2019-20 Applicants

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences


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...

Neikeita Mitchell
Administrative Coordinator
Department of Physical Therapy
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Northwest Campus
1125 N. College Ave
Fayetteville AR, 72703
(479) 713-8600
PTProgram@uams.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
08/13/2020
 

Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
26
Anticipated size of next entering class
24
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
50%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
50%
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
0%

Sex

% Male
34%
% Female
66%

Race / Ethnicity

% Hispanic
7%
% American Indian/Alaskan Native
1%
% Asian
6%
% African-American/Black (Non-Hispanic)
7%
% White (Not of Hispanic Origin)
76%
% Two or More Races
1%

Program Description more...

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program is a continuous 34-month, full-time program that enrolls a cohort of 24 new students each August. This is a cohort-based full time program with a lock-step curriculum. The program offers a 4+3 curriculum, requiring a baccalaureate degree prior to admission into the program. The program requires 120 credits of coursework, including 36 weeks of full-time clinical internships. Upon completion of the degree requirements, students are awarded a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.

The curriculum uses the flipped classroom concept, with many lectures delivered electronically to the students and in-class and lab time devoted to integration of material and problem solving. In-class sessions involve problem-based and team-based learning, as well as, interprofessional learning experiences.

The DPT program is located at the UAMS Northwest Campus – in the heart of Fayetteville, Arkansas. The UAMS Northwest Campus offers educational opportunities for students in the UAMS Colleges of Health Professions, Medicine, Pharmacy, and Nursing. The campus offers state of the art library and clinical simulation facilities, and a new on-site student-led inter-professional clinic. Programs at the campus are designed to promote inter-professional learning and clinical experiences.

The newly renovated facilities at UAMS Northwest include spacious, dedicated teaching labs for the PT curriculum as well as the State Veteran’s home and two operating clinics – a multi-disciplinary clinic and a dedicated outpatient therapy clinic, where faculty and students will have ongoing patient contact, beginning in the first month of the curriculum.

Upon completion of the degree requirements, students are awarded a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.

More information is available on our website, including pre-recorded infosessions and department tours. http://healthprofessions.uams.edu/programs/physical-therapy/

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
10/01/2019
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
No
Important dates

IMPORTANT:

* The PTCAS application, additional documents, the UAMS College of Health Professions supplemental application, and all other required documentation must be submitted by October 1, 2019

* Required documentation are:  essays, letters of recommendation, official GRE scores, observation hours (must be verified by licensed Physical Therapist), and resume.

* The UAMS College of Health Professions supplement application can be accessed at http://healthprofessions.uams.edu/prospective-students/apply/

* Note:  If the supplemental application is not complete, the candidate's entire application will be considered incomplete.

* We understand it may take time for PTCAS, evaluators, and physical therapists to verify different aspects of your application.  Therefore, we recommend that you apply early in order to meet verification deadlines.

* NOTE - All applicant information must be received and verified in PTCAS by November 1, 2019.  Incomplete applications WILL NOT be reviewed. 

* All transcripts must be verified by PTCAS by this date.

* All official GRE scores must be received in PTCAS by this date.

* All observation hours must be verified by a licensed physical therapist by this date.

* All letters of recommendation must also be received by this date.

* All required materials should be uploaded to PTCAS.  Mailed copies will not be accepted. 

* Required documentation are:  letters of recommendation, official GRE scores, observation hours (must be verified by licensed Physical Therapist), and resume.

* It is the responsibility of the applicant to check PTCAS frequently to ensure all your required information has been received and verified in PTCAS. 

* You must also update Fall grades in PTCAS per the Academic Update deadlines.


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
No

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$500.00
Additional Information about Deposit
Deposit required upon accepting an offer of admission to the program and is applied directly to tuition upon matriculation. Deposit is forfeited if candidate withdraws.
Deposit Refundable?
No
Due Date of First Required Deposit
01/02/2020

Interviews

Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
Yes
Additional information about Interviews
Chosen applicants will be invited for an in-person interview on December 5th or December 6th, 2019.

GPA

GPA Scores
MINIMUM GPA Score
AVERAGE GPA score for accepted students
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative
3.00
3.54
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.00
3.64
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
If the last 60 credit hours GPA is higher than the cumulative GPA, the last 60 Hours GPA will be weighed more heavily.

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

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
2121
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle
09/15/2019
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle
09/30/2014
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score
 
149
Quantitative reasoning scaled score
 
148
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
Applicants MUST have taken the GRE within 5 years or sooner at time of application. There is currently no minimum GRE score for application to the program.

Observation Hours

 
Completion of a minimum of 60 hours of volunteer or work experience in a variety of physical therapy settings with AT LEAST 20 hours in each of TWO SEPARATE settings such as: outpatient, acute care, rehab/sub acute rehab, extended care facility, nursing home, home health, pediatrics, wellness/prevention/fitness, industrial/occupational health, and school/preschool.
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
As many as possible
DEADLINE for completion of all PT hours
09/30/2019
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?
Yes
Description of supplemental requirements
Supplemental materials:

1. A resume in a word or pdf document is REQUIRED as part of the application to the UAMS DPT Program.

2. Prospective students MUST complete an online application to UAMS Health Professions as well as the PTCAS application (access at http://healthprofessions.uams.edu/prospective-students/apply/). Your application WILL NOT be considered if you do not complete BOTH applications.

3. Applicants who are enrolled in honors programs/colleges MUST provide Proof of enrollment in Honors College if claiming honors credits. A brief letter indicating your enrollment/expected graduation from the Honors College from either the Dean or Head of the Honors College will suffice.
Supplemental Requirements
Proof of enrollment in Honors College if claiming honors credits., Formal resume in word or pdf format.,
Deadline for supplemental materials
2019-10-01
Link to supplemental forms or instructions
Legend
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
Two letters of recommendation are required, one of which must be from a licensed physical therapist.

**We will review 2 letters of reference for consideration of admission to our program, although we understand you may have more in your PTCAS file. **

**Under “Questions” in the “Program Materials” section of the PTCAS application, enter the names of the 2 references you would like UAMS to consider.**

Foreign Applicants and Transcripts

Citizenship types eligible for admission U.S. citizens
  • U.S. citizens
  • U.S. permanent residents
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 WES foreign evaluation for Canadian courses to PTCAS
Additional information about program's policy on foreign coursework
At this time, we are unable to accept international students (F1-Visa).

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
Note that 24 of the 33 required hours of pre-requisite courses must be completed by the application deadline. Admission to the program for students who have completed 24 out of the required 33 credit hours will be conditional pending the completion of all prerequisite courses with a grade of “C” or better before matriculation.
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
Anatomy
Human or Vertebrate Anatomy. Recommended focus on neuromuscular system. Course with human cadaver dissection lab preferred. Coursework older than 7 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Human
Biology / Biological Science
General and Specialized Courses. Recommended topics include: Histology, Microbiology, Immunology, Developmental Biology, or Neuroscience. Coursework older than 7 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: Neuroanatomy
  • Biology: Advanced
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: General I
  • Biology: General II
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Immunology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
  • Biology: Zoology
Biology / Biological Science
General and Specialized Courses. Recommended topics include: Histology, Microbiology, Immunology, Developmental Biology, or Neuroscience Coursework older than 7 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: Neuroanatomy
  • Biology: Advanced
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: General I
  • Biology: General II
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Immunology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
  • Biology: Zoology
Chemistry
Two semesters of general or specialized chemistry Coursework older than 7 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Advanced
  • Chemistry: Any
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
Chemistry
Two semesters of general or specialized chemistry Coursework older than 7 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Advanced
  • Chemistry: Any
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
Physics
Two semesters of general physics are required. Recommended topics include: light, heat, sound, electricity, and mechanics. One semester of biomechanics course will be considered in lieu of one semester of physics. Coursework older than 7 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics: Any
  • Physics I
  • Physics: General
  • Physics II
Physics
Two semesters of general physics are required. Recommended topics include: light, heat, sound, electricity, and mechanics. One biomechanics course will be accepted in lieu of physics. Coursework older than 7 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics: Any
  • Physics I
  • Physics: General
  • Physics II
Physiology
Human or Vertebrate Physiology. Recommended topics include: Striated and cardiac muscle physiology, Cardiovascular Regulation, Physiology of Respiration, Acid-Base Homeostasis. Exercise physiology will not be accepted as a prerequisite. Coursework older than 7 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Neurophysiology
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Psychology
General and Specialized Courses. Recommended topics include: Abnormal Psychology, Child Psychology, Developmental Psychology, and Psychology of Aging. Coursework older than 7 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Advanced
  • Psychology: Any
  • Psychology: Child
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: General I
  • Psychology: General
  • Psychology: General II
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Human Behavior
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
  • Psychology: Rehabilitation
Psychology
General and Specialized Courses. Recommended topics include: Abnormal Psychology, Child Psychology, Developmental Psychology, and Psychology of Aging. Coursework older than 7 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Advanced
  • Psychology: Any
  • Psychology: Child
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: General I
  • Psychology: General
  • Psychology: General II
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Human Behavior
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
  • Psychology: Rehabilitation
Statistics
Recommended topics include: Biostatistics, Research Methods and Design, Hypothesis Testing, Quantitative Analysis Coursework older than 7 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics