2019-20 Applicants

University of Pittsburgh


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Contact Information more...

Student Services Administrator
Department of Physical Therapy- Student Services Administrator
University of Pittsburgh
Bridgeside Point 1
Suite 210
Pittsburgh PA, 15219
(412) 383-8169
(412) 383-6630
ptinfo@shrs.pitt.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
06/01/2020
Dual-degree programs offered in conjunction with PT degree
DPT/PhD dual degree program with Bioengineering.
Social networking
Facebook Page for PT Program
Facebook Page for Graduate Admissions Office
Facebook Page for Parent University/College/School
Twitter Page for PT Program
Twitter Page for Graduate Admissions Office
Twitter Page for Parent University/College/School
 

Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
64
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
22%
% Female
42%

Race / Ethnicity

% Hispanic
1%
% Asian
5%
% African-American/Black (Non-Hispanic)
1%
% White (Not of Hispanic Origin)
56%
% Two or More Races
1%

Program Description more...

The Department of Physical Therapy offers a full-time professional program leading to the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. Ranked 1st in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, the University of Pittsburgh Department of Physical Therapy is a highly respected physical therapy program which educates practitioners who lead the way in helping people of all ages to overcome movement, function, and mobility challenges. The program is open to students who have already earned a bachelor's degree.

We offer a superior entry-level professional physical therapy program. Our rigorous curriculum includes a comprehensive array of course offerings in musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, integumentary, cardiopulmonary, geriatric, and pediatric physical therapy.

Our clinical education program is integrated with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and its partner, the UPMC Centers for Rehab Services. We offer placements in various clinical settings, including acute care, pediatrics, geriatrics, short- and long-term rehabilitation, sports medicine, and orthopedics, as well as a variety of clinical specialties, including women's health, neurologic rehabilitation, spine care, balance and vestibular disorders, including concussion management.

Graduates of the University of Pittsburgh consistently achieve a near-perfect pass rate on licensing exams and enter the job market with significant internship and clinical experience that sets them apart from other applicants.

The DPT program at the University of Pittsburgh is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education.

Application Deadlines

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

The Admissions committee will only review completed applications.

Application decisions will not be made before October and will continue until all seats in the incoming class have been filled.


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
No

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$1250.00
Deposit Refundable?
No
Due Date of First Required Deposit
01/15/2020

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
3.70
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
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle
12/15/2019
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle
12/31/2014
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning % score
50%
65%
Quantitative reasoning % score
50%
57%
Analytical writing % score
50%
65%
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 at least 150 hours in a PT setting. The LOR should come from 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 150
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 submit 3 Letters of Recommendation- (1) letter of recommendation must come from a licensed physical therapist and (1) letter of recommendation must come from a college professor who taught the applicant (preferably from an upper level course).

**The third letter can be from another licensed physical therapist OR an employer/supervisor, preference for the latter in a health care employment setting.

Applicants will NOT be considered for admission unless the required number and types of reference letters are submitted at the time of application.

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 WES foreign evaluation for Canadian courses to PTCAS
Additional information about program's policy on foreign coursework
Additional Requirements for International Applicants:

• Academic Credential Evaluation
• Verification of English Language Proficiency
• Please visit: http://www.shrs.pitt.edu/admissions_international/ for detailed information

Applicants must submit their official TOEFL scores to the University of Pittsburgh (Institution Code:2927)

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 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
No
Link to program's prerequisite instructions
Anatomy
Anatomy- human anatomy course preferred; this course can be part of an Anatomy & Physiology series (e.g. A&P I and A&P II).
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Pathophysiology
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Biology / Biological Science
See description above. 2 of 2 biology/biological science courses required.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: Embryology
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Immunology
  • Biology: Microbiology
Biology / Biological Science
Two (2) semesters in any mammalian biological science is required with a laboratory component for each course. 8 credits are required in this area. 1 of 2 biology/biological science courses required.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: Embryology
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Immunology
  • Biology: Microbiology
Chemistry I
Two (2) semesters of Chemistry is required with a laboratory component for each course.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
Chemistry II
Two (2) semesters of Chemistry is required with a laboratory component for each course.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
English Composition / Writing
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • English Composition I
  • English Composition
  • Writing
Exercise Physiology
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Exercise Physiology
Exercise Physiology
Coursework older than 5 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Exercise Physiology
Exercise Physiology
Coursework older than 5 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Exercise Physiology
Physics I
Two (2) semesters of Physics are required with a laboratory component for each course.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physics II
Two (2) semesters of Physics are required with a laboratory component for each course.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Physiology
Physiology - human physiology course preferred; this course can be part of an A&P series.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Pathophysiology
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Exercise Physiology
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Psychology
A minimum of two (2) psychology courses are required and should include a General Psychology and another specialized area of Psychology (typically a higher level course). 1 of 2 psychology courses required.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Adolescent
  • Psychology: Child
  • Psychology: Death & Dying
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: General
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Human Behavior
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
  • Psychology: Rehabilitation
  • Psychology: Social
  • Psychology: Sports
Psychology
A minimum of two (2) psychology courses are required and should include a General Psychology and another specialized area of 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: Child
  • Psychology: Death & Dying
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: General
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Human Behavior
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
  • Psychology: Rehabilitation
  • Psychology: Social
  • Psychology: Sports
Statistics
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics