Choosing the Right D.P.T. Program

Accreditation and Licensure Pass Rate
  • Accredited DPT program by the Commission of Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)
  • National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE) Licensure Pass Rates
  • Graduate Employment Rates

Please note, APTA does not rank DPT education programs. Programs are accredited by CAPTE, which assures quality in physical therapy education. Graduation from an accredited program is required for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination of physical therapists (NPTE).  Note that PT Programs can not be fully accredited until after the first cohort of students has graduated.  Students are still able to apply to these Developing Programs.  The list of PT Programs, both developing and accredited, can be found on the CAPTE website (www.capteonline.org).

Program Educational Structure
  • Degree awarded
  • Length of program
  • Admission requirements
  • Extracurricular activities
Campus/Program Environment
  • Campus setting (e.g. rural, urban, suburban)
  • Geographic location and distance from home/family
  • Size of the university
  • Size of PT program's entering class
  • Facilities (e.g. classrooms and lab)
  • Student demographics
  • Faculty composition and cohesiveness (years workign together)
  • Types of clinical education and training opportunities
Cost and Financial Aid Opportunities
  • Tuition Costs (fall, spring, summer)
  • Other School Fees and Malpractice Insurance Costs
  • Living Expenses and Transportation/Travel Costs
  • Financial Aid Opportunities

JMU-DPT Program Articulation Agreements

An articulation agreement is a formal arrangement between James Madison University and a school offering a graduate professional physical therapy degree whereby JMU students who have an interest in attending such schools may apply and be accepted into such a school, so long as the student has met the minimal requirements for admission.

Some arrangements between JMU and the physical therapy program allow for an unlimited number of JMU students to be admitted into their program; other schools will put a limit on the number of students. If a program limits the number of students accepted through an articulation agreement, it does not mean that other JMU students will not be accepted. It simply means that a certain number of JMU students will be accepted to the program under the agreement. For example, if the school's agreement allows for 5 JMU students to be admitted, once they have chosen the five students from JMU who they feel are most qualified, those 5 students would be admitted under the articulation arrangement regardless of the pool of applicants from JMU that particular year. The remaining JMU students would compete with the rest of the applicants for acceptance into the physical therapy program.

JMU has articulation agreements with the following physical therapy programs:

The links above will give you more information about these articulation agreements. If you are interested in attending a PT program with whom JMU has an articulation agreement, you should begin your planning as soon as possible. Contact your Pre-PT advisor who can direct you in taking the appropriate courses and inform you of the opportunities available at JMU for you to develop a pre-professional portfolio of experience.

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