Central Michigan University (CMU) is collaborating with
Michigan Technological University (MTU) to offer the Central Michigan
University Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) degree through an interactive
distance-learning format on the campus of MTU.
This collaboration started with the first class of students in May of 2014.
The MTU site is on the MTU campus in Houghton, Michigan. It is an integral part of the CMU Physical Therpy degree program, and is fully accredited by Commission on Accreditation in
Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) as part of the CMU program. There are 12
students admitted to the MTU site each year. Students admitted into
the MTU site take the first summer of classes on the main campus for Central
Michigan University but the remainder of classes will be taken through a distance-learning
format at a dedicated site on the campus of Michigan Tech University.
Students completing the program at the MTU site will receive their DPT
degree from Central Michigan University.
Most lectures are presented on the CMU
campus by CMU faculty and transmitted in real time to MTU through interactive
distance learning technology. Depending on faculty locations, some lectures may be presented at MTU and transmitted to the Mt Pleasant campus. CMU will
have physical therapy faculty members at the MTU site to supervise all physical therapy lab experiences. The MTU site also has a faculty member who serves as Site Director and another faculty member serving as a Regional Clinical Coordinator for the UP region.
The policies for recruitment and admission will be the same
as for the existing program. Students
applying to the extension program will be admitted to the program following the
same evaluation and selection procedures as the students in the existing
The program uses PTCAS for the admissions process, and the criteria and processes are the same for all students applying to the program. Students applying to the CMU DPT program are asked to
identify their preference for either of the sites. They are also given the option to be
considered for only one of the locations.
The procedure followed for all
1. All students will be evaluated using the same
criteria and assigned a point total.
2. Students will be ranked in the order of their
3. Students at each site will be offered positions in the
program in the order of their point totals.
The deadline for application to the program is October 1st each year.
Applications for the
DPT program at CMU will be
evaluated in October and November with decisions being made in November,
December, and January.
If an interview is granted, it will take place in January.