2019-20 Applicants

University of Rhode Island


Contact Information more...

Susan E. Roush, PhD
Admissions Committee Chair
Physical Therapy Department
University of Rhode Island
25 West Independence Way
Kingston RI, 02881
(401) 874-5626
(401) 874-5001
Roush@uri.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
05/18/2020
Institution's religious affiliation
None
Additional information about the class profile
Program gives preference to applicants with:

1) a broad understanding of the physical therapy profession evidenced by observation hours in multiple clinical settings,

2) diverse life experiences,

3) evidence of leadership experience.
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Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
30
Anticipated size of next entering class
32
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
43%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
57%
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
0%

Sex

% Male
50%
% Female
50%

Race / Ethnicity

% Asian
10%
% White (Not of Hispanic Origin)
90%

Program Description more...

The Physical Therapy Program at the University of Rhode Island (URI) is a fully accredited Doctor of Physical Therapy degree program. Through an intensive three-year course of study, you’ll learn about basic sciences, evaluative and treatment theories, intervention techniques, and other clinical skills. As a URI physical therapy student, you will have unique opportunities to stretch your personal and professional skills through experiences that go far beyond traditional settings. For us, this makes the difference between developing good practitioners, and great ones.

At URI you’ll progressively develop your physical therapy knowledge and skill through a solid, effective curriculum rooted in integration of the three components of evidence-based medicine: research, clinical expertise, and patient values. You’ll actively participate in early clinical experiences designed to put into practice the material learned in the classroom, as well as contribute to research projects. And our tuition and fee totals are highly competitive, whether you’re a Rhode Islander or from another state.

While the URI's DPT curriculum offers plenty of opportunities to learn and practice in traditional clinical settings, you will also have a chance to explore more non-traditional settings. We offer a unique course called Broadening Experiences, where you’ll design and plan a two-week service experience, then go wherever that plan takes you during your second year. Whether it’s working with dolphins learning how to use their new prosthetic tails in Florida, working with children with disabilities in Guatemala, or studying health care practices in India, these two weeks just might change your life.

As a DPT student at URI you’ll become very familiar with your 30-person cohort during your three years here, but you will also get to know students and faculty from other disciplines, and schools, through our Interprofessional Education program. In a series of Interprofessional Education workshops, you’ll work in teams with URI students and faculty from pharmacy, nursing, nutrition, kinesiology, and communicative disorders, as well as faculty and students from Rhode Island College’s nursing and social work programs and Brown University’s medical school.

Clinical experiences abound through working with patients as a component of coursework, volunteering your newly learned skills in our on-site outpatient clinic, or helping with our community based exercise classes for persons with Parkinson's Disease or with balance disorders. In addition, every semester you are taking classes you will also spend one half day a week in a local practice setting.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
10/15/2019
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
No
Important dates

Review of applications will begin early in December, with invitations to interview being emailed shortly thereafter.  Interviews will be scheduled early in January 2020. These interviews are by invitation only and the incoming class will be selected from the pool of interviewed applicants. Please note: Interview invitations are made before Fall Semester grades are available.


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
No

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$1000.00
Additional Information about Deposit
A $1000, non-refundable deposit is required at the time of acceptance. This is not an additional fee, but will be credited to the students' Fall 2018 tuition bill.
Due Date of First Required Deposit
01/15/2020

Interviews

Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
Yes
Additional information about Interviews
Interviews are by invitation only and occur in early January.
"Fit" is very important and we hope applicants take advantage of the interview to see our beautiful campus and our nice space, interact with our students, and talk with faculty.

GPA

GPA Scores
MINIMUM GPA Score
AVERAGE GPA score for accepted students
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.20
3.67
Last 60 credit hours
3.20
3.78
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
A cumulative minimum GPA of 3.2 in our prerequisite courses AND a cumulative minimum of 3.2 in the Last 60 credit hours is required.

Program uses the highest grade earned in local GPA calculations, if course was repeated.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
8365
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning % score
20%
60%
Quantitative reasoning % score
20%
53%
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
Applicants MUST submit their GRE scores through PTCAS using Code 8365. Official GRE scores must arrive, via PTCAS, by December 15th.

Observation Hours

 
Preference is given to applicants who have physical therapy experience or exposure in more than one clinical setting.
Program's PT hours requirement
PT hours are required - no verification by a physical therapist
Total number of PT hours REQUIRED
30
Total number of PT hours RECOMMENDED
60+
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
Description of supplemental requirements
The program will NOT require a supplemental application fee for the 2019-20 cycle.
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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

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 original Canadian transcript to PTCAS
Additional information about program's policy on foreign coursework
World Education Services (https://www.wes.org) is the preferred evaluation service for international transcripts. Canadian transcripts do NOT need to be evaluated and should be sent directly to PTCAS.

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
Bachelor's degree required prior to matriculation into PT program?
Varies
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
For the Anatomy and Physiology prerequisites, two semesters of a combined Anatomy and Physiology course or a 4 ­credit course in Anatomy plus one in Physiology. All science prerequisite courses must be designed for science majors and include a lab. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Neuroanatomy
  • A&P: Neurophysiology
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • Biology: Any
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Any
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Exercise Physiology
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Biology / Biological Science
A total of 4 semester hours in Biology or Biological Sciences is required in addition to Anatomy and Physiology. The course must be designed for science majors and include a lab. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Advanced
  • Biology: Any
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: Embryology
  • Biology: General I
  • Biology: General II
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
  • Biology: Zoology
Chemistry I
All Chemistry courses must be designed for science majors and include a lab. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Advanced
  • Chemistry: Any
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry I
Chemistry II
All Chemistry courses must be designed for science majors and include a lab. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Advanced
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry II
Communication / Speech / Public Speaking
Communication courses focused on writing or public speaking. “Writing Intensive" courses do not meet this prerequisite. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Comm: Communication
  • Comm: Public Speaking
  • Comm: Speech
  • English Composition
  • Technical Writing
  • Writing
Math
The prerequisite is pre­calculus or calculus. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Mathematics: Calculus
  • Mathematics: Pre-Calculus
Physics I
All Physics courses must be designed for science majors and include a lab. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
  • Physics: General
Physics II
All Physics courses must be designed for science majors and include a lab. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Physiology
Two semesters (8 credits) of a combined Anatomy and Physiology course or a 4­ credit course in Anatomy plus a 4 credit course in Physiology. All science prerequisite courses must be designed for science majors and include a lab. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Neuroanatomy
  • A&P: Pathophysiology
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Exercise Physiology
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Psychology
General Psychology or Introduction to Psychology, offered by a Psychology Department, will meet this prerequisite. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: General
  • Psychology: General I
  • Psychology - Introductory
Psychology
Any second level, content ­focused psychology course. Examples include developmental, adolescent, abnormal, social, and organizational, among others. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Adolescent
  • Psychology: Advanced
  • 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
An introduction to basic descriptive and inferential statistics is required. Departments of Mathematics, Statistics, Business, Psychology and Education may offer courses meeting this prerequisite. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Business: Statistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics