University of Massachusetts Lowell

Information about Physical Therapist program at University of Massachusetts Lowell




University of Massachusetts Lowell (A4, D6, F1, PU)

Last Updated by Program: 03/28/2007
Address:   Department of Physical Therapy
Weed Hall
University of Massachusetts Lowell
3 Solomont Way, Suite 5
Lowell, MA 01854-5095
Phone:   (978)934-4517
Fax:   (978)934-3006
Admissions/Student Inquiry Phone:   (978)934-2390
Financial Aid Phone:   (978)934-4220
Web Address:
Program E-mail:
Susan B O'Sullivan, PT, EdD
  Accreditor:   New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc./Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
  Carnegie Classification:   Doctoral/Research Universities
  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Bachelor's degree, March 1981 (no longer offered) Master's degree, September 1990 (no longer offered) DPT degree, May 2002
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2010
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Doctor of Physical Therapy
The DPT program is a three-year post-baccalaureate program that prepares graduates for entry into the profession of physical therapy. The curriculum provides a comprehensive foundation in the art and science of physical therapy. Methods of instruction include classroom lecture and discussion, small group/problem-based learning, and skill development during laboratory and clinical experiences. Emphasis is placed on the development of clinical decision-making and critical inquiry skills across the curriculum, culminating in completion of a Final Research Project (done in small groups) that meets peer review standards for presentation and/or publication. Graduate Coordinator: Barbara Cocanour, PhD (978) 934 4413  E-mail:
The clinical education program consists of 35 weeks (four extended clinical education experiences eight weeks in length and two shorter integrated experiences, one and two weeks in length). Students experience a variety of practice settings and patient populations in preparation for general practice and select sites from a total of approximately 300 agencies. These generally include one acute care hospital, one rehabilitation hospital, and one specialty area clinical experience.
There are 10 full-time and three part-time faculty members. All of the full-time faculty hold post-professional doctoral degrees; four are certified as clinical specialists (Cardiopulmonary, Orthopedics, Hand, Geriatrics). Faculty regularly engage in clinical practice, research, and community service. The faculty to student ratio is 1:10.
Total enrollment in the University is 12,034. Thirty students are accepted into the physical therapy program annually for a total enrollment of 90 students. The department offers an undergraduate major in exercise physiology that provides all of the required prerequisites for admission into the physical therapy program. Highly qualified undergraduates (3.5 overall GPA, 3.5 science GPA) may be admitted into the DPT program at the end of the junior year.
Requirements for admission into the DPT program include: a baccalaureate degree with a minimum overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 and a minimum science GPA of 3.0; Graduate Record Examination (GRE); three letters of reference (one from a physical therapist); documentation of 35 hours of physical therapy experience; personal interview upon invitation of the department. Prerequisites include: 3 semester hours each of psychology, statistics; 8 semester hours each of anatomy and physiology, physics, and chemistry (with labs).; 8 semester hours each of exercise physiology and kinesiology (with labs). Evidence of computer literacy is expected
3-year average (2004-2006); 96% of admitted students graduate from the program. 81% of the graduates passed the licensure exam on the first try; 95% overall. 100% of those program graduates responding to surveys are employed within 6 months.
For 2006-2007, fees/tuition per semester for in-state students is $5,308; for out-of-state students is $10,497. Additional information is available through the Financial Aid Office (978) 934-4220
The University has available housing (on and off campus), health insurance, counseling, meal plans, campus recreation center, and sporting activities.