Physical Therapy, D.P.T.
School of Physical Therapy
The Mission of the Marshall University School of Physical Therapy is to provide contemporary physical therapy education; to empower graduates and educators to exemplify excellence in clinical practice, scholarship, mentorship, leadership, and professionalism; and to engage all stakeholders in employing evidence-informed physical therapy that reflects and expands best practice.
The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program offered by the School of Physical Therapy at Marshall University is a full-time, three-year, nine-semester, 115-credit graduate program for students who wish to pursue a career as a physical therapist practitioner. Our inaugural class matriculated on May 21, 2012.
The curricular model of Marshall University’s DPT program is a modified case-based model, designed in a “builds on, leads to” manner which is delivered in a full time, in-house format utilizing lecture, labs, small group discussion, case seminars, and clinical visits and internships, starting with education in the basic foundational sciences that inform the content of the field. Faculty teaching the foundational sciences facilitates discussion drawing on research, clinical experiences, and personal/professional activities to model professional behaviors, elucidates psychosocial and ethical issues, and presents a broad application of course content to practice settings. Through clinical cases intermingled within basic science didactic content, students are challenged to apply basic science information to solve clinical problems. Instruction in these basic science areas builds the foundation for the clinical coursework.
Within any given semester, we utilize team-taught, integrated course classes to encourage synthesis of material presented. Case Application Seminars and Experiences (CASE) courses provide students the opportunity to learn collaboratively in faculty-facilitated small groups. Most semesters, students attend laboratory sessions in local physical therapy/rehab clinics for hands-on experiences interspersed within the didactic coursework.
Early in the curriculum, students are introduced to the basic tools of investigation in PT (Evidence Based Practice course series). Starting with the clinical decision making process, they learn to utilize literature review and scientific method to support evidence based practice, and the process for utilizing and creating evidence to improve upon the body of knowledge that informs the profession. Basic clinical skills coursework forms the foundation for more advanced clinical courses in diagnosis and management.
Faculty emphasizes utilization of current, evidence-based practices that are built on the foundational sciences and are consistent with published research and clinical outcomes in the diagnosis and management process. Knowledge of the professional aspects of practice is integral to successful hands-on practice, and necessary to become a competent practitioner. Therefore, a series of professional practice courses inculcate a working knowledge of communications, educational methodology and process, culture, ethics, law, health care delivery systems, administration, and the political aspects that influence the field of physical therapy.
Clinical education exposure/experiences are integrated into the first two years of the curriculum though case-based courses and seminars, and through clinic visits to local physical therapy facilities spread within the didactic course work, with the first full time clinical rotation/internship (8 weeks) occurring early in the second year of the program. These rotations continue in the 3rd year with two full-time clinical internships, for 27 weeks in the last two semesters of the program, totaling 35 weeks of long-term clinical rotations/internship in the entire DPT program. This series of clinical experiences assures that the graduate has the opportunity to develop skills in a variety of practice settings, working within a team approach to patient management, under the direct supervision of a clinical instructor who is a licensed physical therapist.
Our 22600 sq ft space includes three classrooms/laboratories and eight seminar rooms for teaching purposes, a research laboratory (about 2000 sq ft), faculty and administrative offices, student locker rooms, restrooms and kitchen/lounge areas and specialized equipment necessary to teach the content taught in a physical therapy professional program. There is sufficient free parking to accommodate students, faculty, staff, patients and visitors.
Marshall University is accredited as an institution of higher learning by the Higher Learning Commission (230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602; toll-free 1-800-621-7440, www.hlcommission.org). The program has received approval from the Marshall Board of Governors to offer the DPT program, and program approval from the Higher Learning Commission.
The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Marshall University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; website: www.capteonline.org.
Minimum Requirements for Admission
- Baccalaureate degree from a regionally or nationally accredited college/university completed prior to the starting date in the DPT program.
- Prerequisite Courses: Must complete all prerequisite courses prior to the summer term for which you are applying. For example, if you are applying for the class that starts in May 2019, all of your prerequisite courses must be completed by Summer 2019.
Course List Code Title Credit Hours Science 1 Biology (& lab) 8 Chemistry (& lab) 8 Physics (& lab) 8 Human Anatomy 2 3 Human Physiology 2 3 Mathematics 3 Statistics 3 3 Biohavioral/Social Science Psychology (Preferably abnormal & developmental or life span) 6 English Composition/Writing 6
- Clinical Observation Hours: Complete at least 60 clinical observation hours, preferably from two different settings under the direct supervision of a licensed physical therapist by the time of application. Please follow the instructions listed on the PTCAS website (www.ptcas.org/PTHours/) to submit your hours for verification. For PTCAS general application, PT observation hours need to be completed no later than October 1. For PTCAS Early Decision application, PT observation hours need to be completed no later than July 31.
- Grade Point Averages:
A minimum 3.0 for overall Undergraduate GPA
A minimum 3.0 for the GPA for prerequisite sciences
A minimum 3.0 for the GPA for all prerequisites combined
- GPA calculation for repeated courses:
— For the 2017-2018 application cycle (class start date: May 21, 2018) & afterwards:
- If a student retakes the same science course at the same institution and earns a higher grade on the second attempt, we will use the higher grade to calculate GPAs.
- In other situation (i.e. taking the same science course more than two times at the same institution; retaking the same or equivalent course at a different institution), if a science course is repeated, we will use all grades earned for that course to calculate GPAs.
- Completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with submission of scores at the time that the application is submitted. Please contact ETS to determine testing dates and sites. (1-800-GRE-CALL; www.ets.org/gre). For submitting your score report, our program code is “Marshall U Sch Phy Therapy PTCAS (0323).” Your score report will be received and verified by PTCAS. For PTCAS general application, GRE needs to be completed no later then October 1. For PTCAS Early Decision application, GRE needs to be completed no later than July 31. Do Not have ETS send your score report directly to Marshall University.4
- Provide two references: One from a physical therapist and the other from either another physical therapist, or a faculty member or an employer. A reference request form is provided on the PTCAS website (www.ptcas.org).
- Provisional Admission: A student who possesses a baccalaureate degree from an accepted, regionally accredited college/university and has submitted all other application materials, but still has 1-2 prerequisite courses in progress at the time of interview (early January) may be provisionally admitted. However, outstanding course(s) must be completed with the appropriate minimal grade prior to commencing the DPT program in May of the year for which the student is applying.
- Conditional Admission: A student who does not already possess a baccalaureate degree from an accepted, regionally accredited institution, and/or has 1-2 prerequisite courses in progress at the time of interview (early January), but has submitted all other required application materials, may be conditionally admitted. However, the bachelor’s degree must be earned, and outstanding course(s) must be completed with the appropriate minimal grade prior to commencing the DPT program in May of the year for which the student is applying.
All science prerequisite courses must be for science majors (a science course older than 10 years will not be accepted). Courses with a grade of C- or lower will not be accepted as prerequisites. Anatomy and physiology courses should preferably be completed with a grade of B or better. Note that students will be allowed to have one or two courses in progress at the time of interview (early January); however, the outstanding course(s) must be completed with the appropriate minimal grade, prior to commencing the DPT program in May of the year for which students are applying.
Students must document 6 hours of anatomy and physiology regardless of how the courses are offered. Many universities offer a two semester integrated human anatomy and physiology course instead of three credits human anatomy and three credits human physiology. A qualified course shall cover all major human body systems. Functional anatomy with a main emphasis on the musculoskeletal system and exercise physiology are not accepted.
If the statistics course is taken from the mathematics department, it can only meet the requirement of statistics prerequisite. (i.e. Another 3-credit course of mathematics is still needed.)
International applicants will be required to submit an official TOEFL score in addition to the other requirements described for consideration. TOEFL/IBT score must be consistent with the standards established by the Foreign Credentialing Commission on Physical Therapy (FCCPT) as acceptable for physical therapists desiring to enter practice in the U.S. from a foreign country. The minimum scores to be considered for admission must be a Total Score of 89 with the minimum section requirement of “Speaking” of 26. TOEFL requirement is waived for applicants who hold a bachelor’s degree from an accepted, regionally accredited college or university in the United States. International applicants who hold a bachelor’s degree from a college or university outside of the United States will have to complete their credential evaluation [WES International Credential Advantage Package (ICAP)] from the World Education Services (WES) to prove that their education is equivalent to the US undergraduate education and have the report sent to PTCAS.
Admission decisions are based on a variety of factors. The primary factor in all admission decisions is prior academic achievement (overall, science, and/or prerequisite grade point average – GPA and GRE scores) and the potential for an applicant to be successful in a rigorous PT curriculum. An applicant’s volunteer experience, letters of recommendation, and interview performance are reviewed by members of the Admissions Committee. The Admissions Committee will also consider additional factors in the final admissions review process (e.g., undergraduate attendance at Marshall University or West Virginia state residency, veteran of the U.S. military, and certain economic, environmental, or geographic indicators contained in the PTCAS application).
How to Apply
The School of Physical Therapy at Marshall University is participating in the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service, known as PTCAS. Applicants applying to the entry-level physical therapist education program for the 2013 entering class and afterward will apply online using the PTCAS application. To learn more about the PTCAS application process, visit www.ptcas.org.
MU DPT program will participate in the PTCAS Early Decision process. The Early Decision application is for applicants who have decided MU DPT program is their first choice and have met all of the following requirements:
- a minimum overall GPA of 3.5;
- a minimum total GRE score (verbal + quantitative) of 300;
- a minimum GRE analytical writing score of 3.5;
- no more than two outstanding science prerequisite courses at the time of application.
Criminal Background Check Information
Special Note Regarding Eligibility for Certification for Licensure, Criminal Background Clearance
Students who are offered admission to the Marshall University School of Physical Therapy are required to have a criminal background check. Complete instructions on obtaining and forwarding these documents will be provided to students who are offered admission, prior to matriculation. Clinical rotation sites that require a criminal background check may deny a student’s participation in the clinical rotation because of a felony or misdemeanor conviction or a record of child abuse. Clinical sites may also deny participation in clinical experience for other reasons, such as failure of a required drug test, or inability to produce an appropriate health clearance. As participation in clinical experiences, rotations or fieldwork is a required part of the curriculum and a requirement for graduation, denial of participation by a clinical site may result in delay of graduation or the inability to graduate from the program. Regardless of whether or not a student graduates from Marshall, individuals who have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor may be denied certification or licensure as a health professional. Information regarding individual eligibility may be obtained from the appropriate credentialing bodies or state licensure board.
Provisions for academic progression are further outlined in the Graduate Catalog and SOPT Student Handbook. Academic progression is reviewed during orientation upon matriculation in the DPT Program and includes, but is not limited to, the following details regarding Academic Progression (probation, dismissal, re-entry):
- Summer (DPT Semester 1) of First Year:
- A student whose Grade Point Average falls between 2.99-2.90 will be recommended for academic probation by the APSC and approved by the SOPT chairperson.
- A student whose Grade Point Average falls between 2.89-2.75 will be recommended for academic probation. The student may request to restart the DPT program with the following cohort or continue on probation. Due to CAPTE accreditation rule 9.8(a) that limits the class size for new, re-entering, and decelerating students, a maximum of 3 students per cohort will be allowed to restart the program. The APSC will review the academic/professional performance of all students who request re-entry and recommend restarting the program based on overall Grade Point Average and academic performance in individual courses during the Summer semester.
- A student whose Grade Point Average falls below a 2.75 will be recommended for dismissed from the MUSOPT. The student may reapply to the program through PTCAS in the following year.
- Any Semester thereafter (after Summer of First Year):
- A student whose cumulative Grade Point Average falls between 2.99 - 2.75 will be recommended for academic probation by the APSC.
- A student whose cumulative Grade Point Average falls below a 2.75 will be dismissed from the program and may reapply through PTCAS.
- Any student who is on probation will have one semester to correct academic deficiencies. If a student has demonstrated academic progress and improved their cumulative Grade Point Average to 2.90 to 2.99 during the semester of probation, the student may appeal to the APSC for an additional consecutive semester of probation. Students are allowed a maximum of two semesters of academic probation as part of the DPT curriculum.
- Following notification of probation and before the start of the next semester, the student will be counseled by their faculty advisor or the APSC. During this initial counseling session, the student will be advised of his/her deficiencies and the requirements for removing the deficiencies by the end of the following semester.
- The SOPT Chairperson may either accept or overturn all recommendations by the APSC, and will subsequently inform the student of the final recommendation to the Dean of the Graduate College.
- The Dean of the Graduate College makes the final decision regarding academic dismissal.
- If the student disagrees with the SOPT Chairperson’s decision, the student may appeal the decision in writing to the Dean of the Graduate College within 3 university business days after notification of dismissal.
- In the event a student is placed on probation in the final fall semester (DPT semester 8) and it is mathematically unable to achieve a 3.0 GPA, the student will not be permitted to attend the intermediate internship (PT 792 Clinical Internship II) and referred to the APSC for review and to make a recommendation to the SOPT Chairperson.
Plan of Study
|First Semester||Credit Hours|
|Summer (11 weeks)|
|PT 700||Gross Anatomy for PT||5|
|PT 710||Intro to Human Movement||3|
|PT 750||Foundations of Phys Ther||2|
|PT 761||EBP I||2|
|Fall I (15 weeks)|
|PT 711||Human Movement I||4|
|PT 720||Advanced Clinical Physiology||3|
|PT 731||Clinical Skills||3|
|PT 741||Medical Pathology in PT I||2|
|PT 751||Legal & Ethical Issues in PT||2|
|PT 771||Clin Application Seminar I (CASES)||1|
|Spring I (15 weeks)|
|PT 712||Human Movement II||4|
|PT 732||Therapeutic Interventions||3|
|PT 742||Medical Pathology in PT II||2|
|PT 744||Med Pathology in PT IV||3|
|PT 763||EBP II||2|
|PT 772||Clin Application Seminar II (CASES)||1|
|PT 781||Musculoskeletal 1||3|
|Summer II (10 weeks)|
|PT 713||Human Movement III||2|
|PT 747||Pharmacology in Rehab||2|
|PT 758||PM&BC in PT Practice||1|
|PT 773||Clin Application Seminar III (CASES)||1|
|PT 782||Musculoskeletal II||4|
|Fall II (8 weeks clinical; 7 weeks didactic)|
|PT 702||Neuro Evaluation||1|
|PT 721||Applied Ex Phys||3|
|PT 754||Health Care Delivery Systems||1|
|PT 764||EBP III||1|
|PT 774||Clin Application Seminar IV (CASES)||1|
|PT 789||MSK III||1|
|PT 791||Clinical Internship I||4|
|Spring II (15 weeks)|
|PT 755||Service Learning Practicum||1|
|PT 765||EBP IV||1|
|PT 775||Clin Application Seminar V (CASES)||1|
|PT 783||Cardiopulmonary in PT||4|
|PT 786||Rehab in Select Pops I||3|
|Summer III (11 weeks)|
|PT 756||Administration in PT||3|
|PT 766||EBP V||1|
|PT 776||Clin Application Seminar VI (CASES)||1|
|PT 787||Rehab in Select Pops II||2|
|PT 799||Integration & Review||1|
|Fall III (6 weeks didactic; 12 weeks clinical)|
|PT 785||Health Promo and Nutrition||2|
|PT 788||Rehab in Select Pops III||1|
|PT 792||Clinical Internship II||6|
|PT 777||Clin Application Seminar VII (CASES)||1|
|Spring III (1 week didactic; 15 weeks clinical)|
|PT 767||EBP VI||1|
|PT 793||Clinical Internship III||8|
|Total Credit Hours||115|