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University of Kansas Medical Center

PROGRAM CONTACT INFORMATION 2013-14

Robert Bagley
Coordinator
Physical Therapy and Rehabiltation Science
University of Kansas Medical Center
3901 Rainbow Blvd
Mail Stop 2002
Kansas City, KS  66160
913-588-6799
ptrs@kumc.edu
http://www.pt.kumc.edu/dpt.html

APPLICATION DEADLINE

PTCAS application deadline11/1/2013
Deadline typeFirm
Program has rolling admissions process? No

EARLY DECISION

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.

SUPPLEMENTAL REQUIREMENTS

If supplemental materials are required, send directly to the PT program.

Supplemental FEE required?Yes
Supplemental fee amount$60.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?No
Supplemental MATERIALS required?No
Deadline for supplemental materials 

SCHOOL-SPECIFIC QUESTIONS

Custom (program-specific) questions on the PTCAS application
1.   Have you previously applied to this PT education program?
2.   If you are reapplying to this program, how have you strengthened your application?
3.   Describe a challenging problem or situation and explain how you overcame the obstacles to try to resolve the issue.

COURSE PREREQUISITES

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 instructionshttp://www.pt.kumc.edu/dpt-prerequisites.html
 
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. A combined human anatomy/physiology course is generally not sufficient to fulfill the anatomy requirement (See Physiology requirement).
 
Biology IGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4Biology: Cell
Biology: Embryology
Biology: General
Biology: Genetics
Biology: Histology
Biology: Immunology
Biology: Microbiology
Biology: Molecular
Biology: Zoology
It is required that students enroll in a general biology course and an upper level course (200 level or above). For those students who have already taken two or more 200 level or above biology courses, the general course is not necessary. Recommended upper level courses include microbiology, molecular biology, or cellular biology.  
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 required that students enroll in a general biology course and an upper level course (200 level or above). For those students who have already taken two or more 200 level or above biology courses, the general course is not necessary. Recommended upper level courses include microbiology, molecular biology, or cellular biology.  
Chemistry IGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4Chemistry: Biochemistry
Chemistry: Inorganic
Chemistry: Organic
These courses must be college level. 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  
English Composition / WritingGeneral or CollegeNoNot Req.SH: 3English Composition
See course description above.

2 of 2 English composition courses required.  
English Composition / WritingGeneral or CollegeNoNot Req.SH: 3English Composition
Two are required courses that should develop the student's reading and writing skills. Courses must have a primary emphasis in writing. Literature courses may be used only if the course includes a significant writing component.

1 of 2 english composition courses required.  
MathGeneral or CollegeNoNot Req.SH: 3Mathematics: Algebra
Mathematics: Calculus
Mathematics: Pre-Calculus
Mathematics: Trigonometry
1 course in each, or a single course in algebra/trigonometry, or a single course in pre-calculus, or a single course in calculus, can be used to fulfill the requirement.
 
Physics IGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4Physics I
These courses must be college level and 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
This course should introduce the student to basic human physiological principles. A combined human anatomy/physiology course (with laboratory) may be used to fulfill the physiology requirement. If the combined human anatomy/physiology course (with laboratory) is 6 semester credits or greater, it will 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 preferred that students enroll in a general psychology course (that includes content in basic psychology theory and research) and an upper level course (200 level or above). For those students who have already taken two or more 200 level or above psychology courses, the general course is not necessary. Abnormal psychology is strongly recommended.

1 of 2 psychology courses required.  
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
See course description above.

2 of 2 psychology courses required.  
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.
 

GRADUATE RECORD EXAMINATION (GRE)

Is GRE required?Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code7815
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle11/1/2014
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle11/1/2009
 
GRE ScoresMINIMUM GRE score consideredAVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning % score50%    
Quantitative reasoning % score50%    
Analytical writing % score50%    
 

REFERENCES

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-1X   
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 

PT OBSERVATION HOURS

Program's PT hours requirementPT hours are required - a licensed physical therapist must verify hours with signed form
Total number of PT hours REQUIRED32
PAID experienceAccepted/Considered
VOLUNTEER experienceAccepted/Considered
INPATIENT experienceRequired
OUTPATIENT experienceRequired
Additional information about program's PT hours requirementApplicant must complete at least 16 hours of Inpatient Observation.

GPA REQUIREMENT

GPAMinimum GPAAverage GPA for accepted students
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative 3.00 3.77 
Program-specific Prerequisite 3.00 3.50 
Additional information about program's GPA requirementsProgram averages the grades earned in local GPA calculations, if course was repeated.

FOREIGN APPLICANTS & TRANSCRIPTS

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 foreign transcript evaluation to PTCAS
Program policy for CANADIAN courseworkSend original Canadian transcript to PTCAS
Send foreign evaluation for Canadian courses to PTCAS

PROGRAM INFORMATION

Is a Deposit Required for Accepted Applicants?No
Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?No
PT program start date for entering class5/27/2014
Dual-degree programs offered in conjunction with PT degreeQualified students must declare their desire to be considered for the combined degree during the admission process. Students must meet the admission requirements 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: http://www.pt.kumc.edu/index.html.
Size of most recent entering class36
Anticipated size of next entering class40
Percent of IN-STATE applicants accepted84%
Percent of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted16%
Social networking
Facebook Page for PT Programhttps://www.facebook.com/KUMCPT
Facebook Page for Parent University/College/Schoolhttps://www.facebook.com/KU

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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 participate in 36 weeks of clinical affiliations. 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 36 students in any single year.
Last Updated: 04/22/2013