University of Mary

Information about Physical Therapist program at University of Mary




University of Mary (D6, F1, PR)

Last Updated by Program: 03/16/2007
Address:   Department of Physical Therapy
Division of Human Performance Sciences
University of Mary
7500 University Drive
Bismarck, ND 58504-9652
Phone:   (701)355-8183
Fax:   (701)255-7687
Admissions/Student Inquiry Phone:   (800)408-6279 ext. 8053
Financial Aid Phone:   (701)355-8060
Web Address:
Program E-mail:
Joellen Roller, PT, EdD, DPT
Program Director
  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:   Master's degree, October 1997(no longer offered) DPT degree, January 2005
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2012
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Doctor of Physical Therapy
The Doctor of Physical Therapy is designed to prepare autonomous practitioners for the profession of physical therapy who are leaders in service through evidence based practice, education and scholarly activity. Incorporated into this mission is the adherence to the Mission of Professional Education for the Physical Therapist and the Benedictine Values of the University of Mary. Students are required to complete a minimum of 92 credits in a diverse undergraduate curriculum prior to admission into the 32-month professional phase of the program. Unique experiences are provided within a supportive health care community and the God’s Child project with hands-on physical therapy with people of Guatemala. Two student clinics, on campus and at the United Tribes Technical College, are in operation two afternoons per week. An individual or group research project, culminating with a presentation and paper in manuscript form, is required to complete the clinical inquiry portion of the curriculum. Students spend an average of 20 hours per week in class with additional hours spent on related projects and integrated clinical experiences. There are six full-time faculty; two part time faculty and several clinicians and physicians who add to the depth and breadth of content with regular lectures. Students complete the curriculum in late April or early May.
Students participate in 8-week clinical experiences during early summer of the first year and late summer of the second year. Terminal clinical education consists of 2 8-week experiences. Sites for clinical experiences are primarily in the Midwest; however, we have many sites throughout the country. Students are also required to practice in the student clinic 24 hours per semester.
There are six full-time faculty, two part time faculty, and 24 adjunct faculty. Eighty-three percent of the faculty hold post-professional doctoral degrees; all are licensed physical therapists. Three faculty are certified clinical specialists. Over the past 4 years, the faculty has had six publications and several national platform or poster presentations. The faculty to student ratio is 1:12.
The University has a total enrollment of 2,750 students. The physical therapy program allows for enrollment of up to 30 students each year.
Entry into the 3-year (eight-trimester) doctorate program requires a special application and selection process. If candidates hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, they must have completed all core requirements for the program. If candidates do not hold a bachelor’s degree, they must have completed 92 credits of undergraduate study including the core requirements prior to entering the program. Only 64 credits are allowed from 2-year accredited institutions. Prerequisite classes for the graduate program include 2 courses in each of the following subject areas: Physics, Anatomy/Physiology, Chemistry, and Psychology (one developmental and the other abnormal). Medical terminology, ethics and statistics are also prerequisites but not core courses. The minimum criteria for admission include a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 on all undergraduate college work; a minimum GPA of 3.0 on all core courses; and 40 hours of volunteer or paid clinical experiences. Graduate students who are admitted have an average GPA of 3.4. Application requests can be made via phone, email or in writing. Requests are accepted anytime and applications are distributed in early January and accepted until mid-March 1 of each academic year. Professional class selection is usually complete by late March of each year. The Admission Committee selects candidates eligible for a required personal interview. After interviews, the class is selected. If the enrollment does not reach 30 using this process, we accept applicants at any time until the first day of classes. All applicants participate in the above stated admissions procedures. Ninety-five percent of qualified applicants are admitted to the program (3-year average).
Our second cohort of DPT students will graduate in April of 2007. The overall pass rate on the licensure examination is 94% (3 year average). Of these students, 100 percent are licensed and employed.
Tuition and fees for the professional phase of the program is approximately $47,000. Room is approximately $1,600 and board is approximately $1,700 per year. Average book costs are $350 per semester. No special funds are available to physical therapy students. Approximately 85% of the students receive some financial aid. For funds available to general students, contact 701-255-7500, ext 383.
The Physical Therapy laboratory and classrooms were built in 2006. The University of Mary is located 6 miles from downtown Bismarck. It includes the Nursing Education Building, Science Center, Arno Gustin Hall, University Hall, Library and Technology Center, Student Life Center, Clairmont Center for Performing Arts, Hillside and Greg Bugler Halls, student apartments, the Activity Center (and Human Performance Science wing) and the facilities of the Annunciation Monastery. Bismarck has a population of over 55,000 and is the capital city of North Dakota. Housing options include several residence halls and a variety of off-campus housing accommodations. Prospective students are encouraged to visit the University of Mary campus for an interview with an admissions officer, a tour of the campus and facilities, and contact with students and faculty. For further information, call 701/255/7500, 800/288-6279, Fax: 701-255-7687, Email: or write Director of Admissions, University of Mary, 7500 University Drive, Bismarck, ND, 58554.