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    Efficient and rigorous

    The structure of our program allows you to earn your DPT in just 30 months.

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    Clinical experiences

    DPT students experience practical professional learning in three clinical experiences during their program.

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    Updated modern space

    Our program is housed in the newly redesigned and completely updated Ernest Wilbur Building.



Western Michigan University's Department of Physical Therapy is now accepting applications for the Doctor of Physical Therapy program, which welcomed its inaugural cohort in summer 2019. This new program allows you to earn your DPT in only 30 months. While the rigorous curriculum presents challenges to students and faculty, we know that our graduates will be highly-qualified practitioners, prepared to meet the challenges of today's PT landscape.


What is a PT?

Physical therapists diagnose and treat people of all ages who have injuries, medical problems or other health-related conditions that limit their ability to function and move properly in their daily lives. Physical therapists develop recovery plans and provide treatment and therapy to improve movement and manage pain.

Career info   Our D.P.T. program

Information sessions

We have scheduled three virtual information sessions where you can learn more about WMU's doctor of physical therapy program and the application process from Sarah Anderson, manager of recruitment and outreach.

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DPT info session

Accreditation information

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Western Michigan University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call (269) 387-7352 or email pt-info@wmich.edu.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at WMU satisfies educational prerequisites for professional licensure as a physical therapist in all 50 US states, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia and the US Virgin Islands.


  • 2022

    Now accepting applications for the 2022 cohort

  • 2.5

    Earn your DPT in just 2.5 years (30 months)

  • 3

    Three clinical experiences with expert practitioners

  • 30

    Small cohorts of 30 students for focused instruction


Job posting

PIO Part-time Instructor I

Department:  Physical Therapy

Major duties:

  • Develop and deliver course content specific to thrust- and non-thrust manipulation of the spine and extremity joints , temporomandibular joint dysfunction, and headaches in accordance with requirements outlined by the Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).
  • Develop methods and conduct student assessment of learning of content in the cognitive, affective, and psychomotor areas of skill acquisition and proficiency (including safety).

Minimum Qualifications

  • Licensed as a physical therapist in the state of Michigan
  • Possess a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree (entry level or post professional)
  • Evidence of advanced training and certification in specialized content (e.g. completion of an orthopaedic manual therapy residency or fellowship)
  • Experience teaching at the graduate or post-graduate level
  • Ability to teach during evening hours from September through December 2021.
  • Willingness to comply with all university and departmental policies and procedures related to the coronavirus pandemic (distancing if applicable, use of PPE, hand hygiene practices, etc.)

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience working with a diverse patient population from which to build classroom teaching examples
  • Experience working with a diverse student population .
  • Experience with remote classroom management

Required Applicant Documents

  • Cover Letter highlighting your qualifications
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • List of References 

Posting Date: July 9, 2021
Closing Date: July 16, 2021

WMU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Minorities, women, veterans, individuals with disabilities and all other qualified individuals are encouraged to apply