Important Information during COVID-19 Emergency

In light of the public health emergency we are all facing and the mandated restrictions for contact, the Physical Therapy Department office is physically closed and available by remote access only. Please email your inquiries to the listed contacts and limit telephone calls to matters that cannot be handled by email.  Thank you and stay healthy, calm, and informed...we will get through this together!

Contact Information

ACADEMIC ADVISING/CHP PROGRAM ADMISSIONS:
CHP Student Services Office @ chpss@gvsu.edu

PROGRAM INFORMATION:
Physical Therapy (PT) Sarah Kozminski @ kozminsa@gvsu.edu

Pass/Fail or Credit/No credit info

GVSU Physical Therapy requires all prerequisite courses to be completed with LETTER (A, B, C) or NUMERICAL (4.0, 3.0, 2.0) grades. Prerequisite courses completed with Pass/Fail or Credit/No credit will not fulfill the program’s admissions requirements. The program does accept AP credit (advanced credit) as the exception.


Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T) at Grand Valley State University

Grand Valley State University's Doctorate of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) degree is offered through the university's College of Health Professions. Physical therapists are valued for their ability to evaluate, diagnose, treat and prevent disorders of human movement in a wide variety of clinical and community settings. The GVSU Department of Physical Therapy features 15 full-time faculty members. A doctoral degree is held by 13 of those faculty members and 11 hold advanced clinical practice certifications. The physical therapy program at Grand Valley State University is well situated along the Medical Mile in Grand Rapids and enjoys an outstanding reputation among its students and in the community.

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13%
U.S. Job Growth by 2024
11%
Michigan Job Growth by 2024
1st
GVSU Ranking as a West Michigan Talent Provider

Source: EMSI, 2020


CAREER OUTLOOK AND OPPORTUNITIES

According to 2020 EMSI data, opportunities for physical therapists are expected to grow 12% in West Michigan, 10% in Michigan, and 13% in the U.S., which is above average growth when compared to many other occupations. EMSI reported a median annual wage of $85,758 in West Michigan and $87,609 in the U.S. for physical therapists with doctoral degrees. GVSU graduates of the physical therapy program could hold the following job titles:

  • Physical Therapists
  • Directors of Rehabilitation
  • Pediatric Residents
  • Travel Physical Therapists
  • Clinical Directors
  • Therapy Supervisors

Source: EMSI, 2020


The Skills Employers Want

The Doctor of Physical Therapy at GVSU will develop the skills you need to land the job you want. Whether the skills are advanced or general, you will build a resume of qualifications that are sure to attract employers. The following skills correlate with those pulled from actual job postings in the health sciences field.

Advanced Skills

  • Physical Therapy
  • Rehabilitation
  • Home Care
  • Treatment Planning
  • Neurology
  • Case Management
  • Acute Care

Common Skills

  • Presentations
  • Communications
  • Leadership
  • Coordinating
  • Research
  • Customer Service
  • Operations
  • Infrastructure
  • Management

Source: EMSI, 2020


Other Reasons to Study Physical Therapy at GVSU

  • Experiential. The integrated curriculum allows students to use the skills that they learn in the classroom in a variety of clinical experiences.
  • Individualized. Advanced topic electives offered in the last semester of the program allow for students to focus their courses on their interests.
  • Competitive. The Physical Therapy program at GVSU has received national recognition by the US News and World Report.
  • Accredited See below.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Grand Valley State University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: (703) 706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call (616) 331- 5675 or email Dr. Dan Vaughn at vaughnd@gvsu.edu.

Grand Valley State University’s physical therapy program received it’s initial accreditation in May of 1985. It’s most recent accreditation visit was November 11, 2014. GVSU is fully accredited through June 30, 2023. Our next accreditation visit will occur in 2022. The degree conferred by the GVSU Department of Physical Therapy is the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT).

accredited

Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) 
1111 North Fairfax Street,
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Telephone: 703-706-3245
Email: accreditation@apta.org
Website: http://www.capteonline.org/home.aspx


ARE YOU A GVSU ALUM?

When you became a Laker, you opened up a lifetime of learning, and now alumni like you can use your Laker Lifetime Learning (L3) account for classes that provide greater knowledge and new skills. Your account is waiting for you to use for future classes at GVSU. All you have to do is click on the button below to find out more.

Also, the 2020 GVPT Distinguished Alumni recipient is Brian Gilbert! Brian is a graduate of GVSU PT Program from 2001. Since then he has grown with The Center for Physical Rehabilitation and became a partner in the business in 2013. Brian has also been involved with adjunct teaching in GVPT in the Advanced Manual and Intro to Spinal Manual classes for about a 10 year span. He has served with the MPTA in different elected positions for years. He has also served the State of Michigan as Chair of the Board of Physical Therapy for 8 years. Brian just celebrated his 19th wedding anniversary and has 2 children. Brian has been a Laker for a Lifetime and was so thankful to have had the experience and start to his career with GVSU! Congratulations, Brian and thank you for all you do for GVSU. 

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Brian Gilbert Distinguished PT Alumni 2020

Grand Valley Physical Therapy Distinguished PT Alumni Award winner 2020

Related Programs

The Physical Therapy Department at Grand Valley State University has partnered with Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital to provide students an opportunity for a residency in Neurologic Physical TherapyPediatric Physical Therapy and Orthopedic Physical Therapy.

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