Program Profile

University of Kansas Medical Center


Robert Bagley
Senior Coordinator
Physical Therapy and Rehabiltation Science
University of Kansas Medical Center
3901 Rainbow Blvd
Mail Stop 2002
Kansas City, KS  66160


PTCAS application deadline11/01/2017
Deadline typeFirm
Program has rolling admissions process? No
Important dates

The application must be e-submitted by the application deadline of November 1, and must then be at "Verified" status in PTCAS by December 1,  in order to be eligible for consideration.  It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure completion according to PTCAS instructions. 
The KUMC Supplemental Application must be completed online by December 15.  Applicants not meeting this deadline will not be considered. 


Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?Yes
Special eligibility requirements for Early Decision candidatesEarly decision candidates must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25.


If a document upload is required, submit through the "Program Materials" section of the application. Document uploads must be submitted by the program's application deadline.

Supplemental FEE required?Yes
Supplemental fee amount$75.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?Yes
Supplemental MATERIALS required?No
Description of supplemental requirementsWhen paying the supplemental application fee through KUMC CollegeNet, transcripts do NOT need to be uploaded nor do letters of recommendation.
Deadline for supplemental materials12/15/2017


Custom (program-specific) questions on the PTCAS application
To view the school-specific (custom) questions, select the program on the "Program Selection" screen of the application, go to the "Program Materials" section, and select "Questions". Not all programs have school-specific questions.


After you select the program and enter your coursework on the application, you may be required to match your courses to the program's course prerequisites in the "Prerequisites" tab of the "Program Materials" section.
General informationExercise Physiology is strongly recommended.
Bachelor's degree required prior to matriculation into PT program?Yes
Anatomy and/or Physiology (A&P) course prerequisites MUST be completed in biology, neuroscience, anatomy, or integrated physiology departmentYes
Link to program's prerequisite instructions
Course subjectCourse level4-YearLab HoursAcceptable coursesCourse description
AnatomyGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4A&P: Animal
A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
A&P: Comparative
A&P: Human
A&P: Mammalian
A&P: SEPARATE courses
A&P: Vertebrate
This course may be human or mammalian, although human is preferred. A dissection laboratory is not required, but the course must contain some type of laboratory experience to be acceptable.
Biology IGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4Biology: Cell
Biology: Embryology
Biology: General
Biology: Genetics
Biology: Histology
Biology: Immunology
Biology: Microbiology
Biology: Molecular
Biology: Zoology
Biology IIGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4Biology: Cell
Biology: Embryology
Biology: General
Biology: Genetics
Biology: Histology
Biology: Immunology
Biology: Microbiology
Biology: Molecular
Biology: Zoology
It is recommended that the second biology course be an upper level biology course such as microbiology. Botany is not acceptable for this requirement.  
Chemistry IGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4Chemistry: Biochemistry
Chemistry: Inorganic
Chemistry: Organic
The courses may be inorganic chemistry or they may be a combination of organic, inorganic or biochemistry. Introductory courses that cannot be used as prerequisites for more advanced courses are not acceptable.  
Chemistry IIGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4Chemistry: Biochemistry
Chemistry: Inorganic
Chemistry: Organic
See course description for Chemistry I  
Physics IGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4Physics I
This course must cover a broad background in physics, including the principles and application of mechanics, fluids, heat, thermodynamics, sound waves, electricity, magnetism and light.  
Physics IIGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4Physics II
See course description for Physics I  
PhysiologyGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4A&P: Animal
A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
A&P: Comparative
A&P: Human
A&P: Mammalian
A&P: SEPARATE courses
A&P: Vertebrate
A combined human A&P, with lab may be used to fulfill this requirement. A two-course sequence in anatomy and physiology with lab is acceptable. If a single human A&P course, with lab is 6 semester credits or greater, it can fulfill both the anatomy and physiology requirements.
PsychologyGeneral or CollegeNoNot Req.SH: 3Psychology: Abnormal
Psychology: Adolescent
Psychology: Child
Psychology: Death & Dying
Psychology: Developmental
Psychology: General
Psychology: Growth & Development
Psychology: Human Behavior
Psychology: Life Span Development
Psychology: Rehabilitation
Psychology: Social
Psychology: Sports
It is recommended students enroll in a general psychology course (that includes content in basic psychology theory and research). A second course is recommended in abnormal psychology or developmental psychology.

StatisticsGeneral or CollegeNoNot Req.SH: 3Biology: Biostatistics
Business: Statistics
Mathematics: Statistics
Psychology: Statistics
This course should include the following content areas: elementary descriptive statistics on a sample of measurements, probability, binomial and normal distributions, sampling from populations, and simple problems of statistical inference. Biomedical statistics, education statistics or business statistics courses are acceptable.


Is GRE required?Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code7815
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle10/1/2017
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle10/1/2012
GRE ScoresMINIMUM GRE score consideredAVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning % score25%  55%  
Quantitative reasoning % score25%  60%  
Analytical writing % score50%  50%  
Additional information about program's GRE requirementsFor those applicants that have taken the GRE multiple times, our DPT admissions committee will create a (Super Score) consisting of the highest scores in each section from each attempt.


Number of references required by program3
Evaluator typeApplicant must send one reference from this SPECIFIC type of evaluatorApplicant must send reference from ONE OR MORE evaluators in category to fulfill program's requirementsEvaluator type ACCEPTEDEvaluator type NOT accepted
Physical Therapist-1 X  
Physical Therapist-2   X 
Professor in Major   X 
Professor   X 
Academic   X 
Supervisor/Employer   X 
Teaching Assistant   X 
PTA   X 
Pre-PT Advisor   X 
Politician   X
Health Care Professional   X 
Friend   X
Family Member   X
Co-worker   X 
Clergy   X 
Other   X 
Additional information about program's reference requirementsIf an applicant has more than 3 letters or reference, the applicant is welcome to submit additional references and the admissions committee will review all letters received.


Program's PT hours requirementPT hours are not required but are highly recommended
Total number of PT hours RECOMMENDED40
PAID experienceAccepted/Considered
VOLUNTEER experienceAccepted/Considered
INPATIENT experienceAccepted/Considered
OUTPATIENT experienceAccepted/Considered
Additional information about program's PT hours requirementApplicants also are expected to possess a general understanding of health care and physical therapy based upon employment, observation or volunteer experiences. Although we do not require specific hours, we encourage applicants to invest the time they need to acquire knowledge of the role of physical therapists in health care.


GPAMinimum GPAAverage GPA for accepted students
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative 3.00 3.87 
Program-specific Prerequisite 3.00 3.85 
Additional information about program's GPA requirementsIn local GPA calculations, if a prerequisite course is taken more than once (even if at different universities), all instances that appear on the official transcript must be reported. The grades from the best score on each class will be used in prerequisite GPA calculations.


Citizenship types eligible for admissionU.S. citizens
U.S. permanent residents
Canadian citizens
Foreign (non-U.S.) citizens with a visa
Foreign (non-U.S.) citizens
Non-native speakers must submit official TOEFL scores?Yes
Program policy for non-U.S. (foreign/international) courseworkSend WES foreign transcript evaluation to PTCAS
Program policy for CANADIAN courseworkSend original Canadian transcript to PTCAS
Send WES foreign evaluation for Canadian courses to PTCAS


Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants$ 400.00
Additional Information about DepositThe deposit is nonrefundable but is applied to the first fall semester tuition and fees for students who matriculate in the program.
Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?No
PT program start date for entering class5/29/2018
Dual-degree programs offered in conjunction with PT degreeQualified students should declare their desire to be considered for the combined degree during the admissions process. Students must meet the admission requirements to be accepted in the both the D.P.T. and Ph.D. programs. To receive both degrees, students must meet the requirements for the D.P.T. degree and the Ph.D. degree. Information is available at the program page:
Size of most recent entering class58
Anticipated size of next entering class60
Percent of IN-STATE applicants accepted70%
Percent of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted30%
Social networking
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KU's DPT program is nationally recognized for excellence in education and research in the field. A unit of the School of Health Professions, the KU Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science is located on the University of Kansas Medical Center campus in Kansas City, Kansas. In collaboration with The University of Kansas Hospital adjacent to KUMC, students benefit from the opportunity to interact with a large number of health care professionals and leading researchers in real-world environments.

Our DPT program is an accredited 3 year full-time graduate program designed to prepare a generalist physical therapy practitioner and to foster lifelong professional development. The program begins in early June and includes classroom, laboratory, research and clinical learning experiences. Students must complete 36 weeks of full time clinical internships As an academic Health Science Center, KUMC provides ample opportunity for physical therapist students to interact with a large number of health care professionals, as well as students from other disciplines.

Admission to the DPT program at KUMC is a competitive process. The faculty values a well-rounded applicant; one who has demonstrated his/her academic and cognitive abilities as well as his/her personal and professional potential. Class size is restricted; we generally admit no more than 60 students in any single year.
Last Updated: 06/16/2017