Students in the DPT Program must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0 as required by the University for all graduate programs. Students falling below an overall GPA of 3.0 will be placed on academic probation and given one semester to raise their GPA. If the student fails to increase one's overall GPA to a 3.0, he/she will be dismissed from the program.

Any student who receives four C grades will be dismissed from the program.

DPT students complete Professional Behaviors self-assessment one time per year as a means to appraise their professional progress. Faculty set aside time to evaluate and meet with students to discuss the student’s Professional Behaviors to facilitate feedback and provide professional mentoring. Students are expected to demonstrate professional growth throughout the DPT program. A student who achieves acceptable academic standing but does not demonstrate acceptable professional behaviors may not be allowed to continue in the program, may not be allowed to participate in Clinical Experiences, and/or may be dismissed from the DPT program. Participation in Clinical Experiences will be at the discretion of the faculty and the Department Chairperson.

Academic Probation

Students are placed on academic probation if the cumulative GPA falls below 3.0/4.0. Once on probation students will have up to one semester of full-time or nine semester hours if part-time to achieve a GPA of at least 3.0 to remove their probationary status. A graduate student on academic probation will be returned to good standing when at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA is achieved. A student cannot be placed on probationary status more than once. If a student successfully removes him/herself from probationary status and subsequently has a cumulative GPA that falls below a 3.0 on the 4.0 scale, that student will be dismissed from the program.

Criteria for Academic Dismissal

The student will be dismissed from the DPT program for any of the following:

  • Cumulative grade point average below 3.0 in a graduate program for two semesters.
  • The student earns four "C" grades in DPT courses.
  • The student earns an “F” in a DPT course.
  • The student does not adhere to Professional Behaviors as outlined in the APTA Core Values and/or Generic Abilities.

Appeal Process/Application for Reinstatement

If a student has been dismissed from the DPT Program they may follow the procedures in the University’s Graduate Catalog. A student in the DPT Program cannot appeal for reinstatement more than once.

Appeal Process
The Mount St. Joseph University policy on Appeals for Reinstatement can be found in the Graduate Catalog.
Appeals for reinstatement require a written letter which “must include the student’s self-assessment of factors that contributed to poor academic performance and a statement indicating what will be or has been done differently to positively alter the situation.” DPT students are encouraged to schedule a meeting to discuss their situation and the appeal letter with their advisor and/or the PT Chairperson. “The Provost or designee will solicit input appropriate to the appeal.” For the DPT Program, input will include a DPT Faculty recommendation:

  1. The DPT faculty have a responsibility to exercise their professional judgment, guided by the APTA Code of Ethics, in determining a student’s competence to continue in the program. They bear the weight of the public safety as educators of future health care providers. Faculty will consider the student’s demonstrated academic performance and professional behaviors as well as the student’s perspective as outlined in the formal appeal letter.
  2. The DPT faculty will confidentially review the formal appeal letter and discuss the student’s reinstatement at the next scheduled faculty meeting following receipt. Faculty will vote for reinstatement, requiring a two-thirds majority. The student’s advisor may advocate but will not vote.
  3. The PT Chairperson will provide the Provost, or designee with the recommendation for consideration.

If the appeal is successful, the reinstatement requirements will be developed by the Provost’s office and the DPT Faculty.
All re-instated students must meet with their faculty advisor at the start of the new semester for academic counseling.
If a DPT student is reinstated following a failing grade in a DPT course, he/she/they will re-take the course the next time it is offered and will then progress through the remaining curriculum with a new cohort. The student may not be allowed to continue with their original cohort. Students must develop an academic action plan with their advisor to address any additional requirements from the reinstatement letter and to facilitate future.

Academic Dismissal

Dismissal for academic reasons will occur for the following:

  1. A student who fails to improve his/her/their semester GPA following placement on probation (cumulative GPA <3.0).
  2. Any student who fails any DPT degree course (grade below a “C”).
  3. Any student who receives a 4th (fourth) “C” in any DPT degree course.
  4. Any student who fails Hallmark Practical 2 (original and retake).

Academic Honesty

DPT students are expected to complete all academic work with integrity, following the APTA Code of Ethics and The Mount St. Joseph University Academic Honesty Policy. The policy can be found in the Graduate Catalog at Academic Honesty Policy. Any form of academic dishonesty will not be tolerated by School of Health Sciences and may result in dismissal from the DPT program.

Professional Values and Behaviors

Physical therapists are also guided by the APTA Core Values (APPENDIX E). The 7 Core Values (accountability, altruism, compassion/caring, excellence, integrity, professional duty and social responsibility) define the critical elements of professionalism for physical therapists. While students are in the didactic phase of the curriculum, the DPT Program uses the Generic Abilities to help guide and assess student professional development (APPENDIX N). The Normative Model of Physical Therapist Education (NMPTE), by which all DPT Programs are measured, has adopted the Generic Abilities as a tool to delineate professional behavior development and expectations in students (May et al 1995). DPT students of Mount St. Joseph University are responsible for meeting the expectations for professional behaviors at their level (year 1, year 2), as measured by the Generic Abilities. Professional behavior is an essential component of successful practice of physical therapy. Student professional development will be modeled, facilitated, expected and monitored throughout the student’s progression in the DPT Program. Students may be dismissed from the DPT Program for behaviors that violate the APTA Code of Ethics. Students may be dismissed from the DPT Program for consistent unprofessional behavior as assessed by faculty using the categories of the Generic Abilities.

Integrative Project for the DPT Program

During each clinical internship, students are expected to complete a clinical education project. The purpose of the project is to link didactic curricular themes with clinical education in a way that is relevant to clinical experiences and needs. Specific topics and formats are to be negotiated and decided between students, clinical instructors, and clinics in order to meet the educational needs of the student and clinical/community needs of the facility. The clinical education project during the 3rd Clinical Experience will be the Integrative Project of the DPT program. This clinical education project will show synthesis of learning from the previous Clinical Experiences and courses to demonstrate integration of program outcomes. Specifics will be found in the student clinical education handbook.

Physical Therapy Program Graduation Requirement

Graduation requirements follow Mount St. Joseph University requirements for graduate students, outlined in the Graduate Catalog. This includes the maintenance of a 3.0/4.0 GPA in all graduate coursework. Additionally, DPT students are required to successfully complete the 117 credits identified in the curriculum plan, four Terminal Clinical Experiences, and demonstrate appropriate professional behaviors.