Physical Therapy School Category: Physical Therapy Programs
General Program Description
The Entry-level DPT Program consists of a 3-year curriculum (100 credits) that includes academic and clinical experiences. The academic portion of the curriculum is full-time over 2.3 years, including summers. Students begin the program in June with an 8-week summer session. The third year is designed as a full-time paid clinical internship. Students graduate from the Institute after the first four months of the internship, and are then eligible to sit for licensure and complete the internship year as a licensed physical therapist. The curriculum is based on a philosophy that emphasizes critical analysis and decision making, the development of professional behaviors, both self-directed and collaborative learning, and the integration of academic course work and clinical experience within an evidence-based practice framework. The program prepares generalists for practice in a variety of settings throughout the continuum of health care.
The program values clinical experience as an essential component of professional development. Students participate in clinical experiences during each semester of study. Throughout the program, students work with different patient populations and in varied health care settings as part of their clinical education program. Although most clinical sites are located within the northeast, students are responsible for travel and housing expenses associated with clinical experiences outside the Boston area. During each academic semester, students participate in integrated clinical experiences in a variety of formats designed to facilitate application of new skills to patient care. Two full-time, 10-week clinical experiences are scheduled, one in the summer following the first academic year, and one in the spring of the second year. Following completion of the academic program in September at the start of the third year, each student participates in a final clinical internship in one facility. This is targeted to be a 1-year paid position (although some alternative models are used to accommodate clinical facilities). Internship sites offer different settings and rotations, providing opportunities for varied exposure and long-term professional development. Although not all students will match for a paid year-long iinternship, students enter the program with the understanding that they will participate in the match and, if matched, will make a commitment to the internship facility for 1 full year. Students are matched to internship sites following submission of resumes and formal interviews. Students who do not match complete a 4 month unpaid internship prior to graduation. Internship sites are located primarily in the greater New England area, but may require relocation to areas such as Washington, D.C., Chicago, New York, California or other areas across the country. The paid internship model has been successfully implemented since 1997, and our graduates are recognized for the quality of their clinical preparation. Graduates completing a year-long paid internship varies from year to year, with a low of 68% of the class and a high of 96% of the class.
There are 16 full-time and 5 part-time faculty members, and more than 30 adjunct clinical faculty that support the academic program. Of the full-time faculty, 100% hold the DPT degree,9 hold PhD’s or the equivalent (with 2 additional faculty completing doctoral studies), 12 faculty are certified as clinical specialists, and 12 are engaged in part-time clinical practice. Over the past 3 years, the faculty has averaged 16 publications in peer-reviewed journals. The faculty-to-student ratio is 1:12.
The Institute has a total of 1200 students across all programs. The professional program in physical therapy has a total enrollment of approximately 200 students with 65-70 students in each class.
The Institute admits students at the post-baccalaureate level only. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in another field, and must complete the following prerequisite courses with a grade of C or better: 1 year in each: chemistry and physics (w/lab); 1 semester in each: biology (w/lab), anatomy (w/lab), human physiology, exercise physiology, statistics, developmental psychology and either general or abnormal psychology; and 3 courses in humanities or social sciences. Applicants must have a minimum of 10 hours exposure to physical therapy, which may include observation, volunteer or paid work experience. Applicants must also take the Graduate Record Examination, complete three essays and submit three references as part of their application. The application deadline is November 1st. Following application review, selected candidates are invited for admissions interviews, which are required. Interviews (by invitation only) take place in late January or early February. Candidates are notified of decisions by the end of February. Approximately 25% of all applicants and 67% of all interviewed applicants are admitted to the program (3-year average).
Approximately 94% of admitted students graduate from the program, 99.3% have passed the licensing exam in the last 3 years (average 96% for first-time takers) and employment rate for our licensed graduates is consistently 100%. (3 year averages)
Tuition, fees and financial aid
For students entering the DPT program in the 2014-2015 academic year, total tuition for the program is $114,600 with the tuition varying by semester. An additional fee of $1740 is assessed each year. There is also a one-time $600 Gross Anatomy fee for first semester students. A variety of financial aid options, including merit scholarships, are available through the Institute although the primary source of aid is the Federal Stafford Loan program. Students are also eligible for work-study opportunities as graduate assistants. Information on specific sources of aid and scholarships can be obtained from the Office of Financial Aid at (617) 726-9549.
The MGH Institute of Health Professions is an autonomous graduate educational institution offering degrees in physical therapy (entry-level and post-professional), nursing, communication sciences and disorders, and occupational therapy – with a developing physician assistant program. At the postprofessional level we offer an Master of Science or Certificate in Advanced Study in Physical Therapy for International Students. Students at the Institute represent a wide variety of backgrounds and former career experiences. Students in the physical therapy program come from across the country and Canada, with the majority from outside New England. The physical therapy program also has a large international student population in the post-professional program. Boston provides a dynamic cultural and social environment for all interests and tastes. An affiliate of the Massachusetts General Hospital and Partners HealthCare, Inc., the Institute is located in the Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston, close to the major medical institutions of the city, providing access to the outstanding resources of a world-renowned medical center. The Institute has access to some of the resources of the Massachusetts General Hospital and the Harvard teaching hospitals. The Institute does not provide housing for students, but can provide general information to assist students in making housing arrangements.
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