2019-20 Applicants

Grand Valley State University


Contact Information more...

Valinda Stokes
Advising Program Assistant
College of Health Professions
Grand Valley State University
301 Michigan St. NE, Suite 113
Grand Rapids MI, 49503
(616) 331-5900
(616) 331-2025
chpss@gvsu.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
08/31/2020
 

Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
62
Anticipated size of next entering class
62
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
95%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
5%
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
0%

Sex

% Male
18%
% Female
82%

Race / Ethnicity

% Asian
3%
% White (Not of Hispanic Origin)
87%
% Two or More Races
6%
% Declining to State
3%

Program Description more...

Thank you for your interest in Grand Valley State University’s Clinical Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program. The mission of the Physical Therapy program at GVSU is "to advance the profession of physical therapy through excellence in education, scholarship and service." The mission is put into practice everyday of the program.

Our classes are offered in a variety of educational styles, from traditional lecture format to small collaborative problem-based learning groups to clinical experience. Our faculty continually update their teaching methods to best suit the students while also challenging them. Our program is dedicated to evidence-based learning and practice with all faculty involved in research and many continue to practice clinically.

Clinical internships provide our students with experience under the supervision of licensed physical therapists. Students get the opportunity to further practice their knowledge and skills while serving the under-served of Grand Rapids, MI at student-coordinated and serviced Pro-Bono clinics.

This commitment to excellence continues into research. Students partake in a variety of research topics which include nutrition, vestibular rehabilitation, safe patient handling, manual therapy techniques, pediatrics, the risk of fracture in osteoporotic women, and individual case studies, among many others.

Students list numerous reasons for attending GVSU’s DPT program. Their top 10 reasons include:

• Faculty credentials include twelve faculty members with 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.

• 40 + Adjunct Faculty

• Completely revised curriculum that includes research experience for all students

• Potential for publication of student research

• 5 advanced electives (sports PT, spinal manual therapy, pediatrics and neurologic PT)

• 38 weeks of full-time clinical internship in 5 settings across the United States

• Opportunities to volunteer and coordinate Pro-Bono Clinics

• State of the art research facility including 3-D motion analysis, isokinetic testing, balance assessment, and instrumented treadmill equipment.

• 4 major hospitals close-by to provide educational experiences

• 98% pass-rate on National Physical Therapy Licensure Examination

We look forward to discussing our program with you and welcome any questions or suggestions you may have. Please feel free to contact us through the College of Health Professions at chpss@gvsu.edu or 616-331-5900.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
10/15/2019
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
No
Important dates

All applicants will be notified regarding their status by January 1, 2020.


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
No

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$500.00
Additional Information about Deposit
The $500 deposit is non-refundable.
Due Date of First Required Deposit
01/02/2020

Interviews

Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
No
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GPA

GPA Scores
MINIMUM GPA Score
AVERAGE GPA score for accepted students
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative
3.20
3.80
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.20
3.75
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
* A minimum grade of C must be obtained in all prerequisite courses

* The overall program-specific prerequisite GPA must be a minimum of 3.2

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
0282
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score
 
153
Quantitative reasoning scaled score
 
153
Analytical writing scaled score
 
4.0
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
Send official scores to the GRE code 0282 for GRAND VALLEY ST U PTCAS

Observation Hours

Program's PT hours requirement
PT hours are required - a licensed PT must verify hours w/ signed form uploaded or online via PTCAS
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
$30.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
Yes
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
Yes
Description of supplemental requirements


Supplemental Requirements
GVSU Supplemental Form (click on link to supplemental form below)
Official GRE results sent to GVSU's PTCAS GRE code 0282
International Students: Official credential evaluation (WES, ECE)
International Students: Official TOEFL scores
Link to supplemental forms or instructions
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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

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
  • Foreign (non-U.S.) citizens
  • Other non-citizens (e.g., refugees)
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

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
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
Link to program's prerequisite instructions
Anatomy
Equivalent to BMS 208 (Human Anatomy) & BMS 309 (Human Anatomy Lab) or BMS 250 (Anatomy & Physiology I); NOT acceptable: Equivalent of BMS 202 Anatomy and Physiology survey/overview course
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Human
Biology I
Equivalent to BIO 120 (General Biology I) The course must include cellular structure and function.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Advanced
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: General I
Chemistry I
Two chemistry courses with labs. (Effective Fall 2019 application cycle)
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry I
Chemistry II
Two chemistry courses with labs. (Effective Fall 2019 application cycle)
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry II
Exercise Physiology
Equivalent to MOV 304 (Physiology of Activity)
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Exercise Physiology
Math
Equivalent to MTH 122 (College Algebra) or MTH 123 (Trigonometry) or MTH 201 (Calculus).
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Mathematics: Algebra
  • Mathematics: Calculus
  • Mathematics: Pre-Calculus
  • Mathematics: Trigonometry
Physics I
Equivalent to PHY 220 (PHY 220 & 221) Two sequential physics courses are required. Both courses must have labs.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physics II
Equivalent to PHY 221 (PHY 220 & 221) Two sequential physics courses are required. Both courses must have labs.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Physiology
Equivalent to BMS 290 (Human Physiology) & BMS 291 (Human Physiology Lab) or BMS 251 (Anatomy & Physiology II); NOT acceptable: BMS 202 Anatomy and Physiology survey/overview course.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Human
Psychology
Equivalent to PSY 364 (Life Span Developmental Psychology)
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
Psychology
Equivalent to PSY 101 (Introduction to Psychology)
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: General
Social/Behavioral Science
Equivalent to SOC 101 (Introductory Sociology) or SOC 105 (Social Problems) or ANT 204 (Cultural Anthropology)
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Anthropology
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Sociology
Statistics
Equivalent to STA 215 (Introductory to Applied Statistics)
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Business: Statistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics