2019-20 Applicants

University of Wisconsin-Madison


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Contact Information more...

Amy G. Schubert, DPT
Director of Admissions
Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Medical Sciences Center Room 5173
1300 University Avenue
Madison WI, 53706-1532
(608) 265-4815
schubert@pt.wisc.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
05/29/2020
Dual-degree programs offered in conjunction with PT degree
DPT/MPH
Institution's religious affiliation
None
Additional information about the class profile
Extracurricular and community service activities, evidence of leadership, and life experiences are appreciated by our Program. Diversity within the University of WI-Madison, the School of Medicine and Public Health, and our Program is also highly appreciated. We welcome applicants with varied backgrounds and experiences, and there is no preference for in-state applicants. Typically our class has a similar number of women and men. Ages range from 21-41 and students have graduated from 20 different colleges and universities.
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Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
40
Anticipated size of next entering class
40
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
80%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
20%
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
58%

Sex

% Male
51%
% Female
49%

Program Description more...

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program's location in the School of Medicine and Public Health enables cooperative teaching arrangements and interdisciplinary programming with students from numerous professional programs. The University of Wisconsin-Madison is a R1 doctoral university research institution with numerous research opportunities available for our students. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the wealth of resources on the UW-Madison campus. Exceptional campus services and facilities include the Ebling Health Sciences Library, a full cadaver dissection lab, a Critical Care Simulation classroom, and a Clinical Teaching Assessment Center utilizing standardized patients.

Our Program was founded in 1926 and in 1929 became one of the first physical therapy curricula in the United States to receive accreditation from what is now the American Physical Therapy Association. An extensive and loyal alumni base strengthens our Program. Our graduates in 2016, 2017 and 2018 achieved a 100% pass rate on the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy Licensure Examination and our graduation rate is 100%. A 6-month post-graduation employment survey depicts a 98% employment rate.

The UW-Madison faculty is committed to being available for students as they "learn to learn”. The 35-month curriculum is based on cooperative learning; there is no competition to succeed within the Program. Faculty members are cohesive, collaborative, and student-focused. They are in the forefront of the PT profession as international educators and researchers, and are leaders in the American Physical Therapy Association. Faculty members have many areas of expertise and hold Clinical Specialist certifications in Cardiovascular & Pulmonary, Geriatrics, Neurology, Orthopedics, Pediatrics, and Sports. In addition to teaching, faculty are involved in scholarly and clinical activities.

Over 600 organizations and facilities across the nation have contracts with UW-Madison for our 42 weeks of internships. Additionally, many courses require clinical observations and experiences, arranged by the course faculty, to provide continued clinical exposure. Service learning is a core component of the curriculum, including pro bono and service opportunities locally and with international organizations in Belize, Peru, and Guatemala.

The mission of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Doctor of Physical Therapy Program is:
"To meet the physical therapy needs of the people in the State of Wisconsin and beyond. The curriculum is designed to produce a generalist clinician who is able to provide evidence based quality care in an empathetic, professional manner, and who has the foundation to assume the roles of physical therapy educator, researcher, administrator, consultant, and clinical specialist." The graduate's role is to enhance physical abilities and wellness, and to improve the quality of life of persons seeking care.These roles are carried out through the processes of patient/client advocacy, and the collaborative management and education of patients, families, colleagues, and the community.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
11/01/2019
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
No
Important dates

Please DO NOT APPLY if you have not met all our admission requirements; only qualified applicants will be considered.  Applicants using our general admission deadline (November 1, 2019) will be notified of their admission decision during the week of December 16, 2019.


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
Yes
Special eligibility requirements for Early Decision candidates
The class will not be filled with Early Decision applicants; typically approximately half the class is admitted using Early Decision.

Early Decision applicants will receive an email during the week of September 16, 2019 telling them they are offered admission, will be considered again with general admission applicants, or are denied admission.

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$500.00
Additional Information about Deposit
This $500 deposit is non-refundable and is applied toward your first semester tuition.
Deposit Refundable?
No
Due Date of First Required Deposit
10/11/2019

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
Required minimium Overall Cumulative GPA (calculated by PTCAS)
3.00
3.73
Additional GPA 2 (defined by program)
3.00
3.62
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
The Program uses GPAs calculated by PTCAS; we do not calculate local GPAs.

The range of cumulative GPA's of our current students is 3.03 to 4.0. The range of Science GPA's is 3.00 to 4.0.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
0315
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle
11/01/2014
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score
144
155
Verbal reasoning % score
 
64%
Quantitative reasoning scaled score
144
155
Quantitative reasoning % score
 
59%
Analytical writing scaled score
3.5
4.0
Analytical writing % score
 
68%
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
The range of GRE scores of our current students are:

Verbal: 144-170
Quantitative: 145-164
Writing 3.5-5.5

Observation Hours

 
Applicants are required to have completed a minimum of 40 total hours of observation, in two different types of settings. Examples of different types of settings include: acute care/hospital/inpatient facility, nursing home facility, free-standing outpatient or hospital clinic, school/pre-school, wellness/fitness facility, home health, etc. The average total number of hours completed as a volunteer for our current students is 105 (range= 41-5204), which were completed in 3-4 settings (range= 2-13).
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 REQUIRED
40
DEADLINE for completion of all PT hours
11/01/2019
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Accepted/Considered
Outpatient
Accepted/Considered

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
Yes
Supplemental fee amount
$50.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
Yes - for selected applicants only
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
Yes - for selected applicants only
Description of supplemental requirements
Applicants to the UW¬Madison are REQUIRED to pay a $50 Supplemental fee. This must be post marked no later than Aug. 15 for Early Decision applicants or Nov. 1 for General Admission applicants. However, if PTCAS has approved a fee waiver request, you do NOT need to submit a supplemental fee.

Credit card payments will NOT be accepted. Submit the $50 fee via check or money order made out to UW-Madison DPT Admissions. Please include your name and PTCAS number on the check or money order, and send it to:

UW-Madison DPT Admissions
Medical Sciences Center Room 5173
1300 University Ave.
Madison, WI 53706-1532

ONLY applicants who are OFFERED ADMISSION to UW-Madison and ACCEPT THE POSITION will be required to submit an ADDITIONAL $75 UW-Madison University enrollment fee (students accepted into our Program are guaranteed admission into the University) and a non-refundable deposit of $500, which will be applied towards summer tuition. Information on how to pay these costs will be provided to applicants who are offered admission.
Supplemental Requirements
UW-Madison application form (you will be admitted to the University after accepting our admission offer), UW-Madison residency form, DPT Program admission acceptance document,
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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
If a fourth reference is submitted, it will also be considered.

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?
No
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
Every applicant whose native language is not English and who has not completed all of a bachelor’s degree in English is required to present an official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language.) The recommended minimum TOEFL score required to be eligible for selection is 92 on the internet based (IBT) test. Scores are not acceptable if more than two years old.

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
NO MORE THAN 2 prerequisite courses can be incomplete when you apply. A course will be considered incomplete if there is no grade or AP credits posted on an official transcript. The strength of your application is not affected by having up to two prerequisite courses not yet completed.

All prerequisites must be completed prior to our Program starting in June 2020. A grade of C or better is required in all prerequisite courses, except a grade of B or better is required for prerequisite courses not yet completed when you apply.
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
Anatomy
A one semester course in anatomy, or the first semester of a two semester series of combined anatomy and physiology courses, meets this requirement.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 2
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Human
Biology / Biological Science
Biology course must include a lab OR have a separate lab course.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Advanced
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: General I
  • Biology: General II
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Zoology
Chemistry I
Chemistry courses must include a lab OR have a separate lab course.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Advanced
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry I
Chemistry II
Chemistry courses must include a lab OR have a separate lab course.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Advanced
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry II
Exercise Physiology
Most of these topics are to be included in an exercise physiology course (additional topics may also be included): skeletal muscle contraction, skeletal muscle mechanics, bioenergetics, anaerobic metabolism, aerobic/oxidative metabolism, fuel selection, exercise metabolism, energy expenditure, fiber types, skeletal muscle adaptations to training, biomechanical adaptations to training, muscle fatigue, cardiac cycle, endocrine system response to exercise, pulmonary physiology response to exercise, and temperature regulation.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 2
Acceptable Courses
  • Exercise Physiology
Physics I
Physics courses must include a lab OR have a separate lab course.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physics II
Physics courses must include a lab OR have a separate lab course.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Physiology
A one semester course in physiology with lab, or the second semester of a two semester series of combined anatomy and Physiology courses, meets this requirement.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Human
Psychology
Any psychology or human development course (except NOT motor development and NOT a psychology statistics course.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Adolescent
  • Psychology: Advanced
  • Psychology: Any
  • Psychology: Child
  • Psychology: Death & Dying
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: General I
  • Psychology: General
  • Psychology: General II
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Human Behavior
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
  • Psychology: Psychopathology
  • Psychology: Rehabilitation
  • Psychology: Social
  • Psychology: Sports
Psychology
Any psychology or human development course (except NOT motor development and NOT a psychology statistics course.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Adolescent
  • Psychology: Advanced
  • Psychology: Any
  • Psychology: Child
  • Psychology: Death & Dying
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: General I
  • Psychology: General
  • Psychology: General II
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Human Behavior
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
  • Psychology: Psychopathology
  • Psychology: Rehabilitation
  • Psychology: Social
  • Psychology: Sports
Statistics
Course must include ANOVA and linear regression.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Business: Statistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics