Michigan Tech Partnership Information

General information

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.


Admission policy

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 program. 


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 students is:



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 point totals.  

       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.​