Exciting new program
Western Michigan University's Department of Physical Therapy is now accepting applications for the Doctor of Physical Therapy program, which will welcome its inaugural cohort in summer 2019. This new program allows students to earn their 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.
CAPTE pre-accreditation status
The Department of Physical Therapy and the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program were established and approved in 2015 after the completion of a comprehensive feasibility study and planning document. The program admitted its first cohort in summer 2019 after achieving "Candidate for Accreditation" status from the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). The 2.5 year program consists of 110 credit hours, including 3 full-time clinical rotations totaling 32 weeks. The program will seek full accreditation by fall 2021, prior to graduating its first cohort.