Wayne State University

Information about Physical Therapist program at Wayne State University



Wayne State University (D6, F1, PU)

Last Updated by Program: 08/29/2005
Address:   Physical Therapy Program
Department of Health Care Sciences
Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Room 2246
Wayne State University
Detroit, MI 48201
Phone:   (313)577-1432
Fax:   (313)577-8685
Admissions/Student Inquiry Phone:   (313)577-1716
Financial Aid Phone:   (313)577-1719
Web Address:   http://pt.wayne.edu
Program E-mail:   ae7647@wayne.edu
Thomas Birk, PT, PhD
Chair and Associate Professor
  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 1967 (no longer offered) Master’s degree, May 1996 DPT degree, September 2005
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2009
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Master of Physical Therapy (no longer admitting students) Doctor of Physical Therapy
Each new class starts the professional program in September and graduates in December after three and one half professional years (10 semesters). The professional program consists of a one-year undergraduate phase and a two and one-half-year graduate school phase. A Bachelor of Health Sciences degree is available after the first professional year is completed. Students are eligible for the DPT degree after completion of the remaining seven graduate level terms. Clinical education and didactic courses are integrated during the first three years. Students have at least 4 weeks off each summer. Students should expect to spend 18-29 hours in class each week for didactic course work and 40 hours per week during full-time clinical education courses. There are 40 weeks of full time clinical experiences throughout the program including 28 weeks following the completion of all didactic courses. A thesis is not required but students must complete a group research project. The program has 6 full-time faculty, 4 part-time faculty, and numerous guest instructors from the Medical School, the Department of Health Care Sciences and the physical therapy and healthcare communities.
In addition to numerous half-day clinical experiences integrated with didactic course work, the first-year professional students participate in a clinical applications course integrated two ½-days per week during the Spring Term. A second clinical applications course integrates clinical experiences with didactic courses two ½-days per week during the Fall Term of the second year. At the conclusion of the second professional year, students participate in three 4-week clinical experiences. Following the completion of the didactic program, each student participates in two 14-week clinical experiences. The vast majority of clinical experiences are within the tri-county metropolitan Detroit area. Students are required to participate in a variety of clinical settings. Additional opportunities are available across the state and in other parts of the US and Canada.
There are six full-time and four part-time faculty members as well as numerous adjunct and cooperating faculty. 5 core faculty members hold post-professional doctoral degrees, one is completing the dissertation phase of PhD study, one has a clinical doctorate and one is completing a clinical doctorate degree. Two faculty are certified clinical specialists. All faculty are actively engaged in scholarly activity and averaged one publications per year in peer-reviewed journals. The current faculty to student ratio is 1:9.94
The university is primarily a commuter school with an enrollment of approximately 34,000 students of diverse culture, gender, and age. The physical therapy program accepts 32 students per year. Approximately 20% are transfer students and 10% are Canadian residents
Students must possess an overall and science grade point average of 3.00 to be eligible to apply for admission to the physical therapy program. Prerequisite courses are very specific and include biology, chemistry, physics, math, psychology and liberal arts to ensure a depth and breadth of educational preparation. A minimum of 90 credit hours of pre-requisite work is required for enrollment in the physical therapy program. Current first aid and CPR certification is required. Access the program website for specific program prerequisites. Application deadline is January 15 of each year for admission the following Fall Term.
87% of admitted students graduate from the program (3-year average), 100% are employed (3-year average) and have an 83% first-time pass rate on the national licensure exam (Michigan 3-year average was 81% and national 3-year average was 80%) with an ultimate pass rate of 100%.
For the 2005-06 academic year, tuition and fees are estimated to be $16,158 for in-state students and $32,936 for out-of-state students. There is no additional fee/credit assessed. The estimated tuition and fees for 3.5 years of the professional program is $49,500 for in-state students and $100,800 for out-of-state students. The University has a Good Neighbor Policy for residents of Ontario, Canada and of Fulton, Lucas, Ottawa and Williams counties in Ohio. Students residing in these areas pay in-state tuition fees. Students spend approximately $250 per term for books. Financial aid is available for students who qualify through the university's Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid as well as endowed scholarships and a fellowship through the Physical Therapy Program
The Wayne State University Campus is located centrally in a dynamic multi-cultural metropolitan area. Although a large percentage of the undergraduate students commute to the campus, a variety of on and off-campus living arrangements are available. The University has built three residence halls during the past four years. One resident hall has designated floors exclusively for graduate students. Students can participate in a multitude of cultural, entertainment, and athletic opportunities.