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.
We plan to begin the first class of students in May of 2014.
Pending the receipt of the Commission on Accreditation in
Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) approval, the planned starting date for the
program is May 19, 2014. A cohort of 12
students will be admitted to the program site on the campus of MTU in Houghton,
Michigan. The students admitted into
the cohort on the MTU campus will take the first summer of classes at 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.
The students enrolled in this program will receive their DPT
degree from Central Michigan University.
The lectures and the laboratory experiences will be presented on the CMU
campus by CMU faculty and transmitted in real time to MTU through interactive
distance learning technology. CMU will
also have physical therapy faculty members at the MTU site to coordinate the
clinical program and to supervise the physical therapy labs offered at MTU.
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 has been using PTCAS for the past 5 years for
student admissions. This process is the
same for all students applying to the program.
The only difference is that with the addition of the MTU
site, students applying to the CMU DPT program are now given the option 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 will be offered positions in the
program in the order of their point totals.
4. Students who indicate a preference will be
placed at those locations if positions are available when we reach their ranked
position on the list of applicants, but will be granted a position at the other
site if their preferred site is full but positions remain open at the other
5. Students who indicate that they wish to be
considered for only one site will then be granted a position at that site if a
position at that location is available when their ranked position on the
applicant list is reached. They will
not be offered a position at the other site even if positions at that location
The deadline for application to the program is October 1,
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.
Pending final CAPTE approval, the timeline for admission decisions for students
requesting the Michigan Tech site will be the same as for students preferring
the CMU site. The final CAPTE decision
is expected in November.