Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy
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Physical Therapy

Pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program at ULM will focus on addressing health disparities and meeting the needs of rural communities. If approved, the first cohort of students will matriculate in August 2022. The DPT program strives to develop diverse, high functioning practitioners and leaders who will partner with community members to produce meaningful and sustainable change.

The American Physical Therapy Association states that “physical therapists (PTs) are movement experts who optimize quality of life through prescribed exercise, hands-on care, and patient education.” Students who pursue a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree can work in a variety of settings including: 

  • Outpatient clinics or private practices

  • Sports, fitness and wellness centers

  • Occupational or workplace environments

  • Home health care and Hospice

  • Rehabilitation hospitals

  • Sub-acute rehabilitation facilities

  • Extended care centers, nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities

  • Government facilities for civilians and military personnel

  • Educational settings such as preschools and vocational schools

  • Research facilities

  • Primary care facilities

Physical therapists don’t just work as clinicians. You will find physical therapists working as educators, healthcare administrators, researchers, information technologists, and many other positions. 

Our ability to integrate large amounts of information helps to position physical therapists as valuable members of any team. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “employment of physical therapists is projected to grow 22 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations.” The Louisiana Workforce Commission estimates that between now and 2024 approximately 980 openings for physical therapists will occur in Louisiana.

Come join our program and be part of our vision to serve as a model of excellence for workforce development and research addressing movement-related health disparities.

Cost of Attendance & More

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COST & FINANCING

Physical Therapy in Photos

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lecture physical therapy
student patient interaction

What sets us apart?

Small cohort size

Anticipated cohort size of 40 students for individualized attention

Rural health and health disparities focus

The DPT program will have a rural health and disparities focus that will allow students to examine and research inequities in healthcare, especially in the Southern United States. 

Physical therapy curriculum that allows for life-work-study balance

The DPT curriculum allows for students to study and also have time for work and family. DPT faculty are understanding that students must have the ability to balance life with academics. 

Integration of science and art into the DPT curriculum for enhanced learning 

The DPT program curriculum integrates courses, like science and art, to allow the student to become a well-rounded physical therapist. 

Client interaction will start in the second semester for the early development of professional skills

DPT students will have the ability to get experiential learning in the clinic starting during their second semester. This early development of clinical skills will give our therapists the advantage of practical training in addition to the classroom coursework. 

 

Collaborative student-faculty research opportunities

Research is a priority of the DPT curriculum and faculty. Students will have ample opportunity to work with faculty members on research to enhance their skills as a practitioner as well as scholar. 

Here are a few of the top careers in this field:

  • Clinician
  • Administrator
  • Researcher
  • Educator 
  • Entrepreneur
  • Information Technologist

 

We are currently working with community members to develop our curriculum. We anticipate 38 courses for a total of 95 credit hours. Cohorts will start in the fall semester and graduate eight semesters later in May. More details to come soon. 

 

The healthcare field requires teamwork and excellent communication skills. Our students will actively participate in the ULM Interprofessional Education and Practice activities on the campus. Also, we are exploring study abroad opportunities for our DPT students. 

For financial aid information, please visit https://www.ulm.edu/financialaid/

DPT students have the ability to apply for graduate assistantships. Visit the ULM Graduate Assistantship website for more information. 

Accreditation

The University of Louisiana Monroe is seeking approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to offer the Doctor of Physical Therapy and accreditation of a new physical therapist education program from the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) with an intended matriculation date of August 2022.

Approval is pending with SACSCOC and is required before a program can be offered. The program is planning to submit an Application for Candidacy to CAPTE in March 2022, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status from CAPTE is required prior to implementation of the professional phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in professional courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.

Graduation from a physical therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone; 703-706-3245; accreditation@apta.org is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.

Admission

Preparing for a Doctorate in Physical Therapy

Application Process

We are anticipating that applications will be available in August 2021 and due October 1, 2021 pending CAPTE and SACSCOC approval. Applications will be available on our website. Students will receive interview notifications no later than January 15, 2022. Interviews will be held the week of April 11, 2022. Students will be notified of provisional acceptance into the program during the first week of May 2022. Students will be notified of the August matriculation date in July 2022 pending approval from CAPTE for the program to transition to Candidate for Accreditation status. We anticipate the charter cohort will start classes in August 2022 and graduate May 2025 contingent upon CAPTE and SACSCOC approvals.

Admission Requirements 

Students entering the program will be expected to meet the following criteria: 

  • An earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.  

  • Minimum undergraduate cumulative or most recent 60 semester credit hours GPA of 3.00 (using a 4.0 scale)   

  • Minimum prerequisite GPA of 3.00 (using a 4.0 scale).  

  • Two letters of recommendation, including one letter from a physical therapist and one letter from either an educator or a community leader.  

  • At least 30 hours of paid or volunteer physical therapy observation or experience supervised by a licensed physical therapist. If multiple sites are used, a minimum of 8 hours is required per site.

  • Complete all prerequisite courses with a grade of C or better.

Prerequisite Courses (credit hours)

Science and mathematics: Chemistry with laboratory for science majors (8), Biology with laboratory for science majors (8), Physics with laboratory for science majors (8), Advanced biology sophomore level or higher (3), Human anatomy and physiology with laboratory separate or combined courses (8), Mathematics college algebra or higher (6), Statistics (3)

Non-Science: English composition (6), Advanced English composition or technical writing (3), Psychology (6), Public speaking (3)

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