2019-20 Applicants

Clarkson 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...

Anne L. Gilbert
Administrative Secretary Admissions Committee
Dept of Physical Therapy
Clarkson University
8 Clarkson Ave
Box 5880
Potsdam NY, 13699
(315) 268-3786
(315) 268-3786
gilberta@clarkson.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
08/25/2020
Additional information about the class profile
Program gives preference to applicants who are Clarkson undergraduate students listed as pre-physical therapy students. Articulation agreements exist with SUNY Canton, SUNY Potsdam, SUNY Plattsburg, and St Lawrence University. See your institutional coordinator or contact agilbert@clarkson.edu for further information.
 

Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
30
Anticipated size of next entering class
30
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
3%

Program Description more...

Clarkson University's DPT program is eight continuous semesters (Fall/Spring/Summer/Fall/Spring/Summer/Fall/Spring). Clinical Internships are interspersed throughout the curriculum beginning in the second semester.

The mode of instruction is Problem-Based Learning (PBL). Clarkson's PBL mode of learning creates small group learning experiences (tutorials) of 5-8 students each, with a faculty tutorial leader for each group. Approximately 80% of instruction occurs in this mode. Students who are most successful in this mode of teaching/learning are those who are self-starters and independent learners.

Clarkson is located in a rural area of upstate New York, in a medically under-served area. Clinical Internship experiences include sites primarily in northern New York, Pennsylvania, and New England, as well as sites in larger cities throughout the country.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
03/02/2020
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
Yes
Important dates

Clarkson Pre-PT and articulation agreements have different specific application deadlines.


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
Yes

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$1000.00
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
3.20
3.40
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.20
3.40
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
Program uses only highest grade earned in its local GPA calculations for required prerequisite courses when a course was repeated. For overall GPA calculations, all courses taken, including repeats, are included. Higher level courses MAY be acceptable and used when calculating GPA.

Any course with a grade less than C will not be acceptable in meeting the requirement of a prerequisite course.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
No

Observation Hours

 
The total of 50 hours must be in two separate specialty settings (orthopedics, pediatrics, neurology, etc.) The two specialty settings may be done in the same clinic. Applicants who use their experience as a patient for some of the observation hours may not use the same specialty setting, or the same clinic in which they received their PT treatment, for their second setting.
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
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?
Yes
Description of supplemental requirements
Go to the "Program Materials" section of the 2018-2019 PTCAS application to view the document upload instructions for Clarkson University. Please upload proof of completion (certificate or transcript) of a Medical Terminology Course into the "Other" box.
Supplemental Requirements
Proof of completion (certificate or transcript) of a Medical Terminology Course
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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
Of the three references, one must be from a physical therapist and one must be from a college/university professor that you have been taught by. The third reference may be from any of the acceptable evaluators. Group references, such as those done by committee, will count as only ONE reference.

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
Other
Program policy for CANADIAN coursework
  • Send original Canadian transcript to PTCAS
Additional information about program's policy on foreign coursework
All applicants for whom English is a second language must take an English language equivalency exam. Clarkson University accepts TOEFL or IELTS scores. Official scores should be submitted directly from the testing company to the University. Although Clarkson’s graduate program requires the submission of TOFEL/IELTS scores for the completion of their application file, the School of Arts & Sciences does not have a minimum score requirement for these exams. All applications are evaluated on the merits of all information received.

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
Yes
Link to program's prerequisite instructions
Anatomy
Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Neuroanatomy
  • A&P: Neurophysiology
  • A&P: Pathophysiology
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • Biology: Any
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Exercise Physiology
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Biology / Biological Science
This requirement is for a general or college biology course that covers cellular and molecular biology. Depending upon the institution, this course may be Biology I, Biology II, or a specific cell and/or molecular biology course. A higher level course that is not a cell biology course will not fulfill this biology requirement. Survey courses not accepted. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4 or 5
QH: 5 or 6
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: General
Chemistry I
Survey courses not accepted. Higher level courses MAY be acceptable as substitute. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4 or 5
QH: 5 or 6
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry I
Chemistry II
Survey courses not accepted. Higher level courses MAY be acceptable as substitute. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4 or 5
QH: 5 or 6
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry II
Medical Terminology
A course in Medical Terminology must appear on a college/university transcript, or a certificate of completion of a commercial on-line course must be submitted directly to the program. This course is NOT used to calculate prerequisite GPA. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 0 - 3
QH: 0- 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Medical Terminology
Physics I
Survey courses not accepted. Higher level courses MAY be acceptable as substitute. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4 or 5
QH: 5 or 6
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physics II
Survey courses not accepted. Higher level courses MAY be acceptable as substitute. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4 or 5
QH: 5 or 6
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Physiology
Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Neuroanatomy
  • A&P: Neurophysiology
  • A&P: Pathophysiology
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • Biology: Any
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Exercise Physiology
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Psychology
The first of two required psychology courses. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
QH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: General I
  • Psychology: General
  • Psychology: General II
Psychology
We require a second 3 credit Psychology course. We strongly recommend a life-span Developmental Psychology course, not just Child Psychology, or Adolescent Psychology or Psychology of Aging. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
QH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Adolescent
  • Psychology: Advanced
  • Psychology: Any
  • Psychology: Child
  • Psychology: Death & Dying
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: General II
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Human Behavior
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
  • Psychology: Psychopathology
  • Psychology: Rehabilitation
  • Psychology: Social
  • Psychology: Sports
Statistics
Program will accept statistics courses completed in a math, psychology, or statistics department. Business statistics as part of a business major is acceptable. Any other statistics courses are not acceptable. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
QH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Business: Statistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics