Current Students — Stefani Doctor of Physical Therapy Program


The University of Saint Mary is here to support your success, while you're a student here and beyond. The following campus resources and off-site links, along with the committed faculty and staff at USM, will help you accomplish your goals.

Academic Support Services:

The USM Academic Resource Center

The main goal of the Academic Resource Center or ARC, (located in Miege Hall, Room 101) is to aid students of all abilities in becoming effective learners. The ARC does this by helping students improve their performance in the critical academic areas of reading, writing, and learning skills. In addition, the ARC strives to provide tutors to assist students in a wide-range of academic disciplines, including math and writing.

The ARC also hosts seminars on “student survival skills” which include time management, stress management, note-taking, and test-preparation.

These small-group seminars introduce students to the wide range of abilities needed to succeed in university life. In addition to these seminars, students are encouraged to meet with ARC staff members to discuss any concerns in detail.

The ARC provides students with a comfortable, distraction-free environment for studying that includes computer and Internet access.

Office of Student Success / Tutoring

The Department of Physical Therapy may offer tutoring to enrolled students in need of specific content mastery. This may depend somewhat on the human resources available to the department at the time that tutoring is needed.

Counseling Services

Counseling Services are available to all University of Saint Mary students. Students may schedule appointments by stopping by the office or calling 913-758-6143.

Students seek personal counseling to:

  • increase self-confidence

  • overcome loneliness

  • find coping strategies to deal with test anxiety

  • cope more effectively with stress

  • develop more satisfying romantic relationships

  • control anxiety

  • deal with body image issues

  • explore problems involving alcohol or drug use

  • other mental health issues of concern

Students exhibiting chronic and/or critical mental health issues may be referred to local mental health providers covered by their insurance plan.

In the Department of Physical Therapy, discipline-specific help is available through the student's academic advisor or by contacting other faculty members in the department.

Health & Information Requirements

Health & Immunization Info

All DPT students are required to:

  • Have a current American Heart Association CPR Certification

  • Submit to a background check

  • Provide an updated health history, physical examination, health/medical insurance, and an immunization record on file in the Department of Physical Therapy

Failure to provide the required information will result in a “health hold,” and the student will not be allowed to register for the next semester’s classes until he/she is in compliance.

The immunization portion of the health record requires the following:

  • Tetanus-Diphtheria booster within the last 10 years

  • Two (2) MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccines (persons born before 1957 are considered immune)

  • Proof of a negative tuberculosis (PPD) skin test or chest X-ray within the past year (12 months)

  • The State of Kansas now requires all incoming Residential Students to have a meningitis vaccination

  • Hepatitis B vaccination

  • Chickenpox vaccination

  • Polio vaccination

  • Yearly flu immunizations

A health care provider must validate the immunization record, or a copy of school/health department/military records is acceptable.

For those who will not or cannot be immunized for medical, religious, or other reasons, the university will engage in dialogue with the student to reach a reasonable accommodation.

The ability to participate in our clinical internships might depend on meeting all health and immunization requirements.

Health Insurance

It is the student's responsibility to pay for medical and/or hospital treatment. The University of Saint Mary does not provide health insurance coverage for you. If you do not have primary health insurance under your parents' health plan or some other health insurance plan, you must obtain your own individual health care coverage. Insurance plan information may be obtained in the Student Life Office or the Department of Physical Therapy.Proof of Health Insurance

Students must present current proof of health insurance to the university each fall, or as described in the DPT Clinical Education Handbook.

Understand your health insurance to ensure you get the care you need, when you need it, and at the appropriate cost. For routine health care, USM has a good working relationship with Associates in Family Health Care, located at 712 1st Terrace, in Lansing (913-727-6000).

Medical Transportation

In the event of a medical emergency, transportation to a hospital or other medical services provider is the sole responsibility of the student. Staff may assist in calling an ambulance or other transportation options but all related responsibilities and fees will be incurred by the student and/or transportation provider. At no time will a member of the staff, faculty, or student staff of the University of Saint Mary transport a student via their personal vehicle to a medical provider.

Emergency Room Service

Cushing Memorial Hospital is located at 711 Marshall in Leavenworth, Saint John Hospital is located at 3500 4th Street in Leavenworth, and the VA Medical Center at 4101 S. 4th Street in Leavenworth. All three hospitals provide emergency room service. The fee for a visit is charged according to the level of service given. An average visit usually costs several hundred dollars, which includes the physician fee. Costs can easily be higher depending on such things as the tests run and treatments provided.

Grading System and Policies

Grades assigned are A through F, I (Incomplete), and NC (No Credit). The University uses a 4.0 grade point scale in which A=4.0, B=3.0, C=2.0, and F=0 grade points. There is a policy of no Ds for graduate level courses.

A student will be automatically dismissed from the graduate program when a grade of F or more than two Cs are earned in any graduate course. A student may appeal this dismissal, but readmission is at the discretion of the department. If the student is allowed to continue in the graduate program as a result of the appeal, he/she must retake the course in which the grade of F was received and pass with a grade of B or better. This course may be retaken one time and if these requirements are not met, the student will be dismissed from the program and this dismissal will be final. The newer grade will be the only grade figured into the grade point average but the grade of F will remain on the transcript. Students being reinstated into the graduate program should take the course in question prior to pursuing other course work. However, when circumstances warrant, details regarding how and when the course will be retaken will be addressed on a case by case basis.

A student with Regular Status must maintain at least a cumulative grade point average of B (i.e. 3.0). A student whose cumulative GPA falls below 3.0 will be placed on academic probation. Probationary status must be removed within the next six semester credit hours or the student will be dismissed from the program. Grades below C are not applied to any graduate degree.

Incomplete (I) grades may be granted in certain courses. The assignments must be completed within 30 days of receiving an I. The Contract for Incomplete Grade form must be completed by the instructor and program coordinator, and attached to the final grade sheet. Failure to complete the course work within one month after the close of the semester will result in the I automatically becoming a NC - No Credit. For serious reasons, this time may be extended. A Request for Extension form must be completed by the instructor and student, and be approved by the program director and department chair. A fee is charged for an extension of an Incomplete. A student with two or more grades of I must obtain the written approval of the department chair to continue enrolling in classes.

Anti-discrimination Policy

The Department of Physical Therapy believes in the universality of human rights and values and respects cultural diversity.  The University of Saint Mary prohibits all harassment, discrimination and hate-motivated acts against another on the basis of race or color, sex or gender, national origin or ethnic origin or ancestry, disability or handicap, religion or creed, age, sexual orientation, veteran's status, or citizenship or intending citizenship status. Harassment, discrimination and hate-motivated acts include such things as making derogatory remarks about such characteristics and other verbal, written, physical, or nonverbal behavior. Engaging in prohibited harassment, discrimination and hate-motivated acts by a student or student organization will lead to disciplinary action, up to and including disciplinary non-academic dismissal.

Americans with Disabilities Act/Section 504 (ADA)

USM makes every effort to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. In order to assist students with disabilities in maximizing their capabilities, the ARC provides support. The office assists students with obtaining academic accommodations according to Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504.

All USM students who qualify for services are required to register their documentation with the ARC. After the paperwork is submitted and evaluated, the student, with the assistance of the ARC, creates a plan regarding academic support necessary for each semester. Students who do not register their paperwork and create their plan are not eligible for academic accommodations.

Contact the USM Academic Resource Center at 913-758-6426 if you have questions or need additional information.