Why UM-Flint

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 and a clinician who embraces evidence based practice
    • UM-Flint’s DPT degree program offers clinical education experiences throughout the curriculum
  • Part-time option is 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.
  • Dual MBA/Doctor of Physical Therapy degree program available. 

  • You will benefit from outstanding faculty, whose record of excellence in scholarship and service as well as clinical specializations help to mentor you in clinical practice, research, and service.
  • You will have opportunities to participate in professional development activities such as PT Heart, the student-led pro bono clinic, DPT Student Association, and state and national professional organizations.
  • UM-Flint’s DPT program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education.
  • 100% of graduates from the classes of 2011-2013 secured employment within 6 months of graduation.
  • 100% licensure examination pass rate for the classes of 2011, 2012 and 2013.


Admissions Eligibility

  • 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.
  • Updated First Aid and CPR certification: CPR certification must include infant, child, adult CPR with AED training for Healthcare Providers. In order to receive certification, actual hand on experience with mannequins is required (online coursework only is not accepted). This will need to be kept updated for each year in the program.  You may get certification through the American Heart Association class “Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers” or through the American Red Cross class “CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers."

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 2014 entering class GPA average was 3.54.


Application Process

For the Fall 2016 admission period, the University of Michigan-Flint will use the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS). The application will be available July 1-December 1, 2015. 

Submit the following to PTCAS by December 1:

  • 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 verify 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 1:

  • $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 the International Students page for details.

Admission Decisions

Please note UM-Flint does not hold interviews for admission to the DPT program.

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 1 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 1, the materials may arrive to UM-Flint late and could take your application out of consideration.

Once an admission decision is made, it will be one of the following:

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.


Physical Therapy Program (Doctor of Physical Therapy)

Degree Requirements

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 3.0 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 (120 credits). 

Year One

Fall Semester (15 credits)
BIO 634 - Human Anatomy.  
PTP 611 - Functional Anatomy and Kinesiology.  
PTP 629 - Clinical Observation Skills.  
PTP 664 - Fundamentals of Patient Management.   

Winter Semester (16 credits)
PTP 612 - Neuroscience in Physical Therapy.  (first 7 weeks)
PTP 630 - Introduction to Clinical Practice.  
PTP 651 - Neurologic Diseases & Disorders.  (second 7 weeks)
PTP 655 - Therapeutic Relationships. 
PTP 662 - Critical Inquiry I. 
PTP 665 - Fundamental of Tests and Measures in Examination. 
PTP 681 - Teaching, Learning & Health Education. 

Spring/Summer Semester (12 credits)
PTP 627 - Musculoskeletal Practice Pattern: Introduction.  
PTP 648 - Pharmacology in Practice.  
PTP 663 - Critical Inquiry II. 
PTP 670 - Fundamentals of Procedural Interventions.   

Year Two

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 - Fundamentals of 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 663 - Critical Inquiry II.  
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.  

Year Three

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.  

Winter Semester (10 credits)
PTP 734 - Clinical Education IV.  
PTP 735 - Clinical Education V.  

Spring/Summer Semester (5 credits)
PTP 736 - Clinical Education VI.  

Sequence Requirements
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.

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