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Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program

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****Information for Class of 2021 (application year 2017-2018) ****

DPT Program

The Doctor of Physical Therapy curriculum is designed be completed in 3 years with the goal to prepare physical therapy students to function as independent entry-level practitioners upon graduation. The curriculum is a unique block design that helps to integrate foundational and clinical science content across the lifespan. The first year has strong foundational science content and learning experiences which includes full cadaver dissection, lecture and laboratory sessions taught in a systems approach as well as a translational course that bridges foundational and clinical sciences. Two of three professional issues courses are taught in the first year as well to establish a strong professional foundation in our students to complement the medical training including scientific inquiry. The second year coursework builds on the foundational sciences and focuses on the clinical science preparation across the lifespan. Laboratory sessions in these courses integrate concepts of clinical care and include sessions with patient/clients, simulated cases, and onsite/offsite clinical exposure and interprofessional education experiences. Clinical coursework during this year includes two unique integrated clinical experience courses with professional development and interprofessional education lab activities. Prior to entering the third year, students must pass the clinical qualifying measures (CQM) which encompasses summary physical therapy clinical and professional competencies and skills. The third year begins with the final professional issues course but otherwise is comprised of three 11-week full time clinical education experiences. These opportunities are back-loaded in the curriculum to enable the student to possess all needed skills to examine, evaluate, diagnose, and intervene appropriately for primary, secondary, and tertiary physical impairments, functional limitations, and disabilities. Mentored case reports and manuscript preparation are completed during the full time clinical experiences integrating both clinical care, scholarship, and dissemination of clinical findings.

 

Standing Summer Fall Spring
1st Year

DPTE 511: Basic Sciences I (9 SCH)

DPTE 512: Professional Issues I (3 SCH)

DPTE 513: Basic Sciences II (15 SCH)

DPTE 514: Basic Sciences III (12 SCH)

DPTE 515: DPTE Professional Issues II (2 SCH)

 
2nd Year

DPTE 520: Medical Issues (12 SCH)

DPTE 522: Musculoskeletal I (7 SCH) 

DPTE 523: Integrated Clinical Experience I (1 SCH)

DPTE 524: Neuromuscular I (7SCH)

DPTE 525: Musculoskeletal II (7 SCH)

DPTE 526: Integrated Clinical Experience II (1 SCH)

DPTE 527: Neuromuscular II (7SCH)

DPTE 530: Clinical Qualifying Measures (1 SCH)

 
3rd Year

DPTE 528: Professional Issues III (4 SCH)

DPTE 545: Full Time Clinical Experience I (10 SCH)

DPTP 546: Full Time Clinical Experience II (10 SCH) DPTP 547: Full Time Clinical Experience III (10 SCH)

 (SCH = Semester Credit Hours)

Dual Degree Option

Once admitted to the DPT program, students are eligible to apply for DPT/MPH dual degree option. One to two positions each year are available in the DPT/MPH dual degree option. These positions are competitive and will require completion of a separate supplemental application. Completion of the supplemental application does not guarantee acceptance into the dual degree option.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy-Master of Public Health (DPT/MPH) dual degree program is a four-year curriculum. The fall and spring of the first year includes completion of the core and concentration courses from the MPH program. Concentration courses are selected from one of the following specialization areas: community & population health, epidemiology and global health from the MPH program.

The second year begins in the summer with a foundational science and professional issues course from the DPT program. The fall and spring of the second year includes a systems-oriented approach to foundational sciences and is followed by instruction in the performance of clinically relevant, system-specific and age-appropriate examination and intervention skills as well as a second professional issues course within the DPT program.

The third year includes knowledge, skills and clinical decision making necessary for medically complex settings, inpatient and outpatient care settings, and focused instruction in musculoskeletal and neuromuscular disorders. Prior to entering the fourth academic year, students must successfully pass Clinical Qualifying Measures, which encompasses summary physical therapy competencies and skills.

The fourth year begins with a final professional issues course. The summer, fall and spring of the fourth year requires 33 weeks of practical physical therapy experience in a variety of clinical and non-traditional settings, subdivided into three separate full time clinical education experiences. These opportunities are back-loaded in the curriculum to enable the student to possess all needed skills to examine, evaluate, diagnose, and intervene appropriately for primary, secondary, and tertiary physical impairments, functional limitations, and disabilities. The final year also culminates in a capstone requirement related to the area of specialization within the MPH program, a MPH field experience and an online MPH seminar series. For detailed descriptions of the DPT Blocks refer to the DPT Curriculum Overview section. For detailed descriptions of the MPH courses refer to the Master of Public Health website at: http://www.medschool.umaryland.edu/epidemiology/mph/Current-Students/Student-Resources/

Throughout the curriculum, specific course content is determined by:

  • the goals and threads of the curricular plan
  • feedback from clinicians and students
  • the Guide to Physical Therapist Practice 
  • current literature on physical therapy teaching and practice
  • competencies specified in the Associations of Schools of Public Health, Education Committee Report, Master's Degree in Public Health Core Competency Development project
Year Summer Fall Spring
1st Year   MPH Core Courses
  • 1 @ 4 weeks
  • 5 @ 15 weeks
MPH Concentration Courses
(CPH, EPI, Global Health)
2nd Year
  • DPTE 511: Basic Sciences I

  • DPTE 512: Professional Issues I
  • DPTE 513: Basic Sciences II
  • DPTE 514: Basic Sciences III

  • DPTE 515: Professional Issues II
 
3rd Year
  • DPTE 520: Medical Issues
  • DPTE 522: Musculoskeletal I

  • DPTE524: Neuromuscular I

  • DPTE 523: Integrated Clinical Experience I
  • DPTE 525: Musculoskeletal II

  • DPTE 527: Neuromuscular II 

  • DPTE 526: Integrated Clinical Experience II

  • DPTE 530: Clinical Qualifying Measures

 
4th Year
  • DPTE 528: Professional Issues III

  • DPTE 545: Full Time Clinical Experience I
  • DPTE 546: Full Time Clinical Experience II 
  • DPTE 547: Full Time Clinical Experience III 
MPH Capstone

NOTE: Gray shaded areas are the MPH coursework from the DPT/MPH Dual Degree Option.

Curricular Comparisons

Goals and Expected Outcomes of DPT Program

The program will:

  1. Advance the student’s capacity for thinking analytically and critically in spirit of scientific inquiry through facilitated seminars and didactic discussions in the curriculum.
    • Expected outcome: The program will ensure a progression of activities that integrate science and clinical practice throughout the curriculum (didactic content and clinical correlates in Year 1 courses and a minimum of 2 seminars per clinical block).
  2. Contribute to student’s ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, with patients families and health care providers through structured clinical learning opportunities (Case Reports, Consultation Projects, and PICO Presentations) in Full Time Clinical Experiences I, II, or III
    • Expected outcome: The program will offer a minimum of 3 structured clinical learning opportunities in the form of a Case Report, Consultation Project, and PICO Presentation in Full Time Clinical Experiences I, II, or III.
  3. Cultivate a level of clinical competence to provide effective efficient and humanistic heath care in diverse practice settings by offering professional practice opportunities and clinical experiences in a variety of settings for each student.
    • Expected outcome: Every student will be exposed to a minimum of 3 different practice settings as part of clinical experiences.
  4. Expand the student’s ability to appreciate contributions of research through discussion of design, measurement and statistical analysis, as it helps to expand the knowledge base of the physical therapy profession.
    • Expected outcome: Every student will complete a knowledge competency and a knowledge based applications of scientific evidence for clinical practice (CAP and CAT)
  5. Encourage the students’ participation in service and professional activities that promote the advancement of the profession.
    • Expected outcome: The program will facilitate student participation in a minimum of 2 campus and / or community health service and /or professional activities that promote the profession of physical therapy
  6. Promote the student’s ability to create a lifelong plan of continuing personal and professional development through the development of professional portfolio throughout the curriculum.
    • Expected outcome: The program will require that every student will complete a professional portfolio prior to graduation.
  7. Promote the provision of clinical service to the citizens of Maryland upon graduation through clinical care, wellness services, and healthcare advocacy.
    • Expected outcomes: a) At least 50% of the graduates will be licensed to work in the state of Maryland, b) The program will provide a minimum of 3 wellness or healthcare advocacy service opportunities each year for student participation

The faculty will:

  1. Demonstrate excellence in teaching and student evaluation as well as contemporary expertise in areas of teaching responsibilities.
    • Expected outcome: a)100% of the core faculty will demonstrate contemporary expertise in areas of assigned teaching on each block’s teaching evaluations by students and peer assessment and, b) 100 % of core faculty will score an average of very good to outstanding on each block’s teaching evaluations by students and peer assessment
  2. Participate in the development of new knowledge and evidence that enhances rehabilitation science and the profession of physical therapy.
    • Expected outcome: 2a)50% of core faculty will be engaged in scientific research producing new knowledge and evidence as measured by at least one grant submission and two published manuscripts for these faculty per year, 2b) 100% of core faculty will have an active scholarly agenda with at least one disseminated scholarly product each year
  3. Model commitment to promoting the physical therapy profession and rehabilitation science through engagement in service activities and with scientific and professional organizations in university/local, national, and/or international communities.
    • Expected outcome: 100% of the faculty will be members in either a local, national or scientific professional organization with 50% holding an office, leadership position, or committee membership.

The students will:

  1. Integrate evidence and demonstrate critical thinking to support clinical decision making.
    • Expected outcomes: a) 100% of the students will successfully complete 3 PICO projects with 90% scoring A’s, b) 100% of the students will achieve an “entry-level” score on CPI criterion #7 (clinical reasoning) by end of Full Time Clinical Internship III, c) 100 % of the students will complete a written Case Report with 15% scoring over 90% to qualify for Research Day presentation
  2. Screen, examine, evaluate, diagnose, and provide appropriate interventions for client/patient management across the lifespan.
    • Expected outcome: 100% of the students will successfully meet requirements for PBAs and clinical education with patients across the lifespan.
  3. Demonstrate clinical competence in a minimum of 3 practice settings, which include medically complex, rehabilitation, and community based settings.
    • Expected outcome: 100% of the students will achieve passing scores on the CPI for each Full Time Clinical Internship (I-III).
  4. Communicate effectively, orally and in writing, with patients’ families and health care providers.
    • Expected outcomes: a) 100% of the students will successfully complete the Consultation Project in Full Time Clinical Internship I, II, or III, b) 100% of students will successfully complete patient communication requirements for CQM (tester and patient feedback)
  5. Participate in service and other professional activities that promote the advancement of the physical therapy profession
    • Expected outcomes: a) 100% of the students will participate in at least one service related activity prior to graduation, b) 75% of the students will attend at least one local or national professional conference by graduation, c) at least 3 students in each class will hold an active position in a professional organization (student representative, committee member), d) 100% of the students will be members of at least 1 professional organization at the local, national or international level
  6. Demonstrate the ability to design a professional portfolio to guide lifelong learning and development
    • Expected outcome: 100% of the students will successfully complete a comprehensive personal development portfolio by the end of the program

The graduates will:

  1. Function as an entry-level independent point of entry provider of physical rehabilitation and rehabilitation services.
    • Expected outcome: NPTE first time passage rate will be 90% or higher. NPTE final passage rate will be 100%.
  2. Effectively manage care for persons in medically-complex, rehabilitation, and community-based settings
    • Expected outcome: 90% of respondents will score at or above entry-level on the graduate outcome survey, and 95% of respondents will score at or above entry-level at the 6-month graduate and employer outcome surveys.
  3. Autonomously practice in a variety of healthcare environments
    • Expected outcome: 90% of respondents will score at or above entry-level on the graduate outcome survey, and 95% of respondents will score at or above entry-level on the 6-month graduate and employer outcome surveys
  4. Provide guidance and interventions to promote wellness and prevention and to enhance the physical performance of persons in the community
    • Expected outcome: 90% of respondents will score at or above entry-level on the graduate outcome survey, and 95% of respondents will score at or above entry-level on the 6-month graduate and employer outcome surveys
  5. Effectively communicate orally and in writing with patient/families, colleagues, other health care professionals and the general public
    • Expected outcome: 90% of respondents will score at or above entry-level on the graduate outcome survey, and 95% of respondents will score at or above entry-level on the 6-month graduate and employer outcome surveys
  6. Contribute to the management of physical therapy services, administration and marketing strategies, and fiscal responsibilities within a practice setting
    • Expected outcome: 90% of respondents will score at or above entry-level on the graduate outcome survey, and 95% of respondents will score at or above entry-level on the 6-month graduate and employer outcome surveys
  7. Initiate a plan of lifelong learning and continuing competence
    • Expected outcomes: a) 90% of respondents will score at or above entry-level on the graduate outcome survey, and 95% of respondents will score at or above entry-level on the 6-month graduate and employer outcome surveys, b) 100% of respondents will have attended at least 1 continuing competence activity by the 6 month graduate outcome survey and 2 continuing competence activities by the 18 month graduate outcome survey
  8. Participate in service and/or professional activities that advance the profession of physical therapy
    • Expected outcomes: a) At least 50% of the respondents will be members of the APTA and /or a professional organization, b) 20% of the respondents will be active in some service activity and/ or professional committee/ work task force.
  9. Use evidence as a basis for critical thinking , decision-making and independent practice (can include journal club participation, literature reviews, case studies and reports).
    • Expected outcome: 90% of respondents will score at or above entry-level on the graduate outcome survey, and 95% of respondents will score at or above entry-level on the 6-month graduate and employer outcome surveys.

Goals and Expected Outcomes DPT/MPH Dual Degree Option

In addition to all DPT program Goals and Expected Outcomes, the DPT/MPH option includes the following goal and expected outcomes:

The DPT/MPH dual degree option will:

  1. Prepare students to apply and integrate classroom training in a public health practice environment
    • Expected outcome: The Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science will collaborate with the Department of Epidemiology to provide MPH core and concentration courses
  2. Expand the student’s ability to infuse a population health perspective into critical analysis of health issues
    • Expected outcome: The dual-degree option will ensure mentorship for a public health capstone project

The DPT/MPH dual degree option students will:

  1. Integrate evidence and demonstrate critical thinking to support public health
    • Expected outcome: a) 100% of the students will successfully complete a capstone experience on a supervised project in their area of specialization, b) a three-year average of 50% of completed capstone projects eligible for publication

The DPT/MPH dual degree option graduates will:

  1. Participate in service and / or professional activities that advance the profession of public health
    • Expected outcome: a three-year average of 50% of graduates will engage in a governance committee within the public health venue on a 6-month graduate outcome survey
  2. Graduates will infuse population health perspective into their professional careers
    • Expected outcome: a three-year average of 50% of respondents will report strongly agree or agree to infusing population health into their career on a 6-month graduate outcome survey 

DPT Program Student Outcomes (Retention Rate, Graduation Rate, Licensure Pass Rate, and Employment Rate)

Please click on the link for DPT Student Outcomes (2014-2017)‌‌‌‌ including retention rates, graduation rates, licensure pass rates, and employment rates.

DPT/MPH Dual Degree Option Student Outcomes

This is pending due to student outcome data not being available until the first class graduates.

DPT Program Admissions

DPT Application Deadlines

The deadline for review of applications and selection for interviews for early admission to the DPT program is August 14th.

The deadline for review of applications and selection for interviews for regular admission to the DPT program is November 1st.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to APPLY AND SUBMIT ALL REQUIRED DOCUMENTS WELL IN ADVANCE OF THE NOVEMBER 1st DEADLINE. This will provide us with sufficient time to review your materials and determine your eligibility for the required group interview.

DPT Application Process

The Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science participates in the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS). Students seeking admission to the DPT program must apply via this service at http://www.ptcas.org

The interview process for the DPT program is rolling, DPT student applicants will be evaluated weekly by the Admissions Committee beginning July 1st. In order to be considered for admission, the PTCAS application and all other required documents must be received prior to the outlined application deadlines. Competitive applicants will be invited, on an on-going basis, to attend the mandatory on-campus interview. Offers of admission will be extended once all DPT interviews have been completed. Be sure to apply early as available space for interview sessions may be exhausted before the posted application deadline. Offers of admission will be based on an applicant's entire academic profile including: cumulative grade point average, pattern and history of grades earned during an undergraduate curriculum, grades earned in required pre-requisite courses, GRE scores as well as the strength of the recommendations provided, interview results and breath/depth of the candidates physical therapy observation hours.

DPT Admission Requirements

    • A Bachelor’s Degree - earned before enrolling in the DPT program
    • Minimum GPA Requirements for Eligibility
      • Overall Undergraduate Cumulative GPA: 3.0 minimum
      • Program-specific Prerequisite GPA: 3.0 minimum
      • Grades of C- (C minus) and below cannot be used to satisfy the required prerequisite courses. Repeated courses are averaged together.
    • Required DPT Pre-Requisite Courses

Prospective students may submit an application while enrolled in pre-requisite courses, but all courses must be completed prior to starting the DPT program. Grades of C- (C minus) and below cannot be used to satisfy the requirements for admission.

          • Human Anatomy (with lab, 4 semester credit hours). One course in Human Anatomy or the first course in the series of Anatomy and Physiology I&II. Anatomy content should include skeletal and muscular systems of the human body.
          • Physiology (with lab, 4 semester credit hours). One course in Physiology or the second course in the series of Anatomy and Physiology I&II. Physiology content should cover various systems including: cardiovascular, endocrine, respiratory, etc...
          • Biology (4-8 semester credit hours) - In addition to Human Anatomy and Physiology listed above, one or two courses from the field of biology, not to include Botany.
          • General Chemistry I (with lab, 4 semester credit hours). Content must include atomic and molecular structure. This course should be the first in the Chemistry I & II series.
          • General Chemistry II (with lab, 4 semester credit hours) - In addition to Chemistry I listed above. This course should be the second course in the Chemistry I&II series and must include a lab.
          • General Physics I (with lab 4, semester credit hours). Non-calculus or calculus based.
          • General Physics II (with lab 4, semester credit hours). Non-calculus or calculus based.
          • Statistics (3-4 semester credit hours). Course content should include mean, median, mode, standard deviation, t-tests, etc...
          • Psychology (3 semester credit hours). Abnormal or Developmental Psychology recommended.
          • Human Behavior (3-6 semester credit hours) - In addition to Abnormal Psychology or Developmental Psychology listed above, one or two courses that include a knowledge of human behavior from an individual or societal perspective.
    • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
      • Official score reports must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) - http://www.gre.org
        • University of Maryland Institution Code: 5848
        • PTRS Department Code: 0619
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
      • The TOEFL is required, if English is not your native language and/or you have lived in the US for less than 5 years. http://www.toefl.org. The minimum required TOEFL score for admission into the DPT program is 213 for the computer based exam and 80 for the internet based exam
        • University of Maryland Institution Code: 5848
        • PTRS Department Code: 48
    • Recommendation Forms
      • One recommendation from a physical therapist you have shadowed.
      • One recommendation from PT-related, non-PT related, participation in college and university groups that provide service, cultural and faith-based groups, and national, regional, state, or local organizations.
      • One recommendation from an academic source. The academic recommendation must be completed by a college or university faculty member who has served as your instructor and has personally observed you in the classroom environment.
    • Group Interview
      • Applicants who present a competitive academic profile will be invited to participate in a Group Interview. Interview dates are assigned based on the date the application for admission is received; the overall strength of the documents submitted for review; and the number of PT observation hours completed to date. Interviews will be held on the following dates in 2017:
        • September 13, 2017
        • October 4, 2017
        • October 18, 2017
        • October 25, 2017
        • November 8, 2017
        • November 29, 2017
        • December 6, 2017
    • Physical Therapy Observation
      • All applicants must complete a minimum of 100 hours (volunteer or paid), observing the practice of physical therapy in a clinical setting. Observation hours must be supervised by a physical therapist licensed in the US and must have been completed within the prior two years of the application submission. All of the required hours must be completed prior to enrollment in the DPT program. It is recommended for applicants to complete at least half of the required hours prior to submitting their application for admission.
         
        Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete observation of physical therapy practice in at least two to three different clinical settings (acute care, inpatient rehabilitation and/or outpatient practice) and with different patient populations (i.e. across the lifespan, varied clinical condition) to ensure exposure to a broad scope of physical therapy practice.
    • Community Service
      • It is recommended that applicants demonstrate on-going volunteer/non-paid service. Experiences should be different than the physical therapy observational hours. Community service can include participation in groups/organizations that provide service to the community at the national, regional, state, or local level.
    • Current CPR Certification
      • CPR certification must include infant, child and adult resuscitation.
      • Courses delivered solely via a web-based format are not acceptable.
      • “Blended” format courses are acceptable: on-line instruction and in-person skills practice and testing.

        Certifications must be valid on the first day of class and must remain active throughout your enrollment in the DPT program. Students are required to provide documentation of their current CPR certification.

        The following are considered acceptable CPR certification programs:

        Basic Life Support for Healtcare Providers and Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support for Healthcare Providers - please see http://cpr.heart.org/AHAECC/CPRAndECC/Training/HealthcareProfessional/UCM_473185_Healthcare-Professional.jsp for more information.

Required Device – Effective Summer 2018 (Class of 2021)

The Department of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Science (PTRS) requires all incoming DPT Program students to purchase the device that the department specifies for their particular cohort. Given that this is a transition year from our previous “model” of a required device, PTRS is making every effort to ensure that this required device is a student fee for Class of 2021. If for some reason this fee is not approved at the campus level or this fee is not approved in a timely fashion, students will be expected to purchase the specified machine out of pocket prior to beginning the DPT Program. The projected cost of the device is approximately $1,800 which includes a 4 year warranty with on-site next business day service. There is no negotiation on using another device or exceptions to this policy.  Students are financially responsible for the cost of the required device as soon as they matriculate into the DPT Program.

Admission Decision Appeal Process

  • All applicants have the right to appeal an admissions decision. Your appeal should be in writing and addressed to the following:

University of Maryland School of Medicine
Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science
Attention: Director of Academic Affairs
100 Penn Street, Suite 115
Baltimore, MD 21201

Applying for Dual Degree Option (once accepted to DPT Program)

Once admitted to the DPT program, students are eligible to apply for the DPT/MPH dual degree option. One to two positions each year are available in the DPT/MPH dual degree option.  These positions are competitive and will require completion of a separate supplemental application. Completion of a supplemental application does not guarantee acceptance into the dual degree option.

DPT/MPH Dual Degree Option Admissions

Students interested in the combined DPT/MPH option must first be accepted for admittance into the UMB DPT program. After admission into the DPT program, students interested in the DPT/MPH dual degree option must submit a Supplemental Application to the MPH program by the following outlined dates. The priority deadline for applications for the MPH program is January 15th, which is available to students who have received early admission to the DPT program. For those students accepted to the DPT program under regular admission, or those early admit DPT students who do not submit for priority consideration, the final deadline for application for the MPH program is May 1st. There is a cap of 2 students per year for acceptance into the DPT/MPH dual degree option. Students must have a minimum DPT GPA of 3.0 for each semester of their first year and will be rank ordered based upon DPT GPA for acceptance into the DPT/MPH dual degree option.

DPT Program Tuition & Fees

Tuition and fees vary based on the year in which the student is enrolled in the DPT program and whether you are a Maryland state resident. See Tuition and Fees for DPT Program

DPT/MPH Dual Degree Option Tuition & Fees

Tuition and fees vary based on the year in which the student is enrolled in the DPT/MPH dual degree program and whether you are a Maryland state resident. Student will pay DPT tuition and fees for the Summer of first year, MPH tuition and fees for Fall and Spring of first year, Summer of second year, and DPT tuition and fees for Fall and Spring of third year and all semesters in the fourth year.

See Tuition and Fees for DPT Program | See Tuition and Fees for MPH Program

Graduation Requirements - DPT Program

The student is required to successfully complete the following before graduation:

  1. All required DPT Didactic courses
  2. Clinical Qualifying Measure using Standardized Patients
  3. All required Clinical Experiences

Graduation Requirements - DPT/MPH Dual Degree Option

The student is required to successfully complete the following before graduation:

  1. All required DPT and MPH didactic courses
  2. Clinical Qualifying Measure using Standardized Patients
  3. All required Clinical Experiences
  4. MPH Capstone Project

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Federal Grants, Loans and Work-Study

The University of Maryland Office of Financial Aid can answer questions concerning the federal aid process. Federal financial aid includes grants, low-interest loans and work-study.

Website: http://www.umaryland.edu/fin/
E-mail: aidtalk@umaryland.edu
Phone: (410) 706-7347

Maryland State Awards

Maryland residents may apply for grants, scholarships and need-based financial aid through the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) - Office of Student Financial Assistance. Information concerning eligibility requirements for the Workforce Shortage Student Assistance Grant Program and other awards are available on the MHEC website at http://www.mhec.state.md.us.

Equal Opportunity

The University of Maryland Baltimore is an equal opportunity institution with respect to both education and employment.

The University's policies, programs, and activities are in conformance with pertinent federal and state laws and regulations on nondiscrimination regarding race, color, religion, age, ancestry or national origin, gender, sexual orientation, and handicap.

 

DPT Program Contacts

DPT Program Admissions

Joyce Johnson
Academic Program Specialist
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science
100 Penn Street, Suite 115
Baltimore, MD 21201
email: jjohnson@som.umaryland.edu 

Nicole Willhide
Director of Student Services
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science
100 Penn Street, Suite 115
Baltimore, MD 21201
email: nwillhide@som.umaryland.edu

DPT Program Directors

Karen L. Gordes, PhD, PT, DScPT
Director for Student and Faculty Affairs for the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program
email: KGordes@som.umaryland.edu

Linda B. Horn, PT, DScPT, MHS
Director for Academic Affairs for the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program
email: LHorn@som.umaryland.edu

Sandra McCombe Waller, PT, PhD, MS, NCS
Director for Educational Affairs for the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program
email: SMcCombeWaller@som.umaryland.edu

Laurie Neely, PT, DPT, NCS 
Director of Clinical Education for the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program
email: LNeely@som.umaryland.edu

DPT/MPH Dual Degree Option Contacts

Karen L. Gordes, PhD, PT, DScPT
Director for Student and Faculty Affairs for the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program
email: KGordes@som.umaryland.edu

Diane Marie St. George, PhD
MPH Program Director, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health
email: dstgeorg@epi.umaryland.edu

Accreditation Status

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the University of Maryland School of Medicine is accredited by the:

Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)
111 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, Virginia, 22314
Telephone: 703-706-3245
Email: accreditation@apta.org
Website: http://www.capteonline.org

Accreditation Status: MPH Program

The University of Maryland School of Medicine Master of Public Health program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). See status at http://www.medschool.umaryland.edu/epidemiology/mph/About-Us/Accreditation/#d.en.138541

Additional Information for Prospective Students

APTA and Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy

Calendars and Dates

Handbooks

Policies, Procedures, and Forms

Miscellaneous