What Sets UM-Flint's Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program Apart?
The DPT program at UM-Flint prepares you to become an exceptional practitioner ready to advance your practice while also advancing patient care. It employs a life-span approach, which encourages you to value and respect the diversity of gender, race, culture, and disability, regardless of age.
FULL- or PART-TIME
The DPT from UM-Flint allows you to pursue your interests and direct your course of study. Choose the full-time track to complete your degree in three years. The program’s part-time enrollment option gives you the flexibility to complete your degree while balancing personal or professional obligations.
RELEVANT CLINICAL EXPERIENCE
As part of the DPT program, you’ll have a say in choosing clinical internships that reflect your academic and professional interests, and that translates directly to your future practice as a physical therapist.
DPT faculty remain available and accessible to mentor and support you throughout the program and after graduation. Along with the guidance of faculty, you’ll also have the support of fellow students who enter and complete the program alongside you. You’ll develop close connections with your classmates who share your journey as well as your passion for excellence in patient care.
Broaden your experience and build your professional network through participation in the DPT Student Organization, state and national professional organizations, as well as PT HEART—the student-led pro bono clinic that enables DPT students to work directly with underserved patients from the local community.
DUAL ADVANCED DEGREES
Students interested in pursuing leadership roles have the option to combine a DPT degree with a Master of Business Administration earned through UM-Flint’s highly respected School of Management. Our dual degree program allows you to earn both degrees simultaneously with certain courses counting toward both programs.
Students with an interest in teaching and/or research have the opportunity to pursue a Doctor of Philosophy degree (Ph.D.) while earning their DPT.
As part of the world-renowned University of Michigan, you’ll have access to the full academic and research resources at the Flint, Dearborn, and Ann Arbor campuses.
*Calculated by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
**NPTE-PT is the National Physical Therapy Exam for Physical Therapists
***Employment Rate is the % of graduate survey respondents who sought employment and were employed as a physical therapist within 1 year of graduation.
The Doctor of Physical Therapy degree program at the University of Michigan – Flint is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 810.762.3373 or email PhysicalTherapy@umich.edu.
CAPTE only accredits entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy Programs. The PhD in Physical Therapy and the transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy programs cannot be accredited by CAPTE.
The Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at the University of Michigan-Flint satisfies educational prerequisites for professional licensure as a physical therapist in all 50 US states, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, and the US Virgin Islands.
Additional information for admitted DPT students and clinical partners including the clinical education handbook can be found here.
Physical Therapy Department Mission Statement
The Physical Therapy Department at the University of Michigan-Flint prepares accomplished physical therapist practitioners, researchers, and educators through best practices in teaching and learning, advances scientific knowledge by engaging in rigorous scholarship, and serves our diverse local community and beyond to optimize movement, participation, and health and well-being for all individuals.
Professional Physical Therapist Program Mission Statement
The mission of the University of Michigan-Flint Doctor of Physical Therapy program is to educate students to become competent physical therapists through engagement in evidence-based practice, scholarship, and community service, thereby enhancing the health and well-being of the public.
The Physical Therapy Department at the University of Michigan-Flint will be recognized globally as leaders in physical therapy education, research, and service.
Our work is guided by the following principles:
- Act with professional and ethical responsibility.
- Foster environments for collaboration, diversity, service, and accountability.
- Act with caring and compassion.
- Support and reward excellence and innovation.
- Create competencies for lifelong learning.
- Use evidenced-based decision making in all physical therapy practice.
- Advocate for patient-centered care, access, and equity.
- Service to benefit our community and our profession.