2019-20 Applicants

Bellarmine University


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...

Jordan Rose Wiehebrink
Associate Dean of Graduate Admission
Office of Graduate Admission
Bellarmine University
2001 Newburg Road
Louisville KY, 40205
(502) 272-8245
(800) 274-4723 x 7200
jwiehebrink@bellarmine.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
05/26/2020
Institution's religious affiliation
Roman Catholic
Additional information about the class profile
Bellarmine University students receive priority admission consideration, but only up to 50% of the incoming DPT class will be selected from the Bellarmine undergraduate application pool.
Social networking
Facebook Page for PT Program
 

Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
76
Anticipated size of next entering class
72
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
25%

Program Description more...

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program is an integral part of the School of Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences, Bellarmine University, the physical therapist professional community, and the local health care delivery system. We embrace our heritage of Catholic higher education excellence in undergraduate liberal arts and quality professional education programs. The program is dedicated to excellence in physical therapist education and service by providing comprehensive academic and clinical experiences for diverse and talented students. This is accomplished through:

-active faculty mentoring
-instruction grounded in clinical, scientific and educational evidence
-learning experiences that are reflective, practical, directed, collaborative and innovative
-directed and focused engagement with the community

We are responsive to the needs and demands of contemporary physical therapy practice, which are evolving and dynamic. Our goal is to develop autonomous patient-centered practitioners of physical therapy dedicated to service and life-long learning with skills, attitudes and behaviors to commensurate with societal expectations for outstanding care.

Bellarmine University provides students in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program with unique and challenging educational experiences from outstanding faculty members. Our faculty are not only academically prepared, they are also recognized for their clinical skills with many faculty holding clinical board certifications. Nearly all faculty are involved in clinical practice in addition to their teaching responsibilities, research and service. Our faculty members are board certified in areas such as neurology, orthopedics, sports, pediatrics, geriatrics, wounds, women's health, and clinical electrophysiology.

Students in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program will participate in four clinical experiences which integrate over 1600 hours of training into the program. The department has agreements with over 350 clinical facilities across the United States. Students and faculty work together to develop an education plan for the clinical experiences. Students have an exciting opportunity to apply for an internship in Italy – they spend 12 weeks in Tuscany at an outpatient facility, or in Umberide in a rehabilitation facility. They are provided the opportunity to learn the language before arriving in Italy, and are closely mentored during their stay. They have great opportunities and guidance for experiencing the culture, food, and events in Italy. Students return with a deep appreciation of a different healthcare system and cultural diversity. They also have a great opportunity to learn new treatment techniques not as commonly used in the US, and share treatment techniques they learn in school to help educate the physiotherapists in the facilities. Students also have the chance to travel for study abroad in Australia, Guatemala, and the Dominican Republic.

Bellarmine provides students with experiences to hone skills in on and off campus service learning settings, which provide pro bono physical therapy services. The DPT program operates the nation’s first endowed on-campus service learning clinic, where students provide pro bono service to individuals with a wide range of musculoskeletal, neurological, and developmental conditions. Under faculty supervision, students direct all aspects of the clinic including developing all policies, providing patient care, and managing mock billing. The clinic is available to students for skills practice and as a study area outside of operating hours.

For more information about DPT program curriculum, tuition information, and graduation, licensure, and employment rates, you can visit https://www.bellarmine.edu/pt/.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
10/01/2019
Deadline type
Soft
Application close date (for soft deadlines only)
12/02/2019
Program has rolling admissions process?
Yes
Important dates

As you review our application deadlines, please remember to allow 4 - 6 weeks for PTCAS to process your application.  

Our priority application deadline is Monday, October 1.  

Our final application deadline is Monday, December 2

We review applications on a rolling basis and will begin offering interviews to selected applicants shortly after the priority application deadline. We offer roughly 250-300 interviews to selected applicants for 72 positions.  Even though we will review all applications submitted by December 2, it is possible that we will have offered the majority of interviews by the time we receive an application at that point in the cycle.  It is best to apply prior to October 1 (or as soon as possible). 

We will begin hosting interviews in October, and will continue to do so once monthly through the following February (pending fulfillment of our incoming cohort following each interview date).


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
Yes
Special eligibility requirements for Early Decision candidates
Our Early Decision process is a highly selective priority option for qualified candidates.

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$1000.00
Additional Information about Deposit
Admitted students are required to pay a non-refundable confirmation deposit at the time they accept the admission offer. The $1000 confirmation deposit is applied to the student's tuition during his or her first semester.
Deposit Refundable?
No
Due Date of First Required Deposit
01/01/1900

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
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative
2.75
3.60
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.00
3.60
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
If a prerequisite course was repeated, the program uses the highest earned grade in the local GPA calculation as long as the new grade is received (posted on the official transcript) before the application is submitted. Grades received by the applicant after the application is submitted are not utilized in local GPA calculations, but are referenced for admitted students to ensure passing prior to program start. The cumulative GPA used is calculated by PTCAS and is inclusive of all grades received/courses taken.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
7674
University GRE code
1056
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
Successful candidates typically score above a 150 on both the Verbal and Quantitative portions and a 4 or higher on the Analytic portion. GRE scores will only be accepted for exams with a test date in the last 5 years. You may submit your GRE score to Bellarmine's PTCAS GRE code at 7674 or directly to Bellarmine at 1056.

Observation Hours

 
A minimum of 25 PT observation hours (paid or volunteered) are required and must be completed with/verified by a licensed PT. We strongly encourage obtaining these hours in a variety of settings.
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
25
Total number of PT hours RECOMMENDED
50
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Accepted/Considered
Outpatient
Accepted/Considered

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
No
Supplemental fee amount
$0.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
No
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
No
Description of supplemental requirements
No supplemental items are required at the time of PTCAS application submission.
Supplemental Requirements
No supplemental items are required at the time of the PTCAS application submission.,
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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
Applicants must submit at least 2 references. This will preferably include one that can evaluate the applicant from an academic/educational perspective (ie. faculty member, advisor) and one that can evaluate the applicant from a professional perspective (ie. manager, physical therapist).

Foreign Applicants and Transcripts

Citizenship types eligible for admission U.S. citizens
  • U.S. 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 WES foreign evaluation for Canadian courses to PTCAS
Additional information about program's policy on foreign coursework

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
You may contact Jordan Rose Wiehebrink, Associate Dean of Graduate Admission, for a preliminary unofficial transcript review to determine initial acceptance of any questionable prerequisite coursework. She can be reached at jwiehebrink@bellarmine.edu or 502-272-8245.

You may also submit a copy of your unofficial transcript for preliminary review purposes to: application.bellarmine.edu/register/grtranscriptreview.
Bachelor's degree required prior to matriculation into PT program?
Varies
Anatomy and/or Physiology (A&P) course prerequisites MUST be completed in biology, neuroscience, anatomy, or integrated physiology department
Varies
Link to program's prerequisite instructions
Anatomy & Physiology I
If a lab is offered with this course, the applicant is required to take it. However, if a lab is not offered with the course, the applicant is not required to find a substitute.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Neuroanatomy
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Human
Anatomy & Physiology II
If a lab is offered with this course, the applicant is required to take it. However, if a lab is not offered with the course, the applicant is not required to find a substitute.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Neurophysiology
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Human
Biology / Biological Science
Applicants should complete a General Biology course at the level of a science major. If a lab is offered with this course, the applicant is required to take it. However, if a lab is not offered with the course, the applicant is not required to find a substitute. Please note the preference for General Biology over more specific biology courses such as Microbiology, Zoology or similar.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: General I
  • Biology: General
Chemistry I
If a lab is offered with this course, the applicant is required to take it. However, if a lab is not offered with the course, the applicant is not required to find a substitute.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry I
Chemistry II
If a lab is offered with this course, the applicant is required to take it. However, if a lab is not offered with the course, the applicant is not required to find a substitute.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry II
Physics I
If a lab is offered with this course, the applicant is required to take it. However, if a lab is not offered with the course, the applicant is not required to find a substitute.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physics II
If a lab is offered with this course, the applicant is required to take it. However, if a lab is not offered with the course, the applicant is not required to find a substitute.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Physiology
The applicant must complete an advanced physiology course offered beyond the foundational Anatomy & Physiology 1 and 2 requirement.
Course Level
Upper Division
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: Neurophysiology
  • A&P: Pathophysiology
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Exercise Physiology
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Psychology
We will accept any Psychology course offered through a Psychology department. We do not accept Psychology courses offered from other departments. For example, we would not accept a Psychology of Sport course offered from an Exercise Science department.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Any
Statistics
We will accept a Statistics course taken within various departments/disciplines.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Business: Statistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics