2019-20 Applicants

College of St Scholastica


Contact Information more...

Courtney Eickman, MS
Assistant Director, Graduate Admissions
The Office of Graduate Admissions
College of St Scholastica
940 Woodland Avenue
Duluth MN, 55812
(866) 478-9277
(218) 723-6285
gradstudies@css.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
06/22/2020
Institution's religious affiliation
Benedictine Catholic
Additional information about the class profile
Graduates of The College of St. Scholastica who meet admissions criteria receive priority review for admission to the program.
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Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
48
Anticipated size of next entering class
48
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
70%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
30%
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
0%

Sex

% Male
33%
% Female
67%

Program Description more...

The entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy program at The College of St. Scholastica is guided by our mission and vision statements:

Mission Statement-
We advance clinical practice, develop leaders and scholars, and provide service through an inclusive and compassionate approach that is guided by evidence and shaped by the values of the College and of the Physical Therapy profession.

Vision Statement-
Be recognized as a transformative program that advances the physical therapy profession by educating, inspiring leadership, serving and engaging diverse communities, impacting all practice settings, and creating new knowledge.

The entry-level DPT is a post-baccalaureate program (108 credits) that is completed in just under three years. The first year emphasizes foundational sciences, professional development, and clinical skill acquisition. Year two builds on this foundation, and emphasizes clinical reasoning, problem-solving and advanced application of knowledge and skills. Student have a unique opportunity to work in two on-site clinics (the maurices Community Clinic at CSS, and a clinic at a nearby Community College with a Physical Therapist Assistant Program), which provides supervised clinical practice and promotes intraprofessional collaboration. Multiple interprofessional experiences also occur with students from other CSS health science programs, and with students from health career programs at other local schools (e.g. nursing, pharmacy, medicine, and speech language pathology). Students are on full-time clinical internships during the third year, returning to campus for a short capstone course prior to graduation.

Philosophically, the DPT program at The College of St. Scholastica is based on the confluence of the values cherished by our Benedictine heritage, the mission of the College, and the values of the physical therapy profession: Love of Learning is reflected in the professional values of diligence, dedication, and scientific inquiry; Respect is seen in the professional qualities of caring, communication, leadership and collaboration; Community is evident in the professional values of helping, collaborating, and welcoming diversity; Hospitality is realized through the professional values of warmth and openness; and, Stewardship is demonstrated through the process of scientific inquiry, which results in optimum use of resources to ensure that patients/clients receive the best possible care.

The program is housed in the new Health Science Center at BlueStone, which includes state-of-the-art classroom spaces, a research laboratory, the community clinic, meeting spaces and designated student lounges. The program’s high achievement outcomes in graduation rate, passing rate on the National Physical Therapy Examination for licensure, and employment rate substantiate the program’s excellence in preparation of entry-level doctors of physical therapy.

Application Deadlines

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

Applicants must submit ALL application materials by October 1st; earlier submissions are encouraged to ensure time for verification. It is the responsibility of the applicant to track all materials to ensure their application is complete and verified based on Program requirements.

Applications not verified by PTCAS by December 1 will not be considered.  Applicants will be notified of their acceptance status in late January.  If admitted to the program, all pre-requisite courses and a baccalaureate degree must be completed by June 12, 2020, prior to the start of the program.  

Interviews are not conducted, but applicants are encouraged to schedule a campus visit early in the process.

Questions about course equivalency or requests for waivers of any requirements must be submitted no later than September 2, 2019, and earlier requests are suggested in order to get a response and act on it prior to the application deadline.

The College of St. Scholastica will not accept any more than three applications from any individual during the course of his or her academic career.


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 is non-refundable.
Due Date of First Required Deposit
02/07/2020

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
3.60
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.00
3.55
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
A grade of C or better is required in all physical therapy prerequisite courses in order to apply and to be admitted into the CSS DPT program.

The Program uses the PTCAS-calculated overall GPA, and separately calculates a prerequisite GPA based on our required prerequisite courses. If a prerequisite course was repeated, the highest grade is used in the prerequisite GPA calculation.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
7707
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle
09/16/2019
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle
10/01/2014
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score
146
151
Quantitative reasoning scaled score
144
152
Analytical writing scaled score
3.0
4.0
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
Applicant must meet the following requirements:

- Preferred Analytical Writing score of 4.0. Absolute Minimum Analytical writing score of 3.0

- Preferred Quantitative score of 148. Absolute Minimum Quantitative score of 144.

- Preferred Verbal score of 150. Absolute Minimum Verbal score of 146.


Only GRE scores obtained within the 5 years prior to application will be accepted.

Observation Hours

 
Competitive applicants will have explored a minimum of two clinical settings that address the needs of distinct patient/client populations. While no specific number of observation hours is required, applicants are expected to have researched the profession sufficiently to demonstrate that they are making a career choice based on a sound understand of the role of the PT. Verified observations must be completed post high school and entered into PTCAS.
Program's PT hours requirement
PT hours are required - a licensed PT must verify hours w/ signed form uploaded or online via PTCAS
DEADLINE for completion of all PT hours
10/01/2019
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
A MINIMUM of two and MAXIMUM of four letters of recommendation must be completed/submitted as part of a complete application.

One letter MUST be from a currently licensed physical therapist in a United States jurisdiction.

Additional letter/s may be from a physical therapist, professor, academic (instructor, clinical instructor, adjunct professor), supervisor or employer, or Pre-PT advisor.

Letters from individuals in the above "evaluator type(s) not accepted" category are not reviewed/considered. Additionally, letters from coaches are NOT accepted.

*** Be sure the evaluator meets and selects the appropriate category from those accepted when they submit their letter.

*** References MUST be received for an application to be considered complete.

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 WES foreign evaluation for Canadian courses to PTCAS
Additional information about program's policy on foreign coursework
Professional course-by-course evaluation of original foreign transcripts is required, including all courses (subjects) describing equivalent U.S. semester credits and a GPA on a 4.0 scale. International applicants will also need to complete additional admission requirements: http://www.css.edu/graduate/masters-doctoral-and-professional-programs/admissions/international-student-admissions.html

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
Science pre-requisites must be completed within 7 years prior to application. Contact the Graduate Admissions office if there are questions about the time frame or course equivalency.

Because prerequisite courses establish the framework for the doctor of physical therapy program, all prerequisite courses must be completed at an institution of higher learning. Advanced placement courses taken in high school will not be accepted as meeting the prerequisite requirements for application to the entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy program.

If there are any questions about coursework meeting the criteria, please contact CSS Graduate Admissions, as early as possible before the application deadline.

Recommended courses (in addition to prerequisites): neuroscience, kinesiology, research methods, and pathophysiology.
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
Full year sequence of human or vertebrate anatomy and physiology is required. Lab experiences are required (preferably with a human cadaver). CSS course sequence: BIO 2110-­2120 Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II. Coursework older than 7 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Human
Anatomy & Physiology II
See Anatomy & Physiology I.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Human
Chemistry I
Full year sequence of chemistry with labs, is REQUIRED. Courses with virtual labs are discouraged. A lower division sequence (1000-2000 level) is acceptable. CSS course sequence: CHM 1110­-1120 General Chemistry I & II.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry I
Chemistry II
See Chemistry I description.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry II
Medical Terminology
A course in medical terminology is REQUIRED. A complete college-credited course in online format is accepted for meeting the requirement. CSS course: HSC 2209 Medical Terminology (2 credits).
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 1
Acceptable Courses
  • Medical Terminology
Physics I
A full year sequence of physics with labs is REQUIRED. A single introduction to physics or a survey course in physics WILL NOT fulfill the requirement. CSS course sequence: PSC 2001-­2002 Physics I & II.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physics II
See Physics I description.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Psychology
Course(s) addressing lifespan developmental psychology covering birth to death is/are REQUIRED. A psychology based course(s) is/are preferred. General Psych. does not meet the requirement. Multi-course sequences that cover the complete lifespan are acceptable. CSS course: PSY 2208 Lifespan Developmental Psych.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
Psychology
A course in Abnormal Psychology is REQUIRED. The course should include mental health and psychopathology components. CSS course: PSY 3423 Abnormal Psychology.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
Statistics
Designated statistics course to include statistical concepts and methods used in conducting research is REQUIRED. Psych. course recommended, other disciplines acceptable. CSS course: PSY 3331 Statistics.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Business: Statistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics