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Physical Therapy, D.P.T.

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Credits Required

Physical therapists provide services that enhance functional independence and address all types of movement disorders or limitations.

Visit the program website for more information.

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.

Application Deadline

Application information is available at gvsu.edu/pt/. Deadline for fall semester is October 15. The $30 application fee is waived for undergraduate alumni of Grand Valley.

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?

  • Eleven 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: accreditation@apta.org; website: capteonline.org/.

Helpful Links

For More Information

College of Health Professions Physical Therapy Program

gvsu.edu/pt
301 Michigan Street NE, CHS 164, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(616) 331-5675

Graduate Admissions Office

gvsu.edu/gradapply

Location & Format

Face to face courses are scheduled during the day and are offered at Grand Valley's Allendale Campus.

Coursework

  • 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 the disabled
  • 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.”

EDRIANA BOUGRAT FERMIN
PHYSICAL THERAPY ALUMNA