Program Profile

University of Colorado

PROGRAM CONTACT INFORMATION 2017-18

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 deadline10/02/2017
Deadline typeFirm
Program has rolling admissions process? No
Important dates

Interviews for the DPT program are held on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus by invitation only and are scheduled for January 26 and 27, 2018. An interview is required to be offered admission to the Program. 

DPT/PhD degree option provides students with the opportunity to become doctorally prepared Physical Therapist clinicians (DPT) and Rehabilitation Scientists (PhD) in tandem. Admission to the DPT does not guarantee admission to the PhD - an additional application for the PhD will be required later. Any applicant interested in this dual degree option MUST have previous research experience and MUST respond to the additional essay question in this application.  All requirements for the DPT applicants also apply to the DPT/PhD applicant.  Applicants who indicate interest in this dual degree option will also be part of the DPT applicant pool. For questions or additional information on the PhD component, contact Program Administrator: Kenton Owsley at kenton.owsley@ucdenver.edu or 303-724-3468. 

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 and registration 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 these coming years. The dates for these 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 prerequisite 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 14, 2017 deadline.

2. Complete the PTCAS application by the August 14, 2017 deadline, including ALL required references and observation hours.

3. Attend the onsite interview for Early Decision applicants in September, 2017 (requests for alternative interview opportunities are considered in extenuating circumstances).

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

Applicants who meet all of the Early Decision application criteria will be invited for an interview in September, 2017. If offered admission through the ED option, we also request that you attend a portion of the interview day for the standard application pool in January 2018.

Applicants who meet all of the Early Decision application criteria will be considered for an interview in September, 2017.

SUPPLEMENTAL/UPLOAD REQUIREMENTS

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$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 10/2/2017). No additional written applications or materials are required beyond the completed application through PTCAS. The Supplemental fee MUST be paid in order for your application to be reviewed and considered by our PT Program's Admissions Committee.

Deadline for supplemental materials 
Link to supplemental forms or instructionshttps://www.cusys.edu/admissions/nelnet/AMC.html

SCHOOL-SPECIFIC QUESTIONS

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.

COURSE PREREQUISITES

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 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 viewed as less competitive and will not benefit the applicant's standing.
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. 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.  
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 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 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 in any content area or major are acceptable. The transcript and/or catalog course description must identify the course as "writing intensive" to meet this requirement. (Documentation may be required.)  
MathGeneral or CollegeNoN/ASH: 3
QH: 5
Mathematics: Algebra
Mathematics: Calculus
Mathematics: Geometry
Mathematics: Pre-Calculus
Mathematics: Trigonometry
Calculus or Trigonometry is preferred. AP credit for math is accepted if the AP grade was previously accepted by 4 year college and stated as math credit on the transcript.  
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 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 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 courses are discouraged.Survey courses are not acceptable.  
PsychologyGeneral or CollegeNoN/ASH: 3
QH: 5
Exercise Science: Statistics
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
Psychology: Exercise Psychology 
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. Statistics from a Psychology department does not meet this psychology prerequisite.

1 of 2 required  
PsychologyGeneral or CollegeNoN/ASH: 3
QH: 5
Psychology: General I
2 of 2 required. See the above listing for ALL acceptable courses and additional information.  
StatisticsGeneral or CollegeNoN/ASH: 3
QH: 5
Biology: Biostatistics
Business: Statistics
Exercise Science: Statistics
Integrative Physiology: Statistics
Kinesiology: Statistics
Mathematics: Statistics
Psychology: Statistics
Statistics courses that include measures of central tendency, reliability, validity, correlations, comparison of means and regression are acceptable. These concepts should be included in the course description or syllabus.  

GRADUATE RECORD EXAMINATION (GRE)

Is GRE required?Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code7619
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle10/15/2017
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle10/15/2012
 
GRE ScoresMINIMUM GRE score consideredAVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score  163  
Verbal reasoning % score  92%  
Quantitative reasoning scaled score  164  
Quantitative reasoning % score  87%  
Analytical writing scaled score  4.5  
Analytical writing % score  59%  
 

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 requirementsObtain three (3) references, including AT LEAST one (1) from each of the following:
1) Licensed physical therapist whom the applicant has observed working with patients in a PT setting AND who holds a current U.S. PT license.
2) Science professor or course instructor from the student's major, from a basic science course, or from a course that meets an upper division science prerequisite.
3) Additional professor, health professional, OR recent employer or supervisor

**Additional information regarding these references:
- Health Care Professional (for reference type #3) must be licensed as: MD, DO, RN (NP, 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.
- Reference from a Professor can be completed by an Instructor, Assistant, Associate or Full Professor who was the primary teacher or course coordinator.
- We do NOT accept references from guest lecturers, TAs or GAs.
- We do NOT accept references from coaches, clergy, co-workers, family or friends.

PT OBSERVATION HOURS

Program's PT hours requirementPT hours are required - a licensed PT must verify hours w/ signed form uploaded or online via PTCAS
Total number of PT hours REQUIRED45
Total number of PT hours RECOMMENDEDsee comment above
DEADLINE for completion of all PT hours12/1/2017
PAID experienceAccepted/Considered
VOLUNTEER experienceAccepted/Considered
INPATIENT experienceRequired
OUTPATIENT experienceRequired
Additional information about program's PT hours requirementFor definitions and descriptions of PT settings, follow the information under 'Select the PT Setting' at: http://www.ptcas.org/PTHours/

We require a minimum of 15 hours in EACH of 3 settings:
- Minimum of 15 hours in an inpatient setting: hospital, rehabilitation facility, or extended care facility; AND
- Minimum of 15 hours in an outpatient setting: free standing PT clinic or outpatient hospital clinic; AND
- Minimum of 15 hours in an additional setting: school/preschool, home health, wellness/fitness based practice, industrial/occupational, or other PT specialty care

NOTE: The most competitive applicants to our PT Program generally have observed many more hours than the minimum required.

GPA REQUIREMENT

GPAMinimum GPAAverage GPA for accepted students
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative 3.00 3.76 
Program-specific Prerequisite 3.00 3.77 
Science/Math 3.00 3.73 
Post baccalaureate 3.00 3.79 
Total Overall 3.00 3.73 
Additional information about program's GPA requirementsProgram accepts a minimum GPA of 3.0, however a GPA of 3.2 or below is unlikely to be competitive in the applicant pool.

Program will use the highest grade earned in a repeated course to meet the prerequisite. However, when calculating the overall GPA, ALL recorded grades are included in the average.

Grades of C- and below are not accepted in any course to meet a prerequisite.

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 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
Additional information about program's policy on foreign courseworkNon-citizens (e.g., refugees) will need to provide appropriate documentation to be eligible for admission. For additional information, contact International Student & Scholar Services: http://www.ucdenver.edu/academics/InternationalPrograms/OIA/ISSS/Pages/default.aspx

English 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 is equivalent to a Bachelor's degree in the United States to be eligible to apply to this Program. In addition, the applicant must have transcripts and evaluations that meet any additional prerequisite courses not included in the Bachelor's degree evaluation report.

PROGRAM INFORMATION

Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants$ 1000.00
Additional Information about DepositDeposit is required to accept an offer of admission and is applied to the first semester tuition and fees.
Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?Yes
PT program start date for entering class5/30/2018
Dual-degree programs offered in conjunction with PT degreeThe DPT/PhD degree option provides students with the opportunity to become doctorally prepared Physical Therapists clinicians (DPT) and Rehabilitation Scientists (PhD) in tandem. Admission to the DPT does not guarantee admission to the PhD, and a separate application to the PhD is required later. Applicants interested in this dual degree option MUST have previous research experience and respond to the additional essay question. All requirements for the DPT also apply to the DPT/PhD applicant.
Institution's religious affiliationNone
Size of most recent entering class68
Anticipated size of next entering class65
Percent of IN-STATE applicants accepted50%
Percent of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted50%
Additional information about the class profilePercent of IN-STATE and OUT-OF-STATE applicants accepted annually varies, and there is not a specific or set number of applicants accepted solely on this criteria.

WICHE applicants accepted varies annually depending on qualified applicants who are offered admission and who meet WICHE criteria.

Program is committed to a holistic review of applicants and gives preference to those who excel in academics, leadership and community service. This commitment extends to individuals from all backgrounds, to Colorado residents, and to expanding diversity in the physical therapy profession.
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 the last Wednesday in May, followed by Summer semester beginning the first Monday in June. The academic program (including clinical education) continues for 8 consecutive semesters with graduation in December. Full-time and part-time clinical education experiences are interspersed throughout the first two years and begin as early as the second semester (fall). During the Fall semester of the third year all students complete a final 16 week clinical internship. 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). Following graduation, some students will continue in a year-long paid internship at the same site for an additional 36 weeks and other students may continue in a specially designed internship and/or post-professional residency experience.

While the curriculum is rigorous, the Program affords opportunities for community service, electives, global health, participation in a student-run interdiscplinary clinic, and involvement in faculty research activities. 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: 04/25/2017




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