The College of Health Sciences' Physical Therapy Program is a rigorous three-year doctoral-level program designed to provide you with evidence-based practical and clinical skills enhanced by a spirit of collaboration and leadership. Our faculty will prepare you to be a leader in prevention, health, fitness, and wellness through community and professional service. Your dedication and our expertise will combine to help you build your career as a patient-centered member of tomorrow's healthcare team.

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Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.)

General Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Minimum cumulative GPA: 2.9 science, 3.0 overall on a 4.0 scale
  • Successful completion of prerequisute courses
  • GRE General Test scores

Admissions Acceptance and Matriculation Rates (Class of 2021)

  • 27% of applicants were accepted
  • 9% of applicants were matriculated into the PT Program

Length of Program

36 months, full-time

Class Size


Class of 2021 Profile 

  • Female:  61%
  • Male:  39%
  • Average age:  24
  • Average Overall GPA:  3.55
  • Class Size:  54
  • Top Home States:  Arizona (28%), California, 19 additional states 

Graduation Rate

The Class of 2018 had a 100% graduation rate (50/50)
The Class of 2017 had a 92.1% graduation rate (47/51)

National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE) Pass Rate

1st time pass rate - 95.9%; ultimate pass rate - 98.0% (2018)
1st time pass rate - 97.9%; ultimate pass rate - 100% (2017)

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.

Career Opportunities

Physical therapists provide care for people in a variety of settings, including hospitals, private practices, outpatient clinics, home health agencies, schools, sports and fitness facilities, work settings, and nursing homes.  State licensure is required in each state in which a physical therapist practices.
America Physical Therapy Association, (accessed 9/21/18)

MWU Career Placement

100% were working within 6 months of beginning their job search (Class of 2018)
100% were working within 6 months of beginning their job search (Class of 2017)

US Employment Projections Through 2026

Job outlook, 2016-2026, for physical therapists is growing at a much faster rate than average (28% rate).  
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Physical Therapists, on the Internet at (accessed 2/26/19)

Mean Salary National Average 

$86,850 (mean hourly wage $41.76)
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Physical Therapists, on the Internet at  (accessed 2/26/19)

Admission Requirements


  1. Completion of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  2. Minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 and a minimum science GPA of 2.90 on a 4.00 scale
  3. Completion of prerequisite courses totaling 46 semester/66 quarter credits as listed below from a regionally accredited college or university
    • Grades of C or better (grades of C- are NOT acceptable)
  4. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test scores using the Midwestern University institution code of 7600
    • The test must have been taken no more than five years prior to the planned enrollment year. 
    • For more information about the GRE, contact Educational Testing Services (ETS) at 800/GRE-CALL or visit
  5. Demonstration of a people or service orientation through community service or extracurricular activities
  6. Motivation for and commitment to health care as demonstrated by previous work, volunteer work, or other life experiences
  7. Oral and written communication skills necessary to interact with patients and colleagues
  8. Commitment to abide by the Midwestern University Drug-Free Workplace and Substance Abuse Policy
  9. Passage of the Midwestern University criminal background check
  10. Provision of additional documentation needed to meet specific Program requirements
  11. It is required that applicants complete a minimum of 60 hours of observation in a physical therapy clinic in at least two practice environments that include both in-patient and out-patient settings.

Prerequisite Courses

Science Courses Sem Hrs Qtr Hrs
Biology with lab46
Vertebrate Anatomy with lab34
General Chemistry with lab46
General Physics with lab812
General Courses
Math (college algebra or above)34
Statistics (should include inferential statistics)34
English (must include at least one composition course; oral communication/public speaking recommended)913
Social and Behavioral Sciences (including at least one psychology course)913

Application Deadline

The Physical Therapy Program uses a rolling admissions process.  All applicants are encouraged to submit their applications through the Centralized Application Service for Physical Therapy Schools (PTCAS) by the deadline date of December 15th.

Additional Application Information

Program Description


The Physical Therapy Program at Midwestern University, Glendale campus, is a full-time continuous, 36 month entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy curriculum that is open on a competitive admissions basis to applicants holding bachelor's degrees in any field but who have not completed an accredited physical therapy program.

Each graduate, from Midwestern University Physical Therapy Program, Glendale campus, will be instructed to provide patient care, display the core knowledge to discuss prevention, onset, and impairments, address functional limitations and a plan of care based upon goals and expected outcomes.

The Physical Therapy Program at Midwestern University's Glendale Campus provides its students with the broad based professional education necessary for each physical therapy graduate to become a generalist clinician. Therefore, competency is required in each of the physical therapy courses. Each of the goals and all of the expected outcomes are related to the development of practice skills by graduates. Expected outcomes related to these practice skills include:

  • Development of the basic clinical problem solving skills of examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, intervention, assessment/reassessment and discharge planning
  • Use of evidence-based practice skills
  • Practice in a culturally sensitive manner with clients of all different ages
  • Practice collaboratively with other members of the health care community
  • Assumption of leadership positions in the healthcare delivery system
  • Development of an orientation toward prevention, health, fitness and wellness
  • Development of skills to establish programs that address prevention of disease, injuries, and disabilities
  • Participate in community and professional service
  • Participate in clinical teaching and research

Planned Program Improvements

The Physical Therapy Program will use the Centralized Application Service for Physical Therapy Schools ( PTCAS ) for the admissions cycle.

Program Objectives

Upon completion of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, graduates will be expected to:

  1. Become practitioners with the educational and clinical foundation needed to provide physical therapy services in all areas of practice and all physical therapy settings
  2. Apply critical thinking skills for independent judgment, clinical problem solving, leadership, and autonomous practice
  3. Demonstrate dedication to healthcare and community service by identifying and contributing effective solutions to the major emergent health issues of society and apply skills to meet other community needs
  4. Develop proficiency in teaching and scholarship through didactic and clinical education
  5. Exhibit sensitivity to cultural and social diversity
  6. Assume leadership positions in the healthcare delivery system, participate in local, state, and national professional organizations, and provide service to local communities
  7. Sustain continued professional development through lifelong learning activities
  8. Demonstrate professionalism during interactions with others
  9. Address prevention, wellness, and health promotion needs of individuals, groups, and communities in primary, secondary, and tertiary settings
  10. Enhance the breadth and depth of clinical education of future physical therapy students

Objectives are accomplished through:

  1. A curriculum model based on a conceptual framework of educational theory and practice with a spiraled approach in curricular design
  2. Correlation of events and problems that is experienced sequentially within the didactic curriculum and later through clinical experiences
  3. A strong content foundation in the physical, clinical, and behavioral sciences
  4. Critically applying scientific research and other forms of best evidence to improve practice and contribute to the body of knowledge
  5. Educational opportunities and activities that will enhance physical therapy services to underserved communities
  6. An educational environment that will emphasize leadership skills, professional and community service
  7. Acquiring information through clinical or basic science research
  8. Peer assessments, feedback and reflective communication skills
  9. A sequence of simulated and actual clinical experiences across the curriculum
  10. Opportunities for teamwork, delegation, supervision and teaching

Program Strengths

Evidence-based practice; health promotion and wellness programs; cultural competency


The Physical Therapy Program of Midwestern University 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.



The Physical Therapy Program at Midwestern University, Glendale, AZ is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; telephone: 703/706-3245; e-mail:; website: If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 623/572-3920 or email

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