University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
Doctor of Physical Therapy Program- Admissions P.O. Box 413- Pavilion 350 Milwaukee WI 53201-0413 United States
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Doctors of Physical Therapy at the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee (UWM) are uniquely educated in an urban setting, at a research-intensive campus. The UWM Doctor of Physical Therapy Program conducts a holistic review of applicants, considering each applicant's personal attributes and experiences alongside their academic accomplishments. Our focus is to graduate practitioners, researchers, and educators to be leaders in the profession of Physical Therapy across the lifespan.

UWM is able to boast a 100% pass rate of our graduates on the National Physical Therapy Licensing Examination. We are also proud to uphold a 96% graduation rate. 

A number of program strengths support these outcomes, including: talented students, our small class sizes offering personalized student attention, our cohesive faculty who are highly trained and motivated, and our high quality classroom and clinical education. Comprehensive practical examinations, completed four times across the first two years, encompass application of academic preparation with clinical skill performance, featuring students working one-on-one with faculty. Graduates of the UWM DPT program highlight this dynamic assessment as a major factor in their success during student clinical experiences and when they enter the workforce as new clinicians. The UWM DPT program faculty supports a competency-based curriculum in order to optimize each student's preparation as a Doctor of Physical Therapy.

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is one of two state, public doctoral research institutions. The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has been recognized by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education as one of a select number of institutions with the highest research activity, a group often referred to as R1.  This setting affords students in the DPT program at UWM access to numerous resources.  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 extensive library resources and campus support services.

BONUS- Milwaukee offers plenty of fun-filled activities year round. With its world-renowned summer festivals, rich culture, beautiful parks, beaches, farmers' markets, and professional sports teams; it's a city that can't be beat!  UWM is located within easy walking distance of several neighboring communities, as well as the shores of Lake Michigan. The Milwaukee lakefront is known for great scenery, hiking, and biking trails. 

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.

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Program offers a guaranteed freshman admission pathway?
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Will the professional (entry-level) PT program offer a satellite or branch campus to applicants during the upcoming admissions cycle?
Admission Interviews
Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
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Additional Information about Deposit
This deposit is part of the registration process; only for applicants who are offered admission to the program.
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Deposits collected on a rolling basis after offer of admission made?
Additional information about rolling deposits
Instructions about due date for deposit are included in the offer letter for applicants who are offered a slot in the program. 
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Strong candidates are encouraged to apply during the early priority admission phase. Please be sure you meet the admission requirements before submitting your application. Incomplete applications will not be considered for review. 

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