Physical Therapy-Hybrid, Glendale

In our hybrid PT program, you experience top online practices along with immersive in-person labs and classroom experiences to help your future patients recover their health and well-being.

The Hybrid Pathway at Midwestern University Physical Therapy Program provides a unique educational model for today's students. The program aims to provide the same strong hands-on education for students while also providing a digital learning environment to accommodate the needs of today's busy professionals.  You will learn from highly skilled physical therapists who make meaningful contributions to healthcare through academic excellence and community service. 

The Glendale Campus offers two exciting possibilities for students including a Hybrid Pathway and a  Residential Pathway.

Hybrid Pathway

Midwestern University's Glendale Campus offers a hybrid pathway, mirroring the residential pathway in sequence and timing. Over 7 consecutive quarters, students engage in online synchronous/asynchronous learning for 10 weeks, followed by immersive lab/classroom experiences on-campus for the 11th week. Post-didactic completion, students complete three 11-week clinical education experiences in varied care environments, effectively merging theoretical understanding with hands-on patient care.

Highlights include:

  • In-person and online hybrid course delivery.
  • A spiraled curriculum that revisits content at higher levels as students progress, fostering deeper understanding.
  • Both simulated and actual clinical experiences offered throughout the curriculum.

Both Pathways

  • Prepare students to excel as versatile healthcare team members and contribute to functional improvement and care coordination. Our PT graduates are prepared to make lasting contributions through leadership, health promotion, and interdisciplinary cooperation.
  • Foster collaboration where students work with faculty to nurture vital clinical and lifelong learning skills, creating a collaborative environment for individuals from diverse healthcare backgrounds.
  • Offer enriching clinical experiences. Clinical Education Placements are offered in a wide range of practice settings and environments, ensuring a diverse and comprehensive learning experience for our students. These placements encompass urban, suburban, and rural areas both within and beyond the borders of Arizona, providing students with exposure to different healthcare contexts. It is essential for students to be ready and willing to travel to various locations where clinical placements are made available.
  • Equip students to excel as versatile healthcare team members and contribute to functional improvement and care coordination.

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Learn more about the requirements and find quick links to relevant catalog content to guide you in your application process.

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Minimum cumulative GPA: 2.9 science, 3.0 overall on a 4.0 scale
  • Successful completion of prerequisite courses
  • Completion of 30 hours of observation

Full list of requirements

The College of Health Sciences Physical Therapy Program uses a holistic admissions process for students who possess the academic and professional promise necessary for development as competent, caring members of the healthcare community.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program is open on a competitive admissions basis to applicants having bachelor's degrees in any field but who have not completed an accredited physical therapy program. To select these candidates, a competitive admissions framework has been established. Within this competitive admissions framework, multiple criteria are used to select the most qualified candidates from an applicant pool that exceeds the number of seats available.

The Physical Therapy Program uses the Centralized Application Service for Physical Therapy Schools (PTCAS). The Physical Therapy Program Admissions Committee reviews completed applications throughout the admissions cycle to determine the applicant's eligibility for an interview. Interviews are typically conducted during the fall and winter. Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis.

Application Deadline 
Applicants for both residential and hybrid pathways are required to submit their applications to PTCAS at http://www.ptcas.org by February 15th. The Midwestern Physical Therapy Program has one PTCAS application for all applicants, with options for applicants to select the pathway to which they would like to apply (residential, hybrid, or both). The PTCAS application submission site opens on June 15th.

Please refer to the PTCAS application instructions for specific details about completing the application, required documents, and processing time. Applicants seeking admission into the hybrid pathway must complete the supplemental hybrid questions on the PTCAS application.

Admission Information

  • Applicants for all PT program pathways are required to submit their applications to PTCAS by February 15th. The Midwestern Physical Therapy Program has one PTCAS application for all applicants, with options for applicants to select the pathway to which they would like to apply (residential, hybrid, or both).
  • The PTCAS application submission site opens on June 15th. Please refer to the PTCAS application instructions for specific details about completing the application, required documents, and processing time. Applicants seeking admission into the hybrid pathway must complete the supplemental hybrid questions on the PTCAS application.
  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early as completed applications are reviewed on a rolling basis from August through February.

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Mission

The Midwestern University Physical Therapy Program will use the highest educational and professional standards to prepare physical therapists who can provide quality physical therapy services to a diverse population across all levels of the healthcare continuum.

Expected outcomes for the program emphasize strengthening program-community relationships by providing continuing professional development opportunities for practicing physical therapists, encouraging expertise in clinical practice, and enhancing the awareness and knowledge of the physical therapy profession among diverse communities.

Goals  
 

Student/Graduate Goals:

  1. Graduates and students will be prepared to provide culturally competent, whole-person physical therapy services to a diverse population across all levels of the healthcare continuum.
  2. Graduates will demonstrate a commitment to professional development in the areas of clinical practice, service, and advocacy.
  3. Graduates will have the ability to contribute to the educational growth of future practitioners and to the body of knowledge in the profession.
  4. Students and graduates will participate in interprofessional education and/or interprofessional collaborative practice.

Faculty Goals:

  1. Faculty will provide high-quality teaching and professional standards.
  2. Faculty will participate in scholarship activities which may include the scholarship of discovery, integration, application, or teaching.
  3. Faculty will be engaged in service to the Department, College, University, community, or profession.
  4. The collective core faculty will demonstrate expertise in contemporary, evidence-based clinical practice in a variety of settings across the continuum of care.

Program Goals:

  1. The program will contribute to meeting the needs of the physical therapy workforce that supports a diverse population across all levels of the health care continuum.
  2. The program will create post-professional educational opportunities for faculty, graduates, clinical instructors and the greater physical therapy community to facilitate continuous professional development in areas such as teaching, research, leadership, practice, service, and advocacy.
  3. The program will collaborate with other health professional programs, community partners and clinical sites to support the development of interprofessional collaborative practice across the curriculum.
  4. The program will cultivate a culture of diversity and inclusivity that benefits students, faculty, staff, patients, caregivers, and communities that we serve.
  5. The program will provide an innovative curriculum that integrates the highest educational standards and contemporary practice.  
     

Reported by the Federation of State Boards in Physical Therapy for MWU graduates:

1st time pass rate - 89.5% (averaged over the past 2 years for the Class of 2021 and 2022) 

  • 1st time pass rate – 89% (Class of 2021)
  • 1st time pass rate - 90% (Class of 2022)

Ultimate pass rate - 98% (averaged over the past 2 years for the Class of 2021 and 2022) 

  • Ultimate pass rate - 100% (Class of 2021)
  • Ultimate pass rate – 96% (Class of 2022)
     

As a physical therapist, you are trained to treat individuals of all ages who have medical problems or other health-related conditions that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives. You examine each individual and develop a treatment plan that helps restore function, improve mobility, relieve pain, and prevent or limit permanent disabilities for patients suffering from injuries or disease. You'll also help restore, maintain, and promote overall fitness and health through wellness-oriented programs that develop more active lifestyles.

Your education in physical therapy starts with basic science courses such as biology, chemistry, and physics, and then introduces specialized courses, including biomechanics, neuroanatomy, human growth and development, manifestations of disease, examination techniques, and therapeutic procedures. In addition to classroom and laboratory instruction, you'll receive supervised clinical experience where you examine patients' medical histories and then test and measure strength, range of motion, balance and coordination, posture, muscle performance, respiration, and motor function. Your treatment plan identifies appropriate exercises that encourage patients to use their muscles and increase capacity and endurance in these areas.

Experience as a volunteer in the physical therapy department of a hospital or clinic, will help you understand what physical therapist do on a daily basis and build interpersonal skills. Strong interpersonal skills will help you educate your patients about physical therapy treatments, better communicate with patients and families, and provide compassionate treatment.

All states require physical therapists to pass a national licensure examination and be licensed in the state of practice. An important member of the health care team, you'll provide your knowledge of physical therapy in consultation with other professionals such as physicians, dentists, nurses, educators, social workers, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, and audiologists. Some PTs treat a wide range of ailments; others specialize in areas such as pediatrics, geriatrics, sports medicine, neurology, or cardiopulmonary physical therapy.

Nearly 60 percent of physical therapists work in hospitals, clinics, or private practice. You may also be employed in home healthcare, nursing care facilities, outpatient care centers, physician offices, rehabilitation centers, or schools. Physical therapists also teach in academic institutions and conduct research. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment in the field will grow 28 percent through 2026, much faster than average for all occupations. Demand will be spurred by increasing numbers of individuals with disabilities or limited function, chronic or debilitating conditions associated with aging, children saved by technology but with severe birth defects and people who must cope with the aftermath of trauma.

According to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA):

  • With just a 0.2 percent unemployment rate, physical therapists are now experiencing the best employment conditions since the enactment of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997. 
  • Physical therapists formed their first professional association in 1921, the American Women's Physical Therapeutic Association, led by Mary McMillan. By the end of the 1930s, both genders were admitted and membership grew to nearly 1,000 practitioners. 
  • During the 1940s and 1950s, demand increased significantly for physical therapists to collaborate in treating the nationwide polio epidemic. 

If you want to be the type of healthcare provider who sees a whole person rather than a symptom or illness; someone who gets to know your patients as people and wants to be involved in your community; someone who is compassionate, has a healing touch, and communicates well; and someone who enjoys knowing a diverse range of people from different backgrounds, a career in physical therapy may be just right for you.

Sources: American Physical Therapy Association; US Bureau of Labor Occupational Outlook Quarterly; ExploreHealthCareers.org

The Physical Therapy Program at Midwestern University, Glendale, AZ is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave, Suite 100, Alexandria, VA 22305-3085; telephone: 703-706-3245; e-mail: accreditation@apta.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 623-572-3920 or email azpt@midwestern.edu.

In April 2023, CAPTE approved Midwestern University’s Application for Approval of Substantive Change to offer a hybrid pathway to the Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree.

Midwestern University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, Il 60604-1413; 800/621-7440.Midwestern University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission/A Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC/NCA), 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1413.

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Hybrid Pathway Overview

Overview

Beginning Summer 2024, the Midwestern University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program will add another degree pathway using a hybrid delivery model. The hybrid pathway will be the same as the residential pathway in curricular sequence and start and completion dates. Students will matriculate in the summer quarter and participate in 7 consecutive quarters of didactic instruction followed by 3 quarters of full-time clinical education. Didactic course work will include online synchronous and asynchronous learning activities for 10 weeks followed by immersive, in-person lab and classroom experiences during week 11 on the Glendale Campus in Arizona. After successful completion of didactic coursework, students will complete three 11-week full-time clinical education experiences in a variety of patient care settings.

2024-2025 Dates for Immersive Experiences
  • August 12-16, 2024 (Monday - Friday)
  • November 4-8, 2024 (Monday - Friday)
  • February 24-28, 2025 (Monday - Friday)
  • May 16-23, 2025 (Friday - Friday)

The hybrid pathway admits 30 students per year maintaining a small cohort of students in the hybrid pathway allows the core faculty to create engaging, meaningful, and personal learning experiences. Faculty hold additional certifications in online teaching so they can deliver content using the highest, evidence-based educational standards for online learning.

In the hybrid pathway, best practice for online learning will be combined with our current, successful curriculum model that is based on a conceptual framework of educational theory and practice including an integrative, spiraled approach within the curricular design. The intent of a spiraled curriculum is to revisit key content areas or themes at a higher level as students progress through the curriculum. The final three didactic quarters were designed to allow content integration across multiple practice areas. The program is organized to provide correlated events and problems that are experienced sequentially within the didactic curriculum and later through clinical experiences. Students receive a strong content foundation in the biological, physical, clinical, and behavioral sciences and learn to critically apply scientific research and other forms of best evidence to practice.

The hybrid pathway will also provide both simulated and actual clinical experiences across the curriculum. Educational opportunities and activities are provided to enhance student exposure to underserved populations. Students are provided with opportunities for research, interprofessional collaborative practice, community service, teaching, and leadership. The curriculum is delivered in an educational environment that emphasizes professionalism and professional attributes relevant to physical therapist practice that occurs in-person and in an online environment. Our educational principles include:

  • Integration of concepts related to adult learning theory
  • Promotion of self-direction and independence
  • Experiential and strong emphasis on active learning
  • Respect for diverse talents and learning styles
  • Promotion of good communication behaviors
  • Integration of different learning domains
Clinical Education Placements
  • Placements for clinical experiences are available in diverse practice environments in a variety of clinical settings.
  • Clinical education sites are located in urban, suburban, and rural areas within and outside of Arizona.
  • Students must be prepared to travel to any area where clinical placements are available. 

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