2019-20 Applicants

Rockhurst 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...

Beth Harris
Graduate Admissions Coordinator & Recruiter
College of Health and Human Services
Rockhurst University
1100 Rockhurst Rd.
Kansas City MO, 64110
(816) 501-4059
beth.harris@rockhurst.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
05/26/2020
Dual-degree programs offered in conjunction with PT degree
DPT/MBA
DPT/MA
Institution's religious affiliation
Jesuit
Additional information about the class profile
Rockhurst is a private institution. Therefore, state and/or country of residence is not a factor in admissions decisions. However, preference is given to applicants who are currently enrolled and receive an undergraduate degree from the University. Additionally, Rockhurst reserves places in the program for qualified incoming freshman and transfer students who maintain certain criteria throughout their undergraduate education.
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Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
48
Anticipated size of next entering class
48
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
0%

Program Description more...

Rockhurst University's Department of Physical Therapy Education is committed to preparing competent, caring physical therapists who will transform society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience. Throughout the professional program students engage in active learning experiences to promote wellness and help others manage their health when their abilities are threatened or impaired by developmental deficits, aging, physical illness or injury. Emphasizing and integrating critical thinking, problem solving, leadership, service, and ethical decision making throughout the curriculum, the Rockhurst Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program prepares students for licensure as physical therapists and enhances students’ abilities to clinically reason in a complex and changing health care system.

Rockhurst's fully accredited DPT program is distinctive for its close faculty-student interactions, diverse service learning opportunities, professional and leadership development, and interprofessional collaboration. The Rockhurst DPT program is designed as an entry-level doctoral degree program, with the curriculum beginning each summer semester, including eight semesters of dynamic course work over two and half academic years. Students participate in a wide variety of interactive learning experiences, including class discussions, clinical simulation, multiple service projects, independent study, teamwork experiences, professional internships, and options for advanced elective coursework.

Rockhurst also offers the nation's first integrated DPT-MBA program as well as a Master of Arts in Management with a concentration in health care management. Both programs prepare students with additional skills increasingly necessary for contemporary healthcare leadership roles.

Additionally, students have the option to pursue certification in strength and conditioning (CSCS) during their first year in the program.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
10/01/2019
Deadline type
Soft
Application close date (for soft deadlines only)
01/15/2020
Program has rolling admissions process?
No
Important dates

Interviews are scheduled for Saturday, November 23, 2019. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their application to PTCAS by the October 1, 2019 deadline date. Applications received after November 23, 2019 will be reviewed by the PT Admissions Committee, but the decision to schedule further interviews will be made at the discretion of the committee. 


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
No

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$400.00
Additional Information about Deposit
The deposit is applied to the first semester's tuition.
Deposit Refundable?
No
Due Date of First Required Deposit
01/16/2020

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
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative
2.90
3.59
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.20
3.60
Program-specific science prerequisite
3.20
3.52
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
* A minimum of 3.20 in science prerequisite courses AND a minimum of 3.20 in all prerequisites courses.

* The program will use grades from all completed courses in its cumulative calculation.

* If a course was repeated, the program uses only the highest grade earned in its prerequisite GPA calculations.

* All prerequisite courses must be completed for a grade of "C" or better.

* Prerequisite courses that were taken more than 10 years prior to application will only be considered by petition to the Physical Therapy Admissions Committee.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
7638
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score
145
152
Quantitative reasoning scaled score
144
150
Analytical writing scaled score
3.0
4.0
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
Higher priority will be given to applicants with GRE scores: Verbal 150 and Quantitative 148.

The GRE must be taken within five years of application to the program and no older than July 1, 2014.

Observation Hours

 
The program recommends that applicants observe physical therapy in as many practice environments as possible. Applicants with a Rockhurst University Pre-Admission are required to complete 32 hours of observation with 16 hours in an acute care setting and 16 hours in an outpatient setting.
Program's PT hours requirement
PT hours are not required but are highly recommended
Total number of PT hours REQUIRED
Other
Total number of PT hours RECOMMENDED
60
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
Catalog Course Description and/or Course Syllabus: This information should only be submitted when the applicant is seeking consideration of a specific course(s) to satisfy a prerequisite requirement. This can be uploaded in the document section of the PTCAS application.
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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
* In choosing your references, please select individuals that can objectively evaluate you based on the following criteria:
- commitment to learning
- interpersonal skills
- communication skills
- effective use of time
- leadership
- use of constructive feedback
- ethical and professional behavior
- responsibility
- critical thinking
- stress management
- problem solving.

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
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
For specific admissions requirements for international students, See:
* http://catalog.rockhurst.edu/content.php?catoid=2&navoid=65#International_Student_Admission.

Applicants can also contact the Assistant Director of Residence Life, Multicultural Education Coordinator at emily.kempf@rockhurst.edu.

Use World Education Services (WES) for foreign transcript evaluation.

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
Candidates will find content descriptions below for the required courses for admissions. Please make note of the ethics and communications course content descriptions.

Please be aware our program has a prerequisite requirement of both a 3-hour ethics course and a 3-hour communications course.
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
Anatomy
Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Human
Biology / Biological Science
Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: General
Chemistry I
Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry I
Chemistry II
Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry II
Communication / Speech / Public Speaking
Course description and objectives should clearly indicate content coverage of theories that focus on communication in a variety of settings (e.g., interpersonal, small group, work settings). Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Comm: Communication
  • Comm: Public Speaking
  • Comm: Speech
Ethics
Course description and objectives should indicate content coverage of factors involved in moral decision making, ethical principles, ethical theory, and application of these concepts. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Ethics
Exercise Physiology
Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Exercise Physiology
  • A&P: Exercise Physiology
Physics I
Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physics II
Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
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: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Human
Psychology
Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: General
Psychology
Abnormal or developmental psychology is preferred, or any upper level division psychology course. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
Upper Division
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Adolescent
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
Statistics
Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Business: Statistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics