2019-20 Applicants

Bradley 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...

Carol Wessler
Administrative Support
Department of Physical Therapy and Health Science
Bradley University
1501 W. Bradley Ave.
Peoria IL, 61625
(309) 677-3489
cwessler@bradley.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
06/08/2020
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Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
24
Anticipated size of next entering class
26
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
83%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
17%
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
0%

Sex

% Male
54%
% Female
46%

Race / Ethnicity

% Asian
8%
% White (Not of Hispanic Origin)
88%
% Declining to State
4%

Program Description more...

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program is a three year entry-level DPT program that includes 36 weeks of full-time clinical experience interspersed throughout the program. Students are prepared as generalists, but also have opportunities to explore specific areas of physical therapy through a variety of full-time clinical experiences. The program consists of 105 credit hours of graduate coursework that is divided among traditional classroom coursework, laboratory skills, case based learning, clinical experiences and research. Selecting from a wide range of faculty interests, students conduct research side by side with a faculty advisor. For the previous 3 graduating classes, 99% of students admitted have graduated and 100% of those graduating have passed the licensure exam. Additionally, 100% of these graduates seeking to work as physical therapists are employed.

Our small class size (24 students per class) allows for the program to be student-centered with an emphasis on faculty-student interaction. The program’s core faculty of 10 includes four certified clinical specialists or fellowship trained practitioners. Eight hold advanced doctoral degrees (Ph.D., DSc.) in a variety of areas. The combined teaching and clinical experience of the faculty is well over 200 years. The program faculty utilize a variety of teaching methods with an emphasis on student learning and the integration of evidence-based clinical practice. While students are taking classes they work alongside the faculty treating patients in our on-campus pro bono clinic. This clinic provides free services for those with chronic neurological impairments.

Bradley University has been recognized by the US News and World Report as one of the top Illinois universities of its type and is number six among Midwestern Regional Universities. The Wall Street Journal ranks Bradley among the Top 10 Universities in the nation for student engagement. The Bradley DPT program is ranked among the top 100 in the nation by US News and World Report. A mid-sized university with 5,400 students, Bradley is located in Peoria, IL and is three hours from Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis. The tuition of the DPT program is affordable when compared to similar institutions. Cost of living in Peoria is much less than most large metropolitan areas. The Bradley campus community is friendly and engaging with state-of-the-art fitness and sports facilities.

Admittance to the DPT program is competitive and the space per class is limited, so applicants are encouraged to apply early. All highly motivated students who meet the requirements and have a bachelor’s degree (or will have a bachelor’s degree by June when the program begins) are encouraged to apply. The program may begin admitting highly qualified applicants prior to the application deadline.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
10/15/2019
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
No
Important dates

* A general Open House is offered in April and September. See the Department website for details. 

* The program may offer admission to some exceptional applicants prior to the deadline.

* Admission preference is given to those who show a genuine interest in Bradley.


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
No

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$500.00
Due Date of First Required Deposit
01/15/2020

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
3.64
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.00
3.59
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
An applicant should have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00 in all courses taken. Candidates with a cumulative GPA below 3.00 may be denied without a review of their application.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
7706
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle
10/01/2019
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
 
154
Verbal reasoning % score
 
60%
Quantitative reasoning scaled score
 
154
Quantitative reasoning % score
 
54%
Analytical writing scaled score
 
4.0
Analytical writing % score
 
59%
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
We require official GRE scores to be submitted by the application deadline of October 15, 2019. Applicants whose official GRE scores are NOT submitted by the application deadline are not guaranteed a review of their application.

Bradley University has more than one GRE code. If your official GRE scores are not submitted using Bradley's PTCAS GRE code of 7706, they will not be considered.

Observation Hours

 
Exposure to a variety of physical therapy settings is highly recommended. The degree of exposure to health care may influence the admissibility of an applicant.
Program's PT hours requirement
PT hours are required - no verification by a physical therapist
Total number of PT hours REQUIRED
40
Total number of PT hours RECOMMENDED
100
DEADLINE for completion of all PT hours
10/15/2019
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Accepted/Considered
Outpatient
Accepted/Considered

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
Yes
Supplemental fee amount
$40.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
Yes
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
No
Description of supplemental requirements
Supplemental fee (Graduate School processing fee) of $40.00 must be submitted by the application deadline of October 15, 2019. This fee is in addition to the PTCAS application fee and is paid directly (credit card payment only) to Bradley University using the following link: https://gradschool.bradley.edu/register/DPTSupplemental. Your application will not be processed unless this fee has been submitted.
Supplemental Requirements
Supplemental fee (Graduate School processing fee) of $40.00
Deadline for supplemental materials
2019-10-15
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
2
Additional information about program's reference requirements
Academic reference includes professor, professor in major, teaching assistant, and pre-PT advisor.

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
Do not send any foreign documentation. PT program only considers U.S. courses
Program policy for CANADIAN coursework
  • Do not send any Canadian documentation
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
The following courses are highly recommended:

1. Kinesiology, biomechanics or additional courses in human anatomy

2. Exercise physiology, pathophysiology, or additional courses in physiology

3. Upper division psychology and sociology courses

4. Medical Terminology
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
Varies
Link to program's prerequisite instructions
Anatomy
Anatomy: 3-4 sem. hrs. of vertebrate, mammalian, human, or comparative anatomy that includes a lab (a 2 semester sequence of combined human anatomy and physiology will meet the anatomy and physiology requirement).
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 3-4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Biology / Biological Science
6-8 sem. hrs of BIO required content intro to cell bio, biochem & genetics fulfilled by 2 sem. sequence of intro. BIO for science majors OR 1 sem. of intro. BIO for science majors PLUS 2-4 hrs. in related courses.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
SH: 3-4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: General I
Biology / Biological Science
(2 of 2 biology courses required). See description for biology/biological science prerequisite above.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
SH: 3-4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Any
  • Biology: General II
Chemistry I
1 year chemistry sequence for science majors with laboratory experience, typically met by courses offered as General Chemistry I & II. Courses in Inorganic, Organic and Biochemistry accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 3-4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
Chemistry II
See description for Chemistry I
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 3-4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
Physics I
1 year physics sequence for science majors with lab experience typically met by courses offered as General Physics I and II, or College Physics I and II. This does not have to be Calculus based.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 3-4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physics II
See description for Physics I
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 3-4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Physiology
Physiology: 3-4 sem. hrs. of vertebrate, mammalian, or human physiology (a 2 semester sequence of combined anatomy and physiology will meet the anatomy and physiology requirement).
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
SH: 3-4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Statistics
3 sem hrs of statistics that include principles and procedures for data interpretation, measures of central tendency and variability, probability, correlation and an introduction to inferential statistics.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Business: Statistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics