The Department of Physical Therapy and the Doctor of Physical Therapy program were established and approved in 2015, after the completion of a comprehensive feasibility study and planning document. The curriculum has received initial approval, and on-going budget funding has been identified.
- The program welcomed its first cohort in summer 2019. (Fourth cohort, summer 2022)
- Each cohort is comprised of 30 students.
- The program is 2.5 years (30 months) with classes beginning in late June and graduation takes place in December.
- The full program is 110 credit hours (94 didactic; 16 full-time clinical).
See CAPTE Accreditation information.
Mission and Vision
The DPT program at WMU will be an innovative, contemporary and student-centered program built on a strong foundation of discovery, challenge, collaboration and professionalism, committed to developing practitioners who value and exhibit excellence, leadership and a commitment to serving the local and global community.
We will be regionally and nationally recognized as a learner-centered program of excellence that provides transformative educational, discovery and service experiences, and develops professionals who value and engage in ethical and compassionate practice, social responsibility and life-long learning.
Values and Motto
Lifelong learning | Exploration & discovery | Accountability | Diversity
Excellence | Reflective practice | Societal responsibility
Health advocacy | Interprofessional collaboration | Professionalism