Graduate Progression Standards

The design of the graduate curriculum is developmental in nature, with presentation of content, information and skills becoming increasingly more complex.  As such, students must meet the following minimum progression standards in order to fully matriculate to graduation:

  • Complete all courses in sequential order, with no grade less than C.  Failure of any course (C- or below) will result in dismissal from the program.  Only three C’s in the entirety of the program will be acceptable.  Students dismissed from the graduate program may appeal to the DPT Academic Review Committee (SPC) to be reinstated in the following year in order to repeat any failed course(s).  The decision to readmit the student will be based on the student’s entire academic standing at the time of the dismissal and space availability in the following cohort.

  • Maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA in every semester.  GPA’s will be calculated at the end of each semester of the program.  In the event that a student falls below a 3.0 GPA in any semester, he/she will be placed on PT academic probation.  The student will work with PT program faculty, his/her advisor, and the program director to develop a remedial learning contract to address deficit areas.  If the student does not achieve a 3.0 GPA in the following semester or falls below the 3.0 GPA in any other subsequent semester, he/she will be dismissed from the program.  Students are allowed only one academic probation period in the entire graduate program.

  •  Demonstrate safe, competent, and professional behavior in all courses with laboratory components by passing all practical examinations with no grade below 80% on any exam.  A grade below 80% on any lab practical exam may result in the student being placed on PT academic probation, followed by an Academic Review Committee decision to determine a remediation plan or dismissal from the program.  No more than two failed lab practical exams will be acceptable in the entire graduate program.

  • Maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA and demonstrate safe, professional behavior prior to participation in any clinical education course.  All clinical education courses must be passed in order to progress in the curriculum.  Course grades in any clinical education rotation are determined collaboratively between the clinical site instructor and the Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education.  Failure of any clinical rotation results in dismissal from the program.

  • Maintain satisfactory progress on the Professional Behaviors Assessment Tool and the individual Professional Development Portfolio.


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