University of Maryland - Baltimore

Information about Physical Therapist program at University of Maryland - Baltimore



University of Maryland - Baltimore (A4, D6, F1, PU)

Last Updated by Program: 02/01/2005
Address:   Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science
University of Maryland School of Medicine
100 Penn Street
Room 115
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone:   (410)706-7721
Fax:   (410)706-6387
Admissions/Student Inquiry Phone:   (410)706-7721
Financial Aid Phone:   (410)706-7776
Web Address:
Program E-mail:
Mary M Rodgers, PT, PhD
  Accreditor:   Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  Carnegie Classification:   Special Focus Institutions--Medical schools and medical centers
  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Bachelor's degree, October 1958 (no longer offered) Master's degree, October 1996 (no longer offered) Doctor of Physical Therapy, October 2002
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2016
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Doctor of Physical Therapy
The Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science is housed in the Allied Health Professions Building, which is a state-of-the-art teaching and research facility. The program is supported by 18 full-time faculty, 35 adjunct faculty, 10 staff, and approximately 300 clinical affiliation sites. These sites provide a wide variety of educational experiences and specialty settings. Although affiliated institutions are located throughout the United States, they are clustered primarily in the mid-Atlantic area. The department maintains a well-equipped service learning center that provides physical therapy pro bono for the uninsured as well as very active and extensively equipped research labs for faculty and students. Additionally, the department operates a Distance Learning facility - complete with full motion and two-way interaction that links five sites internally (studio, large lecture hall, large adjacent labs, and a clinic), and multiple external sites. The Doctor of Physical Therapy is a three-year curriculum beginning in the summer session. The curriculum is integrated through the use of blocked courses, multidisciplinary team teaching and integrated patient content. In addition to the block format, course blocks are integrated by a series of "threads" inclusive of lifespan orientation, appropriate documentation, critical thinking, clinical-patient relevance, professional interaction, as well as individual and cultural differences. The first year of the program begins with a systems-oriented approach to the foundational sciences and is followed by instruction of clinically relevant, system-specific and age-appropriate examination and intervention skills. There are also blocks to include Professional Issues, Problem-Based Learning, Seminars for Evidence-Based Practice and Medical Issues. The second year of the program encompasses the second block of Medical Issues along with two blocks each of focused instruction on the Management of Musculoskeletal and Neuromuscular Disorders. Further, there is exposure to underserved patient populations, an additional block of Professional Issues, Seminars for Evidence-Based Practice and the opportunity for elective credits. Woven throughout this year are Integration Labs for Independent Practice, heightened patient exposure and clinical site visits to facilitate synthesis of all information presented thus far in the curriculum. Part-time affiliations introduce students to the clinical environment and provide the opportunity for them to practice their current clinical skills. Summary competencies must be successfully passed by students prior to entering the third academic year. Year three is dedicated to 40 weeks of practical experience in a variety of clinical settings. The 40 weeks are subdivided into four separate clinical affiliations. During these fulltime clinical affiliations, the student has the opportunity to integrate knowledge gained from courses and to expand skills in evaluation, treatment, and interpersonal communication. Each student is required to have experience in general acute care, out-patient care, rehabilitation and an elective (specialty or other setting).
Of the 18 full-time faculty members, 14 hold post-professional doctoral degrees, four are certified as clinical specialists, and 10 are engaged in clinical practice. Over the past 3 years, the full-time faculty have averaged a total of 23 publications in peer-reviewed journals per year. The ratio of full-time faculty-to-students is 17.
The 3-year DPT program admits 50-58 students each year from an applicant pool of 200-300. Total enrollment at any point is approximately 150, 10-20% of whom are out-of-state students. Each admitted class is diverse in culture, gender, age and background.
The 3-year average prerequisite grade point for admission is 3.50. Please refer to the above website or UMB’s current department brochure for complete admissions details. The Entry-Level Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) is conferred in May for eligible students in their third year. 64% of qualified applicants are admitted to the program (3-year average).
90% of admitted students graduate from the program (3-year average); 94% of the graduates passed the licensure exam on the first try (2-year average); and 100% of those program graduates responding to surveys are employed (3-year average)..
In 2004, the first-year (12 months) estimated cost of tuition is $16,608 for in-state students. Tuition for out-of-state students is $29,616. Additional costs include fees ($1,090) and books ($1,600). Department merit scholarships include the Florence Kendall award, the Hobart Scholarship the Pekar-Able Award, and the Diversity Award. Details are available on the department website. Approximately 50% of the students receive some type of financial aid on an as-needed basis from various sources. The campus central Financial Aid Office handles all students. For additional information, contact the Student Financial Aid Office at 410/706-7347.
The University of Maryland, Baltimore includes six professional schools: Medicine, Law, Social Work, Nursing, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Graduate. Two Allied Health programs, Physical Therapy and Medical and Research Technology, are departments within the School of Medicine (SOM). A third Allied Health program, Dental Hygiene, is a department within the School of Dentistry. UMB’s Health Sciences and Human Services Library has new, state of the art facilities and currently is ranked among the top 25 medical libraries in the country. UMB boasts an extensive array of interdisciplinary professional associations and mechanisms for faculty and student collaboration. The University of Maryland Medical Center is the primary teaching facility of the SOM, consisting of a private, non-profit system of teaching hospitals. The University Hospital, the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, and the University of Maryland Cancer Center form the Medical System’s 747-bed facility downtown. The James Lawrence Kernan Hospital is a 40-bed acute care medical facility affiliated with the University that offers inpatient and outpatient services. The University of Maryland at Baltimore offers apartment-style accommodations for students. For information, contact: The Division of Residence Life; University of Maryland, Baltimore, 621 W Lombard Street, Baltimore, MD 21201-1082. There are more than 5,000 currently enrolled students, with 4,700 faculty and staff. The BWI Airport is approximately 20 minutes from the university. Many bus routes serve the campus. The Pennsylvania Train Station (Amtrak) is approximately 20 minutes from campus, while The Camden Yards Train Station (MARC and Baltimore’s Light-Rail) is approximately five minutes from campus.