Loma Linda University

Information about Physical Therapist program at Loma Linda University

 

 

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Last Updated by Program: 07/27/2004

 

Address:   Department of Physical Therapy

School of Allied Health Professions

LomaLindaUniversity

24951 North Circle Dr.

Loma Linda, CA92350

Phone:   (909)558-4632  Fax:   (909)558-0459

Admissions/Student Inquiry Phone:   (909)558-4632 

Financial Aid Phone:   (800)422-4558 

 

Web Address:   http://www.llu.edu/llu/sahp/pt  

Program E-mail:   lchinnock@llu.edu  

 

PROGRAM DIRECTOR:

Larry Chinnock, PT, EdD, MBA

Director

 

INSTITUTIONAL INFORMATION:

  Accreditor:   Western Association of Schools and Colleges/Accrediting Commission for SeniorColleges and Universities

  Carnegie Classification:   Special Focus Institutions--Medical schools and medical centers

  

PHYSICAL THERAPY PROGRAM ACCREDITATION:

  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Bachelor’s degree, 1942 (no longer offered); Master’s degree, September 1989 (no longer offered); Progression Master of Physical Therapy, November 1996 DPT degree, May 1998

  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation

  Next Visit   2011

  Five Year History:   Accreditation

 

DEGREE CONFERRED:

Master of Physical Therapy (MPT)

 

GENERAL PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:

The progression Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) program is a full time, week day program, set up specifically for Physical Therapist Assistants who have graduated from an accredited PTA program. The curriculum requires a minimum of 98 quarter units of prerequisites taken at a regionally accredited institution, graduation from an accredited Physical Therapist Assistant program, 2500 hours of work experience as a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant and 2 ¼ years of professional course work at Loma Linda University. The applicant is not required to have an earned Bachelors degree prior to acceptance. The program begins in June of each year and continues for 28 consecutive months. Four clinical rotations, for a total of 27 weeks, are integrated throughout the curriculum to allow for application of didactic knowledge. Students are involved in a research component under the direction of a faculty advisor that includes the formulation of a research question, proposal development and approval by the Institutional Review Board, data collection, data analysis, write-up in journal format and oral presentation.

 

CLINICAL EXPERIENCES:

There are 12 full-time and two part-time faculty members as well as many clinicians who provide the didactic training. Of the full-time faculty 85% hold post-professional doctoral degree, six are certified as clinical specialists, and eight are engaged in clinical practice. Over the past 3 years, faculty have averaged thirteen publications in peer-reviewed journals per year. The faculty to student ratio is 1:10.

 

FACULTY:

There are 12 full-time and two part-time faculty members as well as many clinicians who provide the didactic training. Of the full-time faculty 85% hold post-professional doctoral degree, six are certified as clinical specialists, and eight are engaged in clinical practice. Over the past 3 years, faculty have averaged threeten publications in peer-reviewed journals per year. The faculty to student ratio is 1:10.

 

ENROLLMENT:

Total enrollment for LomaLindaUniversity is approximately 4,000 students. The progression master in physical therapy program accepts up to 25 students each year. No preference is given to in-state residents and transfer students are accepted.

 

ADMISSION:

Admission to the progression Master of Physical Therapy programs is a selective process. The criteria used to determine eligibility for admission include the completion of subject requirements, grade point average (GPA), work experience, interview, essay, and recommendations. Applications are accepted beginning August 1 with a priority deadline of November 1 for the program that begins the following June. Applications may be accepted beyond the priority deadline. Admission preference is given to individuals who are members in the Seventh-day Adventist church or who attend a Seventh-day Adventist college or university. However, many qualified applicants who do not fall into either of these two categories are accepted into the program each year. To be eligible for admission to the Progression MPT program, in addition to the subject requirements listed below, the applicant must be a graduate of an accredited PTA Program; have completed 98 quarter units at a regionally accredited college or university, have a minimum prerequisite GPA of 3.0 (the average GPA of incoming students is 3.4) and have a minimum of 2,500 hours of work experience as a physical therapist assistant. Applicants must complete the following minimum subject requirements: Human Anatomy and Physiology (complete sequence w/lab) or General Biology (complete sequence w/lab); General Chemistry (complete sequence w/lab); Introduction to Physics (minimum 6 quarter units, w/lab), Statistics, one additional Biology course, General Psychology, Human Growth & Development, a Communication course, and a Computer course or documentation of computer literacy. Applicants who do not have an earned Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university must complete the following course requirements as well: 20 quarter units of Humanities, a Cultural Diversity course, Freshman English sequence, Personal Health or Nutrition class, two physical education courses, and Electives to meet 98 quarter units. Applications are accepted beginning August 1 with a priority deadline of November 1 for the program that begins the following June. Applications may be accepted beyond the priority deadline. It is recommended that potential applicants contact Loma Linda University Department of Physical Therapy for specifics and resolution of any questions.

 

OUTCOMES:

98% of admitted students graduate from the program (3-year average); 97% of the graduates pass the licensure exam (3-year average); and 100% of those program graduates responding to surveys are employed (3-year average).

 

TUITION, FEES AND FINANCIAL AID:

Tuition for the progression MPT program is $57,500 for 2.25 years. The cost for dormitories is approximately $600 (two people) per quarter. The majority of the students in the MPT program receive financial assistance, which is coordinated through the Student Financial Aid Office.

 

STUDENT LIFE:

LomaLindaUniversity is a health science university located in southern California. In addition to the UniversityMedicalCenter, the university operates a children's hospital, community hospital, rehabilitation center, and psychiatric hospital. The university is also closely associated with the LomaLindaVeteransAdministrationHospital. Housing is available on and off campus. The campus is located 22 miles from the Ontario International Airport and is within an hour's drive of Los Angeles, coastal cities, Lake Arrowhead, Big Bear Lake, and the high and low deserts.