New Specialization Tracks in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
New Specialization Tracks in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

Creighton’s Physical Therapy program will offer specialty tracks in sports and research beginning in spring 2021.

The graduate-level specialization is similar to a minor for an undergraduate degree, and prepares students for advanced career opportunities, residency education, or the pursuit of an advanced degree. 

Sports Specialization

The sports specialization track includes topics addressing the acute management and clinical management of sports related injuries, referral and return to activity decisions, injury prevention and performance enhancement.

Research Specialization

The research specialization focuses on scientific inquiry in rehabilitation science. This track includes opportunities for participation in a seminary series exploring critical questions, problems and contemporary issues in rehabilitation research. It also provides opportunities for students to conduct research projects under the direction and guidance of a faculty member. In collaboration with the faculty advisor, students establish specific learning objectives, a defined scope of work and specific products to be completed which may include a presentation or publication.

“The specialty tracks offer students a high-quality opportunity to serve as a career launch and are among one of the many reasons why Creighton Physical Therapy is a nationally ranked, top 10 program,” says Terry Grindstaff, PhD, PT, ATC, associate professor of physical therapy. “This program will help our graduates be even more competitive for advanced career opportunities, physical therapy residency education, or pursuit of an advanced degree. This coming spring, we will begin with two tracks, sports and research, but we are in the process of developing other tracks such as neurological, women’s health, orthopedics, and education.”

Creighton is proud to have created the nation’s first Doctor of Physical Therapy program, a standard now followed by every PT program in the nation. Earn a degree that makes you a practice-ready professional who strives to make a difference in the world. Consider applying to Creighton’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program today to gain a firsthand experience offered by the specialization initiatives.

For information on how to apply to the program, visit the Doctor of Physical Therapy Application information page.