Desired Qualifications Doctor of Physical Therapy Program Applicants
Since the physical therapist works closely with patients who are ill or physically challenged and in cooperation with diverse populations, high standards of conduct, as well as academic achievement, are necessary for success. Selection is made on the basis of academic record, aptitude, and personal qualifications. The Physical Therapy Department is committed in both its admissions process and its educational program to provide reasonable accommodations to maximize opportunities for students with disabilities. Admission is highly competitive. The following attributes enhance an applicant’s degree of competitiveness.
- Knowledge of the physical therapist’s role in health care.
- Ability to work with diverse populations.
- An academic record that displays consistent performance or improvement over time.
- Personal maturity reflected in the values of self-motivation, self-regulation, and accountability for actions.
- Effective written and verbal communication skills.
- Capacity and commitment to complete the professional program in the established time schedule, independent of personal obligations or responsibilities.
- Commitment to learning and adopting professional behaviors.
- Willingness to abide by the policies and procedures of the Physical Therapy Department and the School of Health Professions and Studies.
Part-Time Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
The University of Michigan-Flint offers a part-time course of study that, when completed, awards the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), the professional degree for professional practice. The part-time program is specifically designed to accommodate those students who are unable to or otherwise choose not to attend the University on a full-time basis.
Students are admitted in the fall semester only. Positions in the classes are assigned to those candidates ranking highest among the group eligible for consideration. The number of available part-time spaces in each class is limited.
The sequence of courses in the part-time program is predetermined. Since courses are scheduled according to many constraints in the overall program sequence, students in the parttime track may not elect and schedule courses to meet their own personal, employment, or other needs. The part-time program involves a reduced credit load per semester but not a limited number of days per week on campus.
General Part-time Student Guidelines
- Remain in part-time status (as defined by the University) for at least two years.
- Follow a predetermined part-time curriculum plan.
- Complete the professional DPT program within a 5 year period.
- Enroll full-time in Year 3.