Why choose Wayne State's DPT program?

  • Highly competitive admissions
  • $1 million in scholarships awarded to Wayne State DPT students in the past 3 years
  • 127 clinical education sites around the world
  • 100% employment rate for 5+ years 
  • 1,300+ alumni working in 39 states
  • Established 1966

Program outcomes

Year Graduation Rate First-Time Pass Rate Ultimate Pass Rate Employment Rate
2017 94.6% 84.9% 100% 100%
2018 89.2% 93.9% 100% 100%
2019 97% 88.9 100% 100%
2020 100% 93.8% 96.9% 100%
2-year average 98.5% 91.4% 98.45%  100%

More benefits

  • Diverse and talented faculty with extensive research and teaching experiences.
  • Smaller physical therapy class sizes as compared to most other PT programs in Michigan.
  • Extensive research and clinical resources and opportunities.
  • Located on the WSU medical campus and surrounded by one of the largest medical campuses in the country.
  • The only PT program in Michigan located on the main campus of a university with the Carnegie Foundation's RU/VH (Research University, Very High research activity) and Community Engagement classifications.
  • Access to extensive employment, entrepreneurial and community outreach opportunities in Detroit and suburban Detroit.
  • Eligibility to take the physical therapy licensure examinations in the United States and Canada upon degree completion.
  • Eligibility to obtain active membership in the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

Wayne State: A premier university in the heart of Detroit

As Michigan's only urban research university, Wayne State University is known for academic and research excellence, success across a diverse student body, and meaningful community engagement. Here are a few ways we stand out: 

  • More than $350 million awarded to WSU students annually in federal, state, institutional and private aid through scholarships, grants, loans and work-study programs.  
  • Significant opportunities for experiential learning and clinical practice at major health systems and urban community organizations within walking distance of campus.
  • A partner with U-M and MSU in the University Research Corridor, which generates 95% of research in Michigan. 
  • Lowest undergraduate resident tuition among the state's three research universities. 
  • Ranked in the top 1.4% of universities worldwide. 
  • One of the nation's 50 largest public universities. 
  • Awarded the highest rankings for research and community engagement by the Carnegie Foundation.  
  • Offering a culturally rich, well-rounded, diverse educational experience in the heart of Detroit. 
  • More than 500 student organizations promoting camaraderie and hands-on experience beyond the classroom. 

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