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Physical Therapy

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College of Health and Human Development



Graduate Degree:

Master in Physical Therapy (MPT)

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

The Profession

The physical therapy profession contributes to the health needs of society. It focuses primarily on individuals whose impairment is related to the neuromusculoskeletal, pulmonary, integumentary and cardiovascular systems, on methods of evaluating the functions of these systems, and on the selection and application of the appropriate therapeutic procedures to maintain, improve or restore these functions

Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Physical Therapy is to prepare a competent, reflective physical therapist professional who is able to effectively practice both independently and interdependently in an ever-changing health-care environment.

Academic Advisement

All students in the Program must have advisement in order to enroll. Group advisement sessions are held regularly for students interested in applying for entrance into the Program. The advisement schedule is available on the Department website. Inquiries also can be directed to the Department by email. All faculty members serve as academic advisors.

The Program

The Department is no longer accepting application for the MPT Degree. All new admissions are for the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Degree only. The MPT Degree prepares students for licensure as physical therapists. The Program requires 3 academic years and 3 summers to complete. Full-time enrollment is necessary. All students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher throughout the Program.To be eligible for licensure, the student must complete all requirements for the academic and clinical component.

Students are required to commute to affiliating hospitals for some professional courses, and reliable transportation is necessary. Students also are required to provide their own uniforms.

Students presently enrolled in the Master of Physical Therapy Program will finish the Degree and be eligible to sit for the licensure exam. The PT program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education as an entry-level PT program for both the MPT and DPT.


Donna Van Helsland