Program Description

As a student in the doctoral physical therapy program, you'll learn and work alongside dedicated instructors and researchers in top of the line facilities such as the Human Performance Laboratory and the Motional Analysis Laboratory.

The physical therapy program offers a curriculum that is responsive to the changing environment of health care, a mission that promotes caring professionals, dedicated instructors, professional leaders and accessible facilities that house current cutting-edge technologies used in the profession.

Research Opportunities

Students also will have the chance to conduct research alongside faculty members in settings such as the Motion Analysis Center and the Human Performance Laboratory. Students may choose one of two options to satisfy the research component of the curriculum. They may either choose to work on a collaborative research project with the guidance and supervision of a faculty member, or choose to complete a clinical case report working with the guidance of either the director of clinical education or one of the regional coordinators during the final clinical rotation year. 

Admission Requirements

Please view all of the admission requirements to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program on their website.

Graduation Requirements

Students in the physical therapy program at CMU are required to complete 34 weeks of clinical education as part of the PT curriculum. Students complete 6 weeks at the end of their first didactic year and the final third year consists of two 14-week clinical rotations.

Students must also complete a research project with the guidance and support of a faculty member in the PT program. There are two options for completing the requirements: students may choose to participate in a collaborative research project, or they may choose to complete a clinical case report.


The doctoral program in physical therapy at Central Michigan University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).

Career Outlook

For More Information

Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy
Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions
School of Rehabilitation and Medical Sciences
1220 Health Professions Building
Central Michigan University
Mount Pleasant, MI  48859

(989) 774-1730

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