Cleveland State University

Information about Physical Therapist program at Cleveland State University

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Cleveland State University (A4, D5, F1, PU)

Last Updated by Program: 09/19/2002
Address:   Physical Therapy Program
Cleveland State University
Dept. of Health Sciences, HS 109
2121 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115
Phone:   (216)687-3567
Fax:   (216)687-9316
Admissions/Student Inquiry Phone:   (216)687-3567
Financial Aid Phone:   (216)687-3764
Web Address:
Program E-mail:
Ann Karas Reinthal, PT, PhD, NCS
Program Director
  Accreditor:   Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  Carnegie Classification:   Doctoral/Research Universities
  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Bachelor's degree, April 1976 (no longer offered) Master's degree, November 2000
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2016
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Master of Physical Therapy
The first graduate class began in Spring term 2001 (January) and continues for six consecutive semesters. Students will graduate in December 2002. Ten faculty serve the program in addition to local clinicians that provide instruction. Students can expect to spend approximately 20-22 hours per week in class.
Clinical experiences begin very early in the program through participation in clinical labs off campus as well as during three Clinical Seminar courses that feature interactive experiences with a wealth of local health care institutions. Two complete semesters of full-time clinical experience (32 weeks) are featured in the curriculum.
There are seven full-time and three part-time faculty members. Of the full-time faculty 50% hold post-professional doctoral degrees, two are certified as clinical specialists, and four are engaged in clinical practice. Over the past 3 years the faculty has averaged 2.7 publications in peer-reviewed journals. The faculty-to-student ratio is 1:7.
The physical therapy program accepts 30 students each year.
Students will be accepted to the graduate program upon completion of a baccalaureate degree, and completion of pre-requisite courses that include 2 terms in each: chemistry (with lab), physics (with lab) and psychology; 2 terms in biology including General Biology (with lab) and Human/Mammalian/Vertebrate Physiology; and 1 course each in statistics, neuroscience, human gross anatomy and pathology. The minimum overall grade point average (GPA) required is 2.75 and prerequisite GPA required for admission is 2.8. Applications for admission to the program are made available each June for the class to be admitted the following January. Prospective student advising literature is available upon request.
Ninety-three percent of admitted students graduate from the program (3-year average).
For the 2002-03 academic year, graduate tuition per semester is anticipated to be $3419 for in-state students and $6764 for out-of-state students. Program fees are expected to be $500 per year and the anticipated book costs are $500 per semester. Student assistance in the form of grants, loans and work-study opportunities are available through the University Office of Financial Aid. A limited number of graduate assistantships are available.
Cleveland State University is a commuter campus with one dormitory that houses approximately 500 students. Reasonably priced apartments are available in nearby suburbs. Good public transportation is available. The Cleveland State University campus is located adjacent to Playhouse Square, 10 blocks from downtown Cleveland. The University has played an extensive role in the revitalization of Cleveland and continues to participate in many exciting cooperative ventures with community organizations.