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School of Health Sciences

Academic Advising
3070 Human Health Building
433 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4452
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(248) 370-2369
shs@oakland.edu

Dean's Office
Human Health Building
(248) 370-3562
inhealth@oakland.edu

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Doctor of Physical Therapy

The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) is a professional graduate program in the Department of Human Movement Science, which prepares individuals for licensure and entry into the physical therapy profession. Through practicum, research and hands-on clinical experiences, students develop skills to examine, evaluate, diagnose, plan and provide treatment for persons of all ages who have disabilities or changes in physical function resulting from injury, disease or other causes. 

The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program at Oakland University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: (703) 706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. The program is accredited through 2020.



The Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at Oakland University satisfies educational prerequisites for professional licensure as a physical therapist in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia and the US Virgin Islands. 

*Prospective students should apply to the program through the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS). No further application is required.

Program Overview Advising

Contact Us
Dr. John Krauss
Professor and Director
Coordinator, OMPT
Physical Therapy
3085 Human Health Building
krauss@oakland.edu

Darlene Mathiak
Office Assistant
3077 Human Health Building
mathiak@oakland.edu
(248) 370-4041

For questions regarding the application process, please contact Dr. Sheri Brown, coordinator of admissions, at dptadmissions@oakland.edu.

Curriculum

The DPT program includes theoretical, clinical practice, and research courses and experiences to prepare graduates to function in a variety of settings in physical therapy. For information regarding the application process, admission, degree requirements and curriculum, visit the Graduate Catalog.

Please view the Doctor of Physical Therapy brochure for more information about the program. All potential students should be aware of the Essential Functions Guidelines, additional qualities and standards necessary to be successful in the field of physical therapy. 

Resources

Financial Aid
There are stipends and some scholarships available for students enrolled in the program. Specific information is given to students at the time of DPT orientation. Information concerning financial aid and financial resources can be obtained from the Office of Student Financial Services, 120 North Foundation Hall, Oakland University, Rochester, MI 48309, (248) 370-2550.

Tuition and Books
Estimated cost of tuition, fees, and textbooks for in-state students entering the DPT in 2020 is $92,494 for the three and one half year program. The estimated cost for out-of-state students is $133,510.

Graduation, Pass and Employment Rates
Graduating Class YearGraduation Rates
2018100%
201791.7%
2016100%
Board First Time Pass RateUltimate Pass Rate
201888.6%97.1%
201797.1%97.1%
2016100%100%
Employment Rates
2018100%
2017100%
2016100%
Informational Meeting

Due to COVID-19, in-person DPT informational meetings have been suspended.
Detailed information about the application process can be found in this narrated presentation. 

The DPT admissions coordinator will be holding a Google Meet question/answer session on:

Thursday, October 8 at 12 p.m.

If you would like to attend, please email dptadmissions@oakland.edu and you will receive an invitation link.

Career Information

Physical Therapists are employed in a variety of practice settings which include, but are not limited to, orthopedic outpatient clinics, acute care hospital-based facilities, acute and sub-acute rehabilitation hospitals, sports medicine centers, research institutions, long-term care facilities, pediatric facilities, skilled nursing facilities, transitional care units, school-based facilities, and home health care.

Job Outlook
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of physical therapists is projected to grow 22 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Average Salary
The BLS reports that the median annual wage for physical therapists was $89,440 in 2019.