Physical Therapy School Category: Physical Therapy Programs
General Program Description
The DPT program is a three-year post-baccalaureate program that prepares graduates for entry into the profession of physical therapy. The curriculum provides a comprehensive foundation in the art and science of physical therapy. Methods of instruction include classroom lecture and discussion, small group/problem-based learning, and skill development during laboratory and clinical experiences. Emphasis is placed on the development of clinical decision-making and critical inquiry skills across the curriculum, culminating in completion of a Final Research Project (done in small groups) that meets peer review standards for presentation and/or publication. DPT Graduate Admissions Coordinatorr: Keith Hallbourg, PT, DPT (978) 934-4402; [email protected]
The clinical education program consists of 35 weeks (four extended clinical education experiences eight weeks in length and two shorter integrated experiences, one and two weeks in length). Students experience a variety of practice settings and patient populations in preparation for general practice and select sites from a total of approximately 300 agencies. These generally include one acute care hospital, one rehabilitation hospital, and one specialty area clinical experience.
There are 12 full-time and 7 part-time faculty members. All of the full-time faculty hold doctoral degrees; four are certified as clinical specialists (Cardiopulmonary, Orthopedics, Hand, Geriatrics). Faculty regularly engage in clinical practice, research, and community service. The faculty to student ratio is 1:8.
Total enrollment in the University is 12,034. Thirty-six students are accepted into the physical therapy program annually for a total enrollment of 108 students. The department offers an undergraduate major in exercise physiology that provides all of the required prerequisites for admission into the physical therapy program. Highly qualified UML exercise physiology undergraduates (3.5 overall GPA, 3.5 science GPA) may be admitted into the DPT program in the Fall of their senior year to matriculate when the BS degree is completed.
Requirements for admission into the DPT program include: a baccalaureate degree with a minimum overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 and a minimum science GPA of 3.0; Graduate Record Examination (GRE); three letters of reference (one from a physical therapist); and documentation of 35 hours of physical therapy experience. Prerequisites include: 3 semester hours each of psychology, statistics; 8 semester hours each of anatomy and physiology, physics, and chemistry (with labs).; 3 semester hours each of exercise physiology and kinesiology.
3-year average (2010-2012); 82% of admitted students graduate from the program. 100% of the graduates passed the licensure exam. 100% of the graduates are employed within 6 months.
Tuition, fees and financial aid
For 2013-2014 fees/tuition per year for in-state students is $22,129; for out-of-state students is $35,178. Additional information is available through the Financial Aid Office (978) 934-4220.
The University has available housing (on and off campus), health insurance, counseling, meal plans, campus recreation center, and sporting activities.
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