2019-20 Applicants

Boston 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...

Julie Ann Starr, PT, DPT
Chair, Admissions Committee
College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training
Programs in Physical Therapy
Boston University
635 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston MA, 02215
(617) 353-2720
(617) 353-2724
pt@bu.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
05/26/2020
Dual-degree programs offered in conjunction with PT degree
We are pleased to offer a DPT/PhD dual degree for those students who wish to obtain both a clinical degree and a research degree.
Additional information about the class profile
Boston University is a private institution and therefore does not give preferences to local, national or international students.
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Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
70
Anticipated size of next entering class
75
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
0%

Program Description more...

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Boston University is designed to educate you, as a physical therapist, to be an expert in the human movement system. We use a functional systems approach to assess human movement that then drives the subsequent comprehensive physical therapy examination and intervention. Our goal is to help you become a lifelong learners, critical thinkers, evidence-based practitioners, ethical care givers and an effective clinicians who will creatively and successfully meet the challenges of the evolving health care system. Our faculty includes movement specialists who are master clinicians with APTA clinical specialization certification who continue to practice clinically. Many of our faculty are also world-renowned rehabilitation researchers who bring their expertise and passion to the classroom.

Evidence based practice is a core value of our physical therapy program, as are health promotion, wellness, and prevention of injury or disease. The design of the curriculum fully prepares you as generalist, able to pursue a career in any clinical practice setting. As a generalist, you will be equipped with the skills to become the practitioner of choice for alterations in the human movement system and a principal members of the health care team. We believe that this approach to physical therapy education insures quality care for any and all persons who seek the services of a physical therapist. Advanced physical therapist educational experiences also exist within our department in the form of a residency program in the area of neurologic physical therapy and a fellowship program in the area of manual orthopaedic physical therapy.

Our 3 year, full time, physical therapy program begins at the end of May. During the first academic year, you will participate in both classroom instruction and clinical education. By spending time with a physical therapist in a local physical therapy site, you are able to contemporaneously apply what you are learning in the classroom to a clinical population. There are also 40 weeks of full time clinical experience interspersed throughout the remaining 2 years of the professional curriculum, which take place at 3 to 4 different locations and settings.

Our graduates have a 100% pass rate on the National PT Licensure Examination. Boston University students are sought after by employers, resulting in a 100% employment rate following graduation.

Boston University is located on a large University campus with amenities such as a new fitness and recreation center, many varsity and club sports, an active sustainability program and a wide variety of student community service organizations, all housed in a city known for its political, social, academic, arts and theater offerings. Boston is an exciting and vibrant city, which is a hub for innovative medicine. Whether you are interested in cultural events or contemporary venues, sporting franchises or historic attractions, there are always plenty of opportunities on campus or within the city to enjoy time away from the physical therapy program.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
11/15/2019
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
No
Important dates

All application materials (application, transcripts, GRE scores, recommendation letters and essays) must be received by PTCAS by the Nov 15th deadline.  Any missing application materials by that deadline will render the application incomplete by Boston University standards and will not be reviewed. 

The DPT program at Boston University does not require an interview.  If you are accepted to our program, we recommend attending one of our program information sessions held in January.  These sessions allow you to become better acquainted with our program, tour our facilities, learn about our ongoing research projects, attend current classes and meet with our current students.  Our goal is to assure a good match between our program’s educational environment and your learning needs in order to support your academic success.


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
No

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$500.00
Additional Information about Deposit
This is a non-refundable deposit to secure your seat in our program. The deposit will be credited to the first tuition payment.
Due Date of First Required Deposit
02/21/2019

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
3.60
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.00
3.60
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
Our program will use the pre-requisite GPA as calculated by PTCAS.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
7608
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle
09/15/2019
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle
10/15/2014
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score
150
157
Quantitative reasoning scaled score
141
158
Analytical writing scaled score
3.5
4.5
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
GRE scores must be sent to PTCAS using code 7608 and must be received by the deadline, Nov, 15, 2019.

Observation Hours

 
Your PT observational hours are to insure that you understand the profession of physical therapy and are certain that it is the field that you wish to pursue. While multiple settings are advantageous to fully understand the scope of the profession, observation in more than one setting is not required.
Program's PT hours requirement
PT hours are required - no verification by a physical therapist
Total number of PT hours REQUIRED
30
DEADLINE for completion of all PT hours
05/01/2020
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
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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
Three reference letters are required. One letter must be from an academic evaluator (a professor or an academic advisor), who can speak to your ability to succeed in graduate school. The other two letters can be from an academic, a health care, or employer evaluator who can speak to your ability to be a health care provider and/or a successful graduate student.

Foreign Applicants and Transcripts

Citizenship types eligible for admission U.S. citizens
  • U.S. citizens
  • U.S. permanent residents
  • 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
  • Send WES foreign evaluation for Canadian courses to PTCAS
Additional information about program's policy on foreign coursework
Any international transcript must be translated into the American academic system. Minimum Toefl scores are as follows:

* Writing 22,
* Reading 25,
* Speaking 23,
* Listening 21

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
Human Anatomy (3-4 credits): one course with an on campus lab section (Note: when anatomy and physiology are taken as a combined course, two semesters, each with a on campus lab, are necessary to meet the requirements)
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Biology I
Biology (3-4 credits): one course of general or cellular biology with an on campus lab component
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: General I
  • Biology: General II
  • Biology: General
Chemistry I
Chemistry is a two semester course sequence (or a three quarter course sequence). On campus labs are required for each chemistry course in the sequence.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry I
Chemistry II
Chemistry II can be either a second semester general chemistry course in a sequence or an organic chemistry and/or biochemistry compliment to the first general chemistry course. If on the quarter system, the three chemistry courses can be inorganic, organic and biochemistry. On campus labs are required for each chemistry course in the sequence.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry II
Exercise Physiology
Exercise physiology without a lab can be taken in an on-campus or an online format. Kinesiology and biomechanics courses do not usually fulfill the requirement for exercise physiology
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
QH: 3
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Exercise Physiology
Physics I
Physics I and II should be a two semester course sequence, or a three quarter system course sequence. An on campus lab is required for each course in the sequence. Physics I and II need not be calculus based.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physics II
Physics I and II should be a two course semester sequence or a three quarter system course sequence. An on campus lab needs to accompany each of the courses in the sequence. Physics I and II need not be calculus based..
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Physiology
Human Physiology (3­ - 4 credits): one course with a on campus lab (Note: anatomy and physiology when taken as a combined two course sequence, each with an on-campus lab, will also serve to meet this requirement)
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: Animal
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Psychology
General or Developmental Psychology (3-4 credits)
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Child
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: General
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
Statistics
Statistics may be taken through the math or psychology department. An experimental design course through a psychology department is also acceptable. Business statistics courses do not fulfill this requirement.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics