2019-20 Applicants

Oakland University


Contact Information more...

Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
School of Health Science
Oakland University
433 Meadow Brook Road
3077 Human Health Building
Rochester MI, 48309-4452
(248) 370-2369 School
(248) 370-4041 Main P
dptadmissions@oakland.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
09/03/2020
Additional information about the class profile
Oakland University gives preference to applicants that are permanent residents of Michigan during the first round of admissions.
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Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
38
Anticipated size of next entering class
38
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
97%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
3%
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
0%

Program Description more...

The Doctor of Physical Therapy is a professional graduate program which prepares individuals for licensure and entry into the physical therapy profession. As a graduate program, it includes theoretical, clinical practice, and research courses and experiences to prepare graduates to function in a variety of settings in physical therapy.

Physical therapy is concerned with the prevention and treatment of acute and chronic conditions that cause disorders of movement. In order to provide appropriate treatment, physical therapists evaluate the musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiopulmonary and associated systems, calling on the basic sciences and behavioral sciences in the interpretation of this evaluation. Patient programs are then developed to resolve movement dysfunctions. Physical therapists work in concert with all members of the health care team through a variety of referral relationships.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy at Oakland University is designed to prepare clinicians with the evaluation and examination skills necessary to make physical therapy differential diagnoses of movement related impairments affecting the neuromusculoskeletal system. In addition, this degree will prepare graduates to provide effective care in the areas of prevention, screening, rehabilitation and community reintegration for their clients. Finally, graduates will be able to interpret and conduct research related to physical therapy.

Oakland University is recognized as a student-centered, doctoral research institution with a global perspective. We engage more than 20,500 graduate and undergraduate students in distinctive educational experiences that connect to the unique and diverse opportunities within and beyond our region.

The university was established in 1957 through a generous donation from founders Alfred and Matilda Dodge Wilson. They contributed their historic estate and $2 million to Michigan State University to establish a satellite school, named Michigan State University – Oakland.

Oakland provides a distinct educational experience with flexible class schedules and state-of-the-art facilities, student services, classroom technologies, research labs, internships and research opportunities with corporate partners. Located in the heart of Oakland County's Automation Alley, the university has forged hundreds of partnerships with hospitals, Fortune 500 companies, cities, government agencies and educational institutions.

Application Deadlines

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

The following materials must be e-submitted by the deadline date in order to be considered for admission:

*  PTCAS application submitted to PTCAS

*  Transcripts submitted to PTCAS

*  Two recommendation letters submitted to PTCAS

*  Official GRE scores to code 0650.        

Program participates in the PTCAS Early Decision process (see next section) with a deadline date of August 15, 2019.

Regular Admission: The deadline date for full consideration is October 15, 2019. Applications e-submitted by this deadline date will be considered by the Admission committee.  Applications submitted after this date will not be considered.  Applicants will be notified no later than the end of January of their status.

DPT Informational Meetings: Please come to a presentation to discover more about the DPT program at Oakland University. You will learn details about the DPT program, curriculum, faculty, facilities and the admissions process which will help you to decide whether Oakland University is the right DPT program for you.

The schedule of presentations may be found on the OU DPT web page https://oakland.edu/shs/human-movement/physical-therapy-doctorate/.

OU Graduate Application: Please note that applicants for the DPT program do not need to complete an Oakland University Graduate Application to be considered for admission.  There is no supplemental application required.

**Additional fees might be required for online exam proctoring**

***When answering the Essential Functions custom question, please reference the following link:  https://www.oakland.edu/Assets/upload/docs/SHS/PT/Essential-Functions-Guidelines.pdf 


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
Yes
Special eligibility requirements for Early Decision candidates
The early decision deadline is August 15, 2019 for applicants who have decided that Oakland University is their first choice physical therapy program. The Graduate Records Examination (GRE) must be taken by July 31, 2018 if applying for Early Decision. Applicants will be notified of their status by the end of September.

The following materials must be submitted by the deadline date in order to be considered for admission:

* PTCAS application submitted to PTCAS
* Transcripts submitted to PTCAS
* Two recommendation letters submitted to PTCAS
* Official GRE scores sent to code 0650

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$250.00
Due Date of First Required Deposit
01/15/2020

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
3.00
3.70
Program-specific Prerequisite
2.70
3.50
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
An overall cumulative GPA of 3.00 or above as calculated by PTCAS is required for admission to the DPT program. Applicants must have received a grade of 2.7/B minus or better in all required prerequisite courses. Transcripts will be used to make the determination on the prerequisite course grades.

Math/science GPA as calculated by PTCAS is also considered in the admission process. Students will be considered for admission if they list a plan in the PTCAS application to complete their baccalaureate degree and all required prerequisite courses prior to the start of the program. To be fully accepted into the DPT program students must complete a baccalaureate degree and all required prerequisite courses prior to the start of fall courses in the first year.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
0650
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score
144
152
Quantitative reasoning scaled score
147
152
Analytical writing scaled score
 
4.0
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
Applicants applying for early decision should take the GRE before July 31, 2018.

Applicants applying for regular admissions should take the GRE before September 15, 2018 so that the scores are received by the OU PT program prior to the regular decision deadline.

Observation Hours

 
Observation of physical therapists in several different settings (e.g. hospital, outpatient, school, skilled nursing facility, or working with clients with different diagnoses (e.g. orthopedic, neurological, cardiopulmonary, or integumentary) is strongly recommended and is considered by the Admissions Committee. Documentation of hours by a physical therapist is not required and there is no minimum number of required observation hours.
Program's PT hours requirement
PT hours are not required but are considered
Total number of PT hours REQUIRED
Other
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Accepted/Considered
Outpatient
Accepted/Considered

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
No
Supplemental fee amount
$0.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
No
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
No
Description of supplemental requirements
OU Graduate Application: Please note that applicants for the DPT program do not need to complete an Oakland University Graduate Application to be considered for admission. There is no supplemental application required.


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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
Program requires 2 letters of recommendation.

Foreign Applicants and Transcripts

Citizenship types eligible for admission U.S. citizens
  • U.S. permanent residents
  • Canadian citizens
  • Foreign (non-U.S.) citizens with a visa
  • U.S. citizens
Non-native speakers must submit official TOEFL scores?
Yes
Program policy for non-U.S. (foreign/international) coursework
Send WES foreign transcript evaluation to PTCAS
Program policy for CANADIAN coursework
  • Send original Canadian transcript to PTCAS
Additional information about program's policy on foreign coursework
Foreign-educated students must meet all university requirements for proficiency in English.

International Application Requirements: Applicants who are not U.S. citizens and/or applicants with foreign academic credentials may also be required to submit the following application materials:

1. Official scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) from applicants who are graduates of programs taught in a language other than English.

2. Word-for-word translations of all foreign language documents. Both the original transcript (in the native language) and the English translation are required for review.

Additional requirements for international students may be required by Graduate Admissions. https://oakland.edu/grad/future-graduate-students/international/

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
Prerequisites do not need to be completed before applying to the program. Plans for completing the prerequisites should be outlined in the PTCAS application. The minimum GPA for all prerequisites taken prior to September 2018 is a 2.5 or B minus. The minimum GPA for all prerequisites taken after September 2018 is a 2.7 or B minus. Please see the PTCAS Directory page for additional information. Transcripts will be reviewed to verify the grades.

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
One lab which may be a separate course or integrated into the lecture course is required in the biological science prerequisite requirements. It may be taken in any of the following prerequisite courses: Biology, Anatomy or Physiology. A combined anatomy and physiology course is a accepted however must take two semesters or a minimum of 6 credits.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3-4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Biology I
One lab in the Biological Sciences is required. It may be taken in any of the following prerequisite courses: Biology, Anatomy or Physiology. The lab may be a separate course or integrated into the lecture course. A combined anatomy and physiology course is accepted however one must take two semesters or a minimum of 6 credits.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 3-4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: General
Chemistry I
Two-course sequence in general chemistry or a sequence of inorganic chemistry and organic chemistry is required. A lab is required for one semester only which may be a separate course or integrated into the lecture course.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 3-4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
Chemistry II
Two-course sequence in general chemistry or a sequence of chemistry and organic chemistry is required. A lab is required for one semester only which may be a separate course or integrated into the lecture course.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3-4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
Exercise Physiology
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3-4
Acceptable Courses
  • Exercise Physiology
Math
Math prerequisite can be fulfilled by taking one semester of Precalculus or one semester of College Algebra and one semester of Analytical Trigonometry.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3-4
Acceptable Courses
  • Mathematics: Algebra
  • Mathematics: Pre-Calculus
  • Mathematics: Trigonometry
Physics I
Two-course sequence in general physics is required. A lab is required for one semester only which may be a separate course or integrated into the lecture course.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 3-4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
  • Physics: General
Physics II
Two-course sequence in general physics is required. A lab is required for one semester only which may be a separate course or integrated into the lecture course.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3-4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics: General
  • Physics II
Physiology
One lab which may be a separate course or integrated into the lecture course is required in the biological science prerequisite requirements. It may be taken in any of the following prerequisite courses: Biology, Anatomy or Physiology. A combined anatomy and physiology course is a accepted however one must take two semesters or a minimum of 6 credits.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3-4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
Psychology
2 of 2 psychology courses required.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3-4
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: General
Psychology
1 of 2 psychology courses required.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3-4
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Adolescent
  • Psychology: Child
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
Statistics
Introductory statistics course or research design course is acceptable.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3-4
Acceptable Courses