Grand Valley State University

Information about Physical Therapist program at Grand Valley State University



Grand Valley State University (A4, D6, F1, PU)

Last Updated by Program: 01/21/2004
Address:   Physical Therapy Program
Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences
Grand Valley State University
301 Michigan St, NE
Room 200
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Phone:   (616)331-3356
Fax:   (616)331-5999
Admissions/Student Inquiry Phone:   (616)331-3356
Financial Aid Phone:   (616)331-3234
Web Address:
Program E-mail:
John Peck, PT, PhD
  Accreditor:   Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  Carnegie Classification:   Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Bachelor’s degree, May 1985 (no longer offered) Master’s degree, September 1990
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2012
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Master of Science Physical Therapy
The Graduate Program in physical therapy is 2 years, 9 months in length and leads to a Master of Science in Physical Therapy. As part of the program, students complete a thesis or project. Eleven full-time faculty manage the professional portion along with adjunct and clinical faculty. Students are accepted for fall admission and are expected to carry a full course load. Graduation takes place in April of each year.
Students will complete a 4-week full-time clinical experience in orthopedics during the first year and 6 weeks in neuro-rehabilitation during the second year. Eighteen weeks of full-time clinical experiences, divided into rotations of 9 weeks, are completed throughout Michigan and the United States in the fall semester of the third year. Students must complete at least one clinical experience in an in-patient setting and one in a community-based setting. Options for a final rotation specialty are available.
There are 11 full-time, one half-time and 18 adjunct faculty members. Of the full-time faculty, 45% hold post-professional doctoral degrees, five are certified as clinical specialists, and seven are engaged in clinical practice. The faculty to student ratio is 1:11.
Grand Valley State University has a total enrollment of approximately 20,000 students. The physical therapy program accepts up to 60 students each year out of an applicant pool of approximately 110 students.
Applications are available throughout the year, with a January 15 receipt deadline for priority consideration. Rolling admission decisions continue through August 15 th. Interviews are conducted as early as February, with notice of admission within a month. Students must have a minimum average GPA of 3.0 in prerequisite course work and a 3.0 in their most recent 60 credits of course work. Two recommendations, one from a licensed physical therapist, 50 hours of observational experience and an interview are required also. The grade point average of the last five classes was approximately 3.6 on a 4.0 scale. Students who matriculate at Grand Valley State as freshmen are accepted after completing their junior year. Transfer students and students with BS degrees should confer with a physical therapy faculty advisor. Prerequisites include one course in each of the following: introductory biology with lab; general chemistry; organic chemistry; introductory biochemistry; human anatomy with lab; human physiology with lab; human pathophysiology; research design; college algebra, OR trigonometry OR calculus; statistics; introductory psychology; life-span developmental psychology; and introductory sociology OR social problems. Two courses in college physics with lab are required. First year students begin in the fall semester. Students will complete abbreviated summer sessions in the first and second professional years. Clinical experiences occur in all 3 years of the professional program. Master’s research projects are completed in the second and third year. Degrees are conferred in April of the third professional year. 61% of qualified applicants are admitted to the program (3-year average).
96% of admitted students graduate from the program (3-year average).
For the 2003-04 academic year, the average cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board for the undergraduate resident was $12,000. Graduate tuition is $242 per credit hour for residents and $525 per credit hour for nonresidents. For specific information contact Grand Valley State University Admissions at 800/748-0246. These costs are estimates for 2004-05 as well. More than 70% of the university students are receiving some type of financial aid. Physical therapy students have opportunities for special scholarships during their second and third year. For specific information, contact the Office of Financial Aid at 616/331-3234.
Dormitories and living centers provide housing for approximately 2,500 freshmen and 500 upper-class students. Most students obtain off-campus housing, which is conveniently located and reasonably priced. Grand Valley State University provides an environment with a diverse culture and rich campus life. Student activities include fraternities, sororities, clubs, performing arts, student government, communications, and intramural recreation. Intercollegiate athletics include baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, swimming, tennis, track, softball, volleyball and coed cheerleading. Grand Valley State University is an 897-acre campus located in a picturesque rural setting, 12 miles west of Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Grand Valley State campus is only a 30-minute drive from the eastern shore of Lake Michigan. The Grand Rapids metropolitan area is the fastest growing region in Michigan, offering multiple cultural, entertainment and sporting activities. Three major medical and several academic institutions serve the greater Grand Rapids region.