Why a Clinical Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy?
According to the American Physical Therapy Assoc. (APTA), the projected future of the profession is that "by 2020, physical therapy will be provided by physical therapists that are doctors of physical therapy. Earning a clinical degree or doctorate puts you on the cutting edge of this trend.
Why Study Physical Therapy at Andrews University?
Andrews University offers a clinical entry-level doctorate in physical therapy. This program prepares students to take the physical therapists licensure exam and to work as a member of the healthcare team. The DPT program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).
While you can receive quality PT education at many of schools across the nation, there are three very important features built in to our entry-level program that sets us apart:
A Christian approach to healthcare:
Everything we do is integrated with our mission of Uniting Christianity with Healthcare Education. Every aspect of learning and interaction with faculty and clinicians is integrated with the goal to serve more than just the physical needs of patients.
Non-competitive Learning environment:
Andrews PT students are not in competition with any classmate for grades or ranking. Class members are encouraged to be supportive and help each other succeed. We believe this not only reflects our Christian philosophy of education but is also more representative of clinical expectations after graduation.
Caring Family-like atmosphere:
Our faculty, staff, and students care about each other. You will be surrounded by people who want you to succeed. It's satisfying to know that even though you will be investing a considerable amount of time, money, and energy into your professional education, you will have a support system.
What percentage of the faculty have doctorate degrees?
All of our Physical Therapy Department faculty hold doctoral degrees or are currently completing one. All faculty are specialists in the area they teach.
Are the Physical Therapy faculty involved in current research?
Yes, all of our faculty are involved in research and have also presented at state, regional and national meetings. Each year faculty present at the annual APTA Conference or Combined Sections Meeting. Faculty have published in a diversity of journals, including the Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy, Journal of Physical Therapy Education, Journal of Manipulative Physiological Therapy, and the Journal of the Section on Women’s Health.
Are students involved in research?
All PT students are involved in research however their focus is not to become researchers, but to be good consumers of research. Yes each student completes a research project and several of them actually go on to present them at state or national conferences. However, presenting their research at this level is not required, only encouraged.
What is the average class size?
Andrews University enrolls 40 Doctor of Physical Therapy students per year. We are more interested in producing "quality" graduates, not quantity.
How long is your program?
The DPT program is 3 full years in length. Year 1 is mostly classroom study, followed by a 4 week Clinical Practicum. During year 3 you will complete two 8 week Clinical Internships and one 9 week and one 10 week Clinical Internships.
What is the required GPA and GRE of students applying?
Applicants must have a 3.2 GPA minimum in both life/physical sciences and general courses to be eligible and a 3.4 GPA to be competitive. A minimum Verbal and Quantiative score of 142 each is required, and minimum Writing score of 3.0.
When do I need to complete my prerequisite coursework?
Prerequisite coursework does not have to be completed before applying, however all coursework must be completed before entering into the DPT program. If you have any questions about prerequisite coursework, please contact Jillian Panigot, our Admissions Director at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 1-800-827-2878.
How many hours of Clinical Observation is required?
Students must complete a minimum of 80 observation hours supervised by a licensed physical therapist in at least 2 different settings; at least 20 hours must be in an inpatient setting. See PTCAS. for a copy of an Observation Hour Verification form.
Can I take the PT prerequisite courses at your institution?
Yes, we have three tracks for admission into the Andrews University DPT program. To find out more about these tracks, click here.
Although a degree is not required for acceptance into the DPT program, applicants holding a baccalaureate (bachelor) or advanced degree are encouraged to apply.
Can I take PT perquisite courses at a community college or any other University?
Yes, you may take the AUPT prerequisite coursework at any accredited college or University. Please contact our Admissions Director if you have any questions.
Is there an application deadline?
All applicants applying for admissions to the Doctor of Physical Therapy entry program must apply through PTCAS. This can be done between July 1 and October 15 of each admissions cycle. Instructions for submitting the PTCAS application are available on the PTCAS website (www.ptcas.org).
Will I be able to work while I'm in school?
Some students choose to work part-time, while many find they need the time to study. It is a personal choice however you might want to wait to make that choice until after you assess your progress once in the DPT program.
Do I need to be a member of your church?
No, however if you are looking for a program that promotes Christian principles and values, the Physical Therapy program at Andrews University is designed to meet your needs personally and professionally.
Is there on Campus housing?
Yes, Andrews University offers on campus housing, both in dormitories and student apartments. If needed, we can also assist students in finding roommates for off campus housing.
What is the job placement rate?
100% of our Doctor of Physical Therapy graduates find jobs within six weeks of graduation; most are offered jobs before they graduate. Starting salaries range from $53-86,000 per year.
How do I get an application?
The DPT program at Andrews University participates in the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS). All applicants applying for admissions to the Doctor of Physical Therapy entry program must apply through PTCAS. We recommend that you call the Physical Therapy department at (800) 827-2878 to confirm that we have received your application from PTCAS.
If I would like to visit your campus, whom should I contact?
Contact Enrollment Services office at 800-253-2874, to set up a visit. We look forward to meeting you and sharing information about our DPT Program!