The developing Doctor of Physical Therapy program to be housed at Creighton University Health Sciences Phoenix campus is looking forward to a bright future.
The program recently received Arizona state approval and is on track to enroll its first class in the fall of 2022. “We are planning on submitting our application for candidacy on June 1 and hope to have formal approval of our candidacy status in November,” says James V. Lynskey, PT, PHD, program chair, Phoenix Doctor of Physical Therapy Program.
Future students can expect a brand new, state-of-the-art facility. Students will also have access to a program modeled after one of U.S. News & World Report’s top-10 ranked Doctor of Physical Therapy programs. In addition to the highly qualified faculty being recruited for the Phoenix campus, future students will have access to the award-winning faculty and resources in Omaha as well.
New communication technology will be used at the Phoenix Health Sciences campus. This will allow both the Creighton Phoenix campus and Omaha campus to function smoothly together, while being two separately accredited programs.
In line with Creighton’s mission of service to others, faculty at the Phoenix Program are now volunteering their physical therapy services at the St. Vincent De Paul Virginia G. Piper Medical Clinic. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is known for its mission of feed, clothe, house and heal. “We are excited to partner with such a wonderful organization and will incorporate this clinic into our curriculum and promote the service ethos into our students” says Lynskey.
In addition, the program offers early entry pathways for qualifying students. Early assurance programs are now available for high quality students who want to accelerate their ability to graduate with a professional degree from the Phoenix or Omaha PT programs. High school students who feel strongly that they would like to pursue Creighton’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program can condense their undergraduate time and enter the doctoral program early.
“We are very excited to have the early assurance tracks,” says Lynskey. “By starting their doctoral program after their third year of undergrad, students can graduate in six years with their professional degree, instead of seven.”
Creighton’s Health Sciences Campus will serve nearly 900 students, each educated in Creighton’s distinctive Jesuit, Catholic mission of service.