The physical therapy program at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences was established in 1967, and was first accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association in 1970.
The Department of Physical Therapy offers a six-year curriculum leading to the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. Acceptance into the program is on a competitive basis, with the major determinant being the basic science grade point average. At present, the physical therapy program accepts 52 students per year. Although it varies from year to year, we generally have approximately 250 applicants.
The Department of Physical Therapy has 11 full-time faculty, three part-time faculty and three staff members. All of the faculty members are licensed physical therapists with graduate training. Along with teaching responsibilities, faculty members are involved in a combination of clinical practice, service, and research activities.
The Department of Physical Therapy moved to the new School of Medicine and Health Sciences building in July 2016. The building is a 325,000 square-foot, four-story building designed with a north-south oriented “Main Street” around which there are clusters of classrooms, small-group rooms, an auditorium, simulation center, anatomy labs, and learning communities. The physical therapy faculty offices and most of the classes are located on the third floor of the building.
The faculty are involved in research activities including motion analysis, electromyography, balance testing and training, muscle strengthening, ergonomics, electrical stimulation, functional outcomes, pediatric intervention, and physical therapy intervention efficacies. As part of the curriculum, students are given the opportunity to carry out their own research activities.
At present, there are approximately 260 clinical sites, the majority of which lie outside the greater Grand Forks area.
The physical therapy program at the University of North Dakota is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314. (703) 706-3245; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.capteonline.org