2019-20 Applicants

Central Michigan University


Contact Information more...

Sandy Taylor
Executive Office Specialist, College of Health Professions Graduate Admissions
College of Health Professions Graduate Admissions Office
Central Michigan University
HPB 1250G
Mount Pleasant MI, 48859
(989) 774-1730
chpadmit@cmich.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
05/18/2020
Dual-degree programs offered in conjunction with PT degree

Institution's religious affiliation
None
Additional information about the class profile
Of the 60 students in each class, 48 are housed on the Mt. Pleasant campus and 12 on the Houghton campus.
 

Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
60
Anticipated size of next entering class
60
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
92%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
8%
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
40%

Sex

% Male
50%
% Female
50%

Race / Ethnicity

% Asian
2%
% White (Not of Hispanic Origin)
90%
% Two or More Races
3%
% Declining to State
5%

Program Description more...

Central Michigan University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) curriculum follows a case-oriented educational model that places the multiple dimensions of patient care at the center of instruction. Clinical cases are used throughout the curriculum to focus instruction on situations and cases that arise in physical therapy practice. These cases provide the contextual background for understanding and applying theoretical, scientific and clinical concepts.

Students are challenged throughout the program to think critically, master clinical skills and engage in reflection on what they are learning. The development of professional behaviors, ethical thought and action, generic abilities and core values is emphasized across all areas of the program. The faculty and staff are committed to helping students in the program successfully make the transition from the classroom to becoming knowledgeable, competent, ethical and caring healthcare professionals.

The Physical Therapy Program is housed in two locations. The original location is on the Mt. Pleasant campus of CMU, and the auxiliary location is in Houghton, Michigan, on the campus of Michigan Technological University (MTU). Students at both locations are Central Michigan University students and will graduate with the same Doctoral degree from CMU. Instruction is provided simultaneously to both campuses through synchronous interactive technology. All students attend the CMU campus for this first summer session, and then disperse between the two locations for the remainder of their didactic education.

On the CMU campus, the Physical Therapy Program is housed in the Health Professions Building. The Health Professions Building contains state-of-the-art technology and outstanding facilities for education, research and clinical practice, including a dedicated classroom and laboratory for interaction with the Houghton campus. In addition to the dedicated instructional spaces, physical therapy students and faculty have access to the Dell Virtual Reality Laboratory, the Motion Analysis Center, a Human Performance Laboratory, a Physical Therapy Clinic in the Carls Center for Clinical Care and Education, the Fall and Balance Center, the Field Neurosciences Institute Laboratories, the Health Innovation and Simulation Laboratory, a Global Telepresence Facility and a hydrotherapy area with an exercise pool.

Students attending the Mt. Pleasant campus may also be involved in our “Hands for Health” pro bono Clinic. Students in the first two years of the physical therapy program work with faculty supervisors to evaluate and treat individuals in need of physical therapy service who are uninsured or underinsured. This unique clinic provides a valuable service to the community, as well as an avenue for students to further develop and maintain their clinical skills while completing academic coursework.

In Houghton, the Physical Therapy Program is housed in the ATDC Building on the campus of Michigan Technological University. Similar to the Mt. Pleasant campus, the building contains a dedicated classroom and laboratory for interaction with students and faculty on the Mt. Pleasant campus. In affiliation with the MTU Department of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology (KIP), students and faculty are working collaboratively to do research in MTU's state-of-the-art research facilities. Research in KIP focuses on the areas of Electrophysiology, Human Neuromechanics, and Integrative Physiology. Collaborations with other MTU departments such as Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering - Engineering Mechanics, Cognitive and Learning Sciences and others are encouraged. Students at the Houghton campus have access to all MTU student amenities, which include the library, fitness/recreation, arts and entertainment facilities.

Another highly regarded aspect of the CMU physical therapy program is its clinical education program. Unique features of our clinical education model include: integrated clinical experiences during the first two years of the curriculum; a full academic year of clinical experiences (two semester-length clinical experiences) at the conclusion of the didactic curriculum; and the use of a team of clinical coordinators (a Director of Clinical Education and four Regional Clinical Coordinators) to support and extend student learning during the clinical rotation year through the use of face-to face and virtual discussion groups with fellow student colleagues in defined geographic regions. The CMU Physical Therapy Program has more that 300 affiliated clinical agencies to support student learning experiences in a variety of practice settings in Michigan, the Midwest and the United States.

The research component of the CMU physical therapy curriculum provides students with two options for completion of their doctoral project. One option is to participate in a prospective collaborative research project working with the guidance and supervision of a faculty member. The prospective research project will be connected with the current research agenda of the faculty supervisor. There is a wide array of research expertise and areas of interest among the physical therapy program faculty. The approaches to scientific inquiry employed by faculty span quantitative, qualitative and mixed-methods designs. A second research option is to complete a clinical case report working with the guidance and supervision of either the Director of Clinical Education or one of the Regional Coordinators during the final clinical rotation year. Both options require the student to produce a final manuscript in publishable form and to present their project and findings at an annual Research and Case Report Colloquium. Students are encouraged to, and often do, present their papers at state, national and international meetings.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
10/01/2019
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
No
Important dates

Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
Yes

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$500.00
Additional Information about Deposit
The deposit will be applied towards your future tuition cost when you matriculate into the program. If after submitting the deposit you choose not to attend CMU your deposit will not be refunded, even if the deposit is submitted before the deadline
Due Date of First Required Deposit
01/15/2020

Interviews

Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
Yes
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GPA

GPA Scores
MINIMUM GPA Score
AVERAGE GPA score for accepted students
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative
3.00
3.64
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.00
3.65
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
* No grade below a 2.0 in each prerequisite course.

*The Program uses the highest grade earned (if any prerequisite was repeated) in calculating the prerequisite GPA.

*The Program uses the PTCAS CUM GPA. This is a PTCAS-generated CUM GPA and includes ALL courses/grades.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
7751
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
Official GRE test scores must be sent to PTCAS prior to the application deadline.

Official GRE test scores must be sent electronically from ETS to PTCAS using ONLY CMU’s program code: 7751.

DO NOT have your GRE test scores sent to CMU, as we ONLY accept scores received by PTCAS.

Observation Hours

 
Observation hours must be obtained in at least two different patient populations and two different patient diagnoses with a licensed physical therapist. The program prefers applicants to have exposure to as many different patient populations/diagnoses as possible. Career exploration can also include interviews and professional journal readings. Verification by a physical therapist is NOT required.
Program's PT hours requirement
PT hours are required - no verification by a physical therapist
Total number of PT hours REQUIRED
50
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Accepted/Considered
Outpatient
Accepted/Considered

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
Yes
Supplemental fee amount
$50.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
Yes
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
Yes
Description of supplemental requirements
The supplemental application and fee payment must be postmarked on or before 10/01/2019.

The supplemental application is an excel spreadsheet that calculates the GPA of your prerequisite courses. You must download it from our website, complete it on your computer, print it out and mail it to us with your fee.

Because our DPT program has two locations (Mt. Pleasant Campus at Central Michigan University and the Houghton Campus at Michigan Technological University), students are strongly encouraged to review each site description as noted in the Program Description (paragraphs 5 & 6) before making a decision.

The Excel spreadsheet as it will automatically calculate your prerequisite GPA. Any supplemental applications completed by hand will be returned to the applicant, which will delay the processing of the application.
Supplemental Requirements
Supplemental application - must be postmarked no later than 10/1/2019
Fee payment: personal check, cashiers check, or money order, made payable to CMU or Central Michigan University. No card payments accepted.
Deadline for supplemental materials
2019-10-01
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Applicant must send one reference from this SPECIFIC type of evaluator
Applicant must send reference from ONE OR MORE evaluators in category to fulfill program's requirements
Evaluator type ACCEPTED
Evaluator type NOT accepted

Evaluator Types

Physical Therapist
Physical Therapist (additional)
Professor in Major
Professor
Academic
Supervisor/Employer
Teaching Assistant
PTA
Pre-PT Advisor
Politician
Health Care Professional
Friend
Family Member
Co-worker
Clergy
Other
Number of references required by program
2
Additional information about program's reference requirements
We require two letters of recommendation. One letter must be written and signed by a licensed physical therapist (not a PTA) and the other must be from a professor who taught a class you have taken, preferably a class in the hard sciences or one in your major. If the instructor writing your letter of recommendation is a graduate assistant or doctoral candidate, the recommendation MUST be approved and co-signed by the professor of record for the course.

Foreign Applicants and Transcripts

Citizenship types eligible for admission U.S. citizens
  • U.S. citizens
  • U.S. permanent residents
  • Canadian citizens
  • Foreign (non-U.S.) citizens with a visa
Non-native speakers must submit official TOEFL scores?
Yes
Program policy for non-U.S. (foreign/international) coursework
Other
Program policy for CANADIAN coursework
  • Send original Canadian transcript to PTCAS
Additional information about program's policy on foreign coursework
Please reference our website for application requirements:
https://www.cmich.edu/colleges/CHP/hp_academics/physical_therapy/Pages/Application-Requirements.aspx

After you select the program and enter your coursework on the application, you may be required to match your courses to the program's course prerequisites in the "Prerequisites" tab of the "Program Materials" section.
General information
For questions about prerequisites, contact us at 989-774-1730.

You must have no more than two outstanding prerequisite courses at the time you apply for admission to our DPT Program. If you apply with more than two outstanding prerequisite courses, you will not be considered eligible for this cycle; your application will not be reviewed, and your fee will not be refunded.

All prerequisite courses must have been completed within the six years prior to the date when the program matriculates.

Prerequisite Courses and Credit Hour Requirements for CMU

Human Biological Sciences (14 credit hours), including:
* Anatomy lecture and lab
* Physiology lecture and lab
* Physiology of sport and exercise (exercise physiology), with or without lab.
* One additional course to meet the credit hour requirement (suggestions include human biology, kinesiology, genetics, pathophysiology, microbiology, health science, or a movement science course that studies humans). Contact us if you have questions regarding other courses.

Chemistry (8 credit hours)

Mathematics sufficient for success in physics: trigonometry, pre-calculus, or calculus.

Physics I and II, lectures and labs (8-10 credit hours)

Statistics (3 credit hours). Basic statistics accepted; psychology stats preferred

Psychology (9 credit hours). Must include one developmental psychology course that covers the lifespan of human development from birth to death. Suggestions for other courses to fulfill the credit hour requirement include Intro to Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Health Psychology, Rehabilitative Psychology, Psychology of Aging and Behavioral Neuroscience. This requirement can only be fulfilled by PSY or PSYCH courses. Select courses that will assist you as a practicing physical therapist. Contact us if you have questions.
Bachelor's degree required prior to matriculation into PT program?
Yes
Anatomy and/or Physiology (A&P) course prerequisites MUST be completed in biology, neuroscience, anatomy, or integrated physiology department
No
Biology / Biological Science
14 credit hours required, including Anatomy lecture and lab; Physiology lecture and lab; Physiology of Sport and Exercise with or without lab (aka exercise physiology); and one additional course in the biological sciences (suggestions include human biology, kinesiology, genetics, pathophysiology, microbiology, health science, or a movement science course that studies humans). Contact us if you have questions regarding other courses. 989-774-1730.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 14 total
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Any
Chemistry
1 of 2 required chemistry courses (lecture and lab) Coursework older than 6 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
Chemistry
2 of 2 Chemistry courses required. See description for Chemistry I. Coursework older than 6 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
Exercise Physiology
Basic principles of physiology of exercise. The basics of exercise, performance conditioning, and the human organism response to these conditions (with or without a lab). Also known as Physiology of Sport and Exercise. Coursework older than 6 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
Upper Division
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3 or 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Exercise Physiology
Math
Trigonometry: Solutions of triangles, trigonometric equations, and identities. Precalculus or calculus may be substituted. Coursework older than 6 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Mathematics: Calculus
  • Mathematics: Pre-Calculus
  • Mathematics: Trigonometry
Physics I
Mechanics, heat, kinetic theory, and sound. Continuation - electricity, magnetism, optics and modern physics.(PHY 130, 131) OR (PHY 145, 146) Coursework older than 6 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4-5
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physics II
Mechanics, heat, kinetic theory, and sound. Continuation - electricity, magnetism, optics and modern physics.(PHY 170, 171) OR (PHY 175, 176) Coursework older than 6 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4-5
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Physiology
A comprehensive course that studies the function of the organ systems of the human body. Lab work in fundamental physiological principles must be included.(HSC 215 or BIO 392) Coursework older than 6 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Psychology
1 of 3 Psychology courses required. Must cover the development of human behavior from birth through old age and death. (PSY 220)
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
Psychology
2 of 3 Psychology courses required. Must have a total of 9 credit hours in psychology. Health Psychology (PSY 379), Rehabilitation Psychology (PSY 559) or Psychophysiology (PSY 585)
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: General
  • Psychology: Rehabilitation
  • Psychology: Health
  • Psychology: Psychophysiology
Psychology
3 of 3 Psychology courses required. Recommended to meet the 9 credit hour requirement: Health Psychology, (PSY 379), Rehabilitation Psychology (PSY 559) or Psychophysiology (PSY 585)
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: General
  • Psychology: Psychopathology
  • Psychology: Rehabilitation
  • Psychology: Health
  • Psychology: Psychophysiology
Statistics
Descriptive statistics, probability, sampling distributions, statistical inference, regression.(BIO 500, HSC 544, PSY 211)
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Business: Statistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics