Walsh University

Information about Physical Therapist program at Walsh University




Walsh University (A4, D6, F1, PR)

Last Updated by Program: 08/18/2004
Address:   Division of Physical Therapy
Walsh University
2020 East Maple Street
North Canton, OH 44720-3396
Phone:   (330)490-7286
Fax:   (330)490-7371
Admissions/Student Inquiry Phone:   (330)490-7286
Financial Aid Phone:   (330)490-7147
Web Address:   http://www.walsh.edu/graduate/content.php?sid=3563&cid=210
Program E-mail:   sbemis@walsh.edu
Susan A Bemis, PT, EdD
  Accreditor:   Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  Carnegie Classification:   Master's Colleges and Universities (smaller programs)
  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Masters degree, November 2000; DPT degree, April 2007
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2015
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Master of Science in Physical Therapy (no longer admitting students); Doctor of Physical Therapy
The Walsh University Physical Therapy curriculum, an intensive 2-year program including summers, leads to a Master of Science Degree in Physical Therapy. In support of the University’s mission, the physical therapy program stresses service to diverse populations, especially under-served and under-insured communities. Required coursework builds upon a foundation of basic sciences and problem-solving skills. Students gain knowledge and develop skills in teaching and scientific inquiry as well as physical therapy patient diagnosis and intervention. The clinical science course sequence uses a case-study approach to foster student learning. Students are required to perform original research and present their work prior to graduation.
Student physical therapists at Walsh University complete three full-time clinical experiences (two 8-week and one 10-week) integrated throughout the curriculum beginning in late Spring of the first year. Sites for clinical experiences are located throughout the U.S., but primarily in Ohio and surrounding states.
The core faculty includes six full-time faculty members. In addition, there are 2 part-time adjunct faculty members, and a number of clinical faculty guest lectures that contribute to the students' education. Of the full-time faculty 75% hold post-professional doctoral degrees, two have obtained specialist certification from the ABPTS and 75% engage in clinical practice on a regular basis. The faculty to student ratio is 1:9.
Walsh University enrolls 1800+ students in its undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The physical therapy division enrolls up to 24 students in each class for a total enrollment of 48 students.
Over the past three years, the program received an average of 36 applications per year. Applicants who meet the qualifications for enrollment are invited to campus for an information session that includes an oral and a written interview. Admission requirements include a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university; cumulative prerequisite course quality point average (QPA) and overall QPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale; evidence of service to the community; and volunteer hours in three different physical therapy settings. Prerequisite course requirements include 1 year in each: biology, chemistry, and physics; and at least 1 course each in: psychology, statistics, exercise physiology, and human physiology. Applicants must submit: GRE scores (analytical writing, quantitative, verbal--used as part of total process; prefer minimum score of 400 quantitative & verbal and 3.5 for writing sample), and three letters of recommendation (2 Academic, 1 Health Care Professional or other personal reference). Additional Requirements (Technical Standards): Beyond the stated admission requirements, students matriculating into the physical therapy division at Walsh University must exhibit: 1) Adequate gross and fine motor ability to safely perform patient examination and intervention procedures; 2). Adequate visual, auditory, tactile and kinesthetic senses to obtain accurate examination and investigative findings; 3) Ability to think critically and solve problems; 4) Ability to effectively communicate (oral, nonverbal and written); 5) Ability to organize and effectively manage tasks; 6) Adaptability to perform tasks with persons from diverse backgrounds in a variety of settings. The program enrolls students in the fall only. The division offers rolling admissions until class filled. Please direct all inquiries to the Walsh University admission office (330-490-7172). Overall QPAs for the class entering Fall 2004 ranged from 3.0 - 4.0 with a mean overall QPA of 3.60. Prerequisite QPAs ranged from 3.0 - 4.0 with a mean prerequisite QPA of 3.53. Additional program details available on the Walsh University web page: http://www.walsh.edu/maincategory.php?cid=1.
98.5% of enrolled students graduate from the program (3-year average); 96.3% of graduates obtain their license to practice (3-year average); and, 98.3% of those program graduates responding to surveys obtain a position as a physical therapist within 6 months of graduation (3-year average).
Tuition and fees for the 2004 – 2005 academic year are: Application Fee (Payable one time upon application for admission; non-refundable $50.00; Physical Therapy Program Tuition (per academic semester--3 per year) $9,083.00 per semester; Student Liability Insurance $40.00 per year; Lab Fees $320.00 per year; Books, lab equipment (estimated) $1050.00 ($700 year one and $350 year two); APTA Student Membership (American Physical Therapy Association—not required) $50.00/year
Established In 1958 by the Brothers of Christian Instruction, a religious order of the Roman Catholic Church, Walsh University was named for the late Bishop Emmet M. Walsh, of the Youngstown diocese. Walsh University's beautiful, tree-lined suburban campus includes 60 acres of well-tended lawns surrounding Blouin Peace Park, a monument to the traditions of peace and justice that have helped to shape the spirit of Walsh. Walsh University is located just north of Canton, Ohio, a city of about 84,000, with a wide variety of choices for cultural, recreational and athletic activities, as well as dining and shopping. Canton is home of the Professional Football Hall of Fame, as well as the McKinley National Memorial, honoring our 25th President, who called Canton home. The city also has its own symphony orchestra, art institute, civic opera, theatre guild and ballet. Akron is located just 20 miles north of campus, and Cleveland is within an hour's drive. Walsh University does not offer graduate housing - most graduate students find apartments to rent within a short drive of campus.