Department of Physical Therapy,
Professor and Chair Urfer
Assistant Professor Alexander, La Pier
Instructors Sirotnak, Creelman
Adjunct Faculty Bowman, Klein, Lansche, Maloff, Mickelsen, Newhouse
Master of Physical Therapy
The graduate entry level program in Physical Therapy is a professional entry level program preparing students for licensure to practice as physical therapists. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association.
Requirements for Admission to the Master of Physical Therapy Program
- Completion of bachelor's degree from a college or university accredited in the United States or its equivalent from a school in another country. (Must complete degree before onset of classes in PT Program in June, in year of acceptance.)
- Grade point average of 3.0 or above on the equivalent of the most recent four full-time semesters of academic work. The GPA is calculated from upper division courses only. (A minimum of 30 upper division units must be completed when application is made.)
- Grade point average of 3.0 or above in each pre-requisite set of science courses. Please contact the Department of Physical Therapy for clarification.
- Graduate Record Examination total score of at least 1450 and no area under 400 pts.
- At least 200 hours of salaried or voluntary experience in two or more physical therapy practice settings, 100 hours of which must be in acute care (acute hospital setting). Experience must be supervised and documented by licensed physical therapists.
This experience must have occurred within the last five years.
- Three letters of recommendation. Two letters must be from licensed physical therapists under whom the student has obtained hours of experience.
- Qualified applicants may be invited for a personal interview with physical therapy admissions committee.
Prospective applicants should contact the department for specific descriptions of the above general requirements.
A maximum of 24 students are admitted to the program each year. Classes begin in June of each year.
The curriculum is 26 months in duration and includes 4 clinical affiliations. There are 4 semesters and 3 full-time summer sessions encompassing a total of 85 credits. The clinical affiliations mandate student travel and housing with the usual expenses borne by the student. Out-of-state travel for affiliations is required.