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The College of Health Sciences' Physical Therapy Program is a rigorous three-year doctoral-level program designed to provide you with evidence-based practical and clinical skills enhanced by a spirit of collaboration and leadership. Our faculty will prepare you to be a leader in prevention, health, fitness, and wellness through community and professional service. Your dedication and our expertise will combine to help you build your career as a patient-centered member of tomorrow's healthcare team.
36 months, full-time
The Physical Therapy Program of Midwestern University will use the highest educational and professional standards to prepare service-oriented physical therapists who will provide high-quality patient/client management to a diverse population across all levels of the healthcare continuum.
The Physical Therapy Program at Midwestern University, Glendale campus, is a full-time continuous, 36-month entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy curriculum that is open on a competitive admissions basis to applicants holding bachelor's degrees in any field, but who have not completed an accredited physical therapy program.
Each graduate from the Physical Therapy Program will be instructed to provide patient care; display the core knowledge to discuss prevention, onset, and impairments; address functional limitations; and create a plan of care based upon goals and expected outcomes.
The Physical Therapy Program provides its students with the broad based professional education necessary for each physical therapy graduate to become a generalist clinician. Therefore, competency is required in each of the physical therapy courses. The following areas of practice will be emphasized:
- Development of clinical problem solving skills for examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, intervention, assessment/reassessment and discharge planning
- Use of evidence-based practice skills
- Practicing in a culturally sensitive manner with clients of all different ages
- Practicing collaboratively with other members of the healthcare community
- Assumption of leadership positions in the healthcare delivery system
- Development of an orientation toward prevention, health, fitness and wellness
- Development of skills to establish programs that address prevention of disease, injuries, and disabilities
- Participation in community and professional service
The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program uses a curriculum model based on a conceptual framework of educational theory and practice that integrates a spiraled approach within the curricular design. The intent of a spiraled curriculum is to revisit key content areas or themes at a higher level as students progress through the curriculum. The program is organized to provide correlated events and problems that are experienced sequentially within the didactic curriculum and later through clinical experiences. Students receive a strong content foundation in the biological, physical, clinical, and behavioral sciences and learn to critically apply scientific research and other forms of best evidence to practice. The curriculum provides both simulated and actual clinical experiences across the curriculum. Educational opportunities and activities are provided to enhance student exposure to underserved populations. Students are provided with opportunities for research, interprofessional collaborative practice, community service, teaching, and leadership. The curriculum is delivered in an educational environment that emphasizes professionalism and professional attributes relevant to physical therapist practice. Our educational principles include:
- Integration of concepts related to adult learning theory
- Promotion of self-direction and independence
- Experiential and active learning
- Respect for diverse talents and learning styles
- Promotion of good communication behaviors
- Integration of different learning domains and hierarchy
Clinical Education Placements
- Placements for clinical experiences are available in diverse practice environments in a variety of clinical settings.
- Clinical education sites are located in urban, suburban, and rural areas within and outside of Arizona.
- Students must be prepared to travel to any area where clinical placements are available.
1. Graduates and students will be prepared to provide culturally competent, whole-person physical therapy services to a diverse population across all levels of the healthcare continuum.
2. Graduates will demonstrate a commitment to professional development in the areas of clinical practice, service, and advocacy.
3. Graduates will have the ability to contribute to the educational growth of future practitioners and to the body of knowledge in the profession.
4. Students and graduates will participate in interprofessional education and/or interprofessional collaborative practice.
1. Faculty will provide high-quality teaching and professional standards.
2. Faculty will participate in scholarship activities which may include the scholarship of discovery, integration, application, or teaching.
3. Faculty will be engaged in service to the Department, College, University, community, or profession.
4. The collective core faculty will demonstrate expertise in contemporary, evidence-based clinical practice in a variety of settings across the continuum of care.
1. The program will contribute to meeting the needs of the physical therapy workforce that supports a diverse population across all levels of the health care continuum.
2. The program will create post-professional educational opportunities for faculty, graduates, clinical instructors and the greater physical therapy community to facilitate continuous professional development in areas such as teaching, research, leadership, practice, service, and advocacy.
3. The program will collaborate with other health professional programs, community partners and clinical sites to support the development of interprofessional collaborative practice across the curriculum.
4. The program will cultivate a culture of diversity and inclusivity that benefits students, faculty, staff, patients, caregivers, and communities that we serve.
5. The program will provide an innovative curriculum that integrates the highest educational standards and contemporary practice.
The Physical Therapy Program at Midwestern University, Glendale, AZ is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave, Suite 100, Alexandria, VA 22305-3085; telephone: 703/706-3245; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 623/572-3920 or email email@example.com.
Midwestern University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, Il 60604-1413; 800/621-7440.
- Completion of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university
- Minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 and a minimum science GPA of 2.90 on a 4.00 scale
- Two Letters of Recommendation
- Completion of prerequisite courses totaling 46 semester/66 quarter credits as listed below from a regionally accredited college or university with grades of C or better (grades of C- are NOT acceptable)
- Completion of a total of 30 hours of observation, volunteerism or paid work in a physical therapy setting. These hours must be verified by a Physical Therapist. Additional hours will not strengthen an application
- Demonstration of a people or service orientation through community service or extracurricular activities
- Motivation for and commitment to healthcare as demonstrated by previous work, volunteer work, or other life experiences
- Oral and written communication skills necessary to interact with patients and colleagues
- Commitment to abide by the Midwestern University Drug-Free Workplace and Substance Abuse Policy
- Passage of the Midwestern University criminal background check
- Provision of additional documentation needed to meet specific Program requirements
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test scores using the Midwestern University institution code of 4160 are strongly recommended for candidates with a GPA below a 3.2, although not required
- GRE scores can strengthen an application
- For more information about the GRE, contact Educational Testing Services (ETS) at 866/GRE-CALL or visit www.gre.org
** The test must have been taken no more than five years prior to the planned enrollment year. For more information about the GRE, contact Educational Testing Services (ETS) at 800/GRE-CALL or visit www.gre.org
|Science Courses||Sem Hrs||Qtr Hrs|
|Biology with lab||4||6|
|Vertebrate Anatomy with lab||3||4|
|General Chemistry with lab||4||6|
|General Physics with lab||8||12|
|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 recommended)||6||9|
|Social and Behavioral Sciences (including at least one psychology course)||6||9|
The Physical Therapy Program uses a rolling admissions process. All applicants are encouraged to submit their applications through the Centralized Application Service for Physical Therapy Schools ( PTCAS) by the deadline date of December 15th.
Pass Rate on NPTE
- Bachelor's degree
- Minimum cumulative GPA: 2.9 science, 3.0 overall on a 4.0 scale
- Successful completion of prerequisite courses
- Two Letters of Recommendation
- Completion of 30 hours of observation
Class of 2025 Profiles
- Female: 65%
- Male: 35%
- Average age: 24
- Average Overall GPA: 3.50
- Class Size: 54
- Top Home States: Arizona (44%), Washington, 9 additional states
2-year average for Class of 2021 and 2022 - 100%
The Class of 2021 had a 100% graduation rate (55/55)
The Class of 2022 had a 100% graduation rate (50/50)
National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE) Pass Rate
Reported by the Federation of State Boards in Physical Therapy for MWU graduates
1st time pass rate - 89.5% (averaged over the past 2 years for the Class of 2021 and 2022)
- 1st time pass rate – 89% (Class of 2021)
- 1st time pass rate - 90% (Class of 2022)
Ultimate pass rate - 98% (averaged over the past 2 years for the Class of 2021 and 2022)
- Ultimate pass rate - 100% (Class of 2021)
- Ultimate pass rate – 96% (Class of 2022)
Physical therapists practice in a wide range of settings, including hospitals, outpatient clinics, people's homes, schools, sports and fitness facilities, workplaces, and nursing homes.
State licensure is required in each state in which a physical therapist practices.
America Physical Therapy Association, www.apta.org/AboutPTs/ (accessed February 2, 2023)
Median Salary & US Employment Projection Through 2031
Employment for physical therapists is projected to grow 17 percent from 2021 to 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Physical Therapists, at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/physical-therapists.htm (accessed February 2, 2023).
100% of graduates from the Class of 2021 and 100% of graduates from the Class of 2022 who sought employment, were working within 12 months of graduation as physical therapists based on MWU DPT Program Correspondence, Employer Websites, and Social Media sites.
US Employment Projections Through 2031 - Employment of physical therapists is projected to grow 17 percent from 2021 to 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Physical Therapists,
at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/physical-therapists.htm (accessed February 2, 2023)