Foreign-Educated US or Canadian Licensed Students
The University of Michigan-Flint welcomes all foreign-educated, US or Canadian licensed students who are interested in learning with a diversity of clinicians who all come together with a desire to collaborate in a learning process that advances clinical skills and decision-making. Content is presented online from an evidence-based practice perspective, allowing you to apply the most current and relevant biomedical literature to individual patient management decisions on a daily basis.Please visit the following links to help answer any questions you may have!
Frequently Asked Questions from International Students
Please feel free to contact our Graduate Programs department with any additional questions.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What are the benefits of a DPT degree?
- What are some of the challenges on online learning?
- How long does it take to complete the program?
- Are all courses available during all semesters?
- Are advisors assigned to incoming students? If so, it is by mutual interest?
- Is there a research requirement?
- Do you have to publish papers in order to graduate?
- When is the orientation?
- What is the total cost?
- Is financial aid available to graduate students?
- Are there additional costs for required computer programs, plugins, etc?
- What are the residency requirements?
- How do you prove English proficiency?
- I am an international student, what do I need to know?
What are the benefits of a DPT degree?
It depends an where your career is headed. If you plan to stay a front-line clinician, it will improve your evidence-based practice and head you down the road toward advanced practice and specialization.
What are some of the challenges on online learning?
Some of the biggest challenges with online education are related to the computer technology and your ability to plan and organize your time. The course content is challenging, however experienced PT's master this as they see the application in their clinics daily.
How long does it take to complete the program?
The typical length depends on your entry-level degree and what you have done since graduation. As most students are part-time, it generally takes MPT's two (2) years and BS educated PT's three (3) years.
Are all courses available during all semesters?
The University of Michigan-Flint is on a trimester system. There are courses offered year round with the major semesters of Fall and Winter being 15 weeks in length and the Spring/Summer semester being 10 weeks in length. Several courses are offered as short courses of seven (7), five (5), or three (3) weeks in duration. In the t-DPT, courses are often available in the two (2) major semesters, but may not be available in the Spring/Summer semester.
In the Clinical Certificate/Residency(ies)/Clinical Concentrations, the courses are in a required sequence offered once per year beginning in the Fall semester.
Are advisors assigned to incoming students? If so, it is by mutual interest?
Yes, advisors are assigned to incoming students based on areas of mutual interest.
Is there a research requirement?
Yes, if you have not completed a research project as a part of your professional (entry-level) PT degree (Bachelor's or Master's degree).
Do you have to publish papers in order to graduate?
No, you do not have to be published to graduate. However, you do write several papers in classes in the t-DPT program including a case report.
When is the orientation?
There are two (2) orientations that the t-DPT student must attend. Both are online and can be done at your leisure. The first orientation is the program itself. Upon confirmation into the program, you will be provided a check list to make sure you have completed all the neccessary steps to enroll in the t-DPT program. Then you will need to complete an orientation for usage of Blackboard. The online course delivery program is available upon your first entrance into Blackboard. You must complete the Blackboard orientation prior to accessing your online courses. It is extremely informative and will properly prepare you for an online education.
What is the total cost?
For a foreign-educated US or Canadian licensed student, the fees would be based on non-resident status at a minimum of 24 credits hours. See the Graduate Programs Tuition and Fees page for the most current information at http://www.umflint.edu/graduateprograms/tuition.htm
Post-Professional t-DPT students are responsible for tuition, the online course fee, the Physical Therapy course fee, and the mandatory standard fees. Acess the university tuition and fee schedule at http://www.umflint.edu/studentaccounts or speak to Graduate Programs.
Is financial aid available to graduate students?
A graduate student must be enrolled for a minimum of five (5) credit hours per semester in order to be eligible for financial aid.
Scholarships are available to all graduate students.
Please visit http://www.umflint.edu/graduateprograms/financial_aid.htm for more information.
Are there additional costs for required computer programs, plugins, etc?
No, the university supplies the software you need. It is available for download from Blackboard.
What are the residency requirements?
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