2019-20 Applicants

University of the Incarnate Word


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...

Office of the Dean
ATTN: Enrollment
University of the Incarnate Word
School of Physical Therapy
4301 Broadway, CPO 412
San Antonio TX, 78209
(210) 283-6477
dptadmissions@uiwtx.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
08/24/2020
Institution's religious affiliation
Catholic
Additional information about the class profile
The UIW School of Physical Therapy admitted its first class in August 2012. The School seeks a diverse class every year so as to fullfill its mission.

The University of the Incarnate Word is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, telephone 404-679-4500, web site: www.sacscoc.org.
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Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
54
Anticipated size of next entering class
54
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
60%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
40%
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
0%

Program Description more...

The University of the Incarnate Word School of Physical Therapy is located in San Antonio Texas. San Antonio is the seventh-most populated city in the United States and the second-most populous city in the state of Texas. San Antonio is known as a favorite vacation destination and attracts over 32 million people each year. San Antonio attractions include the historic Alamo, Riverwalk, amusement parks, plenty of shopping, and some of the most delicious Mexican food you will find.

The first Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word came to San Antonio in 1869 to minister to the sick and the poor. Their spirit of Christian service is perpetuated in the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) primarily through teaching and scholarship, encompassing research and artistic expression. Committed to educational excellence, the University aims to educate men and women who will become concerned and enlightened citizens. It promotes life-long learning and fosters the development of the whole person. The faculty and students support one another in the search for and the communication of truth. The university is open to thoughtful innovation that serves ever more effectively the spiritual and material needs of people. The curriculum offers students an integrated program that includes a global perspective and an emphasis on social justice and community service. UIW is a Catholic institution that welcomes to its community persons of diverse backgrounds, in the belief that their respective interaction advances the discovery of truth, mutual understanding, self-realization, and the common good.

The UIW School of Physical Therapy is committed to innovatively educate physical therapists who, through skilled, reflective, patient-centered practice, optimize movement and wellness for the common good of society. The faculty of the School of Physical Therapy is committed to graduate physical therapists recognized as confident, caring, mindful, adaptable, compassionate, knowledgeable, community-oriented practitioners who apply evidence-based decision making, lifelong learning, ethical values, legal principles and critical, independent thinking to address patient needs and societal issues.

The UIW DPT Program will use a problem-based learning (PBL) approach, a rigorous, highly structured teaching methodology which places the student in a position of active responsibility for learning and mastering content. In a group of 7-8 peers, where a faculty member serves as a tutorial facilitator, the student learns new material by confronting and solving problems in the form of a clinical patient case. Rather than listening to a lecture on a given topic (teacher-centered learning), students are presented with a patient case which typically integrates previously learned information with a great deal of new content (Physical Therapy Clinical Reasoning). The group must come to consensus about what they would need to know in order to manage the patient case. They do this by developing “learning issues” or topics which represent questions about the case. On an individual basis, students then research the topics by using textbooks, review articles, peer-reviewed research, and electronic databases. Later in the week, students regroup to discuss their findings and apply them to the patient case at hand. The faculty member facilitates discussion and asks questions to ascertain that students are learning the material to the appropriate breadth and depth required of an entry level physical therapist. Carefully crafted cases are the “anchors” around which other content is taught. The curriculum includes extensive laboratory experiences (Patient/Client Management and Foundational Sciences) as well as special topic seminars (Professional Topics) which complement and reinforce content learned in PBL sessions.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
01/15/2020
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
Yes
Important dates

Please Note: Applicants that apply to the program prior to August 31 will have the supplemental fee waived for the 2019-2020 cycle.  After August 31st, applicants must pay the $50 supplemental application fee. Students that pay the supplemental application fee prior to August 31st will not be issued refunds.

We encourage applicants to apply early, as our admissions process is rolling.  The priority application and scholarship deadline is September 1, 2019.  The final application deadline is January 15, 2020.  Required documentation which includes; three letters of reference (with at least one from a licensed PT), official GRE scores (scores MUST be sent to PTCAS Code 0341), completed and verified observation hours (miniumum of 50 in at least two different physical therapy settings), and $50 supplemental application fee (https://commerce.cashnet.com/UIWEM20PAY), should be completed and submitted as soon as possible.  Applicant files will not be reviewed until ALL required documentation has been received.  All documentation must be submitted no later than January 15, 2020.  In order to meet the priority application and scholarship deadline, ALL required documentation must be received by September 1, 2019.  

Selected applicants will be invited to participate in an on-campus interview. The interview is an integral part of the admissions process. Interview dates will be scheduled throughout the Fall and early Spring.


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
Yes
Special eligibility requirements for Early Decision candidates
Recommended GPA 3.0 or above (overall, last 60 hours, prerequisite). Recommended GRE of 150 or above on the verbal and quantitative sections and 3.5 or above on the writing section.

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$500.00
Additional Information about Deposit
Students will receive $400 of the total deposit toward the Fall tuition of their first year. The deposit is non-refundable.
Deposit Refundable?
No
Due Date of First Required Deposit
01/15/2020

Interviews

Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
Yes
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GPA

GPA Scores
MINIMUM GPA Score
AVERAGE GPA score for accepted students
Program-specific Prerequisite
2.90
3.40
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
While admissions is holistic, recent successful candidates have had an average overall GPA of 3.3. All coursework, including repeated classes are calculated into GPA. We use the PTCAS GPA calculations for admission review. We recommend that students have an overall, last 60 hours, and PT Prerequisite GPA over 3.0.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
0341
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle
01/15/2020
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle
08/01/2015
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score
 
152
Quantitative reasoning scaled score
 
152
Analytical writing scaled score
 
4.0
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
The GRE is required of all applicants. Official scores must be sent to the program's PTCAS GRE code 0341.

The Admissions Committee reviews applicants holistically. GRE scores of 150 or higher for both the quantitative and verbal components and 3.5 or higher for the writing component is strongly recommended.

Observation Hours

 
Applicants must have at least 50 completed and verified observation hours in a minimum of two settings which focus on different physical therapy specialties (ex. orthopedic, pediatric, geriatric, sports, musculoskeletal etc.). Applicant files will not be reviewed until at least 50 verified hours (in at least two PT settings) have been completed and verified by PTCAS.
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
50
DEADLINE for completion of all PT hours
01/15/2020
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Accepted/Considered
Outpatient
Accepted/Considered

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
Yes
Supplemental fee amount
$50.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
No
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
No
Description of supplemental requirements
Applicants that apply to the program prior to August 31 will have the supplemental fee waived for the 2019-2020 cycle. After August 31st, applicants must pay the $50 supplemental application fee. Students that pay the supplemental application fee prior to August 31st will not be issued refunds. Students do not have to complete a supplemental application.
Deadline for supplemental materials
2020-01-15
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
3
Additional information about program's reference requirements
Student must have at least one reference from a licensed physical therapist. References should come from those able to attest to the applicant's problem-solving, critical thinking, and interpersonal skills.

Foreign Applicants and Transcripts

Citizenship types eligible for admission U.S. citizens
  • U.S. citizens
  • U.S. permanent residents
Non-native speakers must submit official TOEFL scores?
No
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
At this time, international students (F-1/J-1 student visa holders) are not eligible to enroll.

English translation of original foreign transcripts for all permanent residents or U.S. citizens who have been educated abroad is required.

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
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
No
Link to program's prerequisite instructions
Anatomy
(or Anatomy and Physiology I) Coursework older than 10 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: Vertebrate
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Human
Biology I
Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Advanced
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: Embryology
  • Biology: General I
  • Biology: General II
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Immunology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
  • Biology: Zoology
Biology II
Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Advanced
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: Embryology
  • Biology: General I
  • Biology: General II
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Immunology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
Chemistry I
Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Advanced
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry I
Chemistry II
Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Advanced
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry II
Medical Terminology
If you have not taken a Medical Terminology course, please visit our program prerequisite link for information on an available 6 week online not for credit course that will fulfill this requirement. If you plan to take the 6 week online course that we offer, please do not match a course to this on PTCAS. Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Medical Terminology
Physics I
Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
  • Physics: General
Physics II
Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Physiology
(or Anatomy and Physiology II) Coursework older than 10 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: Advanced
  • A&P: Human
Social/Behavioral Science
Developmental, Lifespan or Abnormal Psychology Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
Social/Behavioral Science
(Introduction to Psychology) Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: General I
  • Psychology: General
  • Psychology: General II
Statistics
Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Business: Statistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics