 2-year average (2019-2020): 93.5%

    The graduation rate for the Physical Therapy Program at Maryville University is the percentage of students who began the professional phase of the program and graduated within three years.

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  • Licensure Exam Pass Rate
    • First time pass rate:
      • 100% (2019)
      • 97.8% (2020)
      • 2-year average (2019-2020): 98.9%
    • Ultimate pass rate:
      • 100% (2019)
      • 100% (2020)
      • 2-year average (2019-2020): 100%

    As stated on the American Physical Therapy Association’s website, every graduate of a physical therapy program must pass the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) to become a licensed therapist in the United States.

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  • Employment Rate
    • 100% (2019-2020)

    The employment rate for the Physical Therapy Program at Maryville University is the percentage of graduates who were employed as physical therapists within six months of passing the licensure examination.



Professional/Career Opportunities

More than 120,000 physical therapists are licensed in the U.S. today, treating nearly one million people every day. Employment in areas of orthopedic outpatient and hospital-based facilities, sports medicine, acute care, long-term care, rehabilitation centers, pediatric facilities, skilled nursing facilities and home health care are available for licensed physical therapists. The median salary for a physical therapist in the Midwest is $73,000.  The median salary for a new physical therapy graduate is $60,000.

Program Accreditation

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The Physical Therapy Program at Maryville University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 314-529-9563 or email jheitzman@maryville.edu.

CAPTE has a mechanism to consider formal complaints about physical therapy education programs that allege a program is not in compliance with one or more of CAPTE’s Evaluative Criteria or has violated any of CAPTE’s expectations related to academic integrity. Students are encouraged to seek resolution of any complaint with the involved party (faculty member, Program Director, Director of Clinical education) before lodging a formal complaint with CAPTE. Guidelines for filing a complaint with CAPTE are available at www.capteonline.org/Complaints.