University of Missouri-Columbia

Information about Physical Therapist program at University of Missouri-Columbia



University of Missouri-Columbia (D6, F1, PU)

Last Updated by Program: 03/07/2007
Address:   Department of Physical Therapy
School of Health Professions
University of Missouri - Columbia
106 Lewis Hall
Columbia, MO 65211
Phone:   (573)882-7103
Fax:   (573)884-8369
Web Address:
Program E-mail:
Marian A Minor, PT, PhD
  Accreditor:   Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  Carnegie Classification:   Research Universities (very high research activity)
  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Bachelor’s degree, March 1965 (no longer offered) Master’s degree, May 1998 (no longer admitting students) Doctoral degree, March 2007
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2011
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Doctor of Physical Therapy
The 3-year professional curriculum averages 20 class hours per week during the fall and winter semesters. Three summer sessions are included. The last three semesters are offered in 8-week blocks with clinical education alternating with problem-based learning activities. Graduation is in May.
Clinical education is available at more than 150 affiliating institutions located throughout the United States. Diverse clinical settings, including rural opportunities, are scheduled in order to prepare the graduate for a wide range of employment options. Qualifying students may design a unique clinical rotation to meet specific interests.
There are eleven full-time and six part-time faculty members. Five of the full-time faculty hold post-professional doctoral degrees, two are certified as clinical specialists and two are doctoral candidates. Faculty members are engaged in active research programs, present at scientific conferences and publish regularly in peer-reviewed journals. The faculty to student ratio is 1:11.
Total enrollment for the university is 26,000 students. The Department of Physical Therapy accepts up to 40 students per year. Transfer students are admitted at the beginning of the professional program.
Admission is competitive, and is separate from admission to the University. A bachelor’s degree, or at least 90 completed college credits with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher is required for consideration for admission to the professional program. The grade point average of recently accepted classes has been 3.5. Applicants must submit GRE scores. Prerequisites include approximately 5 semester hours in each: biology, chemistry, and physiology; and 8 semester hours of physics. Additional science, mathematics, and social sciences are also required. Applications must be postmarked on or before January 24th. Application materials are available on the Department website or may be requested after October 1. Applicants with a bachelor’s degree must also apply to the Graduate School.
98% of admitted students graduate from the program (3-year average); 100% of the graduates passed the licensure exam (3-year average); and 99% of those program graduates responding to surveys are employed (3-year average).
In-state undergraduate tuition and SHP Professional fees for the 2005-06 academic year are $325 a credit hour for Missouri residents ($486 credit/hour for non-residents). There are also charges for student health, activity and recreation and computer fees. The cost for room and board for undergraduates is about $6,220. Books and supplies total about $1,500, and clinical education travel to four sites for 6-12 weeks average about $2,500. The Office of Financial Aid (573/882-7506) addresses all questions regarding loans, scholarships, and work-study options. You may also access the web site at . The office is located at 11 Jesse Hall, Columbia, Missouri, 65211.
"Mizzou" was established in Columbia in 1839 as the first public university in the Louisiana Purchase Territory. The university is made up of 19 schools and colleges, is a member of the Asociation of American Universities (AAU), and is one of the most complete institutions in the nation. Physical Therapy is in the newest free-standing entity-the School of Health Professions. MU is the state's premier public institution for graduate and professional training including medicine, law, veterinary medicine, nursing, and health professions. As a land-grant institution, the university offers a wide range of majors and extension programs. It is internationally known for its School of Journalism. Dormitory, Greek, and off-campus housing are available. Recreational and library facilities are outstanding. The university is part of the Big Twelve intercollegiate and intramural sports programs.