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Dual DPT/PhD in Physical Therapy
The Office of Graduate Programs administers applications for the
graduate DPT/PhD Dual Degree program at the
University of Michigan – Flint.
Individuals seeking the DPT/PhD dual degree should contact the
PTD Program Coordinator for Post-Professional Education,
Christina Wixson, 810-762-3373; email@example.com.
Currently, eligible applicants must be one of the following…
- currently enrolled in the UM-Flint Professional DPT
program and have successfully completed both
years 1 & 2 of the DPT program
- currently enrolled in the UM-Flint Transitional DPT
(tDPT) program and have successfully completed
two-thirds of the required coursework
- UM-Flint Professional DPT or Transitional DPT graduates
- individuals who have completed or are currently enrolled
in the University of Michigan-Flint Certificate or Residency programs
All applicants must have...
- a minimum cumulative grade point of 5.0 on a 9.0 scale (B)
(or 3.0 on a 4.0 scale) in the Professional DPT or t-DPT program
(Since the applicant has a University of Michigan-Flint DPT degree,
tDPT degree, certificate/residency or is currently enrolled in the
DPT or tDPT or certificate/residency program, he/she does not need to
provide a transcript. The PTD will use SIS to access this information.)
- Evidence of English Proficiency (for applicants whose native language
is not English) See Graduate Programs for University requirements
(Since the applicant will likely have this information already in their files
as a UM-Flint graduate or current student, the PTD will verify this information)
Submit the following application materials to the
Office of Graduate Programs, University of Michigan – Flint.
- A clearly defined statement of purpose that describes…
- Why the applicant is interested in an academic and/or research career
- Specifies the area of specialization/advanced practice
(orthopedics, neurology, pediatrics or geriatrics) that the applicant
wishes to focus on while completing the PhD degree program.
- The applicant’s proposed topics of scholarly inquiry
- Since the PhD student’s area of research needs to complement
the student’s Doctoral Committee Chair’s scholarly agenda,
the statement should identify the PhD faculty member who
has agreed to serve as the student’s chair.
*The statement should be typed (12 point font) and double-spaced.
2. a minimum of two letters of reference
- one from a DPT or tDPT or certificate/residency faculty member
(if someone other than a UM-Flint faculty member can more accurately
comment on your current potential, please discuss this with the
AD for the PhD program).
- one from a faculty member with specific expertise in the
applicant’s area of specialization/advanced practice while in the
*We strongly suggest that you include individuals who are able to
comment on your academic and clinical abilities, personal
qualities, and potential teaching, research/scholarship and
Note: In order to assist you in your career and
professional development, it is strongly suggested that
you meet with the Associate Director of the PhD program
to discuss this career choice.
- It is required that you meet with the Coordinator
of your specialization/advanced practice area of
interest to assist you with the selection of your area
of specialization/advanced practice.
- You are also required to meet with your potential
Doctoral Committee Chair. Please contact Christina
Wixson to assist you in scheduling these meetings.
3. The completed form signed by the PhD faculty member
that has agreed to serve as the applicant’s Doctoral
4. Please attach a sample of recent technical/scientific
paper or report that you have written.
(If you have questions or concerns about the paper
or report requirement, please, do not hesitate to discuss
this with the AD for the PhD program).
5. The completed Application for Dual Degree or Change of Program
(Dual Degree or Change of Program Form)
All students who wish to apply to the PhD must comply
with regulations for dual degree programs.
We are accepting applications to the PhD Program on
or before April 15, 2014 and June 30, 2014 for a Fall 2014
semester start date. Please note that for those of you that are
eligible for financial assistance or scholarships, you should
consider submitting your PhD application early and take note
of the FAFSA and scholarship deadlines.
We will be accepting applications for a Fall 2015 semester
start date on or before October 15, 2014 and
February 15, 2015.
There is no application fee.
- Phone call from the Associate Director of the PhD Program
- Email from the Physical Therapy Department (via EMAS)
- Online Application Status (Check your status here)
Term of Admission:
Fall (cohort). Current DPT or tDPT students begin the PhD curriculum
after successful completion of their degree requirements.
The UM-Flint Physical Therapy department will inform the applicant
of the one of the following decisions:
- Standard admission is granted to applicants who satisfy all
admission requirements, have met or exceeded admission standards
and have been recommended for admission by the PhD program faculty.
- Conditional admission may be granted to applicants who do not
satisfy all admission requirements of admission to the PhD program
(usually completion of the DPT or tDPT). Applicants who have met or
exceeded the admission standards and have been recommended for
admission by the PhD program faculty may be granted conditional
admission. All students currently enrolled in the DPT or tDPT
programs will be in the conditional admission category until
completion of their degree.
- Alternate List in the case that there are more qualified
applicants to the PhD program than the determined
class cohort size, an alternate list will be created including
applicants who will serve as alternates in case a standard
or conditional admission student does not accept the PhD
- Denied Admission is when an applicant has submitted a file
that does not meet admissions standards
(e.g. GPA, statement, letter of recommendation).
Note: Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee
entrance into the program. Under special circumstances, the PhD Faculty
may choose to waive any of the above requirements.
Students who have been awarded Standard admission to the DPT/PhD
Dual degree program must notify the PTD Program Coordinator
for Post-Professional Education, Christina Wixson, of their acceptance
in writing within a 2 week period after receiving the admissions
Enrollment Deposit: $500.00 (non-refundable); when the
student starts the PhD program, the $500.00 will be applied
to the first semester tuition.
 A student who has been permanently dismissed from an PTD graduate post-professional academic program because of academic or professional misconduct, or who has withdrawn voluntarily rather than participate in an investigation of allegations of academic or professional misconduct, may not apply to or enroll in any other PTD graduate post-professional academic program for five years from the date of dismissal or for the period specified in the letter of dismissal.
 Admission determinations are made by the PTD PhD Admission Committee. The PTD PhD Admission Committee is chaired by the Associate Director for the DPT/PhD Dual Degree Program. Other members include the Associate Director(s) for Post-Professional Degree and Non-Degree Programs, the Associate Director for Research, the Post-Professional Education coordinators, and two faculty members from the DPT program. The committee is guided by the admissions requirements for decision making; however, the committee is not constrained to use these guidelines if circumstances exist, in the opinion of the committee members, to deviate from the guidelines. There is no appeal of admission decisions. Admissions decisions will be communicated to the student by the Associate Director for the DPT/PhD Dual Degree Program.
The DPT/PhD Dual Degree program is designed to address the demand for qualified faculty in the DPT programs across the USA and to create academic leaders in PT education. The DPT/PHD program meets these needs by enhancing knowledge in important areas such as: evidence-based practice in an area of advanced practice and clinical specialization, research, and academic leadership. This program is open to UM-Flint DPT alumni who graduated since 2007 and currently enrolled students in the DPT and t-DPT programs. DPT students begin their additional Ph.D. requirements upon completion of their DPT degree. Both degrees are taught face-to-face at UM-Flint's Riverfront Campus in Flint, MI with some online coursework.
This minimum of a 2.5 year, full-time program is designed for the professional DPT student who knows their long-term career aspirations are in academia to teach and do research. Students are expected to pursue their degree on a full-time basis; and that students will spend sufficient time on campus for conducting research, interacting with other graduate students, and fostering intellectual activities.
PhD Curriculum of DPT/PhD Dual Degree Program
Ten credits hours in research and evidence based practice from the DPT curriculum will transfer to the Ph.D. curriculum:
- PTP 560 Research Methods (3),
- PTP 581 Teaching, Learning & Health Education (2),
- PTP 661 Literature Analysis in Evidenced Based Practice (2) ,
- PTP 660 Critical Inquiry Project (3) or PTP 502 Independent Research (3).
An additional 50 credit hours in the PhD program upon completion of the students DPT program is the minimum required to grant the PhD (a total of 60 credit hours).
Coursework is designed in two parallel tracks of specialization/advanced
practice and research with an additional required core in academic leadership
and engagement rounding out the required curriculum. Core courses are
designed to provide students with a global perspective of PT leadership,
engagement and education in contemporary academia and to prepare
them for higher-level courses in specialization concentration area
and scholarly activity/research.
The Ph.D. program has four distinct, yet overlapping;
foci (curricular elements) that we believe are essential
characteristics for the next generation of leaders in PT education:
Pre-Candidacy Core Courses
- Specialization-Advanced Practice (Concentration of 18 credits)
- Engagement and Transformational Leadership (6 credits)
- Scholarly Activity/Research (12 credits)
Candidacy Core Courses
4. Seminar and Dissertation Research (minimum of 14 credits)
Student must also take a qualifying exam during the
last semester of their pre-candidacy coursework, a preliminary
examination to be granted candidacy status, and complete a
dissertation. For more information see PhD Requirements
and Sample Plan of Study.