Program Profile

University of Colorado

PROGRAM CONTACT INFORMATION 2016-17

Lauren Wahlquist
Admissions Advisor
Physical Therapy Program
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Mail Stop C244
13121 E. 17th Ave
Room 3132
Aurora, CO  80045
303-724-9144
PT.Admissions@ucdenver.edu
http://www.cuphysicaltherapy.org/dpt

APPLICATION DEADLINE

PTCAS application deadline10/03/2016
Deadline typeFirm
Program has rolling admissions process? No
Important dates

Interviews for the DPT program are held on the Anschutz Medical Campus and by invitation only and are TENTATIVELY scheduled for January 27 and 28, 2017. An interview is required to be offered admission to the Program. Please refer to the Program webpage for updated information.

PT Preview Day is a separate event that offers an introduction to the Program curriculum, admissions process, and financial aid. It is appropriate for those applying during the upcoming cycle and those planning to apply in the future. Information regarding the date can be found on our Program website. 

Informational Sessions are held throughout the year and are appropriate for future applicants who are still learning about the profession of physical therapy and may be interested in applying in the coming years. The dates for the sessions are posted on our Program 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 degree GPA of 3.6

* Minimum overall cumulative GPA of 3.6 (includes the undergraduate degree AND all post-bacc or additional courses)

* Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 in all science courses

* Minimum GRE scores of 154 verbal, 154 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 15, 2016 deadline.

2. Complete the PTCAS application by the August 15, 2016 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 2016. 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 3, 2016.

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?No
Description of supplemental requirementsThe supplemental fee is a one-time fee payable to the University of Colorado. Payment of $100 can be made directly using the weblink address below. This fee is due at the time the application is submitted to PTCAS (deadline is 10/3/2016). No additional written applications or materials are required beyond the the completed application through PTCAS. The Supplemental fee MUST be paid in order for your application to be considered and reviewed by our PT Program.

Deadline for supplemental materials10/3/2016
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.   Do you consider yourself a Colorado resident (will you have CO residency for at least one year as of June 1, 2012)?
4.   Did you grow up, or do you currently live, in a rural or underserved community?
5.   Are you the first person in your immediate family to obtain a Bachelor's degree?
6.   This question applies to our prerequisite requirements: Have you taken at least one physiology course (upper division preferred, 300 or 3000+) that is; 1) separate from anatomy, or 2) is part of a one year course sequence of upper division anatomy and physiology combined (2 semesters or 3 quarters)?
7.   Please answer the following statements in essay format (please note that essays are read for content as well as writing ability and should be limited to approximately one page single-spaced, or 4500 characters): What aspects of your life experiences make you a competitive candidate for PT school?
8.   What is your understanding of tolerance and diversity, and what impact has this had on your personal growth?
9.   How did you hear about the University of Colorado School of Medicine Physical Therapy Program?

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. Course must include a laboratory component or a separate laboratory course taken concurrently. Community college and 100 level courses are discouraged. Survey courses are not acceptable.  
Biology/Chemistry/PhysicsUpper DivisionYesNot Req.SH: 3-4
QH: 5-6
A&P: Neuroanatomy
A&P: Neurophysiology
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 IF at the upper division level.Survey courses are not acceptable.  
Chemistry IGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4-5
QH: 6-8
Chemistry I
Chemistry: Inorganic
Chemistry: Organic
The first semester of a sequence in General or College Chemistry I or Organic Chemistry I. Course must include a laboratory component or a separate laboratory course taken concurrently. Community college and 100 level courses are discouraged. Survey courses are not acceptable.  
Chemistry IIGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4-5
QH: 6-8
Chemistry II
Chemistry: Inorganic
Chemistry: Organic
The second semester of a sequence of General or College Chemistry II or Organic Chemistry II. Course must include a laboratory component or a separate laboratory course taken concurrently. Community college and 100 level courses are discouraged. Survey courses are not acceptable.  
English Composition / WritingGeneral or CollegeNoN/ASH: 3
QH: 5
English Composition
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: Algebra
Mathematics: Calculus
Mathematics: Geometry
Mathematics: Pre-Calculus
Mathematics: Trigonometry
Calculus or Trigonometry is preferred. Survey courses are not acceptable.  
Physics IGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4
QH: 6
Physics I
Physics: General
The first semester of a sequence in General or College Physics I. Either algebra or calculus-based courses sequences are acceptable. Course must include a laboratory component or a separate laboratory course taken concurrently. Community college and 100 level courses are discouraged.Survey courses are not acceptable.  
Physics IIGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4
QH: 6
Physics II
The second semester of a sequence of General or College Physics II. Either algebra or calculus-based sequences are acceptable. Course must include a laboratory component or a separate laboratory course taken concurrently. Community college and 100 level courses are discouraged.Survey courses are not 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. Course must include a laboratory component or a separate laboratory course taken concurrently. Community college and 100 level courses are discouraged.Survey courses are not acceptable.  
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 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 this psychology prerequisite.  
StatisticsGeneral or CollegeNoN/ASH: 3
QH: 5
Biology: Biostatistics
Exercise Science: Statistics
Integrative Physiology: Statistics
Kinesiology: Statistics
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 cycle10/15/2016
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle11/1/2011
 
GRE ScoresMINIMUM GRE score consideredAVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score  155  
Verbal reasoning % score  60%  
Quantitative reasoning scaled score  155  
Quantitative reasoning % score  60%  
Analytical writing scaled score  4.0  
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-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 requirementsHealth Care Professional must be licensed as: MD, DO, RN (APN, MSN, BSN, DNP), PA-C, PT (BS, MS, MPT, DPT), or OT (BS, MS, MOT, DOT).

We do not accept references from PTAs or OTAs.

The reference from a Professor may be from the major, from a basic science course, or from a course that meets one of our upper division science prerequisite courses. Reference from a Professor can be completed by an Instructor, Assistant, Associate or Full Professor. We do NOT accept references from guest lecturers, TAs or GAs.

References from coaches, clergy, co-workers, family or friends are NOT accepted.

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 hours1/15/2017
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 3.72 
Science/Math 3.00 3.69 
Post baccalaureate 3.00 3.86 
Total Overall 3.00 3.73 
Additional information about program's GPA requirementsGrades in any repeated courses are included and averaged in the overall GPA.

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 transcript evaluation to PTCAS
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 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 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
Additional Information about DepositDeposit is applied to the first semester tuition.
Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?Yes
PT program start date for entering class5/31/2017
Dual-degree programs offered in conjunction with PT degreeDPT/PhD; Refer to Program website
Size of most recent entering class71
Anticipated size of next entering class65
Percent of IN-STATE applicants accepted42%
Percent of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted58%
Social networking
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: 03/29/2016




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