Program Profile

University of Colorado

PROGRAM CONTACT INFORMATION 2015-16

Dr. Nancey Johnson Bookstein
Director of Admissions
Physical Therapy Program
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Mail Stop C244
13121 E. 17th Ave
Room 3115
Aurora, CO  80045
303-724-9144
303-724-9133
PT.Admissions@ucdenver.edu
http://www.cuphysicaltherapy.org/dpt

APPLICATION DEADLINE

PTCAS application deadline10/01/2015
Deadline typeFirm
Program has rolling admissions process? No
Important dates

On campus interviews are by invitation only and are scheduled for January 29 and 30, 2016. Only applicants invited for interview will be offered admission to the Program. Please refer to the Program webpage for updated information.

PT Preview Day occurs in September or October and offers an introduction to the Program, curriculum, admissions process, and financial aid. It is appropriate for those applying during the present cycle and those planning to apply in the near future.

Informational Sessions are held monthly and are appropriate for future applicants still learning about the profession of physical therapy. The dates for the sessions are posted on our website.

 

EARLY DECISION

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?Yes
Special eligibility requirements for Early Decision candidatesPrerequisite requirements for Early Decision candidates include meeting the following minimum criteria:

* Minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.6

* Minimum Cumulative GPA of 3.5 in all upper level science courses

* Minimum GRE scores of 154 verbal, 152 quantitative, 4.5 written.

* English as a Foreign Language Applicants must have a minimum score of 80 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Internet-Based test

Early Decision candidates must also:

1. Complete a bachelor’s degree and all other admission requirements prior to the August 17, 2015 deadline

2. Complete the PTCAS application by the August 17, 2015 deadline, including required references and observation hours

3. Commit to attending the University of Colorado Physical Therapy Program if admitted as an early decision applicant with deposit and letter of commitment

Applicants who meet all of the Early Decision application criteria will be invited for an interview in the fall of 2015. Applicants with an incomplete application packet, or those who do not meet the criteria outlined above, will not be considered for Early Decision but will remain active in the application process and be rolled into the standard application pool with a deadline of October 1, 2015.

SUPPLEMENTAL REQUIREMENTS

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

Supplemental FEE required?Yes
Supplemental fee amount$100.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?No
Supplemental MATERIALS required?Yes
Description of supplemental requirementsThe supplemental fee is a one-time fee payable to the University of Colorado. Please use the electronic address below to make the one-time payment of $100. This fee is due at the time of submission of the application to PTCAS. Applications will not be considered until the supplemental fee has been paid.

Supplemental requirement 1Supplemental Fee
Deadline for supplemental materials10/1/2015
Link to supplemental forms or instructionshttps://www.cusys.edu/admissions/nelnet/AMC.html

SCHOOL-SPECIFIC QUESTIONS

Custom (program-specific) questions on the PTCAS application
1.   Have you ever taken any courses at any of the four University of Colorado campuses (Boulder, Denver, Colorado Springs, or Anschutz Medical Campus)?
2.   If you answered "Yes" to the previous question, please enter your University of Colorado Student Identification Number (SID) below. Enter 9 digits with no spaces or dashes.
3.   Have you previously applied to the University of Colorado Physical Therapy Program?
4.   What college or university granted (or will grant) your highest degree?
5.   In what year did you receive your highest degree
6.   What is, or will be, your highest degree when you enter our Program?
7.   What was your major?
8.    Did you take Anatomy and Physiology as two separate courses or combined?
9.   How did you hear about the University of Colorado Physical Therapy Program?
10.   Please answer the following questions in essay format (NOTE: All essays are read for content as well as writing ability.) What is your understanding of tolerance and diversity and what is the importance of this concept to you as a future health care provider?
11.   Describe something you learned about physical therapy that you did not know before you did your PT clinical observations.
12.   REQUIRED for RE-APPLICANTS ONLY: If you have previously applied to this or any other PT Program, please describe what you have done to strengthen your application.

COURSE PREREQUISITES

General informationUpper division anatomy and physiology courses taken separately are preferred. All upper division science courses must carry a course number of 300 or higher. 100 level courses are typically not accepted.
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 departmentNo
Link to program's prerequisite instructionshttp://www.ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/medicalschool/education/degree_programs/pt/EducationPrograms/DPT/admissions/Pages/Prerequisites.aspx
 
Course subjectCourse level4-YearLab HoursAcceptable coursesCourse description
AnatomyGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4
QH: 6
A&P: Advanced*
A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
A&P: Comparative
A&P: Human*
A&P: Mammalian
A&P: SEPARATE courses*
A&P: Vertebrate
Separate, upper division course is preferred. Course must include anatomy of ALL body systems. Community college and 100 level courses are discouraged.  
Biology/Chemistry/PhysicsUpper DivisionYesNot Req.SH: 3-4
QH: 5-6
Biology: Cell
Biology: Embryology
Biology: Genetics
Biology: Histology
Biology: Immunology
Biology: Microbiology
Biology: Molecular
Chemistry: Biochemistry
Chemistry: Organic
Exercise Physiology
Upper Division Physics
Courses at the 300 level or higher (100 level for California schools) are REQUIRED to meet this prerequisite.
Cell Biology and Biochemistry are strongly recommended if they are taught at the upper division level. Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics are acceptable at the upper division level.  
Chemistry IGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4-5
QH: 6-7
Chemistry I
Chemistry: Inorganic
Chemistry: Organic
The first semester of a year-long sequence in General or College Chemistry or Organic Chemistry.  
Chemistry IIGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4-5
QH: 6-7
Chemistry II
Chemistry: Inorganic
Chemistry: Organic
The second semester of a year-long sequence of General or College Chemistry or Organic Chemistry.  
English Composition / WritingGeneral or CollegeNoN/ASH: 3
QH: 5
Biology: Any
Chemistry: Any
English Composition II
Exercise Physiology
Physics: Any
Psychology: Any
Technical Writing
Writing
Writing, or writing-intensive, courses within the sciences, exercise science, kinesiology, or psychology are acceptable. The transcript and/or catalog course description must identify the course as "writing intensive" to meet this requirement.  
MathGeneral or CollegeNoN/ASH: 3
QH: 5
Mathematics: Calculus
Mathematics: Geometry
Mathematics: Trigonometry
The more competitive applicants take Calculus or Trigonometry.  
Physics IGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4
QH: 6
Physics I
Physics: General
The first semester of a year-long sequence in General or College Physics. Algebra or calculus-based is acceptable.  
Physics IIGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4
QH: 6
Physics II
The second semester of a year-long sequence of General or College Physics. Algebra or calculus-based is acceptable.  
PhysiologyGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4
QH: 6
A&P: Advanced*
A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
A&P: Comparative
A&P: Human*
A&P: Mammalian
A&P: Physiology*
A&P: SEPARATE courses*
A&P: Vertebrate
Separate, upper division course is preferred. Course must include physiology of ALL body systems  
PsychologyGeneral or CollegeNoN/ASH: 3
QH: 5
Psychology: Abnormal
Psychology: Adolescent
Psychology: Child
Psychology: Death & Dying
Psychology: Developmental
Psychology: General I
Psychology: General II
Psychology: Growth & Development
Psychology: Human Behavior
Psychology: Life Span Development
Psychology: Psychopathology
Course must be offered from the Psychology Department. Abnormal and Developmental Psychology are preferred. A year-long Introduction to Psychology course is acceptable but both semesters must be completed.Sports Psychology is NOT accepted. Statistics from a Psychology department does not meet the psychology prerequisite.  
PsychologyGeneral or CollegeNoN/ASH: 3
QH: 5
Psychology: Abnormal
Psychology: Adolescent
Psychology: Child
Psychology: Death & Dying
Psychology: Developmental
Psychology: General I
Psychology: General II
Psychology: Growth & Development
Psychology: Human Behavior
Psychology: Life Span Development
Psychology: Psychopathology
Courses must be offered from the Psychology Department. Abnormal and Developmental Psychology courses are preferred. A year-long Introduction to Psychology course is acceptable but both semesters must be completed.Sports Psychology is NOT accepted. Statistics from a Psychology department does not meet the prerequisite.  
StatisticsGeneral or CollegeNoN/ASH: 3
QH: 5
Biology: Biostatistics
Mathematics: Statistics
Psychology: Statistics
Statistics courses from Psychology, Biology, and Math Departments are acceptable. Content should include measures of central tendency, reliability and validity, correlations, ANOVA, and regression. Business statistics courses are NOT acceptable.  

GRADUATE RECORD EXAMINATION (GRE)

Is GRE required?Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code7619
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle10/15/2015
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle11/1/2010
 
GRE ScoresMINIMUM GRE score consideredAVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score  156  
Verbal reasoning % score  71%  
Quantitative reasoning scaled score  155  
Quantitative reasoning % score  60%  
Analytical writing scaled score  4.5  
Analytical writing % score  56%  
 

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 
ProfessorX   
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 requirementsHealth Care Professional must be licensed as: MD, DO, RN (APN, MSN, BSN, DNP), PA-C, DPT (PT), or OTR
At least one reference from a science professor is required. We do not accept references from TAs, GAs, PTAs, or advisors

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 REQUIRED45
DEADLINE for completion of all PT hours1/15/2016
PAID experienceAccepted/Considered
VOLUNTEER experienceAccepted/Considered
INPATIENT experienceRequired
OUTPATIENT experienceRequired
Additional information about program's PT hours requirementMinimum of 15 hours in an inpatient setting: hospital, rehabilitation facility, or skilled nursing facility AND
Minimum of 15 hours in an outpatient setting: PT clinic or outpatient hospital clinic AND
Minimum of 15 hours in an additional setting: school system, home health, nursing home, or PT specialty care (i.e. pediatrics)

GPA REQUIREMENT

GPAMinimum GPAAverage GPA for accepted students
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative 3.00 3.70 
Program-specific Prerequisite 3.00 3.57 
Science/Math 3.00 3.63 
Post baccalaureate 3.25 3.67 
Total Overall 3.00 3.71 
Additional information about program's GPA requirementsRepeated courses are averaged.
Grades of C- and below are not accepted in any prerequisite coursework

FOREIGN APPLICANTS & TRANSCRIPTS

Citizenship types eligible for admissionU.S. citizens
U.S. permanent residents
Canadian citizens
Foreign (non-U.S.) citizens with a visa
Other non-citizens (e.g., refugees)
Non-native speakers must submit official TOEFL scores?Yes
Program policy for non-U.S. (foreign/international) courseworkSend foreign transcripts and evaluations to the PT program and to PTCAS; send original and translated foreign transcripts to the PT program
Program policy for CANADIAN courseworkSend original Canadian transcript to PTCAS
Send original Canadian transcript to institution
Send foreign evaluation for Canadian courses to PTCAS
Send foreign evaluation for Canadian courses to institution
Additional information about program's policy on foreign courseworkEnglish translation and WES (or equivalent) evaluations are required for all original foreign transcripts. Applicants must have a transcript evaluation that states that the foreign Bachelor's degree being evaluated is substantially equivalent to a Bachelor's degree in the United States to be eligible to apply to this Program.

PROGRAM INFORMATION

Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants$ 1000.00
Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?Yes
PT program start date for entering class5/27/2016
Dual-degree programs offered in conjunction with PT degreeDPT/PhD
Size of most recent entering class66
Anticipated size of next entering class65
Percent of IN-STATE applicants accepted56%
Percent of WICHE applicants accepted2%
Percent of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted41%
Percent of INTERNATIONAL (non-U.S./non-Canadian) applicants accepted1%
Social networking
Facebook Page for PT Programhttp://www.facebook.com/cuphysther
Facebook Page for Parent University/College/Schoolhttp://www.facebook.com/CUMedicine
Twitter Page for PT Programhttp://www.twitter.com/@cuphysther

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The University of Colorado Physical Therapy Program begins with Orientation in late May, followed by Summer semester beginning the first Monday in June. The academic program continues for 8 consecutive semesters followed by the continuation of the year-long internship. Full-time and part-time clinical education experiences are interspersed throughout the first two years. During the Fall semester of the third year all students complete a final 16 week clinical internship and then, following graduation, continue the year-long paid internship at the same site for an additional 36 weeks. Upon completion of the Program, students are awarded the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree, and are eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE). As part of the School of Medicine, the University of Colorado Physical Therapy Program is located on the Anschutz Medical Campus, the only academic health sciences campus in the Rocky Mountain Region. Our program provides students an interprofessional learning environment uniquely designed to prepare them for their roles as future health care professionals.
Last Updated: 03/31/2015