2019-20 Applicants

Virginia Commonwealth University


This page is intended for college transfer students and graduates ONLY. High school students MUST contact the institution directly for information about the guaranteed freshman-entry program. Do not apply using PTCAS.

Contact Information more...

Melissa Lee
Student Services Administrator
Department of Physical Therapy
Virginia Commonwealth University
Box 980224
Richmond VA, 23298
(804) 628-3642
mlee27@vcu.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
06/15/2020
Social networking
Facebook Page for PT Program
 

Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
56
Anticipated size of next entering class
58
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
91%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
9%
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
30%

Sex

% Male
33%
% Female
66%

Race / Ethnicity

% Hispanic
2%
% Asian
10%
% African-American/Black (Non-Hispanic)
5%
% White (Not of Hispanic Origin)
78%
% Declining to State
5%

Program Description more...

Virginia Commonwealth University offers one of the premier Doctor of Physical Therapy Programs in the country. Located in the heart of Richmond's VCU Medical Center, the program provides students with easy access to state-of-the-art clinical and research facilities. The VCU Department of Physical Therapy was established in 1945 and was the first accredited physical therapy program in the commonwealth of Virginia and one of the first programs in the country.

The Department of Physical Therapy includes 13 full-time faculty members, more than 20 adjunct faculty members and three staff members. Our full-time faculty members are actively involved in teaching, clinical practice and research across a wide spectrum of clinically relevant topics. Visit the VCU Department of Physical Therapy web pages (http://www.sahp.vcu.edu/departments/pt/index.html) to learn more about each full-time faculty member's research and area of expertise.

VCU's DPT Program prepares students for entry into the profession by teaching them to evaluate and manage patients with physical therapy problems effectively and in accordance with ethical principles. The department maintains clinical internship contracts with more than 210 facilities across the United States. DPT students at VCU complete a total of 34 weeks in full-time clinical education experiences as well as over 80+ hours in part time observations. The program provides students with strategies to continually define and meet their own educational needs in order to keep skills and knowledge current throughout their professional careers.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
10/01/2019
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
Yes
Important dates

We recommend that students submit their applications as soon as possible. The summer 2020 start date for has not been finalized.  Students typically start anatomy mid-June.  


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
Yes
Special eligibility requirements for Early Decision candidates
Only the most highly qualified applicants are offered admission during the early decision process.

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$500.00
Additional Information about Deposit
If accepted, VCU requires a $500.00 deposit for instate students and a $1000.00 deposit for out of state students.
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
2.70
3.60
Math/Science GPA
 
3.60
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
If courses are repeated, both grades are used in the Total GPA and Math/Science GPA calculations. The Math/Science GPA is computed from all math and science courses (biology, chemistry, physics) taken both at the undergraduate and graduate level. Exercise science courses are not included in the math science GPA.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
University GRE code
5570
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle
09/30/2019
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle
09/30/2014
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
GRE scores should not be more than 5 years old.

GREs must be submitted by the October application deadline. Scores after this deadline will not be accepted.

Please be aware that all GRE scores are sent directly to VCU, and therefore official scores will not be reflected on your PTCAS application.

Observation Hours

 
Our DPT program requires 45 hours of paid or volunteer observation under the direct supervision of a licensed physical therapist. These hours should be in two distinctly different practice settings.

For example, outpatient orthopedics and acute care would meet our requirement. Two different outpatient orthopedics clinics treating the same types of patients will not meet the requirement. The hours do not have to be a 50/50 split.

Many applications will have more than 45 hours (paid and/or unpaid) but 45 meets the minimal requirement.

Make sure planned or pending hours are clearly indicated on the application.
Program's PT hours requirement
PT hours are required - no verification by a physical therapist
Total number of PT hours REQUIRED
45
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
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
Yes
Description of supplemental requirements
Follow the instructions on the VCU program specific page in PTCAS. An additional supplemental fee of $50.00 is also required. You must submit the supplemental materials by the October deadline for your application to be complete. The required materials can be found at:
http://www.sahp.vcu.edu/departments/pt/application_instructions.html.
Supplemental Requirements
Virginia Instate Tuition Application Form (only for Virginia Residents), Supplemental Information Form, Supplemental Prerequisite Form, Out of State Applicant Essay (only for out of state residents),
Deadline for supplemental materials
2019-10-01
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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

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
We require the TOEFL scores for non-native speakers unless the applicant has completed all their undergraduate work at an accredited US university or college.

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
Science prerequisites must be taken within the last 10 years or be reviewed and approved by the Director of Admissions.
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
Link to program's prerequisite instructions
Anatomy & Physiology I
Any anatomy or physciology courses taken in an exercise science department must be pre-approved. Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Anatomy & Physiology II
Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Biology I
Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: Embryology
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Microbiology
Chemistry I
Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
Chemistry II
Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
Math
Must be trigonometry, pre-calculus, or calculus. Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Mathematics: Calculus
  • Mathematics: Pre-Calculus
  • Mathematics: Trigonometry
Physics I
Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physics II
Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Psychology
(Specialized) May be an introductory course plus another psychology course any level OR two psychology courses any level without an introductory course. Abnormal and child development courses are recommended.
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 I
  • Psychology: General
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Human Behavior
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
Psychology
Sociology courses and sports psychology courses will not meet the psychology requirement. Courses must be taken in the psychology department. Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
Upper Division
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Adolescent
  • Psychology: Child
  • Psychology: Death & Dying
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: General I
  • Psychology: General
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Human Behavior
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
Statistics
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Business: Statistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics