2019-20 Applicants

Columbia University


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Contact Information more...

Cynthia Worthington
Administrative Coordinator of Admissions and Program Initiatives
Program in Physical Therapy
Columbia University
617 West 168th Street
The Georgian Building, 3rd Floor
New York NY, 10032
(212) 305-0470
ptadmissions@cumc.columbia.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
09/28/2020
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Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
66
Anticipated size of next entering class
67
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
29%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
70%
% of CANADIAN applicants accepted
1%

Program Description more...

The Columbia University Doctor of Physical Therapy program is one of the nation’s oldest programs and the only program in the Ivy League conference. The Program resides within the Columbia University Irving Medical Center, Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, which is closely affiliated with New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center & Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital—all top-rated US hospitals. In this stimulating New York City environment, students and faculty collaborate with a multidisciplinary community of health professionals to discover, educate, care, and lead.

The 33-month Doctor of Physical Therapy curriculum consists of 6 didactic semesters and 4 full-time clinical education experiences lasting a combined 38 weeks. The curriculum provides an opportunity for each student to customize the entry-level physical therapy education with orthopedic/neurologic/ pediatric specialty tracks by selecting electives to develop both a breadth and depth of knowledge and skills. The program faculty consists of board certified clinical specialists, award winning educators, internationally recognized researchers, and national leaders. Student learning is enriched by a world-class medical library, contemporary educational technology, service learning opportunities, and clinical education sites that include major national medical centers and children’s hospitals, international hospitals on 3 continents, Major League Baseball spring training camps, and dance centers.

Columbia University graduates are prepared as autonomous clinicians and have an excellent record of success on the licensing examination and are highly sought after as employees. Our recent graduates have gone on to work for our nation’s most renowned medical centers and children’s hospitals, a major pop-singer on tour, a Super Bowl winning football team, several USA Olympic teams and Broadway shows; as well as, several foreign countries.

Interested applicants should explore the program’s web site at:

http://www.columbiaphysicaltherapy.org/

Application Deadlines

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

July 2019:  PTCAS opens.

Applicants are encouraged to file their application with PTCAS as early as possible as the Columbia PT Program follows a rolling admission format. 

August 2019 - January 2020

Completed applications are reviewed by the Admissions Committee as they are received. 

Eligible applicants will be invited to a required on- campus interview.  Interviews often begin as early as October and usually conclude in December or once the class is full.  Applicants should expect to spend a full day at Columbia University meeting with students, faculty, Program Director, and the Co-Directors of Clinical Education.  You will tour the facilities and have ample time to meet with current DPT students.

Admission decisions are made as early as October and continue until the class is full.

December 2, 2019:  (11:59pm EST) PTCAS due date. 

All application materials (application, transcripts to date, GRE reported scores, and recommendation letters) must be received by PTCAS by the December 2, 2019 deadline.  Official GRE scores must be reported via PTCAS GRE Code 7745.

Applications on file with PTCAS by December 2, which remain incomplete, must have missing documentation submitted and reviewed with receipt to the program by January 8, 2020.

No application will be reviewed for admissions consideration after January 8, 2020.

Open House:

Columbia University Doctor of Physical Therapy program (DPT) invities prospective students who are interested in pursuing a physical therapy career to attend an Open House. Information on the Columbia DPT curriculum including the required foundational and personalized elective components, admission criteria, and helpful hints on appliying to PT school are discussed.   Open house dates and registration can be found on our website:  https://www.ps.columbia.edu/education/academic-programs/doctor-physical-therapy/prospective-students/admissions/open-houses


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
Yes
Special eligibility requirements for Early Decision candidates
Candidates applying for Early Decision consideration must meet the following criteria:

* Completion of 14 of the 17 prerequisites for admission, which MUST include all course work in the biological sciences.

* Completion of the minimum of 75 hours of volunteer or work-related experience in physical therapy,

* Show minimum undergraduate and science prerequisite grade point averages of 3.650.

* Show minimum GRE scores of 160 verbal reasoning, 148 quantitative reasoning, 4.0 analytical writing.

* Submit 2 academic references and 1 physical therapy reference.

* Attend a required interview

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$1000.00
Additional Information about Deposit
The deposit is non-refundable but is credited to the Fall Year I tuition.

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
3.61
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.00
3.47
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
Initial grade and repeated course grade are averaged in calculating the program-specific grade point average. Students wishing to enhance their undergraduate grade point are encouraged to take additional courses in the biological sciences.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
7745
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle
11/30/2019
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score
150
155
Quantitative reasoning scaled score
150
155
Analytical writing scaled score
3.5
4.5
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
If the GRE is taken more than once, the best set of scores from any one testing date are considered. GRE® General Test and GRE® REVISED General Test are accepted.

Observation Hours

 
Letter of recommendation (required reference) from a physical therapist should provide a brief description of the facility and attest to hours completed.
Program's PT hours requirement
PT hours are required - no verification by a physical therapist
Total number of PT hours REQUIRED
75
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?
No
Supplemental fee amount
$0.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
No
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
Yes
Description of supplemental requirements
Please upload your resume and proof of First Aid and CPR Certification in the documents section of the PTCAS application. If the certification is not completed at the time of application, email the certification to ptadmissions@cumc.columbia.edu no later than December 15, 2019.

Missing prerequisites must be completed with official transcript(s) sent to the program no later than August 1, 2020.

Official transcript showing receipt of undergraduate degree and date granted should be forwarded immediately post-graduation (undergraduate applicants) or at time of acceptance (post-baccalaureate applicants) but no later than August 7, 2020.
Supplemental Requirements
Resume (due by December 17, 2019 application deadline)
First Aid Certification (can be submitted post application deadline)
CPR Certification (can be submitted post application deadline)
Transcript(s) showing completion of any missing prerequisite courses, as soon as available
Official transcript showing degree granted and date of graduation, as soon as available
GRE scores (can be submitted post application deadline of December 2, 2019, but no later than December 31, 2019)
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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
• One (1) letter from a physical therapist

• Two (2) letters of recommendation MUST be from professors who have instructed you in 1 or more courses. For applicants in their final year of undergraduate study, one (1) academic reference should be from a professor in the applicant's major area of study. Applicants who have been out of school for 3 or more years and are completing prerequisite course work as a post-baccalaureate student can use current professors as reference sources.

• An applicant who has documented experience in undergraduate or professional research can submit an additional letter of recommendation from the research advisor.

• Composite recommendations kept on file at the university and submitted by a pre-health/pre-medical committee or pre-health advisor are acceptable.

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
Other
Program policy for CANADIAN coursework
  • Send original Canadian transcript to PTCAS
  • Send original Canadian transcript to institution
Additional information about program's policy on foreign coursework
Non-native English speakers are required to submit TOEFL scores, unless applicant has received a 4-year undergraduate degree from an American University. With receipt of an American degree, GRE scores need to be submitted in lieu of TOEFL.

English translation is required for all foreign transcripts. It is recommended that foreign applicants except for China, use the World Education Services for translational purposes at http://www.wes.org. Chinese transcripts are reviewed by China Higher Education Credentials Verification (CHESICC) at https://www.chsi.com.cn/en/service/

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
It is highly recommended that a minimum of 14 of the 17 prerequisites for admission including all course work in the biological sciences be completed by December 2019.
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
One 3-4 credit anatomy course or 2 semesters (total 6 - 8 credits) of combined Anatomy & Physiology I and II. Laboratory is not required but preferred. Online anatomy course must be approved. Coursework older than 5 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Biology / Biological Science
One additional 3-4 credit science course is required; more than one is strongly encouraged. Any Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Exercise Physiology, Motor Learning, or Motor Control course beyond the prerequisites is acceptable. An online course must be approved. Coursework older than 5 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3-4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Exercise Physiology
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
  • A&P: Neuroanatomy
  • A&P: Neurophysiology
  • A&P: Pathophysiology
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • Biology: Advanced
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: Embryology
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Immunology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
  • Biology: Zoology
  • Chemistry: Advanced
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Motor Control
  • Motor Learning
Biology I
One 4 credit basic biology course with lab. Introductory courses must be taken through the Biology Department. Biology courses designated for nursing or allied health students are not acceptable. Students on the quarter system must take a 3 part series or 3 separate basic biology courses. Courses for science majors is preferred with laboratory. Online courses must be approved. Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: General I
  • Biology: General II
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Immunology
  • Biology: Microbiology
Biology II
One 4 credit basic biology course with lab. Introductory courses must be taken through the Biology Department. Biology courses designated for nursing or allied health students are not acceptable. Students on the quarter system must take a 3 part series or 3 separate basic biology courses. Courses for science majors is preferred with laboratory. Online courses must be approved. Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: General I
  • Biology: General II
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Immunology
  • Biology: Microbiology
Chemistry I
One 4 credit chemistry course for science majors with laboratory. Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
Chemistry II
One 4 credit chemistry course for science majors with laboratory. Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
Physics I
One 4 credit Physics course. The course does not have to be calculus based. Courses for science majors are preferred with laboratory. Online courses must be approved. Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physics II
One four credit Physics course. The course does not have to be calculus based. Courses for science majors are preferred with laboratory. Online courses must be approved. Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Physiology
One 3 credit physiology course or 2 semesters (total 6 - 8 credits) of combined Anatomy & Physiology I and II. Laboratory is not required but preferred. Online course must be approved. Coursework older than 5 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Psychology
One 3 credit psychology course
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Any
Psychology
One 3 credit psychology course.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Any
Social/Behavioral Science
One 3 credit social/behavioral science course.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Humanities
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Adolescent
  • Psychology: Advanced
  • Psychology: Child
  • Psychology: Death & Dying
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: General
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Human Behavior
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
  • Psychology: Psychopathology
  • Psychology: Rehabilitation
  • Psychology: Social
  • Psychology: Sports
  • Psychology: Statistics
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Anthropology
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Any
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Community Health
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Criminal Justice
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Cultural Geography
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Ethnic Studies
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Human Sexuality
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Marriage/Family
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Personal Health
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Social Science
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Social Work
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Sociology
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Women’s Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Dance
  • Film & Theatre
  • Fine Arts
  • History
  • Literature
  • Motor Control
  • Motor Learning
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Religion
Social/Behavioral Science
One 3 credit social/behavioral science course.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Humanities
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Adolescent
  • Psychology: Advanced
  • Psychology: Child
  • Psychology: Death & Dying
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: General
  • Psychology: General I
  • Psychology: General II
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Human Behavior
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
  • Psychology: Psychopathology
  • Psychology: Rehabilitation
  • Psychology: Social
  • Psychology: Sports
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Anthropology
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Any
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Community Health
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Criminal Justice
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Cultural Geography
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Ethnic Studies
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Human Sexuality
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Marriage/Family
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Personal Health
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Social Science
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Social Work
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Sociology
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Women’s Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Dance
  • Film & Theatre
  • Fine Arts
  • History
  • Literature
  • Motor Control
  • Motor Learning
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Religion
Social/Behavioral Science
One 3 credit social/behavioral science course.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Adolescent
  • 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: Statistics
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Anthropology
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Any
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Community Health
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Criminal Justice
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Cultural Geography
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Ethnic Studies
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Human Sexuality
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Marriage/Family
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Personal Health
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Social Science
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Social Work
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Sociology
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Women’s Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Dance
  • Film & Theatre
  • Fine Arts
  • History
  • Literature
  • Motor Control
  • Motor Learning
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Religion
Statistics
One 3 credit statistic course taken within Biology, Mathematics, or Psychology Departments. Business or Economics do not fulfill this requirement. Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics