Midwestern University

information about Physical Therapist program at Midwestern University



Midwestern University (A4, D6, F1, PR)

Last Updated by Program: 07/27/2004
Address:   Physical Therapy Program
College of Health Sciences
Midwestern University
555 31st Street
Downers Grove, IL 60515
Phone:   (630)515-6462
Fax:   (630)515-7224
Admissions/Student Inquiry Phone:   (800)458-6253
Financial Aid Phone:   (630)515-6035
Web Address:   http://www.midwestern.edu/il-pt/
Program E-mail:   dcechx@midwestern.edu
Donna Cech, PT, MS, PCS
Program Director
  Accreditor:   Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  Carnegie Classification:   Special Focus Institutions--Medical schools and medical centers
  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Master's degree, October 1997 (no longer offered) DPT degree, June 2003
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2012
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Doctor of Physical Therapy
The doctorate of physical therapy program is a full-time, continuous, 32-month program beginning in June. The didactic curriculum integrates concepts and principles throughout the sequence of courses, including patient evaluation, physical therapy intervention, clinical problem solving, health professionalism, human development, health promotion, anatomy, physiology, and research. Through interactions with students in other health professions, particularly occupational therapy, the program fosters the team-oriented approach to health care. Contact with students in the university’s physician assistant, pharmacy, and osteopathic medicine programs enhance the student’s understanding of the roles of health care providers.
Students are prepared for clinical practice through field trips to clinical sites, interactions with simulated patients, and four full-time clinical practica under the supervision of licensed physical therapists. Practicum I (3 weeks) occurs at the end of the winter quarter of the first professional year; Practicum II (10 weeks) occurs at the beginning of the spring quarter of the second professional year; Practica III (10 weeks) and IV (10 weeks) occur during fall and winter quarters of the third professional year. Sites for clinical experiences are primarily in Illinois.
There are nine PT faculty members. Thirty three percent of the faculty hold post-professional doctoral degrees, three are certified as clinical specialists, and eight are engaged in clinical practice. The faculty to student ratio is 1:9.
The university has a total enrollment of 1,675 students. The physical therapy program has an enrollment of 93 students, with each class currently composed of approximately 25-35 students. Maximum class size is 45 students.
To be considered for admission within our competitive selection process, applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university, complete a minimum of 60 semester hours with a grade of C or better in the prerequisite courses and complete at least 30 semester hours at a regionally accredited college or university in the United States. Applicants must possess a minimum total grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale, submit official GRE scores, possess current certification in CPR Level C of the American Heart Association, and complete a first aid course within 3 years prior to enrollment. Prerequisite course requirements include 12 9 semester hours (SH) of social and behavioral sciences (including human or child development, sociology, and psychology), and 9 SH of English/communications (including composition, oral communication/public speaking); 8 SH of biology (w/lab) including 2 SH vertebrate anatomy and 2 SH physiology, 4 SH of general chemistry (w/lab), 8 SH of physics (including mechanics, electricity, magnetism, heat, light, and sound); 3 SH each of applied mathematics and statistics; and 13 SH of general education electives (including 1 credit hour in ethics). A rolling admissions process is used, but a recommended application date is January 15th, prior to June admission. The admissions process includes an interview (by invitation). 72 97% of qualified applicants are admitted to the program (3-year average).
85% of admitted students graduate from the program (3-year average). 99% of all graduates pass the licensure exam, with an 88% first time pass rate (3 year average). 100% of all graduates who responded to surveys were employed in physical therapy.
Tuition for the 2004-2005 academic year is $21,434 for Illinois residents and $23,499 for out-of-state residents. Students are also assessed a $280 activity fee. Average book/supply costs are $1,540 per year. Approximately 87% of the students receive financial aid. All students seeking financial aid must meet general eligibility requirements regarding citizenship, financial need, and satisfactory academic progress.
The PT program is housed on the Downers Grove, Illinois campus of Midwestern University. The 105-acre campus boasts innovative facilities and is nestled serenely in a wooded setting 25 miles west of downtown Chicago. Facilities on the campus include a library designated as a resource center by the National Library of Medicine, a recreational complex featuring an indoor six-lane swimming pool, weight room, aerobic exercise room, gymnasium, outdoor basketball courts, sand volleyball court, and a softball field. Housing options include single or double-occupancy residence hall rooms and on-campus apartments. Off-campus students may choose from a variety of housing options in the area. A second campus is located in Glendale, Arizona.