2019-20 Applicants

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


This page is intended for college transfer students and graduates ONLY. High school students MUST contact the institution directly for information about the guaranteed freshman-entry program. Do not apply using PTCAS.

Contact Information more...

Lori Woodburn
University Services Associate & Admissions Coordinator
Doctor of Physical Therapy Program- Admissions
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
P.O. Box 413- Pavilion 350
Milwaukee WI, 53201-0413
(414) 229-3360
pt-program@uwm.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
05/26/2020
Additional information about the class profile
Strong candidates are encouraged to apply during the Early Decision period. The UWM DPT program does not reserve a certain percentage of placements for the Regular Admission window. If we review enough competitive applications in the Early Decision period to fill our class, we will do so.



 

Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
26
Anticipated size of next entering class
24
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
92%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
8%
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
100%

Program Description more...

Doctors of Physical Therapy at the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee (UWM) are uniquely educated in an urban setting, at a research-intensive campus. The UWM Doctor of Physical Therapy Program conducts a holistic review of applicants and strives to consider a balance of each applicant’s personal attributes and experiences alongside of their accomplishments. Our focus is to graduate practitioners, researchers, and educators to be leaders in the profession of Physical Therapy across the lifespan.

UWM is able to boast a 100% pass rate of our graduates on the National Physical Therapy Licensing Examination. We are also proud to uphold a 96% graduation rate.

A number of program strengths support these outcomes including: talented students; our small class sizes offering personalized student attention; our cohesive faculty that is highly trained and motivated; and our high quality classroom and clinical education. Comprehensive practical examinations, completed each semester, encompass application of academic preparation with clinical skill performance, featuring students working one-on-one with faculty. Graduates of the UWM DPT program highlight this dynamic assessment as a major factor in their successes during student clinical experiences as well as in the workplace, as clinicians. The UWM program faculty supports a competency-based curriculum in order to optimize each student’s preparation as a Doctor of Physical Therapy.

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is one of two state, public doctoral research institutions. The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has been recognized by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education as one of a select number of institutions with “highest research activity,” a group often referred to as R1.This setting affords students in the DPT program at UWM access to numerous resources. Faculty collaborate with other departments, and students can study under the direction of research mentors; participate in interdisciplinary research projects; attend research seminars and clinical conferences; and take advantage of the extensive library resources and campus support services.

BONUS- Milwaukee offers plenty of fun-filled activities year round. With its world-renowned summer festivals, rich culture, beautiful parks, beaches, farmers' markets and professional sports teams it's a city that can't be beat! UWM is located within easy walking distance of several neighboring communities, as well as the shores of Lake Michigan. The Milwaukee lakefront is known for great scenery, hiking, and biking trails.

The University of Wisconsin System Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) of the American Physical Therapy Association.

For additional information, visit our website:
www.dpt.uwm.edu

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
11/01/2019
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
No
Important dates

* University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's  annual campus-wide Open House is held in October of each year.

* The UW-Milwaukee DPT Program holds an on-campus session during each spring semester to provide information regarding the DPT Program; visit the website for updated information regarding coming sessions: http://www4.uwm.edu/chs/academics/kinesiology/

physical_therapy_doctoral/advising.cfm


* Students accepted into the UW-Milwaukee DPT Program will be notified regarding the DPT New Student Orientation which will occur in April 2020.


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
Yes
Special eligibility requirements for Early Decision candidates
The UWM Doctor of Physical Therapy Program has filled class capacity during the Early Decision period in the most recent two admission cycles.

To be considered eligible for review as an Early Decision candidate, an applicant should have no more than 2 outstanding prerequisites to complete. An applicant's intent to complete outstanding prerequisites should be reflected as "Planned" in the Coursework section.

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$500.00
Additional Information about Deposit
This deposit is part of the registration process; only for applicants that are offered admission to the program.
Due Date of First Required Deposit
10/18/2019

Interviews

Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
No
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GPA

GPA Scores
MINIMUM GPA Score
AVERAGE GPA score for accepted students
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative
3.00
3.62
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.00
3.49
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
Our program will consider an applicant file "not qualified" for review if GPA minima are not met.

Our program uses the highest grade earned in local GPA calculations, if course was repeated.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
2131
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle
06/01/2014
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score
 
156
Quantitative reasoning scaled score
 
155
Analytical writing scaled score
 
4.0
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
The average data reported is according to our most recently admitted class.

Observation Hours

 
Please note that a combination of both inpatient AND outpatient experiences are required to comprise the observation requirement (40 hours in total).

Program's PT hours requirement
PT hours are required - a licensed PT must verify hours w/ signed form uploaded or online via PTCAS
Total number of PT hours REQUIRED
40
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Required
Outpatient
Required

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
Yes - for selected applicants only
Supplemental fee amount
$75.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
Yes - for selected applicants only
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
No
Description of supplemental requirements
**The supplemental application and fee are the UWM Graduate School application and fee. ONLY those candidates selected by the UWM DPT Program are invited to apply to the UWM Graduate School. A PTCAS applicant will be notified if he or she needs to submit supplemental materials/fees. Do not incur additional fees by applying to the Graduate School without an invitation to do so from the DPT Program.**
Link to supplemental forms or instructions
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Applicant must send one reference from this SPECIFIC type of evaluator
Applicant must send reference from ONE OR MORE evaluators in category to fulfill program's requirements
Evaluator type ACCEPTED
Evaluator type NOT accepted

Evaluator Types

Physical Therapist
Physical Therapist (additional)
Professor in Major
Professor
Academic
Supervisor/Employer
Teaching Assistant
PTA
Pre-PT Advisor
Politician
Health Care Professional
Friend
Family Member
Co-worker
Clergy
Other
Number of references required by program
2
Additional information about program's reference requirements
Important summary considerations:
-At least one reference MUST be Academic in order for your application to be considered for review.

-If the required two references are submitted, but one is from an evaluator type that is NOT accepted, then the application cannot be considered complete- and is not eligible for review.

Foreign Applicants and Transcripts

Citizenship types eligible for admission U.S. citizens
  • U.S. citizens
  • U.S. permanent residents
  • Canadian citizens
  • Foreign (non-U.S.) citizens with a visa
Non-native speakers must submit official TOEFL scores?
Yes
Program policy for non-U.S. (foreign/international) coursework
Send WES foreign transcript evaluation to PTCAS
Program policy for CANADIAN coursework
  • Send original Canadian transcript to PTCAS
Additional information about program's policy on foreign coursework
English translation required for original foreign transcripts.

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 information
UW-Milwaukee DPT Program prerequisite courses are consistent with the standard prerequisites adopted by the Academic Council of the APTA.

If you completed course work at a location within the University of Wisconsin (UW) System you can check the following website to determine course equivalents/transfers: tis.uwsa.edu/wizards/index.jsp

The UW-Milwaukee DPT Program reviews candidate files only when a complete application has been submitted. If you are considering application, and are taking prerequisite courses outside of the UW-System, you should meet with an academic advisor at your institution to determine course prerequisite matching.

Please note: There will be no substitution of coursework that is not an equivalent course, i.e., a microbiology course will not be substituted for an anatomy course.
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 department
Yes
Link to program's prerequisite instructions
Anatomy & Physiology I
Human Anatomy/Physiology: students must take a 2 semester sequence of anatomy/physiology with lab. If UWM undergrad, required course is BIO SCI 202 Coursework older than 5 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Human
Anatomy & Physiology II
Two human anatomy/physiology courses with LAB are required. A & P II, with lab, would represent the second in this sequence. UWM undergrad course is BIO SCI 203. Coursework older than 5 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Human
Biology I
General Biology I course with LAB. UWM undergrad, course is BIO SCI 150 Coursework older than 5 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: General I
Biology II
General Biology II course with LAB. UWM undergrad course is BIO SCI 152. Coursework older than 5 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: General II
Chemistry I
Chemistry I: Inorganic, or general chemistry­ with LAB. UWM undergrad, course is CHEM 102. Coursework older than 5 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry I
Chemistry II
Chemistry II: Inorganic or general chemistry with LAB. If UWM undergrad, required course is CHEM 104 Coursework older than 5 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry II
Physics I
Physics I: General physics course­ with LAB. UWM undergrad courses are PHYSICS 120 (lecture) + PHYSICS 121 (lab) Coursework older than 5 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physics II
Physics II: General physics course­ with LAB. UWM undergrad courses are PHYSICS 122 (lecture) + PHYSICS 123 (lab). Coursework older than 5 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Psychology
Psychology: Introductory, general psychology course. (i.e. does NOT include: Abnormal Psych; Developmental Psych, etc.) UWM undergrad course is PSYCH 101. Coursework older than 5 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: General
Statistics
Statistics: Introductory statistics course. UWM undergrad course is KIN 270. Coursework older than 5 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics