Doctor of Physical Therapy: Frequently Asked Questions
The University of Mount Union intends to launch a Doctor of Physical Therapy Program in the fall of 2016 pending the appropriate approvals. Follow the program’s progress through the accreditation process.
What undergraduate degree should I have?
No particular degree or field of study is required to be eligible to enter the program. The University of Mount Union requires an undergraduate baccalaureate degree from an accredited four-year college or university with the required pre-requisite courses to be eligible for admittance into the Doctor of Physical Therapy program.
What is the difference between an entry-level master’s degree and a doctoral degree in physical therapy?
In the simplest of responses, the answer is none; all programs must meet the same accreditation criteria. There are currently five programs nationwide that are classified as granting a Master of Physical Therapy (MPT). Of the five, four have stopped admitting for the MPT and have obtained the approval to begin a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program. The remaining program has stopped admission into the MPT program and is seeking approval of offer the DPT program. The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education will stop considering MPT programs for accreditation after December 31, 2015.
Graduation from a physical therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314; phone (703) 706-3245; firstname.lastname@example.org is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.
Is there a ranking of physical therapy programs?
There is no specific ranking of Physical Therapy Programs nationally although U.S. News and World Report will conduct a survey intending to demonstrate the more nationally-recognized programs. The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) and the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACCPT) recognize that a program’s academic quality is recognized by compliance with the accreditation criteria.
What factors should I consider in selecting a Doctor of Physical Therapy program?
There are many personal factors that can play into the decision of one program over another, such as: class size, geographic location and cost. Additionally, it is important to explore the educational philosophy at the core of the program. A recommendation is to speak with the faculty and students of the prospective program to determine if your beliefs and values are in line with those of the graduate program.
Is a physical therapists assistant program a stepping-stone to a physical therapist program?
Several programs nationwide will accept students with a background in physical therapy such as graduates for a PTA program; however, with the need for the bachelor’s degree as a prerequisite, few are designed to offer a bridge from the PTA to DPT.
Can I work or attend the program on a part-time basis?
Mount Union’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program was designed with a rigorous and intense hands-on curriculum. Employment may hinder your ability to apply the necessary time to succeed in the program. The curriculum is considered a lock-step progression from one term to the next; part-time course work is not possible.
Is Mount Union’s program accredited?
The University of Mount Union is seeking accreditation for a new physical therapist education program from CAPTE. The program will submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the professional phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in professional courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, through achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.
What are the DPT program’s requirements to be accepted?
Applicants must complete all the listed prerequisites prior to enrollment into the professional curriculum;
- Baccalaureate degree from an accredited four-year college or university
- Overall GPA of 3.2
- Prerequisite GPA of 3.2
- GRE a competitive candidate will report a score of 153 verbal reasoning, 156 quantitative reasoning, and 4 analytical writing (800-1000 on the old scale)
- 8 hours of Anatomy and Physiology
- 8 hours of General Physics
- 4 hours of General or Specialized Biology (e.g. Microbiology, Genetics, Vertebrate Zoology, Vertebrate Physiology, Developmental Biology, Pathophysiology or Immunology)
- 4 hours of General Chemistry
- 4 hours of advanced or specialized Chemistry (e.g. Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry or Biochemistry)
- 4 hours of Statistics
- 8 hours of Psychology (e.g. General, Child, Developmental, Abnormal or Lifespan Psychology)
- 8 hours of Social Science and/or Humanities (e.g. Ethics, History, Sociology, Philosophy, Anthropology, Literature)
- 80 hours of observation in Physical Therapy must be completed by the time of application
- Three letters of recommendation (Physical Therapist, College Instructor, Employer/Choice)
What is the salary for a physical therapist?
Estimates from data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate a range from $75,000 - $80,000 regionally and a national wage rate calculated on 2,080 hours near $81,000.
When will the DPT program begin?
The anticipated start for the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program is fall of 2016. This date is pending required approvals from the Ohio Board of Regents, North Central Higher Learning Commission and the granting of “Candidate for Accreditation” status from the CAPTE.