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.

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

General Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Minimum science GPA of 2.9 and cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Successful completion of prerequisite courses
  • GRE General Test scores
  • Completion of first aid course within the past 3 years
  • Current certification by the American Heart Association in Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers

Admissions Acceptance and Matriculation Rates (2018)

  • Of 789 applications, 497 were completed
  • 33% (162/497) of applicants were accepted
  • 11% (56/497) of applicants were matriculated into the PT Program

Length of Program

34 months, full-time

Class Size


2018 Class Profiles (Class of 2021)

  • Female: 82%
  • Male: 18%
  • Average Age: 23
  • Average Overall GPA: 3.64
  • Class Size: 56
  • Top Home States: Illinois (79%), Wisconsin, Minnesota

Graduation Rate (2017-2018)

*2 year average (class of 2017 and 2018) = 96.25%

  • The class of 2018 had a graduation rate of 94.3%.
  • The class of 2017 had a graduation rate of 98.2%.

National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE) Pass Rate

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

  • 1st time pass rate - 96% (2018)
  • Ultimate pass rate (averaged over the past 2 years - 2017 & 2018) - 96.2%

Clinical Education Placements

Community, Urban, Rural, Teaching Hospitals; Geriatrics; Pediatrics; Orthopedics/Sports Medicine Clinics; Schools

Career Opportunities

Evaluation and treatment, screening, education, referral, consultation, wellness promotion and prevention

Ranked as as one of Best 25 Jobs of 2018 by US News and World Report1

MWU Career Placement

100% of graduates from the Class of 2018 who sought employment, were working within 12 months of graduation as physical therapists based on MWU DPT Program Alumni Surveys, Correspondence and Employer Websites.

US Employment Projections through 2026 - Employment of physical therapists is expected to increase 28 percent from 2016 to 2026.2

Mean Salary National Average


1 The Best 25 Jobs of 2018. US News and World Report, 2018.   (accessed 7/17/2018)

2Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S., Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook.   (accessed 7/17/2018)

Admission Requirements


Students seeking admission to the Physical Therapy Program must submit the following documented evidence:

  1. Completion of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  2. Minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 and a minimum science GPA of 2.9 on a 4.0 scale. 
  3. Completion of prerequisite courses totaling 46 semester/66 quarter credits as listed from regionally accredited colleges or universities
    • Grades of "C" or better (grades of "C-" are NOT acceptable) are required in each course
  1. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test scores using the Midwestern University institution code of 1769
    • The test must have been taken no earlier than January 1, 2015
    • For more information about the GRE, contact Educational Testing Services (ETS) at 866/473-4373 or visit
  1. Completion of a first aid course within the past three years
  2. Current certification by the American Heart Association in Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health Care Providers
  3. Demonstration of a people or service orientation through community service or extracurricular activities
  4. Motivation for and commitment to healthcare as demonstrated by previous work, volunteer work, or other life experiences
  5. Oral and written communication skills necessary to interact with patients and colleagues
  6. Commitment to abide by the Midwestern University Drug-Free Workplace and Substance Abuse Policy
  7. Passage of the Midwestern University criminal background check

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Prerequisite Courses

Science Courses Sem Hrs Qtr Hrs
Biology with lab46
Human/Vertebrate Anatomy with lab34
Human/Vertebrate Physiology34
General Chemistry with lab46
General Physics with lab812
General CoursesSem HrsQtr Hrs
Math (college algebra or above)34
Statistics (should include inferential statistics)34
English--must include at least one composition course (oral communication/public
speaking is recommended)
Social and Behavioral Sciences (at least one course in psychology)913

Additional Application Information

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Degree Description


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.

Physical Therapy Program Goals and Expected Program Outcomes

  1. Graduates will practice independent competent physical therapy.
    • Graduates will demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for independent, competent physical therapy practice.
    • Graduates will demonstrate appropriate professional behavior.
  2. Students/graduates will contribute to and advocate for the health and wellness of society through education, consultation, and community outreach.
    • All students will develop, implement, and analyze a community outreach wellness program.
    • All students will utilize current best evidence to develop age-appropriate fitness prescriptions which can be used for education and consultation in the community.
  3. Graduates will access, utilize and contribute to the scientific literature for clinical decision-making.
    • Graduates will demonstrate the ability to access the scientific literature for clinical decision-making.
    • Graduates will demonstrate the ability to utilize scientific literature for clinical decision-making.
    • Graduates will demonstrate the ability to contribute to the scientific literature for clinical decision-making.
  4.  Faculty members will be engaged in teaching, scholarship, and service.
    • Faculty will provide high quality teaching.
    • Faculty will disseminate scholarly products on a regular basis.
    • Faculty will provide service to the University and the profession.
  5. The Midwestern University Physical Therapy Program will deliver an accredited, entry-level physical therapist education program which enhances the core values of the profession.
    • The Midwestern University Physical Therapy Program will maintain accreditation.
    • The Midwestern University Physical Therapy Program provides a comprehensive curriculum in Physical Therapy Education.
    • The American Physical Therapy Association's Core Values content exists throughout the Midwestern University Physical Therapy Program curriculum. 

Time Limit for Completion of coursework

The maximum allotted time for completion of the program is 52 months. 

Program Strengths

Evidence-based practice; health promotion and wellness programs

Planned Program Improvements

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:; website:  If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call (630)515-6462 or e-mail

Midwestern University is also accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1413. 800/621-7440.

Campus Safety


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

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.

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.

Zachary Karlinski is a student in the Chicago College of Pharmacy.