Maryville University of Saint Louis

Information about Physical Therapist program at Maryville University of Saint Louis



Maryville University of Saint Louis (A2, D6, F1, PR)

Last Updated by Program: 06/21/2006
Address:   Physical Therapy Program
Maryville University of Saint Louis
650 Maryville University Drive
St. Louis, MO 63141
Phone:   (314)529-9523
Fax:   (314)529-9495
Admissions/Student Inquiry Phone:   (314)529-9350
Financial Aid Phone:   (314)529-9360
Web Address:
Program E-mail:
Judy Woehrle, PT, PhD, OCS
  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, March 1983 (no longer offered) Master's degree, May 1999 Doctor of Physical Therapy, June 2005
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2015
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Master of Physical Therapy (no longer admitting students) Doctor of Physical Therapy
The DPT program is a 6.5 year program. The program employs nine core faculty members and numerous clinicians as adjuncts and guest lecturers. Students spend approximately 25 hours in class each week. A portfolio and research proposal or systematic review is required. Graduation from the program occurs in December.
Clinical sites are located primarily in the Midwest. Students complete two 5-week clinical internships in the summer between the fifth and sixth year. The final semester of the sixth year consists of three 10-week, full-time clinical internships that take place the summer after the academic work is completed. Students are required to have a variety of clinical experiences (acute, rehab, and outpatient).
The core faculty is comprised of nine full-time faculty members. 66% hold post-professional doctoral degrees, six are certified as a clinical specialist, and eight are engaged in clinical practice. Over the past 3 years, the faculty has averaged four publications in peer-reviewed journals. The faculty to student ratio is 1:24 for the first three years and 1:14 for the last three years.
Maryville University has an enrollment of approximately 3,200 students. The physical therapy program admits 40 students into its freshman class each year from a pool of 100-200 qualified applicants. Approximately 15% of the students in the program are transfer students. Currently, there are 211 students enrolled in the physical therapy program.
The grade point average (GPA) of applicants admitted to the physical therapy program for freshman entry was 3.75, and the average ACT composite was 25. The first application review begins November 15. Application files must be completed by November 1. Transfer students are also interviewed. A minimum 3.0 GPA, 24 on the ACT, 20 hours of observation in preferably two physical therapy settings, and two letters of recommendation are required for admission. 70% of qualified applicants are admitted to the program (three-year average).
87% of admitted students graduate from the program (3-year average); 87.2% of the graduates passed the licensure exam on the first try, 100% of the graduates passed overall (3-year average); and 100% of those program graduates seeking employment are employed (3-year average).
The average tuition for the 2006-07 academic year is $17,800 for full-time students. Room and board is $7,720 per year. General fees are $160 per semester for full-time students, and books costs average $350 per semester. Lab fees are approximately $180 per semester. Approximately 80 percent of the full-time undergraduate students receive grants, loans or scholarships. For more information regarding the variety of financial aid available, contact the Financial Aid Office at 314-529-9360.
Maryville University is a private comprehensive institution located in the western suburbs of St. Louis. Residence halls and new student apartments house approximately 34% of the full-time traditional student population. There are numerous activities on campus, including a full complement of Division III intercollegiate athletics and over 30 student organizations.