Physical therapy education has changed dramatically over the decades. When the profession began, physical therapists (PTs) earned a bachelor’s degree in another closely related field and then obtained a certificate in physical therapy. As time went on, the profession created and adopted the entry-level physical therapy bachelor’s degree. Later, education programs adopted the postbaccalaureate degree, primarily the master’s degree, as the highest entry-level degree in the field. And in 1996, the Creighton University, the first professional doctor of physical therapy program in the nation, graduated its first class of students. Adoption of the DPT recognized that the complexity of patient needs requires a greater understanding of how to treat an individual, one that comes with a doctorate-level education, and so in January 2016 the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) made the DPT the required degree for all of its accredited entry-level physical therapist education programs.