Credit for previous experience
The University of Michigan-Flint will award credit for previous experience based on the American Physical Therapy Association’s Physical Therapist Evaluation Tool (PTET). The following is a checklist for requesting the PTET provided by APTA. The PTET is REQUIRED for admission consideration to to the t-DPT program. The PTET is not required for the clinical concentrations or PT Clinical Certificate Programs. Students should be aware that they will receive a summary report from the credentialing service while the University of Michigan-Flint will receive a detailed analysis.
- Contact Credentialing Services, Inc (CSI), for the PTET application packet, including application, Op-Scan answer sheet, and return-mail envelope. Credentialing Services, Inc. PO Box 1502, Galesburg, IL 61402-1502. Phone: 309.343.1202 Fax: 309.344.1715
Upon receipt, complete the application (Portfolio and Task Performed Components); use the Op-Scan answer sheet with the Tasks Performed section. Answer all questions in both components; an incomplete application cannot be processed.
If you are taking advantage of the member fee, include proof of membership. Submit membership number, membership expiration date, and a copy of your membership card (all three items are required.)
Fill out the Fee section. Make check or money order payable to APTA in the amount of the designated fee.
APTA Member Fee $400
Nonmember Fee $700
Each Additional Program Report $55
Return the completed printed application (including any attachments), the completed answer sheet, a copy of your physical therapist license, and full payment using the return-mail envelope provided by CSI.
Applications are evaluated on a rolling admission basis meaning it is to your advantage to submit your materials as soon as they are completed. Your application is reviewed and an enrollment decision made once all required application materials are submitted. Course size is limited.
Guidelines for previous experience and transfer credit:
A minimum of 12 credits must be taken at UM-Flint to earn a t-DPT.
You may receive 6 credits for an APTA Specialist Certification, or 1 credit for completion of the APTA Clinical Instructor Credentialing and Education Program.
UM-Flint will allow up to 3 credits to be awarded at the time of program admission for continuing education coursework. One elective credit may be awarded for each 20 continuing education contact hours (1 CEU is equivalent to 10 contact hours). Only continuing education coursework completed within the past 5 years will be eligible. Students must provide written request and documentation of course participation for elective credits to be awarded.
Special requests may be made for credit for teaching experience or publication in a peer-reviewed journal.
You may request a maximum of 12 credits to be waived based on graduate-level coursework completed at another accredited institution and/or post-professional continuing education [see above]. To be eligible for consideration, graduate coursework must have been completed within the last 7 years and you must have received a B grade or better in the course.
Students who wish to transfer graduate credits into the t-DPT program must request transfer credits be applied to the transcript within the first 7 weeks of enrollment in the program.
It is highly recommended that students wishing to take graduate courses at another institution while in UM-Flint’s t-DPT program seek official graduate school review of transfer of credits in writing BEFORE taking the class. Transferring graduate credits into the t-DPT program is done at the discretion of the program and the graduate school. Official transcripts must be sent to the graduate school before transfer credit is approved.