Physical Therapy (D.P.T.)

General Admission

Admission to this program is contingent upon admission to the Graduate School and completion of the pre-professional course component.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) is offered by this department at two levels of admission: entry level D.P.T. and transitional D.P.T. The entry level degree program is for individuals who are not now practicing physical therapists but are interested in becoming physical therapists. The transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy program is for individuals who are already licensed as a physical therapist in the United States or Canada and who wish to expand their knowledge and skills to be better prepared to work as a primary care provider and expert practitioner. These programs lead to the same degree but require different admissions criteria and the completion of different sets of core courses.

Entry-Level Program

Admission - Entry Level: A baccalaureate degree is not required for admission to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. The requirements for consideration for admission vary, depending on whether the applicant will have an earned baccalaureate degree prior to enrollment but all applicants must meet requirements for admission to the Graduate School. Starting in 2015, the Graduate Record Examination will be required.

Applicants who will not have a baccalaureate degree upon enrollment in the physical therapy program must successfully complete

  1. a minimum of ninety credits,
  2. all University General Education Requirements,
  3. all physical therapy science prerequisite courses,
  4. all physical therapy non-science prerequisite courses, and
  5. an upper-level concentration to be considered for admission.

Applicants who will have completed a baccalaureate degree prior to enrollment in the physical therapy program must complete all physical therapy science prerequisite courses and all physical therapy non-science prerequisite courses. Additional information on program-specific prerequisites can be found in the Physical Therapy section of the Undergraduate Bulletin. 

Admission to the entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) professional program occurs on an annual basis with Physical Therapy courses beginning in the Fall Term. There are a limited number of spaces in the Physical Therapy program and admission is competitive. Completion of the admission requirements does not guarantee admission.

Transitional Program

Admission to the transitional program requires that the applicant be a physical therapist who has graduated from an accredited Baccalaureate or Master's Physical Therapy Program and is currently licensed in the United States or Canada. Letters of recommendation and a personal statement are also required.

Degree Requirements - Entry-Level Program

The Doctor of Physical Therapy degree requires a minimum of 123 credits, including all courses in the core curriculum listed below.

Consistent with Graduate School policy, the grading system for graduate students is 'intended to reflect a higher standard of critical and creative scholarship than those applied at the undergraduate level.' Continuing students are required to earn a minimum of a 3.00 g.p.a. to satisfy degree requirements. A graduate student who receives a 'C' grade in any course is expected to complete remedial work to demonstrate competency in the course requirements that may include repetition of the course the next time it is offered. Receiving more than two 'C' grades, or five grades below a B (3.0), in the curriculum is considered unsatisfactory progress and achievement, and will result in dismissal from the professional program. Students may also be dismissed from the program for unsatisfactory clinical performance or for unsatisfactory professional behavior.

All course work must be completed in accordance with the academic procedures of the Graduate School governing graduate scholarship and degrees and the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. In addition, the criteria for academic performance given in the Physical Therapy Student Handbook should be followed. The Physical Therapy Student Handbook, provided by this program, also contains policy statements that may pertain to admission, candidacy, and degree requirements which students should consult.

The core curriculum is subject to change without prior notice in response to the changing health care environment and accreditation standards.

Core Curriculum (Entry-Level Program)

PT 5010Clinical Applications I1
PT 5020(WI) Foundations of Physical Therapy2
PT 5030Basic Patient Care in Physical Therapy2
PT 5070Clinical Applications II2
PT 5100Therapeutic Exercise I3
PT 5120Human Growth and Development2
PT 5300Surface Anatomy2
PT 5320Basic Examination and Evaluation Procedures3
PT 5400Neurosciences for Health Care Professionals3
PT 5430Clinical Medicine4
PT 5500Kinesiology and Biomechanics3
PT 5505Clinical Applications of Human Anatomy3
PT 5510Clinical Applications of Human Anatomy: Laboratory1
PT 5650Pathophysiology for Health Sciences3
PT 5660Pathokinesiology3
PT 5800Clinical Education I3
PT 5820Clinical Education II3
PT 6100Therapeutic Exercise II3
PT 6200Diversity, Ethics and Legal Issues in Health Care3
PT 6300Research I: Critical Thinking2
PT 6310Physiology of Exercise II3
PT 6400Teaching and Learning in Health Care2
PT 6500Pharmacology2
PT 6700Motor Learning and Motor Control2
PT 6750Seminar: Complementary and Alternative Health Care2
PT 7000Therapeutic Modalities3
PT 7100Management of Patients with Orthopedic Conditions I3
PT 7120Management of Patients with Orthopedic Conditions II3
PT 7200Management of Patients with Neurological Disorders I3
PT 7220Management of Patients with Neurological Disorders II3
PT 7300Orthotics and Prosthetics3
PT 7320Rehabilitation Procedures3
PT 7400Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation4
PT 7600Physical Therapy for Medical and Surgical Conditions3
PT 7700Research II: Design & Methodology2
PT 7720Research III: Data Analysis and Interpretation2
PT 8000Therapeutic Management of Pediatric Populations3
PT 8110Geriatrics2
PT 8200Management in Physical Therapy Practice2
PT 8300Differential Diagnosis for Health Sciences3
PT 8400Diagnostic Procedures for Health Sciences2
PT 8500Clinical Decision Making3
PT 8600Health Promotion and Wellness2
PT 8800Clinical Internship I4
PT 8820Clinical Internship II8
Total Credits123

Degree Requirements - Transitional Program

Students in this program are required to complete eight core courses if the student already possesses a Master of Physical Therapy degree. For individuals not possessing a Master of Physical Therapy degree, the applicant’s educational and professional qualifications will be reviewed and an individual plan of work will be designed to provide sufficient preparation for the transitional D.P.T. curriculum.

The Physical Therapy Student Handbook, provided by this department, also contains policy statements that may pertain to admission, candidacy, and degree requirements. Students pursuing the D.P.T. should consult this handbook for the current statements on these policies.

The core curriculum is subject to change without prior notice in response to the changing health care and educations environment.

Core Curriculum (Transitional Program)

PT 6300Research I: Critical Thinking2
PT 6400Teaching and Learning in Health Care3
PT 6700Motor Learning and Motor Control3
PT 7990Directed Study3
PT 8170Professional Development and Reflective Practice3
PT 8300Differential Diagnosis for Health Sciences3
PT 8400Diagnostic Procedures for Health Sciences3
PT 8850Clinical Practicum3
Total Credits23

Health and Liability Insurance

Clinical Education is provided throughout the professional program along with didactic courses. The final twenty-eight weeks of the program are  spent in  two assignments in  selected clinical facilities throughout the metropolitan Detroit area, Michigan and other parts of the country. Patient care involves inherent risk of exposure to potential diseases, particularly blood borne pathogens, and the risk of possible mishaps in patient care. Therefore, all students are required to maintain health insurance coverage and this must be in effect prior to and during the professional program. Liability insurance is rolled into course fees associated with clinical education.The student is responsible for the cost of health insurance and all other costs (such as travel, meals, living expenses) associated with the clinical education portion of the program.