Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy
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Physical Therapy

The University of Louisiana Monroe has received approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on College to offer the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program at ULM will focus on addressing health disparities and meeting the needs of rural communities. The University of Louisiana Monroe is seeking 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 for the first cohort of students.

Interested in Applying? The ULM DPT PTCAS 2021-2022 application is currently open. [More Details]

Mission: The ULM Doctor of Physical Therapy program will strive 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

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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 first semester for the early development of professional skills

DPT students will have the ability to get experiential learning in the clinic starting during their first 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 committed to developing rural health generalists through our innovative system based curriculum. The curriculum requires 37 courses for a total of 95 credit hours. Each student will have the option of creating an individualized elective focused on advanced clinical training, research, licensure test preparation, or study abroad opportunities.

 

DPT 2022 Charter Cohort Curriculum

Credit Hours

Fall 2022 1st Semester First Year

 

PHYT 6100 Functional Anatomy I: Musculoskeletal System

4

PHYT 6110 Assessment and Management of the Musculoskeletal System I

6

PHYT 6120 Clinical Inquiry I

2

PHYT 6130 Professional Development I

1

PHYT 6140 Cultural and Rural Health I

1

PHYT 6150 Integrated Clinical Experience I

1

Subtotal

15

 

 

Spring 2023 2nd Semester First Year

 

PHYT 6200 Functional Anatomy II: Neurological System

4

PHYT 6250 Integrated Clinical Experience II

1

PHYT 6260 Neurophysiology and Motor Control

3

PHYT 6270 Clinical Skills Development

4

PHYT 6280 Clinical and Applied Exercise Physiology I

3

Subtotal

15

 

 

Summer 2023 3rd Semester First Year

 

PHYT 6330 Professional Development II

2

PHYT 6350 Integrated Clinical Experience III

1

PHYT 6360 Assessment and Management of the Neurological System I

3

PHYT 6370 Therapeutic and Innovative Modalities

2

PHYT 6380 Clinical and Applied Exercise Physiology II

2

PHYT 6390 Applied Pharmacology and Diagnostic Imaging

2

Subtotal

12

 

 

Fall 2023 4th Semester Second Year

 

PHYT 6410 Assessment and Management of the Musculoskeletal System II

3

PHYT 6420 Clinical Inquiry II

2

PHYT 6450 Professional Education I

4

PHYT 6460 Assessment and Management of the Neurological System II

3

PHYT 6470 Patient Management Across the Lifespan I

3

Subtotal

15

 

 

Spring 2024 5th Semester Second Year

 

PHYT 6500 Functional Anatomy III: Cardiopulmonary System

4

PHYT 6510 Assessment and Management of the Musculoskeletal System III

3

PHYT 6550 Integrated Clinical Experience IV

1

PHYT 6570 Patient Management Across the Lifespan II

3

PHYT 6580 Assessment and Management of the Cardiopulmonary System

3

Subtotal

14

 

 

Summer 2024 6th Semester Second Year

 

PHYT 6600 Functional Anatomy IV: Gastrointestinal System

2

PHYT 6640 Cultural and Rural Health II

1

PHYT 6650 Professional Education II

4

PHYT 6670 Practice Management

2

PHYT 6690 Assessment and Management of Other Systems

1

Subtotal

10

 

 

Fall 2024 7th Semester Third Year

 

PHYT 6700 Functional Anatomy V: Genitourinary System

3

PHYT 6720 Clinical Inquiry III

1

PHYT 6750 Professional Education III

4

PHYT 6790 Assessment and Management of the Genitourinary System

2

Subtotal

10

 

 

Spring 2025 8th Semester Third Year

 

PHYT 6850 Professional Education IV

4

PHYT 6870 Independent Study (elective; optional)

1-3

Subtotal

4-7

 

TOTAL DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

 

95-98

 

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 has received approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on College to offer the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. The University of Louisiana Monroe is seeking 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.

The program is planning to submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage, on March 1, 2022. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status 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), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; phone; 703-706-3245; accreditation@apta.org is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.”

Admission

Application Process – Doctorate in Physical Therapy

The 2020-2021 PTCAS application cycle for the University of Louisiana Monroe DPT program is NOW OPEN and applications are due by October 1, 2021. Click Here to Access the ULM DPT PTCAS Application. 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 approval.

Link to FAQ for more information.

 

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. Students may apply with uncompleted prerequisites. A plan of study will need to be included in the application outlining the expected completion dates for each course. The admission committee will access the feasibility of the plan during the review process. The bachelor’s degree must be completed and conferred prior to the first day of DPT training. 

  • 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 mathematicsChemistry 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)

*The statistics course can be either behavioral or experimental courses.
*Poetry or literature courses will not satisfy the Advanced English composition or technical writing course requirement.
*Human anatomy and physiology courses must be completed within five years of the application.

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