University of Michigan - Flint

Information about Physical Therapist program at University of Michigan - Flint




University of Michigan - Flint (A4, D6, F1, F4, PU)

Last Updated by Program: 08/05/2004
Address:   Physical Therapy Department
School of Health Professions and Studies
University of Michigan - Flint
2157 William S. White Building
303 E. Kearsley
Flint, MI 48502-1950
Phone:   (810)762-3373
Fax:   (810)766-6668
Admissions/Student Inquiry Phone:   (810)762-3373
Financial Aid Phone:   (810)762-3444
Web Address:
Program E-mail:
Donna Fry, PT, PhD
Associate Professor and Interim Director
  Accreditor:   Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  Carnegie Classification:   Master's Colleges and Universities (medium programs)
  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Bachelor's degree, November 1929 (no longer offered) Master's degree, September 1988
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2010
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Doctor of Physical Therapy
The University offers a three-year professional preparation program. The Professional Doctor of Physical (DPT) program prepares graduates educated in all areas of current physical therapy practice to enter the field as competent general physical therapy practitioners. Graduates are prepared to assume the roles to practice within the contemporary parameters of physical therapy practice, prepared to assume roles consistent with various practice patterns throughout the United States, provided with skills and knowledge to adapt to future practice patterns, and encouraged to be lifelong learners including but not limited to the use of current technology in the learning process. The graduates are prepared for discharging their duties and responsibilities to the recipients of their services in a manner which promotes optimal health and function for the recipients, and enhances the profession of physical therapy, and the public health and welfare of the patient/client served.
Clinical education is an important aspect of the program. Initial exposure to clinical practice occurs in the first semester of the program. Clinical education is integrated throughout the educational program. Following satisfactory completion of all didactic courses, students engage in three, 8-week full time clinical rotations throughout Michigan and the United States. Students must complete at least one clinical rotation in an in-patient or acute care setting. Options for a specialty rotation are available.
There are nine full-time faculty members. Four of the full-time faculty hold post-professional doctoral degrees, two are in the process of completing their doctoral degree. Three faculty are certified as clinical specialists and are engaged in clinical practice. The faculty are actively engaged in scholarship including funded projects and contribute to the profession through numerous state, national, and international presentations.
Sixty-three hundred students representing diversity in backgrounds, gender, and age are enrolled. The physical therapy program admits 36 full-time and two part-time students yearly.
Students may seek admission to the professional doctor of physical therapy (DPT) program upon completion of all prerequisite courses. For admission commencing 2006, all candidates must provide evidence of an earned baccalaureate degree and have completed the prerequisites for admission. In the meantime, applicants who hold an earned baccalaureate degree and who have met all prerequisites or applicants who have met all prerequisites and who have completed work toward a major with both lower and upper division courses will be given preference for admission. Application deadline for early admission is November 20th. Eligible applicants will have an overall prerequisite and science prerequisite GPA of 3.0. Application deadline for standard admission is February 15th. Eligible applications will have an overall prerequisite and science prerequisite GPA of 2.5. Applications are accepted from qualified University of Michigan Flint (UM-Flint) and transfer students. UM-Flint also offers a part-time course of study that, if completed, will fulfill requirements for the professional DPT. The part-time program is specifically designed to accommodate students who are unable or who otherwise choose not to attend the university on a full-time basis. Prerequisites include: Basic Statistics (PSY 301) OR General Statistics (SOC 215) OR Biostatistics (BIO 301); General Chemistry for Health Sciences (CHM 150); Chemistry Laboratory for Health Sciences (CHM 151); Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry (CHM. 220); Introductory Biochemistry (CHM 350); Organismal Biology (BIO 111); Principles of Biology (BIO 113); Cell Biology (BIO 326); Mammalian Physiology (BIO 432) OR Anatomy and Physiology I and II (BIO 167 and 168); 2 courses in psychology; 1 course in sociology; Pre-calculus Mathematics (MATH 120); College Physics I (PHY 143); College Physics II (PHY 145); Using a Computer System I (CSC 121) AND Word Processing (CSC 123). Please be advised that prerequisites are being changed for those students applying in 2006. Please check our web page for the listing.
89% of admitted students graduate from the program (3-year average); 99% of the graduates passed the licensure exam (3-year average); 100% of those program graduates responding to surveys are employed (3-year average).
Tuition and fees for the 2004-05 academic year are $12,414.50 for in-state students and $13,673.50 for out-of-state students. Students also pay a $35.00/per credit hour fee for physical therapy courses. Seventy-five percent of the students receive financial aid. Scholarships are available to physical therapy students. For further information, contact the Financial Aid Office at 810/762-3444.
All students live off campus where there is an ample supply of rentals in a wide price range. For further information about off-campus living, please visit the following web site:   . The campus has an active intramural sports program and a variety of service and special interest clubs. Because all students must have transportation, parking is readily accessible. The University of Michigan-Flint is part of the University of Michigan system, thus, students have access to all UM-Flint resources as well as many of those of the Ann Arbor and Dearborn campuses. The campus is readily accessible by I-75 and the Bishop International Airport as well as major metropolitan cities and all season recreation and sports venues.