Doctor of Physical Therapy
Why Choose UWM?
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Our Rich History
The College is widely known for its excellent teaching and student learning environment, superb innovative research programs, community engagement and service to various health care professions.
All of our programs have numerous affiliations with health care institutions and medical centers throughout Milwaukee, Wis. and the U.S. Our community partners number in the hundreds, in addition to our own clinics where faculty and student interact with patients in an educational stetting. Our primary mission is to provide the best educational experience for our students. To accomplish this, our faculty and staff have led the way introducing new technologies into the classroom, integrating research into the undergraduate and graduate curricula and providing the best fieldwork experience. Our graduates perform far above the national average on national board certification examinations in the various accredited disciplines and are extremely competitive in the global market.
Once again, UWM is able to boast a 100% first time pass rate of our graduates on the National Physical Therapy Licensing Examination. A number of program strengths that support these outcomes including talented students, our small class sizes with personalized student attention, our comprehensive examination process, our attention to examination preparation, and our high quality clinical education program. Most important, however, is that this outcome is a reflection of the quality and dedication of the faculty.
Our People and Program
We have a cohesive faculty that is highly trained and motivated to assist you through your educational journey. As one of two public state doctoral research institutions, the DPT program at UWM offers numerous resources to its students. Faculty collaborate with other departments, and students can study under the direction of research mentors; participate in interdisciplinary research projects; attend research seminars and clinical conferences; and take advantage of the exemplary library resources and campus support services. Our students are offered the best education and clinical experiences available in physical therapy!
UWM offers a uniquely relevant learning experience, educating more Wisconsin residents than any university in the world and recruiting a growing population of international students and faculty. As the most diverse institution in the University of Wisconsin System, UWM is a learning destination for 30,000 students. They share the motivation to learn and to excel, and the talent to nurture their ideas and contribute to the global economy. Each student arrives at UWM with a unique perspective and an approach to learning that will be enhanced by a network of support services and learning opportunities available no where else in America. Check out the facts, figures and finances that help present a picture of UWM as an accessible, affordable and powerful institution of higher education.
Every city has its own energy. Milwaukee’s vibe is relaxed, mixed with a modern, do-it-your-way kind of attitude.
Our home on Milwaukee’s beautiful East Side, blocks from Lake Michigan and minutes (by bus) from Downtown, puts students in the center of a thriving and friendly metropolitan area that doubles as a learning laboratory.
Get to it all free and fast. Every semester every student gets a UPASS, good for unlimited free rides on the Milwaukee County Transit System.
BONUS—Milwaukee offers plenty of fun-filled activities year round. With its world-renowned summer festivals, rich culture, Brewers, beautiful parks, beaches, farmers’ markets and nightlife you can’t beat the awesomeness of the city!
All of our graduates have reported full-time employment within six months of graduation.
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The Human Performance & Sport Physiology Laboratory conducts research pertinent to expanding the scientific knowledge base that informs the physiological basis for injury prevention, re-conditioning, strength training, and sport performance. The research questions and projects of the lab range from basic to applied, and are often multi-disciplinary in nature. As such, Human Performance & Sport Physiology Laboratory will frequently collaborate with other laboratories in the Department of Kinesiology as well as clinicians and researchers outside of the University. In addition to supporting faculty led research projects, the Human Performance & Sport Physiology Laboratory provides essential research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students in Kinesiology, Athletic Training, and Physical Therapy as well as from other degree programs on campus.
The Pediatric Neuromotor Laboratory is engaged in translational research, blending developmental inquiry with clinical application. Our emphasis is on skill acquisition and early motor control in infants and toddlers. Populations studied include: Spina Bifida, Prader Willi syndrome, and typical development. Undergraduate and graduate students contribute to the laboratory team.
In the Visuomotor Laboratory we are interested in how the brain guides how we move. For example, if some one wants to grab a particularly great apple out of the bowl, the brain takes in the location of the apple and this visual information is used to guide the arm to the fruit. The act of choosing an object to look at is considered visual attention. After a person visually selects the object, the next step is to move toward it. The act of choosing which path to take to get to that object is considered motor attention. Our lab studies this interaction of how visual information is used to guide motor behavior. Specifically, we are interested in the posterior parietal cortex, and how attention might be involved in the process of decision-making described above. Currently in our lab we perform behavioral and functional magnetic resonance imaging experiments to address this important issue. A better understanding of the role of parietal cortex in attention-mediated processes will ultimately help people with disorders such as Alzheimer’s Disease or stroke. Click here for more information on our research laboratories.
The UWM DPT program began producing graduates in 2010. Our graduate outcomes reflect the UWM commitment to incoming students to matriculate and graduate students who exemplify the best of the profession. Our competency based program supports advancing students at their pace to support student learning. While our graduates' success is measured in more than the standardized outcomes, the UWM DPT program has a:
- Combined three year graduation rate of 90.87%.
- 100% pass rate for all graduates on the National Physical Therapy Licensing Examination.
- Full time employment for all graduates, within six months of graduation.
For more information about our DPT program or about the opportunities available in physical therapy, check out the links on this page.
The University of Wisconsin System Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) of the American Physical Therapy Association, 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; website: www.capteonline.org.