Physical Therapy School Category: Physical Therapy Programs
General Program Description
The DPT Program consists of 102 semester hours of full-time coursework distributed over nine consecutive semesters, including both didactic study and clinical education. Students enter the program in August; and degrees are conferred in May. Prior to entering the DPT Degree Program, students must have completed a baccalaureate degree and the following prerequisite courses.
• Humanities/Social Sciences – 1 semester
• Introductory Statistics – 1 semester
• Human Anatomy – 1 semester with lab
• Human Physiology – 1 semester with lab
• Chemistry – 2 semesters with labs
• Physics – 2 semesters with labs
• Introductory Psychology – 1 semester
• Human Lifespan Development – 1 semester
Also needed: Medical Terminology
Students will need to demonstrate computer literacy including e-mail, Internet, database searches, spreadsheet and word processing capabilities.
Students have part-time, integrated clinical education experiences throughout the first five semesters of the curriculum. Two 6-week full-time clinical education experiences are scheduled during the first and second summers. During the final semester of the Program, students complete 18 weeks of full-time clinical experiences culminating in a week long Capstone Seminar prior to graduation. Students are assigned experiences in acute hospital settings, rehabilitation centers, outpatient clinics, extended care facilities, and have the option to pursue an experience in a specialized setting ranging from sports physical therapy to pediatrics.
There are 8 full-time and 1 part-time faculty members; with 10 adjunct faculty. Of the full-time faculty 57% hold post-professional doctoral degrees, one is certified as a clinical specialist and 50% are engaged in clinical practice. The faculty to student ratio at program maturity is 1:10.
More than 30,000 students attend IUPUI, representing all 50 states and 122 countries of diverse culture, gender, and age enrolled at the university. The physical therapy program has the capacity to enroll 36-40 students annually. Approximately 120 applications are received each year.
Admission is competitive and at time of application, applicants must meet the following criteria:
• Completion of all or no more than two prerequisites remaining for completion
• Cumulative GPA of 3.2
• Math/Science GPA of 3.2 (includes grades earned in chemistry, physics, human anatomy, human physiology, and statistics).
• Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
• Completion of Personal Essay
• Completion of 40 clinical observation hours or work experience
– Must be from both inpatient and outpatient settings
– A minimum of 20 hours is required in each setting
– Additional hours are encouraged
Applicants can have no more than two course prerequisites unfinished at the time of program application and may be provided an admission’s decision contingent upon successful completion of degree and course prerequisite requirements. Applications are accepted beginning August 1 and must be postmarked by October 1.
• 98% of admitted students graduate from the Program (3-year average)
• 100% of students who choose to be employed as physical therapists are employed (3-year outcomes for graduates of the program)
• The pass rate on the licensure examination averaged 100% for all-time test takers
• 100% 1st time pass rate for test takers in the Class of 2008
• 3-year 1st time pass rate is 96.9%
Tuition, fees and financial aid
Tuition rates and university fees for the DPT Program for academic year 2010-11 are:
• $438.35 per credit hour for residents/$876.70 per credit hour for non-residents.
• $315.00 per semester for general fees.
Students are also responsible for various program related expenses. For information regarding room and board fees, please contact the Department of Housing at 317/274-7200. Approximately 50% of physical therapy students receive some type of financial aid. For specific information, contact the Office of Financial Aid, 925 W Michigan, #305, Indianapolis, IN 46202; 317/274-4162 or http://www.iupui.edu/~finaid/.
Indiana University/Purdue University – Indianapolis (IUPUI) is an urban research university created in 1969 as a partnership by and between Indiana and Purdue Universities. IUPUI is the home campus for state-wide programs in medicine, dentistry, nursing, social work and physical therapy. Newly constructed graduate student housing is available on campus, although the majority of the physical therapy program students live off campus in private apartment complexes. Access to an automobile is recommended.
• The IUPUI campus ranks among the top 20 in the country in the number of first professional and health-related degrees it confers
• IUPUI was one of 22 universities nationwide recognized in four or more of the U.S. News “Programs to Watch” categories. They were: Learning Communities, First-Year Experiences, Service Learning, and Undergraduate Research.
• IUPUI was ranked the 7th best academic institution, and the 26th best overall, place to work in the country by postdoctoral fellows in 2008.
• U.S. News and World Report named IUPUI a school “Everyone Should Be Watching.”
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