Clinical Doctorate of Physical Therapy

How hard are the classes?

The courses are difficult, and move at a rapid pace. They are manageable as long as you stay on top of the material. My advice is to review material early as opposed to cramming. The great thing is that all the classes are related. Studying for one class reinforces material for a second class.

Megan Kaiser

DPT Class of 2015


The courses are challenging, but essential to becoming physical therapists.  There is a lot of information that you need to learn in three years in order to be prepared to work in the field.

Keesha Olsen

DPT Class of 2015


The classes are definitely challenging, but not all of them are equally challenging, and the professors have structured the curriculum well. None of the semesters (thus far anyway) have been completely overwhelming; the amount of information you learn very quickly might be, but again, it's all stuff you love. You are going to have a couple difficult classes per semester and a couple less difficult, just like undergrad. One of the best parts about the GVSU DPT department though is that all of the professors are here to see you succeed; they WANT you to excel and they WANT you to be happy with the amount of material you are comfortable with. I guess the first few weeks are like the first few weeks of a sport beginning after the off-season; you feel out of shape and like you'll never be able to be in shape again, but after a few weeks, you've adjusted and things are manageable again.

               Patty Kool

DPT Class of 2015




Not as hard as you may think. The material is not difficult—it’s not organic chemistry or physics. Rather, it’s just A LOT of material. If you’ve ever taken an accelerated science course in the summer, you can accurately imagine the rate and amount of material that unloads at you from the first semester classes. You won’t need to study harder, just more often.

Patrick Lawrence

DPT Class of 2015


I wouldn't say the classes are inherently harder than undergrad, they are just more accelerated. In undergrad you would have spent two weeks on a section that would be covered in one or two class periods now.

               Nate Keniston

DPT Class of 2015



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