Central Michigan University

Information about Physical Therapist program at Central Michigan University

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Central Michigan University (A4, D6, F1, PU)

Last Updated by Program: 12/03/2003
Address:   Graduate Program in Physical Therapy
Central Michigan University
1220 Health Professions Building
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859
Phone:   (989)774-2347
Fax:   (989)774-2908
Admissions/Student Inquiry Phone:   (989)774-1730
Financial Aid Phone:   (989)774-3674
Web Address:   http://www.chp.cmich.edu/pt
Program E-mail:   triez1hl@cmich.edu
Herm Triezenberg, PT, PhD
Director and Professor
  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, May 1997 (no longer offered); DPT degree, October 2003
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2012
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Doctor of Physical Therapy
The Graduate Program in Physical Therapy is housed in the Department of Health Promotion and Rehabilitation within the College of Health Professions. The curriculum spans 3 years, with three clinical experiences. The program curriculum and the instructional strategies used by faculty are designed to promote the intellectual, professional, and personal development of knowledgeable, reflective, caring, competent and ethical practitioners. In addition, the program is designed to foster the development of physical therapy professionals who are dedicated to lifelong learning. The faculty seeks to develop individuals who will contribute to individuals in need and society through both their professional activities and personal commitments. The curriculum incorporates many innovative educational concepts in both the didactic and clinical portions of the curriculum. There are eight full-time faculty, four half-time faculty, and six adjunct faculty members.
A 6-week clinical experience occurs during the summer at the completion of the first year of the curriculum. The third year consists of two 14-week clinical experiences. Throughout the entire curriculum students may complete experiences in orthopedics, rehabilitation, acute care, geriatrics, industrial medicine/work hardening, sports medicine, aquatherapy, and trauma. Clinical experience sites are located in Michigan and the Great Lakes region.
There are eight full-time and six part-time faculty members. Of the full-time faculty 50% hold postprofessional doctoral degrees, two are certified as clinical specialists, and five are engaged in clinical practice. Over the past 3 years, the faculty has averaged six publications in peer-reviewed journals. The faculty to student ratio is 1:17.5.
Central Michigan University (CMU) has a total enrollment of 26,000 students. The physical therapy program has an enrollment of 144 students, with each class composed of 48 students drawn from a pool of approximately 250 applicants each May.
Students must have completed or be in the final stages of completing an undergraduate (BA or BS) degree. Students must complete the following pre-professional prerequisites prior to matriculation in the professional program: 12 semester credit hours in biology or health science (including anatomy w/lab and physiology w/lab, and genetics); 9 semester creditsin psychology (including developmental psychology); 8 semester credit hours in each: chemistry (inorganic w/lab, organic or biochemistry w/lab), and physics (w/lab); and 3 semester credit hours of statistics, and a course in math sufficient for completion of chosen physics sequence. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative and prerequisite GPA of 3.0, with each prerequisite course completed at a minimum grade of 2.0. The class most recently admitted had an average cumulative and prerequisite GPA of 3.5. Two formal recommendations, one from a licensed physical therapist, are required. Students must have devoted a minimum of 50 hours to exploring physical therapy as a career. Extra consideration is given to students who have been involved in extra-curricular, athletics and community service activities (volunteer work). The application deadline is December 1, with interviews held in January. Candidates are notified in February. 38% of qualified applicants are admitted to the program (3-year average).. 38% of qualified applicants are admitted to the program. (3-year average).
96% of admitted students graduate from the program (3-year average).
Physical therapy tuition for the 2002-03 academic year is $226.60 per credit hour for in-state students and $383 per credit hour for out-of-state students. In addition there are $377.50 in fees per semester. The average tuition for graduate students in the fall and spring semesters is 16 credits. The average course load for summer semester is six credits. Total tuition for the three years is approximately $22,000. No special funds are available to physical therapy students. Applicants may apply for a CMU graduate fellowship which can offset a substantial portion of their tuition. The majority of students receive some financial aid. Contact Scholarships and Financial Aid at 517/ 774-3674.
Mt Pleasant is the home of Central Michigan University and its 18,000 on campus students. It is located in the heart of Michigan, equidistant from Lake Michigan to the west and Lake Huron to the east. The main campus has 45 main buildings on an expansive campus with one of the top campus recreation centers in the country. Michigan University is a comprehensive regional university with a variety of educational opportunities and is also a NCAA Division I institution with membership in the Mid American Conference. In addition, an important element in the local culture is the contribution of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian tribe.