As a physical therapy student at Midwestern University, you'll gain the education, professional training, and experience you need to become part of the next generation of healthcare professionals. Our team of faculty experts are dedicated to your success and will help you build your future as a competent, caring, and skilled physical therapist. In our comprehensive program, you will learn to use independent judgement, critical thinking skills, and evidence-based treatments to help patients improve their functional ability and regain health.
Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.)
34 months, full-time
2016 Class Profiles (Class of 2019)
Reported by the Federation of State Boards in Physical Therapy for MWU graduates
Community, Urban, Rural, Teaching Hospitals; Geriatrics; Pediatrics; Orthopedics/Sports Medicine Clinics; Schools
Evaluation and treatment, screening, education, referral, consultation, wellness promotion and prevention
Ranked as as one of Best 25 Jobs of 2015 by US News and World Report1
100% were working within 6 months of beginning their job search (MWU DPT Program Alumni Survey, Class of 2015, March 2016 [55% of alumni responding])
100% were working within 6 months of beginning their job search (MWU DPT Program Alumni Survey, Class of 2014, March 2015 [79% of alumni responding])
Employment of physical therapists is expected to increase 34 percent from 2014 to 2024.2
1 The Best 25 Jobs of 2015. US News and World Report, 2015. http://money.usnews.com/money/careers/slideshows/the-25-best-jobs-of-2015 (accessed 7/08/15)
2Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S., Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook. www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/physical-therapists.htm (accessed 7/14/2016)
3Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S., Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes291123.htm (accessed 7/08/2015)
Students seeking admission to the Physical Therapy Program must submit the following documented evidence:
|Science Courses||Sem Hrs||Qtr Hrs|
|Biology with lab||4||6|
|Human/Vertebrate Anatomy with lab||3||4|
|General Chemistry with lab||4||6|
|General Physics with lab||8||12|
|General Courses||Sem Hrs||Qtr Hrs|
|Math (college algebra or above)||3||4|
|Statistics (should include inferential statistics)||3||4|
|English--must include at least one composition course (oral communication/public|
speaking is recommended)
|Social and Behavioral Sciences (at least one course in psychology)||9||13|
Midwestern University's Physical Therapy Program offers a course of study leading to the Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) degree for qualified students. The full-time, continuous, 34-month, entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy curriculum is designed to deliver the academic and clinical education required to prepare students for their professional role as key members of the healthcare team and as an integral part of the healthcare delivery system. The general education, professional training, experience, and personal character development of physical therapists uniquely prepare them to coordinate care related to functional improvement and functional ability.
The focus of the professional clinical doctorate degree program is the preparation of entry-level, generalist physical therapists who are able to provide competent, skilled professional services in a wide range of community and institutional practice settings that require independent judgment and self-sufficiency.
The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program prepares entry-level practitioners to provide physical therapy services in large, small, traditional, and nontraditional community and institutional practice settings that require independent judgment, leadership, and autonomous practice. The program also provides the foundation for graduates to identify and contribute to effecting solutions to the major, emergent health issues of our society and to contribute to the academic and clinical education of future practitioners. The graduate will be prepared to make valuable, ongoing contributions to society, healthcare, and the profession through leadership activities and collaborative efforts with others in physical therapy and professional education, practice, and research.
The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program is a continuous full-time program, extending 34 months from matriculation to graduation. The maximum allotted time for completion of the doctorate program is 52 months.
Evidence-based practice; health promotion and wellness programs
No major changes are anticipated in the next year.
The mission of the Midwestern University Physical Therapy Program is to educate students, using the highest standards of academic excellence, to become physical therapists who practice across the healthcare continuum, making meaningful contributions to their patients, community, and profession.
The Physical Therapy Program at Midwestern University, Downers Grove, IL is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; website: www.capteonline.org
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.
Students on the Downers Grove Campus benefit from a safe and secure suburban learning environment. Located 25 miles west of Chicago, our beautiful gated campus features 105-acres of wooded land and provides students with excellent living and learning opportunities. In addition, the University maintains a strong record of campus safety and has earned several partnership and citizen awards from local fire and police departments.
At Midwestern University, the safety and security of all members of our academic community is a top priority. For more information about our campus safety statistics, visit the national Campus Safety and Security database at http://ope.ed.gov/security/index.aspx.
Diane Baldemor is a 2014 graduate of the Physical Therapy Program.
Safi Mohammed, College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM), Class of 2014.
Chessa Calabrese is a proud member of the inaugural class of the College of Dental Medicine-Illinois.
Phil Huang, D.O., is a 2012 graduate of the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Tolu Akinwale is a 2013 graduate in the Chicago College of Pharmacy, where he has learned to provide pharmaceutical care in a wide range of community and institutional settings.
Allison Rushing, D.P.T., is a 2012 graduate of the Physical Therapy Program on the Downers Grove Campus.
At age 11, I decided I wanted a career that would allow me to help others.
I cannot wait to be a practitioner who will be able to utilize my understanding of patients’ occupations in therapy in order to help them to live life to the fullest.