2019-20 Applicants

University of Colorado


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...

Lauren Hugunin
Admissions Advisor
Physical Therapy Program
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Mail Stop C244
13121 E. 17th Ave
Room 3105
Aurora CO, 80045
(303) 724-9144
PT.Admissions@ucdenver.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
05/29/2020
Dual-degree programs offered in conjunction with PT degree
There is a DPT/PhD degree option that provides students with the opportunity to become doctorally prepared Physical Therapist clinicians (DPT) and Rehabilitation Scientists (PhD) in tandem. Admission to the DPT does not guarantee admission to the PhD, and a separate application to the PhD is required later. Applicants interested in this dual degree option MUST have previous research experience and respond to the additional essay question. All requirements for the DPT also apply to the DPT/PhD.
Institution's religious affiliation
None
Additional information about the class profile
Percent of IN-STATE and OUT-OF-STATE applicants accepted annually varies, and there is not a specific or set number of applicants accepted solely on this criteria.

WICHE applicants accepted varies annually depending on qualified applicants who are offered admission and who meet WICHE criteria.

Program is committed to a holistic review of applicants and gives preference to those who excel in academics, leadership and community service. This commitment extends to individuals from all backgrounds, to Colorado residents, and to expanding diversity in the physical therapy profession.
Social networking
Facebook Page for Parent University/College/School
Twitter Page for PT Program
 

Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
70
Anticipated size of next entering class
72
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
47%
% of WICHE applicants accepted
3%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
50%
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
0%

Sex

% Male
39%
% Female
61%

Race / Ethnicity

% Hispanic
14%
% Asian
9%
% African-American/Black (Non-Hispanic)
3%
% Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
1%
% White (Not of Hispanic Origin)
70%
% Two or More Races
3%

Program Description more...

The University of Colorado Physical Therapy Program is a 2 1/2 year program that begins with Orientation the last Wednesday in May, followed by Summer semester beginning the first Monday in June. The academic program (including clinical education) continues for 8 consecutive semesters with graduation in December. Full-time and part-time clinical education experiences are interspersed throughout the first two years and begin as early as the second semester (fall). During the Fall semester of the third year all students complete a final 16 week clinical internship. Upon completion of the Program, students are awarded the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree, and are eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE). Following graduation, some students will continue in a year-long paid internship at the same site for an additional 36 weeks and other students may continue in a specially designed internship and/or post-professional residency experience, while others choose to assume employment as a licensed PT.

Our curriculum is rigorous but students still find time to pursue opportunities in community service, explore global health, participate in a student-run interdiscplinary clinic, and get involved in faculty research activities. As part of the School of Medicine, the University of Colorado Physical Therapy Program is located on the Anschutz Medical Campus, the only academic health sciences campus in the Rocky Mountain Region. Our Program provides students an interprofessional learning environment uniquely designed to prepare them for their roles as future health care professionals.

We seek applicants who bring a passion for healthcare and working closely with patients, a variety of life experiences, a strong academic background, and who will add to the diversity of our student body and the physical therapy profession.

Application Deadlines

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

Interviews for the DPT program are held on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus by invitation only. Interviews are scheduled for January 10 and 11, 2020. The interview is a full-day experience on campus. An interview is required to be offered admission to the Program. 

DPT/PhD degree option provides students with the opportunity to become doctorally prepared Physical Therapist clinicians (DPT) and Rehabilitation Scientists (PhD) in tandem. Admission to the DPT does not guarantee admission to the PhD - an additional application for the PhD will be required later. Any applicant interested in this dual degree option MUST have previous research experience and MUST respond to the additional essay question in this application.  All requirements for the DPT applicants also apply to the DPT/PhD applicant.  Applicants who indicate interest in this dual degree option will also be part of the DPT applicant pool. For questions or additional information on the PhD component, contact Program Administrator: Kenton Owsley at kenton.owsley@ucdenver.edu or 303-724-3468.

PT Preview Day is a separate event that offers an introduction to the Program curriculum, admissions process, and financial aid. It is appropriate for those applying during the upcoming cycle and those planning to apply in the future. Information regarding the date and registration can be found on our Program website. 

Informational Sessions are held throughout the year and are appropriate for future applicants who are still learning about the profession of physical therapy and may be interested in applying in these coming years. The dates for these sessions are posted on our Program website.


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 $1000.00 deposit is required to accept an offer of admission and is applied to the first semester tuition and fees. Deposits must be submitted in the form of a personal check, cashier's check or money order at the time of accepting an offer of admission.
Deposit Refundable?
Yes
Additional Information about Refunds
The deposit is refundable by written request up to 60 days prior to program matriculation (on, or about, April 1st).
Due Date of First Required Deposit
01/24/2020

Interviews

Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
Yes
Additional information about Interviews
Onsite interviews are required and are by invitation only. Interviews will be held January 10 and 11, 2020 on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.

GPA

GPA Scores
MINIMUM GPA Score
AVERAGE GPA score for accepted students
Overall Cumulative
3.00
3.64
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
Program will use the highest grade earned in a repeated course to meet the prerequisite. However, when calculating the overall GPA, ALL recorded grades are included in the average.

Grades of C- and below are not accepted in any course that is intended to meet a prerequisite.

Applicants with an Overall Cumulative GPA below the minimum will be considered when there is evidence of a positive trend in grades over time AND a higher GPA in courses identified as program prerequisites.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
7619
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle
09/30/2019
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle
10/01/2014
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score
 
155
Verbal reasoning % score
 
67%
Quantitative reasoning scaled score
 
154
Quantitative reasoning % score
 
56%
Analytical writing scaled score
 
4.0
Analytical writing % score
 
67%
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
Applicants MUST have GRE scores that are no older than 5 years.

Observation Hours

 
For definitions and descriptions of PT settings, follow the information under 'Select the PT Setting' at: http://www.ptcas.org/PTHours/

We require a minimum of 15 hours in EACH of 3 settings:
- Minimum of 15 hours in an inpatient setting: hospital, rehabilitation facility, or extended care facility; AND
- Minimum of 15 hours in an outpatient setting: free standing PT clinic or outpatient hospital clinic; AND
- Minimum of 15 hours in an additional setting: school/preschool, home health, wellness/fitness based practice, industrial/occupational, or other PT specialty care

NOTE: We encourage quality, reflection, and breadth of observation over quantity of hours. Observation hours are to gain exposure to the roles and responsibilities of physical therapists within different settings and with different patient populations.
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
45
DEADLINE for completion of all PT hours
10/01/2019
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Required
Outpatient
Required

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
Yes
Supplemental fee amount
$100.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
No
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
No
Description of supplemental requirements
The supplemental fee is a one-time fee payable to the University of Colorado. Payment of $100 can be made directly using the weblink address below. This fee is due at the time the application is submitted to PTCAS (deadline is 10/1/2019). No additional written applications or materials are required beyond the completed application through PTCAS. The Supplemental fee MUST be paid in order for your application to be reviewed and considered by our PT Program's Admissions Committee.

We encourage applicants to provide details of all experiences within the PTCAS application form. A separate resume is not expected or recommended.
Description of Supplemental and Document Upload Requirements
If the applicant wishes to upload a resume they can do so in the document upload section of the PTCAS application. The resume is optional and NOT required.
Link to supplemental forms or instructions
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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
Obtain three (3) references, including AT LEAST one (1) from each of the following:
1) Licensed physical therapist whom the applicant has observed working with patients in a PT setting AND who holds a current U.S. PT license.
2) Science professor or course instructor from the student's major, from a basic science course, or from a course that meets an upper division science prerequisite.
3) Additional professor, health professional, OR recent employer or supervisor

**Additional information regarding these references:
- Health Care Professional (for reference type #3) must be licensed as: MD, DO, RN (NP, MSN, BSN, DNP), PA-C, PT (BS, MS, MPT, DPT), or OT (BS, MS, MOT, DOT).
- We do NOT accept references from PTAs or OTAs.
- Reference from a Professor can be completed by an Instructor, Assistant, Associate or Full Professor who was the primary teacher or course coordinator.
- We do NOT accept references from guest lecturers, TAs or GAs.
- We do NOT accept references from coaches, clergy, co-workers, family or friends.

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
  • 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
  • Send WES foreign evaluation for Canadian courses to PTCAS
Additional information about program's policy on foreign coursework
Non-citizens will need to provide appropriate documentation to be eligible for admission. For additional information, contact International Student & Scholar Services: http://www.ucdenver.edu/academics/internationalprograms/oia/isss/Pages/default.aspx

English translation and WES evaluations are required for all original foreign transcripts. Applicants must have a transcript evaluation that states that the foreign Bachelor's degree is equivalent to a Bachelor's degree in the United States to be eligible to apply to this Program. In addition, the applicant must have transcripts and evaluations that meet any additional prerequisite courses not included in the Bachelor's degree evaluation report.

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
Upper division anatomy and physiology courses taken separately are preferred. All upper division science courses must carry a course number of 300 or higher. 100 level courses are viewed as less competitive and will not benefit the applicant's standing.
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
Varies
Anatomy
Separate, upper division course is preferred. Course must include anatomy of ALL body systems. Course must include a laboratory component or a separate laboratory course taken concurrently. Survey courses are not acceptable. Coursework older than 5 years NOT accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • Biology: Any
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Chemistry I
The first semester of a sequence in General or College Chemistry I or Organic Chemistry I. Course must include a laboratory component or a separate laboratory course taken concurrently. Community college courses are accepted but are viewed as less competitive than courses taken at a 4-year institution. Survey courses are not acceptable.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4-5
QH: 6-8
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Any
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry I
Chemistry II
The second semester of a sequence of General or College Chemistry II or Organic Chemistry II. Course must include a laboratory component or a separate laboratory course taken concurrently. Community college courses are accepted but are viewed as less competitive than courses taken at a 4-year institution. Survey courses are not acceptable.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
QH: 6-8
SH: 4-5
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry II
English Composition / Writing
Writing or writing-intensive courses in any content area or major are acceptable. The transcript and/or catalog course description must identify the course as "writing intensive" to meet this requirement. (Documentation may be required.)
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
QH: 5
Acceptable Courses
  • English Composition
  • Technical Writing
  • Writing
Math
Calculus or Trigonometry is preferred. AP credit for math is accepted if the AP grade was previously accepted by 4 year college and stated as math credit on the transcript.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
QH: 5
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Mathematics: Algebra
  • Mathematics: Calculus
  • Mathematics: Geometry
  • Mathematics: Pre-Calculus
  • Mathematics: Trigonometry
Physics I
The first semester of a sequence in General or College Physics I. Either algebra or calculus-based courses sequences are acceptable. Course must include a laboratory component or a separate laboratory course taken concurrently.Community college courses are accepted but are viewed as less competitive than courses taken at a 4-year institution. Survey courses are not acceptable.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics: Any
  • Physics I
  • Physics: General
Physics II
The second semester of a sequence of General or College Physics II. Either algebra or calculus-based sequences are acceptable. Course must include a laboratory component or a separate laboratory course taken concurrently. Community college courses are accepted but are viewed as less competitive than courses taken at a 4-year institution. Survey courses are not acceptable.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics: General
  • Physics II
Physiology
Separate, upper division course is preferred. Course must include physiology of ALL body systems. Course must include a laboratory component or a separate laboratory course taken concurrently. Community college courses are discouraged.Survey courses are not acceptable. Coursework older than 5 years NOT accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
QH: 6
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Psychology
At least one of the two psychology courses must be through the Psychology Department. Abnormal and Developmental Psychology courses are preferred. A year-long Introduction to Psychology course is acceptable but both semesters must be completed. Statistics from a Psychology department does not meet this psychology prerequisite. 1 of 2 required
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
QH: 5
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Adolescent
  • Psychology: Child
  • Psychology: Death & Dying
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: General I
  • Psychology: General II
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Human Behavior
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
  • Psychology: Psychopathology
Psychology
2 of 2 required. See the above listing for ALL acceptable courses and additional information.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
QH: 5
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: General I
Statistics
Statistics courses that include measures of central tendency, reliability, validity, correlations, comparison of means and regression are acceptable. These concepts should be included in the course description or syllabus.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
QH: 5
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Business: Statistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics
Upper Division Basic Science
Courses at the 300 level or higher (100 level for California schools) are REQUIRED to meet this prerequisite. Cell Biology and Biochemistry are strongly recommended if they are taught at the upper division level. Exercise Physiology, Biomechanics, and Science-Based Kinesiology courses are acceptable IF at the upper division level.
Course Level
Upper Division
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3-4
QH: 5-6
Acceptable Courses