Grand Valley State University

School of Health Professions

Physical Therapy


G 129 MRC

920 Eberhard Center

Grand Rapids, MI 49504

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Physical Therapy

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The program is highly competitive and admits an annual class of 48 students each fall. The program curriculum consists of three consecutive years of full-time study. Professional: The program values student commitment to learning, interpersonal skills, communication skills, effective use of time and resources, problem solving, professionalism and more. Practical: Graduates will have an exceptional blend of clinical, organizational, economic, and leadership skills. Convenient. The Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences puts students in the heart of Grand Rapids’ Health Hill near the Van Andel Research Institute, Spectrum Health, St. Mary’s Health Care, Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Center, and other specific health care providers and businesses. Personal: Built on doctoral core requirements but designed to meet individual career goals in research and practice, in health and allied health programs. Successful: Greater than 98% pass rate for Grand Valley graduates taking the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) over the past 25 years. The D.P.T. in physical therapy requires 120 credits over 3 consecutive years. The program includes classroom and problem-based learning, doctoral level research, and five different clinical experiences spanning from 5-9 weeks. Admission to the program is competitive, with a maximum class size of 48 students. Candidates may submit applications to PT Centralized Admissions Service (PTCAS) by October 15 in the year that they attain undergraduate senior status. Nontraditional students are encouraged to meet with the Student Services Coordinator for application information and transcript review.


Accredited: The Doctor of Physical Therapy program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; Telephone: 703-706-3245; email:

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Fringe Rural Area

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