Physical Therapy, D.P.T.
Physical therapists provide services that enhance functional independence and address all types of movement disorders or limitations.
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Admission to the three year Doctor of Physical Therapy program (D.P.T.) is competitive and requires students to have a bachelors degree. Students must also complete prerequisite courses and obtain a minimum of 50 hours of work, volunteer, and/or job shadow experience in physical therapy prior to admission. In addition, students must have two letters of recommendation, one of which must come from a physical therapist.
Students accepted into the program must submit a nonrefundable $500 deposit to hold their seat. If the student matriculates into the program, the deposit is applied to their first semester's tuition.
Why Study Physical Therapy at Grand Valley?
- Fourteen faculty members have Ph.D., Ed.D., J.D., or D.P.T. degrees. There are also 12 faculty members with clinical specializations in orthopedics, neurology, pediatrics, geriatrics, sport, manual therapy, or wound care.
- Advanced topic elective courses available include: cardiopulmonary, sport, spinal manual, neurologic, and pediatric physical therapy.
- Thirty-eight weeks of full-time clinical internship in five settings across the United States.
- Four major area hospitals provide educational experiences.
- All students participate in collaborative research with faculty.
- Ninety-eight percent ultimate pass-rate on the National Physical Therapy Licensure Examination, and 100 percent employment rate.
- The D.P.T. program at Grand Valley is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; phone: (703) 706-3245; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; website: capteonline.org/.
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For More InformationCollege of Health Professions Physical Therapy Program
301 Michigan Street NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Application information is available at gvsu.edu/pt/. Deadline for fall semester is October 15. The $30 application fee is waived if applicant previously applied to Grand Valley.
Location & Format
- Anatomy and neurosciences
- Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation
- Clinical decision making
- Musculoskeletal PT
- Neuromuscular PT
- Pediatrics and geriatrics
- Integumentary care
Physical therapists are employed in many health care settings:
- Acute care hospitals
- Athletic teams
- Centers for persons with disabilities
- Home health care settings
- Out-patient offices
- Rehabilitation facilities
- Research centers
- School systems
“At home, having a degree is impressive. I’m proud that mine’s from Grand Valley.”
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