2019-20 Applicants

University of Pittsburgh - DPT/PhD in Bioengineering Program


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Contact Information more...

Patrick Sparto, PhD, PT
Co-Director, DPT-PhD in Bioengineering Program
Department of Physical Therapy- Student Services Administrator
University of Pittsburgh
Bridgeside Point 1
Suite 210
Pittsburgh PA, 15219
(412) 383-8169
(412) 383-6732
psparto@pitt.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
06/01/2020
Dual-degree programs offered in conjunction with PT degree
This program is specifically for the DPT-PhD in Bioengineering program
Additional information about the class profile
No more than 2 students are admitted to the DPT-PhD in Bioengineering program each year. The class size for the DPT curriculum is approximately 60 students.
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Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
2
Anticipated size of next entering class
2
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
50%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
50%
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
0%

Sex

% Female
100%

Race / Ethnicity

% White (Not of Hispanic Origin)
100%

Program Description more...

The Departments of Physical Therapy and Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh are pleased to offer a combined program leading to a Doctor of Physical Therapy and PhD in Bioengineering. The University of Pittsburgh is one of the few research universities that has highly ranked graduate programs in Physical Therapy (#1 US News and World Report) and Bioengineering (#12 US News and World Report). The program is structured to provide a synergistic environment between the clinical and research training so that students have early engagement in research while they are studying physical therapy, as well as continued skill development while immersed in their research training. Our program will train future clinician-scientists who will have opportunities to attain faculty positions in both Physical Therapy and Bioengineering departments at top-tier research universities, as well as leadership positions in industry.

The DPT-PhD in Bioengineering program is a six-year (minimum) program that combines the entry-level DPT (leading to licensure as a physical therapist) with a PhD in Bioengineering that will prepare the student to become an independent researcher. The program will integrate clinical and research experiences, with students receiving mentorship from faculty in the departments of Physical Therapy and Bioengineering.

Applicants to the DPT-PhD in Bioengineering will need to meet the admission requirements of both programs. Applicants must have a minimum of a Bachelor's degree (or higher) in a field of engineering or closely related program (e.g. physics, applied mathematics, or kinesiology), and a strong interest in physical therapy. Students with a non-engineering background will also be considered, and if admitted are required to take extensive prerequisite engineering and math courses as part of their graduate coursework. Applicants must demonstrate evidence of exposure to the field of PT through volunteer or work experience, as well as significant experience in a research setting. Applicants must submit 3 letters of reference: one physical therapist with whom the student has volunteered or worked for, one academic advisor, and one research supervisor. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required but competitive applicants typically have a 3.5 GPA or greater. Applicants must take the GRE exam; typically, admitted students have GRE scores greater than the 50th percentile.

*Please visit the PTCAS Directory at www.ptcas.org/Directory for detailed information about the Pitt DPT program's admission requirements.

Visit the Pitt DPT program pages at http://www.shrs.pitt.edu/PT.

Visit the Pitt Bioengineering program pages at http://www.engineering.pitt.edu/bioengineering/.

All applications are reviewed by faculty in both departments. By January 15, a joint meeting of both admission committees will be convened to review the applications and make the following determinations for each applicant:

* Applicant meets admissions criteria for both programs and would be an excellent candidate for the DPT-PhD program. The applicant will be invited for an interview approximately the first week in March, coinciding with the Department of Bioengineering graduate applicant interviews.

* Applicant meets admissions criteria for both programs, but may not be an ideal candidate for the DPT-PhD program. The applicant will not be invited for an interview, but will be placed on a wait-list.

* Applicant does not meet admissions criteria for one or both programs.

After the interviews are conducted, all applicants will be notified by letter of their status by Mid-March. If an offer of admission is made, the applicant will have a deadline of April 15 to accept the offer of admission.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
12/02/2019
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
Yes
Important dates

Interviews will take place in the later part of February. Notification of admission will be made in Mid-March.



 


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
No

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$750.00
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
3.65
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.00
3.65
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
Program will use the highest grade earned if a course was repeated.

The Admissions committee strongly suggests that applicants have cumulative and science GPAs above the 3.0 minimum.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
7754
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning % score
50%
75%
Quantitative reasoning % score
50%
75%
Analytical writing % score
50%
75%
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
Applicants must request official GRE test scores be sent directly to the University of Pittsburgh (code 7754). Official test scores must be reported in order for the application to be reviewed.

Percentile rankings are used to analyze applicant scores.

Test scores must be from the Revised General Test or a prior GRE General Test. All tests must be within 5 years of the application date.

Observation Hours

 
The program recommends the applicant have 100 hours in a PT setting. The Letter of Reference should come from one of these experiences.
Program's PT hours requirement
PT hours are required - no verification by a physical therapist
Total number of PT hours RECOMMENDED
At least 100
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
3
Additional information about program's reference requirements
Applicants MUST provide the 1 letter from a PT, 1 from a Professor, and 1 from a research supervisor. Applications will not be reviewed if these are not available.

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
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

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 prerequisites (see below for acceptable courses) must be complete at the time of matriculation into the DPT-PhD program.

*At the time of application no more than 2 courses can be outstanding and courses MUST BE completed within the past 5 years.
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
Human Physiology is required to meet this requirement. A two course sequence of anatomy/physiology may meet the anatomy and physiology requirements as long as there is a total of 6 credit hours. Science courses must be for science majors or pre-med majors. Introductory or remedial courses are not accepted as prerequisites.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • Anatomical Kinesiology
Biology I
Science courses must be for science majors or pre-med majors. Introductory or remedial courses are not accepted as prerequisites.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: General
Biology II
Science courses must be for science majors or pre-med majors. Introductory or remedial courses are not accepted as prerequisites.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: General
Chemistry I
Science courses must be for science majors or pre-med majors. Introductory or remedial courses are not accepted as prerequisites.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
Chemistry II
Science courses must be for science majors or pre-med majors. Introductory or remedial courses are not accepted as prerequisites.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
Engineering Statics
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Mathematics: Linear Algebra
English Composition / Writing
English Composition or an upper-division writing course will meet this requirement.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • English Composition
  • Writing
Exercise Physiology
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Exercise Physiology
Math
College-Level Differential Equations
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Mathematics: Differential Equations
Math
College-level Calculus
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Mathematics: Calculus
Math
College-level Linear Algebra
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Mathematics: Linear Algebra
Physiology
Human Physiology is required to meet this requirement. A two course sequence of anatomy/physiology may meet the anatomy and physiology requirements as long as there is a total of 6 credit hours. Science courses must be for science majors or pre-med majors. Introductory or remedial courses are not accepted as prerequisites.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • Anatomical Kinesiology
Statistics
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics