University of North Dakota

Information about Physical Therapist program at University of North Dakota




University of North Dakota (D6, F1, PU)

Last Updated by Program: 03/14/2007
Address:   Department of Physical Therapy
School of Medicine and Health Sciences
University of North Dakota
P.O. Box 9037
501 North Columbia Road
Grand Forks, ND 58202-9037
Phone:   (701)777-2831
Fax:   (701)777-4199
Web Address:
Program E-mail:
Thomas M Mohr, PT, PhD
Professor and Chair
  Accreditor:   Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  Carnegie Classification:   Research Universities (high research activity)
  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Bachelor's degree, February 1970 (no longer offered) Master's degree, October 1991 (no longer offered) DPT degree, April 2002
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2006
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Doctor of Physical Therapy
The mission of the program is to prepare physical therapists for clinical practice. The program offers students research opportunities in several areas, with an emphasis on biomechanics and motor control. The didactic portion of the program is a combination of lecture/discussion and laboratories with some problem-based learning. The Department of Physical Therapy has 9 full-time and 5 part-time faculty members. Students begin the program in August and can expect to spend approximately 30 hours per week in lecture and laboratory sessions and 36 weeks in clinical experiences throughout the course of the program. Students have two semesters of didactic work, followed by an 8-week summer session between the first and second professional years. During the fall semester of the second year, students take part in full-time clinical experiences. The student is then back on campus for didactic work during the second semester. The summer session between the second and third year is spent doing didactic work. The first semester of the third year is spent doing didactic course work. The student then spends the second semester of the third year in full-time clinical experiences. Each student must complete a collaborative, scholarly project during his/her third year based on a research project. The degree is awarded in May at the completion of the third year.
During the first semester of the second year, the student is in a full-time clinical experience (two 9-week clinical experiences) at one of the 290+ clinical experience sites located throughout the country that are currently under contract with UND-PT. During the second semester of the third year, the student has two full-time, 9-week clinical experiences. Clinical experience during the third year is directed toward the student's area of interest in physical therapy. Total clinical time for the student consists of 36 weeks (1440 hours). Students are required to complete one experience in an acute/general hospital setting, one experience in a rehabilitation/extended care facility, and one specialization experience ranging from sports medicine to pediatrics.
There are 9 full-time and 5 part-time faculty members. Of the 9 full-time faculty, 8 hold post professional doctoral degrees, 2 are certified as clinical specialists, and 7 are engaged in clinical practice. The faculty to student ratio is 1:16.
The University of North Dakota has a total enrollment of about 12,000 (50% male, 50% female). There are 48 students in each physical therapy class. In 2003, there were 70-screened applicants. Transfer students and non-resident students are accepted.
Acceptance to the University of North Dakota does not constitute acceptance into the physical therapy program. The physical therapy application and selection process is entirely separate from the University's application mechanism. Requests for application to the physical therapy program must be made directly to the Department of Physical Therapy or downloaded off the department website. Advancement to graduate status, upon completion of the first professional year, will be automatic, assuming adequate progress is made during the first and second professional year. Applications are available for dissemination December 1 through March 1, and selections are conducted after March 1. University of North Dakota graduation requirements include 9 semester hours in each: arts and humanities, social science, science, math, and technology; 12 semester hours of science; 8 semester hours in each: biology, chemistry, and physics; 6 semester hours of composition; 4 semester hours in each: developmental psychology and human physiology; and 3 semester hours in each: introduction to sociology, general psychology, human anatomy, abnormal psychology, and public speaking. About 70% of qualified applicants are admitted to the program (3-year average).
99% of admitted students graduate from the program (3-year average); the weighted ultimate 3 year pass rate is 100%; and 100% of the program’s graduates responding to outcome surveys are employed (3-year average).
Resident tuition and fees are $13,069 per year (fall, spring and summer). Non-resident tuition and fees are $17,594 per year. Yearly room and board is approximately $4,100 for a double room. The average off-campus one-bedroom apartment rents for $350 per month, a two-bedroom apartment rents for $450 per month, and a three-bedroom rents for $650 per month. Financial aid is available to students who, without such help, would be unable to attend the University of North Dakota. To offer maximum assistance, awards often are made in the form of a financial aid "package" combining two or more different types of aid (loans, scholarships, grants or employment). Four different types of financial aid are available: employment; loans; scholarships; and grants. Most financial aid recipients may expect to receive more than one of these types of aid.
Dormitories, fraternity and sorority houses, and off-campus rentals are available to students. Intercollegiate athletic programs include Division I hockey, Division II football, men's and women's basketball, track and/or cross-country, women’s hockey, men's baseball, women's softball, swimming, diving, tennis, and golf. The city of Grand Forks, located in the heart of the Red River Valley of the North, has a population of approximately 50,000 people. The city of Grand Forks has two hospitals and three medical clinics and churches representing all major faiths and most denominations. The city, served by a major airline operating out of the International Airport, offers an exceptional variety of cultural opportunities. Grand Forks has 35 parks, five golf courses, five ice arenas, public swimming pools and tennis courts, and offers numerous outdoor opportunities.