Welcome and thank you for your interest in the South College Doctor of Physical Therapy program! This website will provide valuable information to prospective students as well as those currently enrolled in the program.
We are excited to offer this innovative program as an alternative for students seeking to enter the physical therapy profession. The South College School of Physical Therapy was the first in the country to offer the 2-year blended-learning model, and we take pride in our trailblazing approach. Our unique DPT curriculum, clinical education program, and post-professional residency collaborations are specifically designed to reduce the cost of DPT education and fast-track your future career in physical therapy. Our blended-learning model combines best practices in distance-learning and hands-on lab immersion sessions to create both a local and national program – a local program that attracts traditional students from the region and a national program that attracts nontraditional students from around the country.
Consistent with the history of South College, the School of Physical Therapy strives to prepare graduates to be skilled practitioners who deliver team-oriented patient care with advocacy and compassion to diverse populations. The School of Physical Therapy achieves this through a commitment to excellence in education and scholarly activity including research, service, and patient care.
We are very fortunate to have an extremely well prepared faculty who are dedicated educators, clinicians, researchers, and leaders in the physical therapy profession. As a collective faculty, we are committed to your education, professional development and success in this exciting profession.
As you contemplate your educational path, I hope you will eagerly consider the DPT Program at South College. I encourage you to browse our website to find helpful information about the DPT program prerequisites, admission process, curriculum, and our unique blended delivery model. We trust the information on this web page will help answer many of your questions about our program. If you would like additional information, please feel free to contact us. We welcome the opportunity to respond to your inquiries.
Timothy Noteboom, PT, DPT, PhD
Dean & Program Director, Professor
School of Physical Therapy
Mission, Vision, Values, Goals & Student Learning Outcomes
The mission of the South College Doctor of Physical Therapy program is to provide an innovative, career-focused education that develops Doctors of Physical Therapy who are highly skilled, mindful, and empathetic care providers, who are passionate lifelong learners, who are servant leaders in their local community, and who are highly engaged in their professional and broader healthcare communities. Graduates will be equipped to deliver exemplary care in a multidisciplinary, team-oriented, and value-based healthcare environment.
The School of Physical Therapy is committed to the development of future Doctors of Physical Therapy, ready to meet the demands of clinical practice in the 21st century with exemplary entry-level skills, marked professionalism, and compassion.
The DPT program is designed for the delivery of a contemporary and evidence-based curriculum using faculty and contributors that are dedicated educators, clinicians, researchers, and leaders in the physical therapy profession. Faculty and contributors facilitate student learning and professional growth with student-centered active learning experiences, modeled clinical and scholarly excellence and steadfast professionalism. Using a blended learning model, our curriculum combines the best aspects of online learning activities and interactions, hands-on laboratory intensive sessions, and collaborative clinical education experiences into an innovative and dynamic learning experience. In so doing, we will transform physical therapy education, improve scalability and access to DPT education, increase flexibility for traditional and nontraditional learners, increase the level of active learning in courses, and seek to achieve quality student experiences and outcomes. Our graduates will be prepared for skillful, mindful and compassionate clinical practice, lifelong learning and professional development, and selfless service to their community and profession.
- Goal 1: Demonstrate a commitment to service and leadership in the institution, the community, and the profession.
- Goal 2: Enroll diverse students who are representative of local, regional, and U.S. population demographics.
- Goal 3: Efficiently develop competent career-focused physical therapists through engaging and effective academic and clinical learning experiences.
- Goal 4: Role model servant leadership and professional responsibility to the institution, the community, and professional organizations.
- Goal 5: Integrate engaging and effective teaching strategies and technologies that support the program’s mission, enhance student learning, and optimize outcomes.
- Goal 6: The collective faculty demonstrate commitment to excellence in teaching, scholarship, and clinical practice.
- Goal 7: Demonstrate a commitment to evidence-based practice and professional growth through lifelong learning, critical inquiry, and mindful practice.
- Goal 8: Function in a professional, caring, ethical, and culturally competent manner, with a demonstrated advocacy towards the patient, community, and profession.