2019-20 Applicants

University of Central Arkansas


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...

Mike Hawkinson
DPT Program Advisor
Department of Physical Therapy
University of Central Arkansas
PTC Suite 300
201 S. Donaghey Ave.
Conway AR, 72035
(501) 450-3611
(501) 450-3611
mhawkinson@uca.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
08/15/2020
Dual-degree programs offered in conjunction with PT degree
Combined DPT/PhD is possible after first semester of DPT program.
Institution's religious affiliation
None
Additional information about the class profile
Competitive admission
Social networking
Facebook Page for PT Program
Facebook Page for Parent University/College/School
 

Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
60
Anticipated size of next entering class
60
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
60%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
40%
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
0%

Sex

% Male
33%
% Female
67%

Race / Ethnicity

% Hispanic
1%
% Asian
1%
% African-American/Black (Non-Hispanic)
1%
% White (Not of Hispanic Origin)
97%

Program Description more...

The highly ranked Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program at the University of Central Arkansas (UCA) provides students the opportunity to:

1) gain the knowledge and skills to practice physical therapy without the need for referral from another practitioner,

2) develop professional traits and leadership skills that will provide the student with a successful start in the profession

3) study with nationally and internationally know leaders in the field using the latest in evidence-based research .

Admission to the program occurs following completion of a baccalaureate degree (in any field) including 37 hours of prerequisite course work. The program is nine consecutive semesters in length (123 hours) and includes 43 weeks of clinical internship. Clinical internships are available across the U.S. in a variety of locations. During the program, students are provided with opportunities for elective work in specialty areas such as advanced gross anatomy, advanced spinal cord injury, aquatics, biomechanical and kinesiological analysis, cervical spine, lumbar spine, sports physical therapy, and women’s health. Program costs are lower than the national average, and in-state tuition is offered to students who are residents of states contiguous to Arkansas (Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas).

UCA is also home to a PhD program in Physical Therapy. Students with a strong interest in research or teaching may apply to the DPT/PhD program following the first semester of the DPT program. UCA’s DPT program is physically located on a beautiful college campus of 12,000 students in the vibrant city of Conway, which is located at the foothills of the Ozark mountains just 22 miles from Little Rock. The Department of Physical Therapy is housed in a modern, 40,000 square foot building completely devoted to physical therapy. The university just recently completed construction on a state- of the-art gross anatomy laboratory for physical therapy and occupational therapy programs. The university also has programs in nursing, communication sciences and disorders, dietetics, and athletic training, and provides interprofessional training experiences for students in these programs.

All full-time physical therapy faculty members are doctorally prepared and have extensive experience in the field. During the program, students will learn from faculty who are American Board of Physical Therapy certified in clinical electrophysiology, neurology, orthopedics, pediatrics, sports, and women’s health. The department also is home to a Residency program in Pediatric Physical Therapy.

Application Deadlines

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

Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
No

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$300.00
Additional Information about Deposit
DPT deposit applies to first semester tuition if position is accepted. If applicant rejects the offer after paying the $300 deposit, then the money is non-refundable.
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
3.00
3.84
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.00
3.73
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
Program specific prerequisite GPA is the PTCAS GPA for all science classes.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
3630
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle
10/01/2020
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle
10/01/2015
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score
 
154
Quantitative reasoning scaled score
 
153
Analytical writing scaled score
 
4.0
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
No minimum GRE scores. GRE scores are weighted 2/5th of application score.

Send official GRE scores to the program's PTCAS GRE code #3630.

Observation Hours

 
Total of 30 observation hours must occur in a minimum of 2 different clinical settings (10-20 hours per facility).
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
30
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
Number of references required by program
0
Additional information about program's reference requirements
No references are required.

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?
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 & Physiology I
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Human
Anatomy & Physiology II
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Human
Biology / Biological Science
BIOL course above BIOL 1440, not Botany.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Advanced
  • Biology: Embryology
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Immunology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
  • Biology: Neuroscience
  • Biology: Pathophysiology
  • Biology: Pharmacology
Biology I
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Cell
Chemistry I
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
Chemistry II
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
Physics I
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physics II
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Psychology
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: General
Statistics
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Business: Statistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics
  • Sociology: Statistics