Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) - Pending Approval

The School of Health Care Professions at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point is in preliminary planning for a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program. The planning process will require several approvals, including approvals of the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents, the Higher Learning Commission and the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). With this FAQ page, we seek to inform stakeholders regarding our planning process and the timeline for our planned DPT.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program has not yet initiated the candidacy or accreditation process with CAPTE. The program cannot accept students until all approvals have been granted, and this webpage is not intended to market the program or recruit prospective students.

What steps have been taken to explore the DPT at UWSP?

In January of 2018, UW-Stevens Point requested from UW System permission to plan a DPT program, and this permission was provided with Approval of the Notice of Intent to Plan. As we move forward with planning, we are working with the community to listen and learn how to best meet these needs.

Since this approval, the School of Health Care Professions has hired a consultant to explore feasibility of a program at UW-Stevens Point. Kathy Zalewski, PT, Ph.D., MPA joined UWSP in May 2018 to explore program growth.

What activities are ongoing?

In summer 2018, the School of Health Care Professions hosted a listening and a visioning session. Our goal is to contact a broad sector of stakeholders, and listen to the needs and desires of people to learn what would meet the needs of North and Central Wisconsin. The result of that session is the development of our vision, values and program goals.

What is the timeline for the approval process?

At the moment, we are in a listening phase to better understand how a program would meet the needs of our stakeholders. Our first objective is to formalize the structure of the program through development of an Authorization to Implement document, that is approved by the university first and then the UW System Board of Regents. There are many ways for you to help with this planning process.

How can I participate?

There are many ways to participate in the early stages of planning. You can:
  1. Provide feedback about your thoughts and plans for the DPT program.
  2. Participate in formalizing the mission and vision of the program. We are currently recruiting 50 physical therapists from Central and Northern Wisconsin to participate in finalizing the work of a visioning task force. If you are interested in participating, please complete this form.
  3. Join our mailing list. Our electronic mailing list will provide updates to program development and be the first opportunity for participating in ongoing and future development opportunities.

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I am a current student, what does this mean for me?

Because we are very early in our planning process, students should not anticipate a program available at UW-Stevens Point. UWSP undergraduate majors prepare students for admission into graduate programs offering the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree, which is the degree required to become a physical therapist. For additional information on opportunities at UWSP visit the health science major webpage.

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