2019-20 Applicants

University of North Dakota


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...

David Relling, PT, PhD
Associate Professor and Chairman
Department of Physical Therapy
University of North Dakota
School of Medicine and Health Sciences
1301 N. Columbia Rd Rm E321
Stop 9037
Grand Forks ND, 58202-9037
(701) 777-2831
david.relling@und.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
08/24/2020
Additional information about the class profile
Application to the program is open to both residents and non-residents of North Dakota. As a state funded institution, North Dakota residents are provided some preference during admissions.

We accept applications from International students providing their pre-physical therapy coursework was completed at an accredited university and the transcripts were evaluated and accepted by the University of North Dakota.

The University of North Dakota Department of Physical Therapy is an associate member of the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (WICHE). As such, UND-PT is a recipient institution for WICHE-certified students from the states of Hawaii, Nevada, Wyoming and Alaska. Only WICHE certified students are eligible for admissions through the WICHE process. The States that currently support physical therapy WICHE students are Wyoming, Nevada and Hawaii. Alaska students are offered loan support from Alaska. Interested WICHE applicants must be certified by their respective State. Applicants need to contact their respective WICHE certifying officer for details of the certification process. Non-WICHE certified students may apply, however they would apply as non-residents.
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Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
52
Anticipated size of next entering class
52
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
35%
% of WICHE applicants accepted
2%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
63%
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
16%

Sex

% Male
40%
% Female
60%

Race / Ethnicity

% Hispanic
1%
% American Indian/Alaskan Native
1%
% Asian
3%
% Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
4%
% White (Not of Hispanic Origin)
87%
% Declining to State
4%

Program Description more...

The University of North Dakota (UND) Physical Therapy Department is located in the School of Medicine & Health Sciences (SMHS) and offers the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. The SMHS houses the Medical School, Basic Sciences and other Health Science Programs including Athletic Training, Cytotechnology, Medical Laboratory Science, Occupational Therapy, and the Physician Assistant Program. The Physical Therapy Department moved into a new School of Medicine and Health Sciences building in 2016. The building has space for individual study, small group collaboration, and interprofessional learning communities. Students have after-hours access to the building, cadaver anatomy lab, and physical therapy skills lab using electronic door access key cards.

Founded by the Dakota Territorial Assembly in 1883, six years before statehood, UND was intended to be, and has remained, a university with a strong liberal arts foundation surrounded by a variety of professional and specialized programs. UND is one of only 47 public universities in the nation with both accredited graduate schools of law and medicine. It is admired for its spacious, beautiful campus and extensive resources. The University has earned an international reputation for its academic and research programs. UND enrolls approximately 15,000 students in over 225 fields of study from baccalaureate through doctoral and professional degrees. While 34% come from North Dakota; the rest represent all other states, eight Canadian provinces, and more than 60 countries.

The physical therapy program at UND was established in 1967, and was first accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association in 1970. The Department of Physical Therapy offers a six year curriculum leading to the Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) degree. The Physical Therapy program at UND is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) of the American Physical Therapy Association, 1111 North Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314.

The Physical Therapy Department has eleven full-time faculty, two part-time faculty and three staff members. All of the faculty members are licensed physical therapists with advanced graduate training. Along with their teaching responsibilities, faculty members are involved in a combination of clinical practice, service and research activities. The faculty are involved in research activities including community programming for prevention and wellness, motion analysis, electromyography, balance testing and training, muscle strengthening, ergonomics, electrical stimulation, functional outcomes, pediatric intervention, and effectiveness of physical therapy interventions. As part of the curriculum, students are provided the opportunity to collaborate with faculty performing research.

Acceptance into the program is on a competitive basis, with the major determinant being the basic science grade point average. The Physical Therapy program accepts 52 students per year. Although it varies from year to year, we generally have between 200 to 250 eligible candidates applying. Final acceptance into the professional physical therapy program is also dependent on cumulative GPA, GRE scores, reference letters, a personal interview, and other personal qualifications. Prospective students are expected to complete at least 60 hours of observation prior to admission, 40 of which must be with a physical therapist. Interviews are granted on a competitive basis.

The Physical Therapy program does not require a bachelor's degree for admission. We do require at least 90 credits of college coursework, and 20 of those credits must be taken within a specific discipline or area of concentration. At least 8 of the 20 credits in the area of concentration must be from upper level courses (i.e. 300 and/or 400 numbers). All students entering the professional program enter the School of Graduate Studies at the beginning of the first professional year.

The professional education component of the D.P.T. requires three academic years and two summer sessions following completion of the pre-physical therapy entrance requirements. Students spend 37 weeks in clinical experiences. The experiences begin in the first professional year with a one week clinical experience. Subsequent clinical experiences are divided into 9 week blocks of time. Two of those blocks are completed during the first semester of year 02, and the remaining two blocks are completed during the last semester of year 03. All students will be expected to complete clinical experiences in the areas of outpatient orthopedics, inpatient (e.g. acute care, LTC, TCU, rural acute) and neuro-rehabilitation as well as some time in clinical areas of special interest to the student. At present, we have contracts with over 200 clinical sites, the majority of which lie outside the greater Grand Forks area.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
12/16/2019
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
No
Important dates

Interviews will be scheduled for late February/early March 2020.  Applicants who are offered an interview will be notified by email to set up an interview date and time.


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
Yes
Special eligibility requirements for Early Decision candidates
Early decision candidates must be ND residents or have completed all college coursework after high school at the University of North Dakota. To be eligible, the applicant must have a program specific, pre-requisite science GPA of 3.8 or higher. The pre-requisite science GPA must include completion of all prerequisite science courses as required by the program. In addition, applicants must have a complete application including official GRE scores, references, verified transcripts, etc. before the applicant will be contacted for an interview.

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$200.00
Additional Information about Deposit
The deposit is non-refundable and applied toward the students first semester tuition once the student begins courses in the professional physical therapy program.
Due Date of First Required Deposit
03/27/2020

Interviews

Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
Yes
Additional information about Interviews
Interviews occur in the late February or early March. Individuals with fully complete applications, verified transcripts and a prerequisite science GPA of 3.5 or higher receive a scheduling preference for interviews. The remaining interview positions will be offered as applications are completed.

GPA

GPA Scores
MINIMUM GPA Score
AVERAGE GPA score for accepted students
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative
 
3.80
Program-specific Prerequisite
 
3.80
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
Students may repeat OR replace a maximum of two prerequisite courses for inclusion in the program specific science GPA calculations. In the case of a repeated course, the most recent attempt is utilized for GPA calculations.

To replace a course grade, the student must first successfully complete the prerequisite course with a letter grade of "C" or better. Common replacement requests include exercise physiology for a physiology course course grade, microbiology for biology, and biochemistry for chemistry. Please identify specific course repeats and/or replacements in the program specific supplemental questions.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
0541
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle
11/30/2019
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle
11/30/2017
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score
 
150
Quantitative reasoning scaled score
 
153

Observation Hours

 
Physical Therapy experience is required by all candidates and a variety of experiences is recommended. The experience may come in the form of observation, volunteer work or paid employment. We require that each prospective applicant spend at least 60 hours in a health care setting, 40 hours of which must be in a physical therapy setting under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist. The applicant should keep a log of the number of hours completed, name and type of facility, supervisor’s name and types of patients observed.
Program's PT hours requirement
PT hours are required - no verification by a physical therapist
Total number of PT hours REQUIRED
60
Total number of PT hours RECOMMENDED
60
DEADLINE for completion of all PT hours
12/16/2019
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Accepted/Considered
Outpatient
Accepted/Considered

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
Yes
Supplemental fee amount
$35.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
Yes
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
Not sure at this time
Deadline for supplemental materials
2019-12-16
Link to supplemental forms or instructions
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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
References accepted through PTCAS only. No references are required for the supplemental application through the UND School of Graduate Studies.

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?
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
If transferring from a college or university outside of the United States, a course-by course evaluation of non-U.S. post-secondary credentials is required through World Education Services (WES) (www.wes.org). Submit the WES evaluation to PTCAS at the time of application. If accepted by the physical therapy program, submit an official copy of all US and international transcripts to the UND Department of Physical Therapy prior to enrollment. The transcripts must be certified by the awarding institution. If transcripts are not in English, an English translation is required. Acceptance into the physical therapy program is dependent on a positive review of the transcripts by the University.

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
Prior to admission, a minimum of 90 semester hours of credit from an approved college or university is required. Students should be broadly educated in the sciences and humanities.

It is strongly recommended that students be computer literate prior to entering the professional program. Students are required to obtain a personal computer that meets the programs specifications.

The depth of the pre-physical therapy education should demonstrate that students have progressed from simple to complex studies in at least one content area. This requirement might typically be demonstrated by a discipline major, but in any case should demonstrate a basic comprehensiveness and integrity of study within one particular content area. This does not suggest that a separate undergraduate degree must be awarded, however the breadth and depth in at least one discipline should be demonstrated. Course credits equivalent to a minor (20 credits at UND) in a particular discipline could accomplish this requirement.

The prospective student must have at least 8 of the 20 credits from upper level (i.e. 300 and/or 400 numbers) courses. Students who have questions about the 20 credit cognate should contact the department for more information.
Bachelor's degree required prior to matriculation into PT program?
No
Anatomy and/or Physiology (A&P) course prerequisites MUST be completed in biology, neuroscience, anatomy, or integrated physiology department
Yes
Link to program's prerequisite instructions
Anatomy
A system-based study of human gross anatomy. Laboratory course is not required. Compare to Anatomy 204 at UND.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Human
Biology I
Basic concepts of biology with emphasis on life’s diversity, processes, and man’s place in nature. Compare to Biology 150 and 150L at UND.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: General I
Biology II
Basic concepts of biology with emphasis on life’s diversity, processes, and man’s place in nature. Compare to Biology 151 and 151L at UND.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: General II
Chemistry I
Elementary principles and theories of chemistry; matter, measurement, atoms, ions, molecules, reactions, chemical calculations, thermochemistry, bonding, molecular geometry, periodicity, gases. See UND CHEM 121/L.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
Chemistry II
Elementary principles and theories of chemistry; Intermolecular forces, liquids, solids, kinetics, equilibria, acids and bases. Solution chemistry, precipitation, thermodynamics, electrochemistry. See UNDCHEM 122/L
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
Communication / Speech / Public Speaking
The theory and practice of public speaking with emphasis on content, organization, language, delivery, and critical evaluation of messages. Compare to UND Communication 110 course.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Comm: Public Speaking
English Composition / Writing
Emphasis on rhetoric and critical thinking. Requires writing and production of primary and secondary research with application to community issues. Writing for an immediate and explicit purpose. See UND English 130.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • English Composition I
English Composition / Writing
See above
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • English Composition II
Humanities
Courses should contribute to Essential Studies requirements at UND if the applicant does not have a bachelor’s degree. Refer to UND Essential Studies http://und.edu/academics/essential-studies/
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Humanities
Humanities
See above
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Humanities
Humanities
See above
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Humanities
Medical Terminology
A medical terminology course is required. If the applicant is accepted at UND but has not completed a medical terminology course; a self study, distance based medical terminology component is available.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 1
Acceptable Courses
  • Medical Terminology
Physics I
Physics Introductory Topics: Newtonian mechanics and gravitation, work and energy, solids and fluids, vibrations and waves, electricity and magnetism, light and optics. See Physics 161 and 161L at UND.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physics II
Physics Introductory Topics: Newtonian mechanics and gravitation, work and energy, solids and fluids, vibrations and waves, electricity and magnetism, light and optics. See Physics 162 and 162L at UND.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Physiology
Study of the normal function of the human body with particular consideration given to the necessary background needed by students pursuing a course of study in Allied Health Sciences. See Physiology 301 at UND.
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: Human
Psychology
A survey of the scientific study of behavior and mental processes, with consideration of the nature and scope of psychology as a science and a profession. Compare to Psychology 111 at UND.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: General
Psychology
A survey of the psychology of human life span development including intellectual, social, and emotional aspects of the normal individual and emphasizing childhood and adolescent development. See Psychology 250 at UND. Applicants may also take child and adolescent psychology if developmental psychology is not offerred at their institution.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Developmental
Psychology
A survey of the classification, symptoms, and etiology of psychological disorders and behavior pathology. Compare to Psychology 270 at UND.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
Social/Behavioral Science
Courses in this area should contribute to the completion of the Essential Studies requirements at UND if the applicant does not have a degree prior to matriculation in the professional program.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Any
Statistics
Descriptive and inferential statistics applied to measurement and experimentation. Compare to UND Dept of Psychology Psyc 241.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics