Marymount University

Information about Physical Therapist program at Marymount University




Marymount University (D6, F1, PR)

Last Updated by Program: 12/15/2004
Address:   Physical Therapy Program
Marymount University
2807 North Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22207-4299
Phone:   (703)284-5980
Fax:   (703)284-5981
Web Address:
Program E-mail:
Rita Wong, PT, EdD
  Accreditor:   Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/Commission on Colleges
  Carnegie Classification:   Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Master's degree, May 1999 (no longer offered); DPT degree, February, 2004
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2014
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Doctor of Physical Therapy
Marymount University uses the semester system. The PT program is a full-time, three-year program with no course responsibility during the first Summer semester. The professional education curriculum uses a modified problem-based learning approach in which realistic patient case scenarios are used to reinforce classroom teaching. Self-directed learning, critical thinking, and self-efficacy in clinical problem solving are promoted. Initial coursework emphasizes foundational sciences - anatomy, physiology, pathology, kinesiology, and movement theory. Subsequent coursework stresses physical therapy clinical science. Professional socialization issues - ethical, social, legal, communication, consultation, diversity, life span, and critical inquiry - are carefully woven throughout the curriculum. Courses emphasizing clinical practice, management, education, sociology of health care, and research prepare students for the multiple roles of the physical therapist. Four learning activities take place each semester with close coordination both within and across individual courses - knowledge acquisition, skills laboratories, small-group tutorials, and clinical practice experiences. All students must complete a written thesis as part of a small-group research project that spans the three-year curriculum; this culminates in a professional presentation of their scientific findings. In addition, each student must pass a comprehensive written examination after completion of all coursework. Items for this exam are drawn from all courses across the curriculum. The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) emphasizes evidence-based practice and the model of professional autonomy clinical decision-making and practice management throughout the curriculum. A unique feature of the new DPT curriculum is integration of the most current best practices in a final track that includes a focused didactic course in acute/sports injury; geriatrics; neurorehab; or pediatrics with a 12-week, fulltime clinic practicum experience and a development of a clinical case report.
The clinical education component of the curriculum includes both part-time and full-time experiences in clinical settings throughout the Washington Metropolitan area. There are also numerous opportunities for working in full-time affiliations outside the region, including sites overseas. There are part-time clinical experiences offered each semester except the first semester. In addition, there are three full-time clinical affiliations that provide opportunities for students to develop competence in a variety of clinical settings. An eight-week, full-time clinical practicum is scheduled during the Summer Semester between the second and third years of the program; a second fulltime clinic practicum begins following Thanksgiving and continues for 12 weeks. A final twelve-week, full-time clinic practicum takes place during the last Summer semester.
There are six and a half full-time and 14 part-time faculty members. Five of the seven core faculty members hold post-professional doctoral degrees; one faculty is certified as a clinical specialist; four faculty members are actively engaged in clinical practice. Over the past 3 years, the faculty has averaged two publications in peer-reviewed journals. The faculty to student ratio is 1:11.
Marymount University enrolls approximately 3,700 students in all of its programs; there are approximately 2,100 undergraduate and 1,600 graduate students. The physical therapy program enrolls 25 students each school year in the Fall Semester.
Applications for admission for the following fall semester are available each year by mid-to-late August. There are two published application deadlines: December 15 and February 1. Students are encouraged to meet the December 15 application deadline as the class may be filled with these applicants. Late applications are accepted on a space available basis. The PT Admissions Committee reviews applications, and qualified applicants are invited to one of two Interview Days scheduled in late January and early March. Letters of Conditional Acceptance into the program are mailed out within two weeks of the interview. Requirements for admission include the submission of the following documents: documentation of completion of a bachelors degree, autobiographical sketch, resume, list of extracurricular activities, verification of clinical hours (40 hours minimum), two recommendations, official copies of all transcripts (3.0 minimum overall GPA and 3.0 minimum science and math prerequisite GPA), GRE scores, and an application fee ($35). Prerequisite coursework includes eight credits each of the following courses: Chemistry, General Biology, Human Anatomy and Physiology, and General Physics. In addition, it includes three credits each of these courses: Mathematics elective, Statistical Analysis, General Psychology, a second Psychology course (e.g., Human Growth and Development – Life Span, Social Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, or Group Dynamics.) Marymount University offers an opportunity for incoming freshmen and some early transfer students to become part of a Pre-Physical Therapy undergraduate program. Pre-physical therapy students majoring in Biology, Health Fitness Management or Psychology can establish a Plan of Study that, if followed, assures completion of all requirements for the undergraduate degree as well as all the pre-requisite requirements for the DPT Program. A highly competitive program for well-qualified, first-time college students called the PT Scholars Program is established at the undergraduate level; however, students must formally apply for invitation to the program at the time of application to the University. Acceptance may guarantee entry into the physical therapy graduate program upon completion of undergraduate studies as long as established performance criteria are maintained during the student’s undergraduate education. .
94.5% of admitted students graduate from the program (3 year average). 3 year average for Licensure exam pass rate: 99%. 3 year employment rate: 100% for all graduates who were actively seeking employment as a physical therapist.
For the 2004-2005 school year , the physical therapy program tuition and fees are $18,952 ($9,476 per semester). The cost of books averages $500 per semester. The per credit cost of tuition for the summer session under 10 credits is approximately $572 per credit. On-campus parking costs $200 per school year or $2.00 a day. The campus is located a short walk from the Metro. Ninety percent of the physical therapy students receive financial aid through graduate loans. A limited number of graduate assistantships are available for second-year students, and Virginia residents are eligible for a Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant (VTAG) for each of the three years of the program. The Virginia Kincaid Physical Therapy Scholarship focuses on advancing evidence-based practice initiatives in physical therapy practice.
There are numerous opportunities for both community and university service for Marymount students, and they are encouraged to participate in these activities on an ongoing and proactive basis. In addition, the university campus is located just minutes from the Nation’s Capital. The Washington Metropolitan Area offers numerous opportunities above and beyond the typical university setting, and the wide variety of international cultural, culinary, social and educational options encourages the students to broaden the scope of their experiences beyond the classroom doors.