2019-20 Applicants

Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science


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...

Emily Grimm
Associate Director
Strategic Enrollment Management
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
3333 Green Bay Road
North Chicago IL, 60064
(847) 578-3204
grad.admissions@rosalindfranklin.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
05/26/2020
Additional information about the class profile
The Department of Physical Therapy is committed to the enrollment of a diverse body of talented students who will fulfill our mission to prepare entry-level physical therapists to serve society through excellence in person-centered practice, service, discovery, and professional and societal leadership. A diversity of backgrounds, preparation, and interests is desirable in fostering excellence in patient care, research, education, and service to an increasingly diverse society. Utilizing a holistic review admission process, we consider a balance of applicant experiences, personal attributes, and characteristics in addition to prior demonstrated academic accomplishments. We are committed to selecting students who have demonstrated dedication to healthcare and science through healthcare and service-related employment, volunteer activity, or scholarly research; leadership potential as evidenced by participation in community and school service activities; and important noncognitive personal competencies such as strong communication and interpersonal skills, ethical integrity, problem solving, self-awareness, and empathy. The holistic review allows our program to assess an applicant’s potential to become a highly competent, diverse, and caring physical therapist.
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Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
50
Anticipated size of next entering class
50
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
54%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
46%
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
8%

Sex

% Male
35%
% Female
65%

Race / Ethnicity

% Hispanic
7%
% Asian
10%
% African-American/Black (Non-Hispanic)
2%
% White (Not of Hispanic Origin)
77%
% Two or More Races
4%

Program Description more...

The Department of Physical Therapy at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science is committed to preparing physical therapists for a lifelong commitment to professional growth and the potential to develop into a master clinician. The goal of the program is to educate a physical therapist who is able to practice effectively, safely, and ethically in any type of health care delivery environment. Graduates of the program consistently demonstrate the core values of the physical therapy profession by contributing to and promoting physical therapy in the areas of practice, research and education, through contributions to the health care system and the general community in which they serve.

This three-year unified and integrated entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy program includes academic, clinical, and research components which offer options to explore specialty areas. Critical thinking and problem solving skills, as applied to health care systems and patient evaluation/treatment, are emphasized throughout the curriculum. Courses are integrated with each other, case studies, and direct patient contact experiences. Throughout the program, each student assembles a research portfolio representing the completion of competencies in the basic tenants of research such as: research question and hypothesis formation, research design, data collection and analysis. Each student also completes a professional practicum that allows him/her to pursue individual interests within the areas of administration, research, education, or health care policy. The program includes 38 weeks of full-time clinical education at over 300 contracted clinical sites. Throughout the curriculum, simulated patient experiences are designed to allow students the ability to master clinical skills in a simulated outpatient clinic and through mannequin-based simulation in a critical care environment. In addition, there are multiple integrated clinical experiences throughout the curriculum that serve as opportunities for students to practice history and examination skills and engage in accurate clinical reasoning with real-life patients.

The faculty include leaders in education, research, and service to the profession of physical therapy. Ten of the 16 faculty are recognized as Clinical Specialists by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties representing the diverse roles of contemporary physical therapy practice. Four faculty are Fellows of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists. The diversity of expertise and depth of experience of the core faculty enable graduates of the Program to excel in clinical practice and advance physical therapy research and education.

The program is home to cutting-edge technology and facilities including the Movement Analysis and Translational Science Research Laboratory in which faculty and students conduct research investigating motor control and biomechanical analysis, helping to advance the study of human movement in education, research and patient care. The Interprofessional Community Clinic serves as a unique and impactful clinical opportunity for RFU students, as well as a force in the community for ensuring a healthier population—especially for the underserved. The clinic incorporates students from all health professional training programs at RFU to create a team-based clinic setting that is truly interprofessional.

Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science is a premier interprofessional health sciences university, advancing the future of health care delivery through interprofessional education. This interprofessional education model brings together all professions studying at the University for didactic, service learning, and clinical components. The Institute of Medicine and American Physical Therapy Association have suggested that healthcare professionals working in interprofessional teams can best address the complex and challenging needs of the patients of today and tomorrow. Physical Therapy graduates of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science are prepared to lead the future of health care delivery.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
11/15/2019
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
Yes
Important dates

Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
Yes
Special eligibility requirements for Early Decision candidates
Early Decision Applicants must complete the GRE prior to July 31, 2019. If selected, attendance is required at the on-campus interview session on Friday, September 20, 2019.

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$500.00
Deposit Refundable?
No
Due Date of First Required Deposit
01/15/2020

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
3.63
3.63
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.44
3.44
 

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
7675
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle
12/01/2019
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle
07/01/2014
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score
 
155
Quantitative reasoning scaled score
 
155

Observation Hours

 
Most accepted applicants well exceed the minimum 40 hour observation requirement. Diversity in practice settings is strongly encouraged.
Program's PT hours requirement
PT hours are required - no verification by a physical therapist
Total number of PT hours REQUIRED
40
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Accepted/Considered
Outpatient
Accepted/Considered

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
Yes
Supplemental fee amount
$35.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
No
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
No
Description of supplemental requirements
Instructions for electronic supplemental fee payment will be sent to you by the Office of Admissions and Enrollment at Rosalind Franklin University upon receipt of your PTCAS application. All materials, including the supplemental fee, official GRE scores, and letters of recommendation must be received prior to the supplemental material submission deadline.
Deadline for supplemental materials
2020-01-02
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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 references are required including:

1. Professor under which the applicant has studied (may be from either a science, math, or liberal arts professor)

2. Licensed Physical Therapist

3. Applicant's choice of an individual listed as accepted in the above reference table who has supervised work experience or is otherwise uniquely qualified to comment on potential for professional study.

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
  • Foreign (non-U.S.) citizens
  • Other non-citizens (e.g., refugees)
Non-native speakers must submit official TOEFL scores?
No
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
If English is not the applicant's native language, TOEFL scores are required. This requirement is waived if the applicant has attended a minimum of two consecutive years of college in the United States or if the applicant is a permanent US resident.

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
Anatomy & Physiology I
Human Anatomy / Physiology is strongly recommended. Completion of Anatomy and Physiology requirement in a Biology, Neuroscience, Anatomy, or Integrated Physiology department is strongly recommended. Coursework must be completed within last 5 years.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Human
Anatomy & Physiology II
Human Anatomy / Physiology is strongly recommended. Completion of Anatomy and Physiology requirement in a Biology, Neuroscience, Anatomy, or Integrated Physiology department is strongly recommended. Coursework must be completed within last 5 years.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Human
Biology I
Coursework must be completed within last 5 years
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: Embryology
  • Biology: General I
  • Biology: General II
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
  • Biology: Zoology
Chemistry I
Coursework must be completed within last 5 years.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
Chemistry II
Coursework must be completed within last 5 years.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
English Composition / Writing
One English Composition course required.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • English Composition I
  • English Composition
  • English Composition II
Physics I
Coursework must be completed within last 5 years.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
  • Physics: General
Physics II
Coursework must be completed within last 5 years.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics: General
  • Physics II
Psychology
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Child
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: General I
  • Psychology: General
  • Psychology: General II
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Human Behavior
Social/Behavioral Science
Courses completed in any of the following departments may be applied to fulfill this requirement: History, Sociology, Political Science, Ethics, Economics, Humanities, Philosophy, Psychology. 1 of 2 social/behavioral science courses required.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Ethics
  • Humanities
  • Psychology: Any
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Anthropology
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Any
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Community Health
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Criminal Justice
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Cultural Geography
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Ethnic Studies
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Human Sexuality
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Marriage/Family
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Personal Health
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Social Science
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Social Work
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Sociology
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Women’s Studies
Social/Behavioral Science
Courses completed in any of the following departments may be applied to fulfill this requirement: History, Sociology, Political Science, Ethics, Economics, Humanities, Philosophy, Psychology. 2 of 2 social/behavioral science courses required.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Ethics
  • Humanities
  • Psychology: Any
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Anthropology
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Any
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Community Health
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Criminal Justice
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Cultural Geography
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Ethnic Studies
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Human Sexuality
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Marriage/Family
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Personal Health
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Social Science
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Social Work
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Sociology
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Women’s Studies
Statistics
Course must include both descriptive and inferential statistics.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics