Andrews University

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Andrews University (D6, F1, PR)

Last Updated by Program: 04/04/2007
Address:   Department of Physical Therapy
Andrews University
Berrien Springs, MI 49104-0420
Phone:   (269)471-6061
Fax:   (269)471-2866
Admissions/Student Inquiry Phone:   (800)827-2878
Financial Aid Phone:   (269)471-3334
Web Address:
Program E-mail:
Wayne L Perry, PT, MBA, PhD
Department Chair
  Accreditor:   Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  Carnegie Classification:   Doctoral/Research Universities
  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Master's degree, March 1988 (no longer offered) DPT degree, April 2002
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2006
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Doctor of Physical Therapy
Our three-year entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program delivers, within a Christ-centered environment, the knowledgebase and clinical skills that will prepare students for contemporary physical therapy practice across the full spectrum of physical therapy services. The faculty of the program is exceptionally well prepared to teach in their area of expertise and is committed to helping students reach their maximum potential. Faculty members also serve as mentors to students for clinical practice, research and professional service to the community. Students are encouraged to help each other succeed through student-to-student peer coaching. Students learn the art of caring while developing the skills required to perform a physical therapy examination and evaluation, establish a differential diagnosis, and provide direct physical therapy intervention for their clients as independent practitioners. Graduates receive two degrees: a Bachelor of Health Science after completion of their first year and the Doctor of Physical Therapy upon completion of the program. Graduates are eligible to take the licensure exam in the state of their choice. Andrews also offers two postprofessional doctoral degrees, the transitional DPT and the DScPT.
The clinical education component of the curriculum comprises 40 weeks of full-time clinical training spaced throughout the 3-year professional program. The university is affiliated with approximately 300 clinical education centers located predominately in the United States but also includes countries such as Canada, Denmark and Japan.
There are 9 core faculty members along with approximately 13 associate faculty. All but one of the core faculty hold post professional doctoral degrees, or are currently completing one. Five faculty members hold American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS). All core faculty are actively engaged in research and regularly publish or present their findings at state or national conferences. The core faculty-to-student ratio is 1:11.
Andrews University is a Christian university with an enrollment of approximately 3,000 students participating in associate to doctoral level programs. The Doctor of Physical Therapy program accepts 36 students per year from a nationwide pool of applicants.
The Department of Physical Therapy has a modified rolling admissions process which gives preference to Christian applicants. All admissions materials postmarked by December 1 will receive first consideration for acceptance and a discount on the confirmation deposit. Applications received after this date will be considered on a space-available basis. Admission to the DPT program requires just three years of college coursework which includes 92 semester credits of science and general education courses with at least 15 upper division credits from three or more content areas; a minimum GPA of 3.0 in both science and overall prerequisites; and 80 hours of clinical observation. Persons holding a bachelor's degree or higher may also apply. Graduate Record Exam scores must be submitted prior to enrollment in the professional program. Applications are accepted when a minimum of four or more prerequisite science courses and a minimum of 64 semester credits have been completed. Eligible applicants are invited for a personal interview. Each new class begins fall semester. For an Information/Application Packet contact the Physical Therapy Admissions Office at 800/827-2878 (menu option 0) or Information and application materials may also be downloaded through Acrobat Reader at
On average, only one student per year has left the program because they did not meet academic standards. 90% of graduates pass the state licensure exam and 100% of those who seek employment are employed within six months after graduation. (3-year average)
Tuition for the 2007-08 academic year is approximately $23,400. Andrews University is a private Christian university; therefore state residency is not required. Scholarships, loans and graduate assistantships are available to qualified physical therapy students and the majority of the students receive financial aid. Financial aid personnel are committed to assisting students and welcome early requests for securing needed educational funds. For further information, contact Student Financial Services at 800/253-2874 or the physical therapy department at 800/827-2878.
Berrien Springs is a rural community located 2 hours east of Chicago or 30 minutes north of the University of Notre Dame. A commercial airport and Amtrak train station is located in South Bend, Indiana, 25 minutes away. The Andrews University campus and surrounding communities offer work and recreational opportunities. The sandy beaches of Lake Michigan, major shopping malls, sporting arenas and a large variety of restaurants and entertainment are available within 30 minutes. Dormitories and apartments are located on and around the Berrien Springs campus. There is no charge for parking and parking is easily accessible at all campus locations.