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Creighton receives approval to launch physical therapy program in Phoenix

Left: Father Daniel Hendrickson, President of Creighton University. Right: Mark Searle, executive vice president and university provost at Arizona State University. (Creighton University Photo)

PHOENIX — Creighton University will launch a physical therapy doctoral program at its Phoenix Health Science campus.

The Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education approved the program Thursday, Creighton announced.

This program will be offered starting in fall 2022.

“Physical therapy is a highly desirable degree with great employment potential,” said Evan Robinson, dean of the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions at Creighton University.

“More importantly, the need for physical therapists will continue to grow within Arizona, fulfilling these needs will not only bring additional and needed rehabilitation services resources to the state but also enhance significant economic growth throughout the region.”

Creighton’s Physical Therapy program is ranked among the top 10 programs nationally by U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 rankings.

Creighton will also offer occupational therapy and pharmacy programs beginning in the fall of 2021.

Under an agreement between Creighton and Arizona State University, the schools will allow each other’s students access to their research projects and campuses.

They announced the partnership in February.

The private university, based in Omaha, Nebraska, took over the site of of the former Park Central Mall near downtown in 2018.

Construction on the $100 million project at Central Avenue near Thomas Road began in July 2019 and is expected to be finished by 2021.

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