The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program at CMU


The physical therapy program offered through The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions at CMU is a professional graduate curriculum three years in length. Graduates of the program are awarded a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree (D.P.T.).

The program produces high quality graduates. Central Michigan graduates are highly recruited and are employed in all types of clinical settings throughout the state and nation.

The CMU Graduate Program in Physical Therapy has many strengths to offer its students. These include:

  • A curriculum that is responsive to the changing environment of health care. Our curriculum is designed to promote the development of students into knowledgeable, reflective, caring, competent and ethical practitioners. The program fosters the development of physical therapy professionals who are committed to lifelong learning.
  • A mission that promotes caring professionals. The design of the curriculum promotes the development of physical therapy professionals who are dedicated to the care of their patients and who will contribute to society through both their professional activities and personal commitments.
  • Professional leaders. Many Faculty members within the program have assumed prominent leadership roles within their professional organizations. The faculty have contributed to the body of knowledge within the profession through numerous publications and research activities. Students in the program have the opportunity to work with and learn from these professionals.
  • Dedicated instructors. Each faculty member is dedicated to promoting development of students into competent and caring healthcare professionals.
  • Facilities that are accessible and house current technologies used in the profession. Current Facilities include a Human Performance Laboratory, Motional Analysis/biomechanics Laboratory, two Physical Therapy Instructional Laboratories and an Anatomy Laboratory with computerized instructional enhancement. The Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy is housed in a state-of-the-art health professions building where students enrolled in all health professions programs will learn in a cooperative environment.

DPT Curriculum


Program Outcome Statistics:

Graduation Rate:

2013 - 100%

2014 - 98%

2015 - 90%


Ultimate Pass Rate: 100%

Employment Rate: 100%


The Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy at Central Michigan University ia accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website:

If any individual has a complaint concerning a possible violation of accreditation standards for the physical therapy program, they should submit a signed complaint in writing to the Director of Accreditation at the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Arlington, Virginia 22314.  Instructions for filing a complaint on line can be found at the APTA Accreditation web site