Concordia University Wisconsin

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  • General Program Description

    Concordia University Wisconsin’s PT program leads to a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree with a full-time three year curriculum. Students are admitted to the program upon completion of a bachelor’s degree and pre-requisite science coursework. The program is committed to developing health care professionals who have a sound foundation in Movement Science and are prepared for safe, autonomous, and ethical practice as physical therapists within a changing health care environment. The program seeks to foster personal growth in mind, body, and spirit for Christian service to the community. The curriculum is designed to build upon the student’s liberal arts background. Coursework progresses from foundational science courses to applied clinical courses, with attention to variations across the lifespan for persons who are normally-developing and those with neuromusculoskeletal, integumentary, and cardiopulmonary dysfunction. In addition to concepts related to client management, the curriculum incorporates other important aspects of health care delivery involving professionalism, ethics, research, use of evidence in practice, education, and administration. Students have an opportunity to integrate learning and service through provision of supervised physical therapy care for clients in pro bono clinics incorporated into several courses. Students are involved in clinical experiences immediately after the first academic semester, and each summer and winter semester thereafter. Class sizes are small and faculty are accessible to meet individual student needs. The PT program is housed within the school of Human Services, along with programs in Occupational Therapy, Nursing, and Social Services. Concordia University is a Lutheran institution with a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs. It is situated 15 minutes north of Milwaukee, along the shore of Lake Michigan.

    Clinical Experiences
    All students participate in a total of 34 weeks of full-time clinical experience, starting with a 3-week experience after the first semester in the professional program. During the summer after year one, a 5-week course in clinical decision making includes faculty-supervised patient care in a pro-bono clinic. In the second year, patient care opportunities are integrated throughout the curriculum in the form of patient labs and pro-bono clinic experiences as well as a 3-week and a 10-week full-time clinical. The last semester of the third year consists of 18 weeks of full-time placement in varied clinical settings, usually as two 9-week experiences. The University has over 250 clinical sites in Wisconsin and throughout the United States. Students also have the opportunity to apply for a year-long, paid internship as their final experience.

    There are 8 core faculty, with 4 of these core faculty doctorally-prepared and 2 completing doctoral degrees. Nine part-time faculty supplement the core faculty in teaching and lab assisting. The majority of the faculty currently engage in clinical practice. Faculty produce publications in peer-reviewed journals and present at national, state and local conferences. The faculty to student ratio in labs is 1:12.

    The University has a total enrollment of more than 8,000 students. The professional (entry-level) physical therapy program has three classes and accepts 24-26 students each year.

    The following prerequisite courses are required: Two semesters of Chemisty in sequence with labs, Two semesters of Physics in sequence with labs, Two semesters of Anatomy and Physiology in sequence and must be offered through a Biology, Anatomy or Physiology department, One additional semester of Physiology in addition to the A&P requirement. Additionally, one semester of Statistics (Math, Psychology or Health Science based Statistics), One semester of Psychology (any course from a Psychology department), and One semester of a Behavioral or Social Science in addtion to the Psychology requirement (Psychology, Sociology, Economics, Antrhropology, History, Political Science. Applicants are also required to take the GRE and have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0. Applicants to the Program will apply online using the PTCAS application.

    In the last three years, 98% of the graduates passed the licensure exam, all graduates responding to the graduate surveys are employed, and 87% of admitted students graduated from the program.

    Tuition, fees and financial aid
    A three-year flat rate tuition of $25,930 per year has been set for all DPT students entering Fall 2011. Thus students who enter the program and complete it as planned in three years will pay $77,790 in total tuition. There are no activity, lab, professional liability or parking fees. As graduate students, students qualify for financial aid in the form of federal subsidized loans and scholarships from CUW. Concordia University Wisconsin is a Federal Direct lending school participating in the Wm D. Stafford Federal Loan Program offering both subsidized and unsubsidized loans. Alternative loan programs such as Wells Fargo MedCAP-XTRA are also available to students. For more information contact the Financial Aid Office at 262/243-4569 or the Graduate Admissions Office at 262/243-4248.

    Student life
    The CUW campus is situated on 155 acres on the shore of Lake Michigan just 15 minutes from downtown Milwaukee, the largest commercial center in Wisconsin. This thriving metropolitan area gives students many opportunities for visits to local hospitals and clinics, in-services, state and local conferences and guest speakers. The graduate program in physical therapy at CUW began in 1994. A new building was added for physical and occupational therapy. Students have access to five labs that have a wide variety of new equipment, including a gross anatomy cadaver laboratory. A full range of services is available to graduate students including tutoring, health services, counseling, sports, drama, music, religious life, clinicals abroad, , and cultural activities. Access to a modern fitness center is also available on campus. Parking at CUW is convenient and free to students. Information regarding housing can be obtained from the Resident Life Office by calling 262/243-4328.

  • School Name: Concordia University Wisconsin
    Contact Name: Robert Barnhart, PT, ScDPT, PCS
    School Specialties: Physiotherapy/Doctor of Physical Therapy/Medical/3 Year PT Program/Rehab Sciences/DPT Programs/Physical Therapy Education/Physical Therapy Assistant Program/Health Care Pathway Programs/General Ortho
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