College of Mount St Joseph

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College of Mount St Joseph (D6, F1, PR)

Last Updated by Program: 03/16/2007
Address:   Physical Therapy Program
Department of Health Sciences
College of Mount St Joseph
5701 Delhi Road
Cincinnati, OH 45233-1672
Phone:   (513)244-4890
Fax:   (513)451-2547
Admissions/Student Inquiry Phone:   (513)244-4890
Financial Aid Phone:   (513)244-4418
Web Address:   http://www.msj.edu/academics/majors/graduate/phystherapy/index.asp
Program E-mail:   Lisa_Dehner@mail.msj.edu
PROGRAM DIRECTOR:
Mary Romanello, PT, PhD, ATC, SCS
Program Director
INSTITUTIONAL INFORMATION:
  Accreditor:   Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  Carnegie Classification:   Master's Colleges and Universities (medium programs)
 
PHYSICAL THERAPY PROGRAM ACCREDITATION:
  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Masters degree, November 1999 (no longer admitting students); DPT degree, May 2005
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2014
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
 
DEGREE CONFERRED: Doctor of Physical Therapy
GENERAL PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:
The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program is a comprehensive degree designed to prepare clinicians who can think critically and solve problems; apply scientifically validated therapeutic skills and techniques effectively; respect the uniqueness, dignity, and diversity of the individual; and understand the responsibilities of the health care provider in the 21st century. Faculty and students are members of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and participate at the national and state levels by attending professional meetings and presenting research findings. The Physical Therapy Program’s mission and philosophy grow from the liberal arts and sciences tradition of the College as the basis for educating responsible physical therapists. From the inaugural graduating class of 1999 to the present, the College has been privileged to participate in the education and development of proficient, caring, and well rounded physical therapists as evidenced by comments from clinical instructors and employers. The College of Mount St. Joseph Doctor of Physical Therapy program is a three year program, using a 4 + 3 model. Students complete an undergraduate degree in an area of their choice prior to entering the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. Students must earn an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution and meet all admission requirements to be eligible for admission to the Mount’s DPT program. The Mount’s DPT curriculum threads the themes of patient/client management; professionalism; service; communication; critical inquiry; education and practice management throughout a progressive sequence of didactic, laboratory and clinical experiences. Course work and clinical affiliations proceed on a year-round basis during the three years of the program.
 
CLINICAL EXPERIENCES:
Students complete forty-six (46) weeks of full-time clinical internship experiences during the DPT program. Internships range from 10 to 12 weeks in length and must be completed on a full-time basis. Clinical internships are completed off campus and may involve travel and/or relocation. The student bears full financial responsibility for expenses associated with all clinical internships.
 
ENROLLMENT:
There are approximately 2,100 graduate and undergraduate students at the College. The Physical Therapy Program has averaged a class size of 24 students over the last 5 years. Each entering DPT class begins in mid June with graduation 3 years later in May.
 
ADMISSION:
Prospective students may complete an application for admission to the DPT program on-line. ALL APPLICATION MATERIALS MUST BE ON FILE BY THE DEADLINE DATE FOR THE STUDENT’S FILE TO BE REVIEWED FOR ADMISSION. Admission criteria for the Mount’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program include: UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION 1. Applicants must hold or earn a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution before matriculating to the DPT. Degrees must be validated with official transcripts. 2. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale 3. Applicants must complete the following prerequisite coursework and document with official transcripts and catalog course descriptions: Sciences - 1 year each (2 semesters; 3 quarters) of the following with laboratory - Human Anatomy and Physiology, Physics, Chemistry; Humanities and Social Sciences -At least 6 courses which must include: Psychology, Sociology, Ethics, and Statistics. No grade below a C (for those with plus or minus scales, C-) will be accepted in any prerequisite course. Observation Hours in Physical Therapy are required. Completion of at least 80 hours of documented paid or volunteer experience in at least 2 distinctly different physical therapy settings is required. Applicants are expected to locate and contact hospitals, clinics and/or facilities where physical therapy is practiced. Further explanation of observation hours and appropriate forms can be accessed on the program web page (http://www.msj.edu/academics/majors/graduate/phystherapy/admission/index.asp). Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required. Only scores within the last 7 years will be accepted. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required for individuals whose native language is not English (Only scores within the last 2 years will be accepted). APPLICATION DEADLINES: September 1 (for priority/early admission consideration) of the year preceding June matriculation. February 1 (final application deadline based upon class availability). Admission Decision Timeline: September 1: Completed application packet due; October: Physical Therapy Program offers selected candidates on-campus interviews; November: Candidate interviews held at the College of Mount St. Joseph (designated dates); (Interviews will include an on-campus writing sample); January 15: Physical Therapy Program mails letters of acceptance to selected candidates; February 15: Deadline for selected candidates to accept admission and return Enrollment Commitment cards. Applications received by the February 1st deadline will be considered based on class availability. The February admission decision timeline will mimic the September 1 timeline.
 
OUTCOMES:
Graduation Rate: The College of Mount St. Joseph MPT Graduation Rate over the last 5 years is 90%. Licensure Results: The licensure examination pass rates for the last 5 years are as follows: First time pass rate is 79% with an overall pass rate of 97%. Employment Rate: Over the last 5 years 100% of graduates seeking employment were employed within 6 months of graduation.
 
TUITION, FEES AND FINANCIAL AID:
Tuition for the 3 year DPT program is $79,200. The College of Mount St Joseph recognizes that private colleges present financial difficulties for some families and provides substantial aid to help students. At present, over 60 percent of the students receive some form of aid. Except for certain specific no-need scholarships, aid is awarded on the basis of need as indicated by a review of the FAFSA and is administered by the Office of Student Financial Services. External sources of funding are also explored and announced to the students at Student Physical Therapy Association meetings. Applicants to the program are sent forms necessary to apply for aid.
 
STUDENT LIFE:
The College of Mount St Joseph located in suburban Cincinnati, is a Catholic coeducational liberal arts college. Focusing on career preparation, the College emphasizes individualized learning in small classes and offers students career experience opportunities through cooperative education in every undergraduate major, leadership development and student activities. The Jean Patrice Harrington Student Center features: Student Organizations and Leadership Suites; game room, media lounge; Wellness Center; Children’s Center; food court; 2000 seat gym; running track; fitness center with aerobic and weight room; squash, racquetball/handball courts; athletic training facilities; locker rooms; Athletic Department and Student Services Offices; lounges; study areas and meeting spaces; courtyard plaza; outdoor basketball court; outdoor tennis courts; and sand volleyball court. The College is a member of the NCAA and sponsors: basketball, softball, tennis, soccer, track, cross country, and volleyball for women; and baseball, basketball, football, tennis, track, cross country, and wrestling for men. The College recreation program offers intramurals for co-ed volleyball, basketball, softball, and aerobics.