What Sets UM-Flint's Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program Apart?
• The DPT program at UM-Flint employs a life-span approach, which encourages you to value and respect diversity of gender, race, culture and disability, regardless of age. As a result, you will:
- Be competent to treat persons from infancy through the elder years
- Develop your abilities as a critical thinker, recognizing the value of scientific literature to make sound clinical judgments
- Understand the scope of physical therapy practice, recognizing when a patient needs medical management in substitution for, or in addition to, physical therapy
• UM-Flint’s DPT degree program places great emphasis on clinical education.
• UM-Flint’s DPT degree program has a Service Learning requirement, where students apply their learning to projects that benefit the community.
• The DPT is a 119 credit, three-year, full time program (part-time also available).
• Students participate in a selection process for clinical internships which allows greater flexibility to choose specific internships of student interest or locations that are convenient to the student.
• Students are involved in scheduling of course times and final examination schedules.
• You will benefit from outstanding faculty, whose consistent record of scholarship and service at the state, regional, and national levels of the profession helps to mentor you in leadership and service, both to the profession and the community.
• The DPT faculty consists of members recognized for clinical specialization, which enhances the clinical aspects of your physical therapy curriculum.
• UM-Flint's DPT program provides a great value as compared to most other DPT programs in the state of Michigan.
• UM-Flint’s DPT program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education.
• The Physical Therapy department at UM-Flint prepares you to become a physical therapist who is a professional, competent practitioner for the rapidly changing health care industry of the 21st century
• Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
• GPA minimums:
- 3.0 GPA or higher in the undergraduate degree
- 3.0 undergraduate GPA in all prerequisite courses (items below noted with “*”)
- 2.75 undergraduate GPA in all science prerequisite courses (items below noted with “#”)
• Completion of prerequisite courses from an accredited institution with an equivalent grade of ‘C’ or better in each course:
- 8 credits Biology with at least two labs (no Botany) # *
- 8 credits Chemistry with at least two labs # *
- 8 credits Physics with at least two labs # *
- 4 credits Human Anatomy with lab # *
- 4 credits Human Physiology with lab (if a 5-6 credit combination Anatomy and Physiology class is taken, then course content needs review) # *
- 3 credits Exercise Physiology with lab # *
- 3 credits Statistics *
- 3 credits College Algebra and Trigonometry or Pre-calculus *
- 6 credits Psychology (general and developmental across life span) *
- 1 credit Medical Terminology *
Prerequisite courses should be completed within 7 years of applying to the program; prerequisite courses taken more than 7 years prior will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
Current CPR (Adult, Child, and Infant) and First Aid certification: First Aid certification must be acquired through the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross.
Applicants admitted to the DPT program must demonstrate that they possess the attributes necessary to succeed in a challenging curriculum as well as perform in the practice of physical therapy. Essential and Technical Standards are the cognitive, emotional, behavioral, and physical abilities required for satisfactory completion of the DPT curriculum and development of professional attributes required of all students at graduation.
While an applicant is not required to disclose the specifics of any disability, it is the applicant's responsibility to request reasonable accommodation if they cannot demonstrate these Essential and Technical Standards without accommodation.
The Fall 2012 entering class GPA average was 3.44.
The University of Michigan-Flint DPT program currently has articulation agreements with the following institutions and/or programs guaranteeing admission to highly qualified applicants:
-Michigan State University Department of Kinesiology
-Saginaw Valley State University
-University of Michigan School of Kinesiology
-University of Michigan-Flint Department of Biology and Department of Public Health and Health Sciences
If you attend one of these institutions and are interested in obtaining more information on the articulation agreement, please contact DptAdmissions@umflint.edu.
For the Fall 2014 admission period, the University of Michigan-Flint will use the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS). The application will be available July 2-December 2, 2013.
Submit the following to PTCAS by December 2:
• Official transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended in the United States (foreign transcripts are to be sent to the Office of Graduate Programs, not PTCAS)
• Two letters of reference submitted to PTCAS. At least one reference must be from a physical therapist who has observed you within the last five years in a clinical setting. The second reference may be from another physical therapist or a university professor who has instructed you in a course within the last five years, or who has acted as your academic advisor.
• Observation of Physical Therapist Hours: Arrange for a licensed physical therapist to review and confirm your PT observation hours.
-60 or more hours
-Two or more different types of clinical settings required
-125 or more hours in four or more settings recommended
• Essay Questions specific to the DPT program at UM-Flint (part of the application you complete through PTCAS)
Submit the following directly to UM-Flint by December 2:
• $55 UM-Flint Supplemental Application Fee (paid online)
• GRE scores (general test) sent to UM-Flint Institutional Code #7737
-Verbal: Minimum score of 146
-Quantitative: Minimum score of 141
-Competitive scores are in the range of 150 Verbal and 144 Quantitative
-Must be completed before application will be considered for admission
• Foreign transcripts and diplomas or certificates of graduation from any colleges and universities you have attended from outside the United States (do not send to PTCAS)
• Additional Documentation if your native language is not English or you are an international student seeking a student visa. Visit www.umflint.edu/graduateprograms/admissions/international-students.page for details.
Within 4-6 weeks of receiving your completed application from PTCAS and your supplemental UM-Flint application and fee (it can take up to six weeks for PTCAS to send UM-Flint all of your documents after you have submitted them to PTCAS), we will inform you of your status via email. Your status will be one of the following:
- Admission Decision Pending: This is a common result. You have submitted a competitive application but one that does not yet meet requirements for standard or conditional admission. Your file will be reevaluated after the December 2 application deadline; from this pool of applicants, you will have one of the following decisions: admitted (standard or conditional), denied, or placed on the alternate list. A decision on your application will be made no later than the end of February 2014 at our final admissions meeting; you will be notified of this decision via email.
- Standard Admission: You have met all the admission requirements. This is unusual, as most applicants are still taking classes at the time of application and cannot be considered for standard admission until those courses are complete.
- Conditional Admission: You are conditionally admitted, pending completion of final undergraduate coursework (including bachelor’s degree and/or prerequisite courses). This is uncommon and indicates that you have exceptional undergraduate preparation, high GRE scores, strong recommendations and extensive volunteer experience. You have also conveyed all the information in your application in such a way that the admissions committee has no questions for clarification.
- Deny: You have submitted an application that is not consistent with one that will lead to selection for the upcoming class.
Students are admitted in the fall semester only. The UM- Flint Physical Therapy program operates on a Rolling Admissions basis; we encourage you to apply early. The deadline to submit all your documents to PTCAS is December 2 to ensure full consideration of your application. It can take up to six weeks for PTCAS to send UM-Flint all of your documents after you have submitted them to PTCAS. If you do not submit all PTCAS materials to PTCAS by December 2, the materials may arrive to UM-Flint late and could take your application out of consideration.
The DPT degree requires completion of a three-year academic program with satisfactory completion of clinical education courses. Students must achieve an overall GPA of 5.0 or higher both prior to beginning the final clinical internships (PTP 734 , PTP 735 , PTP 736 ) and upon completion of the degree program. The program is completed in three consecutive years on a full-time basis. Each academic calendar is a 14-week Fall and Winter semester followed by a 10-week (first year) or 11-week (second year) Spring semester. A part-time curriculum is also available.
Course Requirements (119 credits).
Fall Semester (16 credits)
BIO 534 - Human Anatomy.
PTP 511 - Kinesiology and Applied Anatomy.
PTP 564 - Clinical Observation Skills and Communication.
PTP 580 - Professionalism and Ethics.
PTP 585 - Therapeutic Relationships and Cultural Competency.
Winter Semester (16 credits)
PTP 512 - Neuroscience in Physical Therapy. (first 7 weeks)
PTP 530 - Introduction to Clinical Practice.
PTP 560 - Research Methods. [includes stats lab]
PTP 565 - Fundamental Tests and Measures in Examination.
PTP 567 - Neurologic Diseases and Disorders. (second 7 weeks)
PTP 581 - Teaching, Learning and Health Education.
Spring/Summer Semester (12 credits)
PTP 521 - Musculoskeletal Diseases and Disorders.
PTP 546 - Pharmacology in Practice.
PTP 650 - Electrotherapeutic and Physical Modalities.
PTP 661 - Literature Analysis in Evidence-Based Practice.
Fall Semester (17 credits)
PTP 621 - Musculoskeletal Examination in Practice.
PTP 640 - Medical/Surgical Conditions in Practice.
PTP 644 - Metabolic, Endocrine & Integumentary Diseases and Disorders.
PTP 667 - Neuromuscular Examination in Practice.
PTP 670 - Fundamental Procedural Interventions.
PTP 671 - Cardiopulmonary Diseases and Disorders.
PTP 682 - Pediatric Diseases and Disorders and Examination in Practice.
Winter Semester (17 credits)
PTP 622 - Musculoskeletal Plan of Care in Practice.
PTP 645 - Metabolic, Endocrine & Integument Examination in Practice.
PTP 660 - Critical Inquiry Project.
PTP 668 - Neuromuscular Plan of Care in Practice.
PTP 672 - Cardiopulmonary Examination in Practice.
PTP 782 - Pediatric Plan of Care in Practice.
Spring/Summer Semester (13 credits)
PTP 632 - Clinical Education II. (first two weeks)
PTP 641 - Medical/Surgical Conditions, Examination, and Plan of Care.
PTP 646 - Metabolic, Endocrine & Integumentary Plan of Care in Practice.
PTP 673 - Cardiopulmonary Plan of Care in Practice.
PTP 694 - Professional Service Learning I.
PTP 783 - Geriatrics in Practice.
Fall Semester (13 credits)
PTP 733 - Clinical Education III.
PTP 761 - Evidence-Based Practice.
PTP 770 - Assistive Technology in Accessibility.
PTP 780 - Clinical Decision Making in Complex Clinical Problems.
PTP 785 - Therapeutic Relationships and Cultural Competency III.
PTP 792 - Management in Physical Therapy Practice.
PTP 793 - Professional Issues in Practice.
PTP 794 - Professional Service Learning II.
Spring/Summer Semester (5 credits)
PTP 736 - Clinical Education VI.
Courses in the professional preparation program are intended to be taken in a prescribed sequence. It is important for students to recognize that the Physical Therapy Professional Preparation Program is not just a series of courses but instead a professional preparation program in which appropriate sequence is critical for assuring intended educational outcomes. Transfer of credit for courses in Years 1-3 taken prior to admission to the program is the prerogative of the Physical Therapy faculty. Transfer courses must meet the requirements outlined in the Guidelines for the Transfer of Credit of Previous Course Work in Partial Fulfillment of Requirements for Professional DPT Program which is available from the Physical Therapy Department.
Graduation Year: 2013
Hometown: Center Line, MI
The quality of education that I am receiving as a part of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program is top-notch. The program will not only prepare me to be a physical therapist, but to be a leader and advocate in my profession. The curriculum is designed so that you get hands on experience in the clinic; you are able to practice what you learn in the classroom and apply it to different clinical settings. The DPT faculty is phenomenal. They are diverse and have experience and specialties in many different areas. The program uses the collegial model, in which the faculty and staff treat you as if you have already entered the profession of physical therapy. There are many different opportunities to get involved in the community and profession, from conferences, guest speakers and lectures, and volunteering in the community. This program gives you the experience you need to be successful in the physical therapy profession.