Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.)
34 months, full-time
2013 Class Profiles (Class of 2016)
93.75% (45 of the 48 students admitted to original cohort graduated)
Reported by the Federation of State Boards in Physical Therapy for MWU graduates
Community, Urban, Rural, Teaching Hospitals; Geriatrics; Pediatrics; Orthopedics/Sports Medicine Clinics; Schools
Evaluation and treatment, screening, education, referral, consultation, wellness promotion and prevention
Ranked as as one of Best 25 Jobs of 2012 by US News and World Report2
100% were working within 6 months of beginning their job search (MWU DPT Program Alumni Survey, Class of 2012, March 2013 [40% of alumni responding])
Employment of physical therapists is expected to increase 39 percent from 2010 to 2020.1
1Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S., Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/physical-therapists.htm (accessed 2/4/2013)
2 The Best 25 Jobs of 2012 Rankings. US News and World Report, 2012. http://money.usnews.com/money/careers/articles/2012/02/27/the-best-jobs-of-2012 (accessed 9/17/2013)
Students seeking admission to the Physical Therapy Program must submit the following documented evidence:
|Science Courses||Sem Hrs||Qtr Hrs|
|Biology with lab||4||6|
|Human/Vertebrate Anatomy with lab||3||4|
|General Chemistry with lab||4||6|
|General Physics with lab||8||12|
|General Courses||Sem Hrs||Qtr Hrs|
|Math (college algebra or above)||3||4|
|Statistics (should include inferential statistics)||3||4|
|English--must include at least one composition course (oral communication/public|
speaking is recommended)
|Social and Behavioral Sciences (at least one course in psychology)||9||13|
Midwestern University's Physical Therapy Program offers a course of study leading to the Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) degree for qualified students. The full-time, continuous, 34-month, entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy curriculum is designed to deliver the academic and clinical education required to prepare students for their professional role as key members of the healthcare team and as an integral part of the healthcare delivery system. The general education, professional training, experience, and personal character development of physical therapists uniquely prepare them to coordinate care related to functional improvement and functional ability.
The focus of the professional clinical doctorate degree program is the preparation of entry-level, generalist physical therapists who are able to provide competent, skilled professional services in a wide range of community and institutional practice settings that require independent judgment and self-sufficiency.
The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program prepares entry-level practitioners to provide physical therapy services in large, small, traditional, and nontraditional community and institutional practice settings that require independent judgment, leadership, and autonomous practice. The program also provides the foundation for graduates to identify and contribute to effecting solutions to the major, emergent health issues of our society and to contribute to the academic and clinical education of future practitioners. The graduate will be prepared to make valuable, ongoing contributions to society, healthcare, and the profession through leadership activities and collaborative efforts with others in physical therapy and professional education, practice, and research.
The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program is a continuous full-time program, extending 34 months from matriculation to graduation. The maximum allotted time for completion of the doctorate program is 52 months.
Evidence-based practice; health promotion and wellness programs
No major changes are anticipated in the next year.
Using the highest standards of education, the Midwestern University Physical Therapy Program shall prepare entry-level physical therapists to practice quality physical therapy across the healthcare continuum.
The Physical Therapy Program at Midwestern University, Downers Grove, IL is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; e-mail: email@example.com; website: www.capteonline.org
Midwestern University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission/A Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC/NCA), 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1413.