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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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Program Overview

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.

Program Deposit

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:; website:

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For More Information

College of Health Professions Physical Therapy Program
301 Michigan Street NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(616) 331-5675

Graduate Admissions Office

Application Deadline

Application information is available at Deadline for fall semester is October 15. The $30 application fee is waived if applicant previously applied to Grand Valley.

Location & Format

Graduate students in this major study at the Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus and the GVSU Health Campus, near the Grand Rapids Medical Mile.

Format: Face To Face


  • Anatomy and neurosciences
  • Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation
  • Clinical decision making
  • Musculoskeletal PT
  • Neuromuscular PT
  • Pediatrics and geriatrics
  • Integumentary care

Career Options

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.”