2019-20 Applicants

St. Catherine 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...

Dr. Laura Gilchrist, PT, PhD
Professor and Co-Chair of DPT Admission Committee
Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
St. Catherine University
601 25th Avenue South
Minneapolis MN, 55454
(651) 690-7738
(651) 690-7825
lsgilchrist@stkate.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
09/03/2020
Institution's religious affiliation
Catholic
Additional information about the class profile
The DPT Program gives preference to applicants who are currently enrolled at St. Catherine University.
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Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
34
Anticipated size of next entering class
34
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
87%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
13%
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
0%

Sex

% Male
25%
% Female
75%

Race / Ethnicity

% African-American/Black (Non-Hispanic)
1%
% White (Not of Hispanic Origin)
97%
% Declining to State
2%

Program Description more...

The DPT curriculum at St. Catherine University is an integrated curriculum designed to create a transformative learning environment that prepares students to fully develop the sophisticated clinical reasoning ability required of competent physical therapy practitioners. The DPT Program at St. Catherine University is an 11-month per year instructional program over three years and a new cohort of 34 students begins each year after Labor Day. Students graduate near the end of May in year 3 of the DPT Program. Students take one course at a time, with courses ranging from 3-7 weeks in length (average of 5-6 weeks/course). Courses are organized around practice settings, rather than academic disciplines (e.g. anatomy, neuroscience, exercise physiology, etc.) or clinical skill sets (e.g. patient/client examination, patient/client intervention, patient handling, etc.). Some examples include Outpatient, Acute Care, Rehabilitation, and Long Term Care. This curriculum design allows students to create knowledge relative to a specific clinical context.

Curricular content within each course is organized into four “streams”: Medical and Behavioral Sciences; Practice Environment; Examination; and Intervention. Students acquire a basic level of understanding in multiple areas and move to more complex integration in order to facilitate reflective, active, and deep learning. Various instructional methods are intertwined in the learning including lecture, practice skills labs, tutorial case learning, critical appraisal of physical therapy literature, and student presentations. Principles of Catholic Social Teaching are embedded throughout the curriculum. For example, students are required to participate in a two week service learning project with options of traveling to the Dominican Republic, Mississippi, or service in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.

Research and principles of evidence-based medicine are threaded throughout the curriculum. Students participate in faculty-led research projects and choose a topic of their interest area at the end of year 1 in the DPT Program. Projects begin in the fall of year 2 and end with a formal, oral presentation of the project at the DPT Program's Research Day in year 3, along with final manuscript completion. Beginning with the first course in year 1, students have ongoing, half-day clinical experiences supervised by physical therapists in various practice settings. During these integrated clinical education sessions, students practice basic components of patient/client management including history taking, examination (goniometry, muscle testing, palpation, etc.) and therapeutic exercises, and bring back experiences for classroom discussion. During the three years of the DPT Program students participate in 4 full-time clinical internship experiences, one at the end of year 1, one in the spring of year 2, and two longer experiences in year 3.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
12/02/2019
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
Yes
Important dates

Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
No

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$750.00
Additional Information about Deposit
The DPT Program at St. Catherine University complies with admissions deposits guidelines set forth by ACAPT to promote a uniform deposit date of January 15 or later. Accepted applicants are required to submit a $500 deposit by January 15 to hold their place in the class. A second deposit of $250 is due by February 15. The applicant won’t be guaranteed admission if either deposit deadline is missed. ALL deposits are applied towards first-year tuition costs and are non-refundable.
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
3.68
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.00
3.57
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
Program uses the most recent grade earned and in GPA calculation if a course was repeated. No more than 3 prerequisite courses may be repeated. The program will also use the last 45 credits earned as a GPA point.

All prerequisite courses must be taken within the previous 7 years prior to application to the DPT Program and No more than 3 prerequisite courses may be outstanding at the time of application through PTCAS.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
7594
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle
11/01/2019
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle
11/01/2015
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score
 
155
Quantitative reasoning scaled score
 
154
Analytical writing scaled score
 
4.0

Observation Hours

 
We recommend that the PT hours be in at least two different clinical settings representing different patient/client populations; i.e Outpatient Clinic and Acute Care Hospital.
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
60
Total number of PT hours RECOMMENDED
120
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
2
Additional information about program's reference requirements
All applicants are required to have a reference from one PT and one academic reference (instructor or 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
  • Foreign (non-U.S.) citizens
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

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
Anatomy
Coursework older than 7 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: Exercise Physiology
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Biology / Biological Science
1 of 2 biology/biological science courses required. Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: General I
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Immunology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
Biology / Biological Science
2 of 2 biology/biological science courses required. Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: General II
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Immunology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
Chemistry I
Chemistry I & II sequence preferred. Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry I
Chemistry II
Chemistry I & II sequence preferred. Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry II
Math
Pre-calculus or higher is required. We would also accept a combination of two courses in Algebra and Trigonometry. Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Mathematics: Calculus
  • Mathematics: Pre-Calculus
Medical Terminology
Medical Terminology course is recommended, not required. Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 1-2
Acceptable Courses
  • Medical Terminology
Physics I
Physics I & II sequence preferred. Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physics II
Physics I & II sequence preferred. Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Physiology
Coursework older than 7 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: Exercise Physiology
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Psychology
General Psychology is 1 of 2 psychology courses required. Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: General
Psychology
2nd of 2 psychology courses required. Developmental or Abnormal Psychology is preferred. Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
  • Psychology: Psychopathology
Statistics
Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics