Doctor of Physical Therapy (CUW)
Concordia University Wisconsin offers a professional (entry-level) Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program. The program is based on a liberal arts foundation and encompasses three years of professional education beyond a Bachelor’s degree.
The Concordia University Wisconsin Physical Therapy program is committed to developing physical therapists with a sound foundation in movement across the lifespan. Graduates will demonstrate excellence in collaborative , culturally competent, ethical, evidence based practice and leadership within a changing health care environment. The program seeks to foster personal and professional growth in knowledge, skills, and attitudes for Christ-centered service to Church, community, and the world.
The Physical Therapy Program at Concordia University Wisconsin is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703.706.3245; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; website: www.capteonline.org.
General Academic Information
The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program is designed to help students become thoughtful, skilled and caring therapists who are autonomous providers of physical therapy services. Concordia’s program emphasizes evidence-based practice and focuses on developing clinicians who will serve the community through excellence in clinical practice and understanding of the spiritual, economic, and psychological needs of the clients they serve. The program will help students develop skills to determine why an individual may have difficulty with movement, to determine whether those difficulties can be remediated by physical therapy, and to develop and implement a program which would address those concerns.
The Professional Physical Therapy Program at Concordia leads to a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. This entry-level professional degree program is three full years in duration, beginning in the summer. The program is full-time and encompasses six semesters, three winterims, and three summer sessions. The curriculum combines classroom, laboratory, and supervised clinic-based instruction. No specific major is required or preferred for entry into the program provided the prerequisite classes have been met.
Program Learning Outcomes
The student/graduate will:
Goal 1: Demonstrate the knowledge and skills for entry-level practice of physical therapy (PT) as a generalist clinician
a. Demonstrate knowledge and skills for safe clinical practice
b. Possess entry-level knowledge and skills for patient/client management (screening, examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, plan of care, interventions (procedural and educational), documentation, outcomes assessment)
c. Value and use evidence in practice
Goal 2: Embody the multiple facets of professionalism within the clinic
a. Follow legal and ethical standards of clinical practice
b. Demonstrate professional behavior
c. Demonstrate effective written, oral and non-verbal communication skills
d. Demonstrate cultural sensitivity in clinical practice
Goal 3: Value service to the church, community, and profession
a. Report a belief in service as a professional duty
b. Students/graduates will report participation in service activities
Goal 4: Demonstrate knowledge and skills for adapting to changes in healthcare delivery systems
a. Possess the ability to direct and supervise PT support personnel
b. Possess the ability to manage financial resources (reimbursement; equipment/supplies; productivity; time management; environmental resources) within the clinic
c. Be prepared to serve as a consultant within the healthcare system
d. Possess the knowledge and skills related to developing prevention/health promotion programs
e. Possess the knowledge and skills related to management of care delivery (i.e., providing patient care through direct access; collaboration with other healthcare practitioners; participation in case management)
f. Value the role of PT in social responsibility & advocacy
|DPT 500||Foundations of Physical Therapy||3|
|DPT 501||Human Anatomy I||3|
|DPT 502||Human Anatomy II||3|
|DPT 510||Evidence Based Practice I||2|
|DPT 540||Clinical Decision Making||2|
|DPT 550||Pathophysiology/Pharmacology I||4|
|DPT 555||Movement Analysis I||1|
|DPT 560||Intro to Professional Practice||2|
|DPT 565||Therapeutic Exercise||3|
|DPT 580||Management of Pediatric Disorders||4|
|DPT 584||Neuroscience I||1|
|DPT 585||Neuroscience II||2|
|DPT 586||Neuroscience III||2|
|DPT 602||Community Clinic I||1|
|DPT 609||Exercise Science I||3|
|DPT 610||Management of Neuromuscular Disorders - Adult I (Management of Neuromuscular Disorders I - Adult)||3|
|DPT 611||Management of Neuromuscular Disorders - Adult II (Management of Neuromuscular Disorders II -Adult)||3|
|DPT 612||Community Clinic II||1|
|DPT 615||Movement Science||4|
|DPT 625||Therapeutic Modalities||4|
|DPT 628||Clinical Problem Solving I||2|
|DPT 630||Clinical Problem Solving II||2|
|DPT 631||Clinical Problem Solving III||6|
|DPT 635||Evidence Based Practice II||3|
|DPT 650||Pathophysiology/Pharmacology II||4|
|DPT 655||Movement Analysis II||3|
|DPT 659||Introduction to Management of Musculoskeletal Disorders||2|
|DPT 660||Management of Musculoskeletal Disorders I||4|
|DPT 661||Management of Musculoskeletal Disorders II||4|
|DPT 665||Management of Integumentary Disorders||2|
|Topics in Orthopedic Manual PT|
|elective 3 credits|
|DPT 676||Topics in Sports Medicine PT||3|
|elective 3 credit|
|DPT 705||Medical Imaging||3|
|DPT 723||Cardiopulmonary Systems/Acute Care||4|
|DPT 742||Psychosocial Dimensions of Rehabilitation I||1|
|DPT 743||Psychosocial Dimensions of Rehabilitation II||1|
|DPT 744||Practice Management||2|
|DPT 745||Health Promotion||2|
|Selective Topics in Pediatric Physical Therapy|
|Elective 3 Credits|
|DPT 709||Exercise Science II||2|
|DPT 760||Clinical Practice I||6|
|DPT 761||Clinical Practice II||6|
|DPT 786||Community Clinic III||1|
Admission to the entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy program is competitive. Concordia University Wisconsin will admit one class of 28 full-time students in the summer of each academic year.
Admission requirements include:
- Bachelor’s degree in any field from a regionally accredited institution
- Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
- Minimum GPA of 3.0 in all required sciences
- Ability to perform essential functions of a physical therapist listed at www.cuw.edu/dpt
- Submit GRE scores
- Complete 40 hours of observation of a diversity of PT services
Science Prerequisites (See www.cuw.edu/dpt for additional details)
- Chemistry- two semesters of sequenced courses with labs
- Physics- two semesters of sequenced courses with labs
- Human Anatomy and Physiology- two semesters offered through a Biology, Anatomy or Physiology department
- Statistics - one semester
- Psychology - one semester
Students may apply to the program before all admission requirements and prerequisites are completed, but must be completed prior to matriculation.
Priority Admission for Concordia Undergraduate Students
Concordia offers priority admission to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program to students who:
- Are current, full time student at CUW or CUAA who will graduate with a Bachelor’s degree from Mequon or Ann Arbor
- At the time of submitting the application, are not missing more than one prerequisite science course
- Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0
- Have a grade point average of at least 3.30 in prerequisite science courses
- Submit all application materials by the PTCAS Decision deadline
- Successfully complete a personal interview
- Submit GRE scores
All prerequisite science courses must be completed at CUW/CUAA and can not be previously completed at another institution. If a CUW/CUAA prerequisite science course is repeated, the first, original grade will be considered when determining whether or not the student is eligible for priority admission. CUW/CUAA students who meet these requirements are required to take the GRE.
Fulltime students who will graduate from St Norbert College and Viterbo University who meet priority admission standards will also qualify for priority admission based on availability.
Concordia also offers accelerated admission to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program to students who attend the Mequon campus. Please refer to the undergraduate catalog for accelerated admission requirements.
Note: The program does not accept physical therapy transfer credits.
The Physical Therapy Department at Concordia University participates in the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service, known as PTCAS. Applicants for the Doctor of Physical Therapy program should apply online using the PTCAS application. To learn more about the PTCAS application process, please visit the PTCAS web site at www.ptcas.org.
Submit official GRE scores to code 7697 for the Concordia DPT program. GRE scores for code 7697 will automatically be sent to PTCAS.
Concordia does not require a supplemental application or application fee in addition to the PTCAS application and fee.
The Physical Therapy program values diversity. Applicants will not be negatively biased due to race, color, creed, national origin, gender, age, disabling conditions, or marital status.
The Physical Therapy Selection Committee shall make decisions regarding the status of an application after reviewing application materials and considering feedback from personal interviews. Decisions of the committee are final.
Students pay a semester-based tuition for six semesters which is posted on the Concordia University Wisconsin website. Winterim and summer sessions are included for no additional charge. Tuition will not increase during the six semesters of the program.
APTA student membership is highly recommended for all students. Current student membership rates are available on the APTA website at www.apta.org.
During the clinical education portion of the curriculum, students may be required to leave the Milwaukee area. It is difficult to estimate these expenses, as it cannot be predetermined where the students will complete their clinical internships. Additionally, during the academic work, students will need to have transportation available to leave campus for clinical experiences. Some of the off-campus educational experiences will require a fee.
Concordia University Wisconsin student malpractice insurance is included in the tuition.
Federal student loans are available to graduate students seeking degrees who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Students may apply online at www.fafsa.gov. Concordia’s school code is 003842. Students are eligible for Federal Student loans and Graduate PLUS loans to cover the cost of tuition, books, fees, transportation, and living expenses.
Students are eligible to apply for loans and scholarships from the APTA, WPTA, and some local and national Physical Therapy agencies. The Physical Therapy Faculty and Financial Aid Office can help provide information on these programs.
The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) approved Concordia University DPT program's application for substantive change and continued accreditation for the addition of a Bridge DPT cohort. Effective date of this approval was November 2, 2021. Curriculum, program learning outcomes and program admission details can be found on the curriculum, outcomes, and program admission tab Doctor of Physical Therapy (CUW). Courses are offered online, and on campus one weekend per month (Fridays 12pm–9pm and Saturdays 8am–5pm central time). Bridge DPT applicants must be licensed physical therapist assistants who hold a bachelor's degree.
David Hengst, Graduate Admissions Counselor, 262-243-4397 / email@example.com
Dr. Halee Shepard, PT, DPT, MBA, EdD; Coordinator and Director of Clinical Education Bridge Cohort: firstname.lastname@example.org