2019-20 Applicants

University of Iowa


Contact Information more...

Department of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Science
Carver College of Medicine
The University of Iowa
1-252 Medical Education Building
Iowa City IA, 52242-1190
(319) 335-9791
(319) 335-9792
physical-therapy@uiowa.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
07/13/2020
Dual-degree programs offered in conjunction with PT degree
We offer the opportunity for highly qualified students to pursue studies in both clinical physical therapy (DPT) and rehabilitation research (PhD). The DPT is the degree required to practice physical therapy, whereas the PhD provides the training to become an independent scientific investigator. The goal of combined studies is to train clinician-scientists who will generate new knowledge as physical therapy researchers at the university level.
Additional information about the class profile
Admission is based on course work, grade-point averages, GRE scores, experience, rationale, recommendations, and interviews.
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Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
42
Anticipated size of next entering class
43
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
64%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
36%
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
0%

Sex

% Male
48%
% Female
52%

Race / Ethnicity

% Hispanic
2%
% Asian
2%
% White (Not of Hispanic Origin)
91%
% Two or More Races
5%

Program Description more...

The nationally ranked University of Iowa Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science (PTRS) is located in the Carver College of Medicine on the University of Iowa Health Sciences Campus. The PTRS department aims to advance the health of humankind by preparing physical therapists who commit to excellence in practice, who strive to discover new knowledge and who serve in leadership roles in healthcare and science.

Innovative learning experiences are associated with a medical college environment which includes the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, one of the nation's largest university-owned teaching hospitals. Students have access to a faculty which includes expert clinicians and internationally renowned scientists. The small class size (~40 students are enrolled per year) allows for an excellent student to faculty ratio; promoting students as valued colleagues and future leaders of the profession.

The department is well equipped for classroom and laboratory instruction in a modern facility in the heart of the medical campus. While most courses in the curriculum are just for the DPT degree students, there are opportunities to study with medical and other health care students, specifically in pathology, neuroanatomy, and several interprofessional healthcare courses. The latter courses provide opportunities for collaborative teamwork among 9 disciplines (RN, PT, MD, PA, PH, DDS, PharmD, SLP, MSW).

Clinical education is a very important part of our curriculum. Students begin integrated clinical experiences during their first semester and continue throughout the curriculum. Outstanding clinical education opportunities are available for students in a variety of settings and locations.

In 2019 our students enjoyed a 100% first time pass rate on the National Physical Therapy Examination. Our graduates are widely recruited with an employment rate of 100%.

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

Applications are accepted beginning in July for entry into the University of Iowa DPT program the following summer. Applicants who apply early and by September 15 will be given priority status in our admissions process, as compared to applicants who apply later. It is to the applicant's benefit to apply as soon as possible after July 1, as the Admissions Committee will begin reviewing applications to select those for interviews starting in August.


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
No

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$600.00
Additional Information about Deposit
The $600 advance payment (deposit) is required if admitted into the DPT program to reserve a seat in the class.
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
3.75
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.00
3.65
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
Department uses the most recent grade if a course was repeated.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
7566
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score
 
155
Verbal reasoning % score
 
66%
Quantitative reasoning scaled score
 
156
Quantitative reasoning % score
 
62%
Analytical writing scaled score
 
4.5
Analytical writing % score
 
72%

Observation Hours

 
Applicants are encouraged to obtain a broad exposure to physical therapy in more than one clinic setting. The suggested minimum of 50 hours would optimally include experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings.
Program's PT hours requirement
PT hours are not required but are highly recommended
Total number of PT hours RECOMMENDED
50 hours minimum
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Accepted/Considered
Outpatient
Accepted/Considered

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
Yes - for selected applicants only
Supplemental fee amount
$60.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
Yes - for selected applicants only
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
No
Description of supplemental requirements
An application to the Graduate College at The University of Iowa and the supplemental application fee will be required only of applicants who are selected for, and who accept, an invitation for a personal interview. Information on how to apply to the Graduate College will be given to those applicants offered personal interviews.
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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 letters of reference are required. One letter must be from a physical therapist that you have volunteered or worked with. The second letter must be from a professor in the applicant's major area of study. The third letter is the applicant's choice.

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?
No
Program policy for non-U.S. (foreign/international) coursework
Do not send any foreign documentation. PT program only considers U.S. courses
Program policy for CANADIAN coursework
  • Do not send any Canadian documentation
Additional information about program's policy on foreign coursework
Matriculation into the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program is contingent on the completion of a baccalaureate degree and all prerequisite course work from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States of America.

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
* All science courses must include the appropriate laboratory instruction.

* The prerequisite courses must be taken for a letter grade.

* Credit awarded through the AP testing program may be applied to the mathematics requirement only.
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
One 3 sh course in human or comparative vertebrate anatomy, preferably with a lab component. A two-course A&P sequence (minimum of 6 sh, with lab preferred), would meet the Anatomy and Physiology requirements.
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: Advanced
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Human
Biology / Biological Science
Advanced course work in biology or zoology (for which an introductory course is prerequisite).
Course Level
Upper Division
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Advanced
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: Embryology
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Immunology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
  • Biology: Zoology
Biology I
A complete introductory course in principles of general biology or zoology.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: General I
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: Zoology
Biology II
A complete introductory course in principles of general biology or zoology.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: General II
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: Zoology
Chemistry I
A complete introductory course.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Advanced
  • Chemistry I
Chemistry II
A complete introductory course.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Advanced
  • Chemistry II
Math
A college-level mathematics course at the level of trigonometry or higher.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Mathematics: Calculus
  • Mathematics: Pre-Calculus
  • Mathematics: Trigonometry
Physics I
A complete introductory course.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
  • Physics: General
Physics II
A complete introductory course.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics: General
  • Physics II
Physiology
A systemic human or animal physiology course (with lab would be preferred). A two-course A&P sequence (minimum of 6 sh, with lab preferred, would meet the Anatomy and Physiology requirements).
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Human
Psychology
1 of 2 psychology courses required.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Advanced
  • Psychology: General I
  • Psychology: General
Psychology
2 of 2 psychology courses required.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Adolescent
  • Psychology: Advanced
  • Psychology: Any
  • Psychology: Child
  • Psychology: Death & Dying
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: General II
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Human Behavior
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
  • Psychology: Psychopathology
  • Psychology: Rehabilitation
  • Psychology: Social
  • Psychology: Sports
Statistics
A statistical methods course.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Business: Statistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics