Oakland University

Information about Physical Therapist program at Oakland University



Oakland University (A4, D6, F1, PU)

Last Updated by Program: 09/02/2004
Address:   Program in Physical Therapy
School of Health Sciences
Oakland University
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
Phone:   (248)370-4041
Fax:   (248)370-4287
Web Address:   http://www.oakland.edu/shs/pt/
Program E-mail:   kathomps@oakland.edu
Kristine A Thompson, PT, PhD
Program Director
  Accreditor:   Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  Carnegie Classification:   Doctoral/Research Universities
  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Bachelor's degree, June 1981 (no longer offered) Master’s degree, September 1990 (no longer offered) DPT degree, May 2001
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2010
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Doctorate in Physical Therapy
The Program in Physical Therapy offers a 3.5-year professional DPT program that prepares graduates for practice as a competent physical therapist. Graduates will be prepared to provide physical therapy services in a variety of settings, understand the process of research and its application to practice, and to demonstrate effective self-evaluation and communication skills.
The clinical component of the program includes one 4-week clinical experience of 160 hours at the end of the first professional year, one 8-week clinical experience of 320 hours during the second professional year (PYII), and 24 weeks clinical experience (960 hours) at the end of the third professional year (PYIII). Students gain clinical experience in a variety of settings throughout Michigan and the U.S.
There are ten full-time and 19 part-time faculty members. Of the full-time faculty five hold post-professional doctoral degrees, four are in the process of completing their doctoral degrees and four are certified as clinical specialists. Five faculty are engaged in clinical practice. The faculty actively participates in scholarship, service and professional activities. The faculty-to-student ratio is 1:12.
Oakland University is a comprehensive, state-assisted institution of approximately 17,000 students that offers a diverse set of academic programs from baccalaureate to doctoral levels. The doctorate physical therapy program accepts 32 students each year.
Admission into the physical therapy program occurs in the fall. Students must enter the program with a baccalaureate degree. Applications are available the preceding June and are due no later than January 15th of the year of enrollment. Applications for early decision should be submitted by October 15. Admission requirements include a 3.0 grade point average (GPA), two letters of reference and the GRE. The following minimum prerequisites are: one course in Biology with lab, Human Anatomy, Physiology, Exercise Physiology, and Statistics, two courses in Physics with one lab, Chemistry with one lab, Math through Pre-calculus and Psychology including an Introductory and Developmental course.
98% of admitted students graduate from the program (3-year average). 98% of the graduates passed the licensure exam (3-year average); 100% of the graduates responding to surveys are employed (3-year average)
The estimated cost of tuition and fees for the 2004 –2005 academic year is approximately $13, 500 for in-state students and $ $24,000 for out-of -state students. There is a course fee of $42.50 per credit. Books are estimated at $1,000 per year. Institutional, state, and federal aid are available on a competitive basis. For information, contact Financial Aid, 120 North Foundation Hall, at 248 370-2550.
Oakland University was founded in 1957 when the late Alfred G and Matilda R Wilson donated their 1,500-acre estate and two million dollars to Michigan State University to begin a new college in Oakland County. The natural beauty of the campus, much of it still wooded and undeveloped, is enhanced by comprehensive recreational facilities and modern buildings that house the university's many academic and public service programs as well as some 1,500 residential students. Adjacent to the campus is the Oakland Technology Park, a research park where private-sector companies work with higher education.