2019-20 Applicants

University of Utah


Contact Information more...

Kaitlyn Tippetts
Academic Advisor
Department of Physical Therapy & Athletic Training
University of Utah
520 Wakara Way
Salt Lake City UT, 84108
(801) 585-9510
(801) 581-8681
kaitlyn.tippetts@hsc.utah.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
05/11/2020
Social networking
Facebook Page for PT Program
Facebook Page for Graduate Admissions Office
Twitter Page for PT Program
Twitter Page for Parent University/College/School
 

Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
50
Anticipated size of next entering class
50
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
58%
% of WICHE applicants accepted
2%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
40%
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
0%

Sex

% Male
48%
% Female
52%

Program Description more...

The University of Utah Doctor of Physical Therapy program is ranked among the top 10% of all PT programs in the United States. Our program in physical therapy has been preparing students to be highly competent and compassionate professionals for nearly 50 years. We take pride in bringing together the most advanced educational philosophies and the most current research together with the finest faculty to create an effective and supportive learning environment. We treat students as professionals, requiring personal accountability.

We are fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. The program admits 50 students each year. Courses cover 9 semesters over 3 years culminating in an entry level Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Degree.

Since 2008, our graduates have achieved a 99% first time pass rate on the national license exam . Employment rates are 100% as reported by graduates actively seeking practice positions (4-year average). Full-time faculty includes ABPTS specialists, master clinicians in neurological rehabilitation, orthopedic and sports, infectious disease, burn and wound care, as well as education.

The University of Utah Physical Therapy Department houses three research laboratories: The Skeletal Muscle Exercise Research Facility, the Clinical Neuromuscular Laboratory and the Motion Capture Core Facility. The Department is affiliated with the University of Utah Health Sciences Center, a large regional tertiary care facility. In addition, the Rehabilitation and Wellness Clinic and the Balance and Falls Prevention Clinic service the community through exercise groups for individuals with CVA, Parkinson Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, and Diabetes. The Department also has ties with Primary Children’s Medical Center, Shriners' Hospital for Children and the Veterans Administration Medical Center.

The University of Utah, founded in 1850, is a flourishing 1,500-acre campus located in the high, mountain-rimmed Salt Lake Valley. The University of Utah is classified by the Carnegie Commission as one of 151 Doctoral/Research Universities-Extensive from among 3,941 U.S. institutions.

Application Deadlines

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

  • Applicants who are invited to interview will be required to complete a University of Utah Office of Admissions Application. The deadline for this application will be sent with each interview invitation.

  • Interviews are MANDATORY for program admission. Interviews will be held on Friday, January 10, 2020.

  • Class begins on Monday, May 11, 2020.



 



 


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
No

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$750.00
Additional Information about Deposit
If admitted to the program, receipt of a non-refundable, admission deposit fee of $750.00. Deposit payments are expected within one week from receipt of acceptance, to secure your place in the class. An administrative fee of $250 will be deducted and the balance of $500 will be applied to your first semester tuition.
Due Date of First Required Deposit
01/31/2020

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
3.60
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.00
3.60
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
Course work below a 2.0 (C) in individual classes will not be accepted. Applicants must have a 3.00 (B) in both the cumulative GPA and in the prerequisite GPA. C- grades in prerequisite coursework will NOT be accepted.

The Physical Therapy department audits the highest grade from your repeat coursework to calculate your prerequisite GPA.

Both your Cumulative GPA and your Prerequisite GPA need to be a minimum 3.0 or better to be considered.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
0407
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle
09/15/2019
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle
06/30/2014
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score
 
154
Quantitative reasoning scaled score
 
153
Analytical writing scaled score
 
4.0
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
The GRE® must be taken so that official scores are received by the application deadline of October 1st. Generally, GRE® scores are available from ETS approximately one week after they are requested. It is the responsibility of the test taker to ensure ample time for scores to be received

Use the University of Utah's PTCAS GRE code 0407. Using this code will allow your GRE® scores to be reported officially & directly to PTCAS.

GRE® test scores are valid for five years after the testing year in which you tested (July 1–June 30).

GRE suggested percentile rankings should be at or above 50%. If your scores are not in the 50th percentile, a good rule of thumb is to make certain that your prerequisite grades are reflective of your competency.

Observation Hours

 
PT experience required -- volunteer or paid accepted. Suggested minimum is 100 hours. Competitive applicants have 250+
Program's PT hours requirement
PT hours are required - a licensed PT must verify hours w/ signed form uploaded or online via PTCAS
Total number of PT hours RECOMMENDED
100
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Accepted/Considered
Outpatient
Accepted/Considered

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
Yes - for selected applicants only
Supplemental fee amount
$55.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
Yes - for selected applicants only
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
No
Description of supplemental requirements
Applicants who are invited to interview will also be required to submit a University of Utah Office of Admissions Application. Instructions and the deadline for this application will be sent with the interview invitation. U of U Graduate Admissions Application will accept unofficial transcripts. Unofficial transcripts can be uploaded. You do NOT need to complete the Resume, Letter of Recommendation, Statement of Purpose, or Post Submission sections. Nor do you need to have GRE scores sent with the University of Utah Supplemental Application.
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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
Please be sure to submit 3 letters, one from each category: a licensed clinical PT; an academic professor (preferably science); a supervisor/employer/co-worker. If you were a student athlete with no work experience, a reference letter from a college coach may be submitted in place of a supervisor/employer/co-worker.

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 you are an international student interested in obtaining a DPT degree offered at the University of Utah. Please contact the International Student Admissions Office http://admissions.utah.edu/international/graduate/

English proficiency may be demonstrated by graduate applicants in one of the following ways:
TOEFL: minimum score of 80 (Internet-based test) or 550 (paper-based test)
IELTS: An overall minimum band score of 6.5
*All test dates must be within two years of admission for scores to be valid.

An associate, bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree from a regionally-accredited U.S. college or university completed within two years of admittance

A bachelor’s degree or higher completed within the last two years from an officially-recognized college or university in one of the following countries:Australia, Canada (except Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland)
The following applicants do not need to submit proof of English proficiency:

Native speakers of English who are citizens of Australia, Canada (except Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland)

Continuing students currently enrolled at the University of Utah and moving from one degree level to another, or one program to another (with a break of no more than two years between the 'change' from one degree level/program to the next)

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?
Yes
Anatomy and/or Physiology (A&P) course prerequisites MUST be completed in biology, neuroscience, anatomy, or integrated physiology department
Yes
Anatomy
Must be a 'Human' specific course. Must complete the associated lab(s). Courses based on human cadaver dissections or prosected human preparations are strongly recommended. Must be completed & graded prior to the application deadline. Coursework older than 7 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 3-4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Human
Chemistry I
Any NON-Introductory Chemistry I course with any associated lab. Chemistry I & II must be the same sequence with any and all associated labs. Colleges and Universities that that only have 1 lab associated with a Chem I/Chem II sequence will also be accepted. Must complete the associated lab(s). Must be completed & graded prior to the application deadline. Coursework older than 7 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 3-4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Advanced
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry I
Chemistry II
Any NON-Introductory Chemistry II course within the same sequence as Chemistry I. Any NON-Introductory chemistry I course with any associated lab. Chemistry I & II must be the same sequence with any and all associated labs. Colleges and Universities that that only have 1 lab associated with a Chem I/Chem II sequence will also be accepted. Must complete the associated lab(s). Must be completed & graded prior to the application deadline. Coursework older than 7 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 3-4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Advanced
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry II
Exercise Physiology
EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY with lab
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 3-4
Acceptable Courses
  • Exercise Physiology
Math
Trigonometry, Calculus or Pre-Calculus accepted. AP Calculus or Trigonometry acceptable with a score of 4 or higher. AP SCORE MUST BE posted on transcripts at time of application. Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 2-5
Acceptable Courses
  • Mathematics: Calculus
  • Mathematics: Pre-Calculus
  • Mathematics: Trigonometry
Physics I
Algebra or calculus based non introductory course with associated lab. Must be completed and graded prior to application deadline. Coursework older than 7 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 3-4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
  • Physics: General
Physics II
Algebra or calculus based non introductory within the same sequence as Physics I with associated lab. Must be completed & graded prior to the application deadline. Coursework older than 7 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 3-4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics: General
  • Physics II
Physiology
HUMAN Physiology. Lab recommended but not required. Must be completed & graded prior to application deadline. Coursework older than 7 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
SH: 3-4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Human
Psychology
Any advanced psychology course. Must be from the Psychology department. Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
Upper Division
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3-4
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Adolescent
  • Psychology: Advanced
  • Psychology: Any
  • Psychology: Child
  • Psychology: Death & Dying
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Human Behavior
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
  • Psychology: Psychopathology
  • Psychology: Rehabilitation
  • Psychology: Social
  • Psychology: Sports
Psychology
General Psychology. An additional upper division psychology course may be used in lieu of the general psychology requirement. Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3-4
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Any
  • Psychology: General
Statistics
Course must cover: ANOVA (analysis of variance), correlation and regression testing, this is typically NOT an INTRODUCTORY STATISTICS course. If your course is listed as introductory, but covers the 3 areas listed please submit course syllabus prior to applying, to the academic adviser via email with subject line: STATISTICS COURSE ALTERNATIVE. Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3-4
Acceptable Courses
  • Business: Statistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics