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Thank you for your interest in studying Physical Therapy at Colorado Mesa University.

The physical therapy program, along with programs in occupational therapy and physician assistant studies, are  housed in the St. Mary's Medical Education Center. The facility, located adjacent to the Center for Reflection and the Hotel Maverick on the main campus in Grand Junction, opened in the late Fall of 2021. The Medical Education Center includes space for both didactic and laboratory experiences as well as a Human Anatomy Lab and dedicated space for Inter-Professional Education (IPE) activities. 


If you have any questions about the Physical Therapy Program at Colorado Mesa University, please send us an email at [email protected].

Physical Therapists help people to maximize their quality of life. They work with people of all ages and abilities, and in a variety of settings (e.g. acute care hospitals, long-term care facilities and outpatient offices). They help people rehabilitate from devastating injuries, manage chronic conditions, avoid surgery and prescription drugs, and create healthy habits. 

St. Mary's Medical Education Center, home to CMU's Physical Therapy Program in Colorado

Employment Growth

Projected employment growth for physical therapists from 2020 to 2030.


Median Salary

Median salary for physical therapists in 2021 according to the BLS.


Effective April 25, 2023, Colorado Mesa University has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; phone: 703-706-3245; email: [email protected]). If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 970-248-2266 or email [email protected].  

Candidate for Accreditation is an accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates the program may matriculate students in technical/professional courses. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status does not assure that the program will be granted Initial Accreditation. 

Candidacy is considered to be an accredited status, as such the credits and degree earned from a program with Candidacy status are considered, by CAPTE, to be from an accredited program. Therefore, students in the charter (first) class should be eligible to take the licensure exam even if CAPTE withholds accreditation at the end of the candidacy period. That said, it is up to each state licensing agency, not CAPTE, to determine who is eligible for licensure. Information on licensing requirements should be directed to the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT; or specific state boards (a list of state boards and contact information is available on FSBPT's website).