Physical Therapy (Entry-Level DPT)

Doctor of Physical Therapy (Entry-Level DPT)

Gain the experience, clinical perspective, and expert guidance you need to become a successful Doctor of Physical Therapy. You will develop your abilities as a critical thinker and clinician who embraces evidence-based practice. We want you to become a leader in your field, not just for you, but more importantly for the benefit of your future patients. The University of Michigan-Flint employs a life-span approach to develop professionals who care for, value, and respect all patients across all backgrounds.

Experienced & Accessible
You will learn from professional clinicians at the forefront of their fields. Your faculty are available to support, mentor, and guide you toward your professional goals throughout the program’s completion and beyond.

Dynamic Learning Experiences
Our students are able to grow their knowledge and gain hands-on skills with our experiential learning utilizing patients and community partners with the classroom. Our students can participate in PT Heart, a pro bono student run PT clinic for our local community and other community service activities including exercise programming for people with Parkinson’s disease. We also have our study abroad program to provide PT services internationally.

Relevant Clinical & Professional Experience
You’ll have a say in choosing clinical internships that reflect your interests and goals.  You will also build your professional network through participation in the DPT Student Association, state and national professional professional organizations.

Dual Degrees
Students interested in pursuing leadership roles can combine a DPT degree with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) earned through UM-Flint’s respected School of Management, allowing you to earn both degrees simultaneously.

Students with an interest in teaching and/or research have the opportunity to pursue a Doctor of Philosophy degree (PhD) while earning their DPT.

Flexibility to Fit Your Life
The DPT from UM-Flint allows you to complete your degree in three years going full-time.  For a select few, a part-time option will allow you to complete your degree in 5 years while balancing personal and professional obligations.

U-M Resources
As part of the world-renowned University of Michigan, you’ll have access to the academic and research resources at the Flint, Dearborn, and Ann Arbor campuses.

Outcomes

Graduation YearGraduation Rate*NPTE-PT**
Ultimate Pass Rate
NPTE-PT**
First-Time Pass Rate
Employment
Rate***
2017
(n=59)
100%100%93.2%100%
2018
(n=56)
100%96.4%89.3%100%
2019
(n=55)
98.2%100%89.1%100%
2020
(n=61)
100%93.4%88.5%NA
2 year mean99.1%
(2019, 2020)
96.7%
(2019, 2020)
88.88%
(2019, 2020)
100%
(2019, 2020)

*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.

Academic Advising

At UM-Flint, we are proud to have many dedicated advisors who are the experts students can rely upon to help guide their educational journey. Book an appointment today.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally 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 “*”)
    • 3.0 undergraduate GPA in all science prerequisite courses (items below noted with “#”)
    • For admission purposes, it is recommended that future applicants should take the option of a letter grade instead of a P/F (pass/fail) grade for any course during semesters affected by COVID-19.
  • 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 (lab recommended) # *
    • 3 credits Statistics *
    • 3 credits College Algebra and Trigonometry or Pre-calculus *
    • 6 credits Psychology (general and development across lifespan) *
    • 1 credit Medical Terminology *
  • Please use the UM-Flint Transfer Equivalency Guide to ensure courses will satisfy requirements. If you do not see your institution listed or have additional questions please email physicaltherapy@umich.edu.
  • 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.

The UM-Flint DPT program uses a holistic admissions process when reviewing applications.  Holistic admission refers to the process of considering the educational experiences and attributes of applicants beyond just grade point averages and GRE scores.

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 & 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 UM-Flint DPT program uses Rolling Admission Criteria.

Applying
UM-Flint uses the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) for evaluation of all applicants. The application will be available July 1 – October 15 of each cycle. Students who apply by October 15 must be PTCAS verified no later than December 1.

  • Sixty students enroll each year in the fall semester.
  • The UM-Flint Physical Therapy program operates on a rolling-admission basis; we encourage you to apply early.
  • The deadline to submit all your documents to PTCAS is October 15 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 October 15, the materials may arrive at UM-Flint late and could take your application out of consideration.

Submit the following to PTCAS:

  • 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 recommendation submitted to PTCAS.
    • 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.
  • UM-Flint DPT program will not require observation hours for the 21-22 application cycle due to the pandemic. If you have completed observation hours we recommend you include them in your application. However, observation hours are still not required for your application to meet requirements for review for this cycle. 
  • Essay Questions specific to the DPT program at the University of Michigan-Flint through PTCAS

The University of Michigan-Flint does not hold admissions interviews.

Submit the following directly to UM-Flint (no later than December 1):

  • $55 UM-Flint Supplemental Application Fee (paid online)
  • GRE scores (general test): UM-Flint DPT program will not require GRE scores for the 20-21 application cycle due to the pandemic. If you have official GRE scores that were completed within the past 3 years and want to include them in your application, please use code #7737. However, GREs are still not required for your application to meet requirements for review for this cycle. 
  • International students must submit additional documentation

Research

The faculty of the College of Health Sciences are deeply engaged in research. These scholarly pursuits are diverse in subject matter and allow faculty to engage with students, colleagues, the community, and industry on many projects. Check out some of the current research activities taking place in CHS here.

Accreditation

CAPTE: Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education

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: accreditation@apta.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:


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.

Vision
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.