Skip Sub Menu

Drake University and Graceland University Partner on Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

Monday, June 10th, 2024

Drake University and Graceland University have signed a partnership agreement providing a pathway for Drake students to enroll in Graceland’s in-demand doctor of physical therapy program. Drake students will be able to enter two different tracks into Graceland’s innovative Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program, which launched its first cohort in January of 2024.

Graceland will reserve ten seats for Drake students in each cohort, providing early acceptance to Drake College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences students who meet minimum initial admissions standards associated with either the accelerated or normal track.

President Patricia H. Draves, PhD, and Vice President for Academic Affairs Joel Shrock, PhD sign the partnership agreement with Drake Provost Sue Mattison, PhD.

Graceland President Patricia H. Draves, PhD, shared her excitement about the agreement: “We are proud to partner with Drake here in our home state of Iowa. We created our hybrid DPT program to equip students across the country, but particularly in our own backyard where we know the need for physical therapists is increasing rapidly.”

Accelerated 3+2 Program

Students interested in the accelerated track will be provided with identified courses in the DPT program’s first year that will transfer to Drake. Upon their completion and the receipt of their transcript from Graceland, students will be awarded their Bachelor of Health Science from Drake. They will then complete the additional accelerated coursework in Graceland’s hybrid DPT program to receive their Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Graceland.

Traditional 4+2 Program

Students joining the traditional track will complete their undergraduate degree at Drake and then will be admitted to the Graceland DPT to complete their Doctor of Physical Therapy degree within two years.

Drake Provost Sue Mattison, PhD, said, “This partnership with Graceland University is such a wonderful opportunity for Drake students interested in earning their physical therapy doctorate.  Students in the Graceland program have a wide variety of clinical placement opportunities across the country.”

Mattison continued: “Most importantly, our campuses share the same values, as evidenced by the Graceland DPT program mission, to ‘develop movement system experts who lead and serve their communities with justice, compassion, excellence, and a sense of belonging.’  I’m so pleased we have developed this opportunity for students and look forward to additional collaborations with our colleagues at Graceland University.”

“This is an exciting development for our program,” said Graceland Director of Doctor of Physical Therapy Leigh Murray, PhD. “Our team is passionate about creating a program that will help students become compassionate practitioners and help patients in underserved communities to regain function.”

More information and admissions requirements can be found on the Graceland DPT page.

CPHS Calendar