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).

Frequently asked questions

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


Think broadly
Act accountably
Reflect deeply
Practice compassionately