2019-20 Applicants

University of Kentucky


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...

Dion Coleman
Student Affairs Officer
Physical Therapy Education Program
University of Kentucky
900 S. Limestone
Charles T. Wethington, Jr. Building, Room 111
Lexington KY, 40536-0200
(859) 218-0473
(859) 218-0494
dion.coleman@uky.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
08/24/2020
Dual-degree programs offered in conjunction with PT degree
An opportunity to pursue a DPT/PhD has been developed. The DPT curriculum satisfies some of the requirements for the PhD and students are able to complete the PhD in a more timely manner. This program is for students who want to pursue research as a physical therapist and expressing interest in this dual degree program will not affect the student's DPT application status.
Institution's religious affiliation
none
Additional information about the class profile

Social networking
Facebook Page for PT Program
 

Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
68
Anticipated size of next entering class
68
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
80%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
20%
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
11%

Sex

% Male
35%
% Female
55%
% Declining to State
10%

Race / Ethnicity

% Hispanic
5%
% American Indian/Alaskan Native
1%
% Asian
4%
% African-American/Black (Non-Hispanic)
4%
% White (Not of Hispanic Origin)
86%

Program Description more...

The purpose of the Physical Therapy Program at the University of Kentucky is foremost to meet the physical therapy needs of Kentucky and contribute to global needs overall by developing competent physical therapy practitioners who are critical thinkers, educators, and professionals who value diversity and inclusivity.

The Division of Physical Therapy strives to develop patient-centered practitioners who are knowledgeable, ethical, independent and collaborative, adaptable, reflective, effective communicators, and service-oriented. This practitioner development is accomplished through a wide variety of mechanisms:

1. Educational programs, which are informed by scholarship and research, and designed to provide excellence in instruction as well as accessibility to a diverse student body. These programs include the professional DPT (Lexington and Center of Excellence in Rural Health campuses), post- professional programs (PhD Program in Rehabilitation Sciences), and continuing education courses.

2. Scholarship, research, and creative activities which contribute to the discovery and expansion of knowledge in the health sciences.

3. Service to the public (in urban and rural communities), to other professional disciplines, and to the profession.

4. Professional socialization through participation in professional activities and organizations.

The goals and objectives of the physical therapy program are an integral part of the mission of the institution. They are reflective of and consistent with those of the University and College, and are in congruence and augment those of the University.

Purpose, Philosophy, and Goals

Purpose:
The purpose of the Physical Therapy Program at the University of Kentucky is foremost to meet the physical therapy needs of Kentucky and contribute to global needs overall by developing competent physical therapy practitioners who are critical thinkers, educators and professionals who value diversity and inclusivity.

Philosophy/Design:
The curricular philosophy of the University of Kentucky’s Physical Therapy Program reflects this three-fold purpose of the Program through use of a spiral pattern. The curricular components used to design and implement the course of study for the physical therapist are as follows:

1. Birth through aging, and/or through end of life

2. Basic through advanced,

3. Static through dynamic,

4. Normal through abnormal,

5. Knowledge through application,

6. Acute and chronic pathology stages,

7. Knowledge acquisition through problem solving through the expansion of knowledge,

8. Parallel practice through interprofessional and collaborative practice

Individual courses are linked through objectives that add to and refine the specific skills as the learner becomes prepared to integrate higher-level skills with previously learned concepts. This philosophy is implemented by utilizing the skills, strengths, and qualities of a diverse academic and clinical faculty.

Curricular Goals:

1. Develop competent practitioners

The primary goal of the program is to produce knowledgeable, adaptable, patient-centered physical therapy practitioners capable of meeting the health needs of the people of Kentucky, in urban and rural areas, and beyond. To achieve this goal, the practitioner will be able to assess and manage the patient in a variety of health care settings, with an added focus on the challenges and demands of the medically underserved and those who are culturally and linguistically diverse. The expansion program at the Center of Excellence in Rural Health in Hazard, KY, was implemented in 1992 to facilitate the achievement of this goal. An additional component of this goal is to educate physical therapists to practice in an ethical, legal, safe, and caring manner.

2. Develop practitioners as critical thinkers

Students utilize the information gained early in the curriculum (e.g. basic sciences and basic clinical skills) as a foundation for the development of analytical skills. Students are challenged throughout the professional curriculum by a wide variety of problem-solving activities to analyze realistic situations and develop strategies for examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, intervention, and outcomes analysis. As the students’ theoretical base of knowledge expands, students will use problem-solving skills to gather data, identify problems, and choose among alternatives for successful outcomes. Clinical experiences interspersed throughout the professional curriculum serve to reinforce knowledge and skills acquired in the classroom and laboratory.

3. Develop practitioners as health care educators

The physical therapist is a primary provider of health care education to patients/clients and their family and caregivers, as well as to colleagues and the public. Our goal is to develop physical therapists committed to health promotion and disease and disability prevention for self, individuals, organizations and communities. Throughout the curriculum students are challenged to develop effective and efficient strategies to provide high quality education through appropriate communication with individuals and communities. From the introductory course in semester one through the final research course in semester eight, the majority of the courses have student generated instructional and/or presentation components which assist students in becoming successful educators.

4. Develop professional practitioners

Professional socialization occurs throughout the physical therapy educational experience. Students are provided the opportunity to emulate as well as assimilate the qualities inherent in professionalism. Students model most closely those practitioners with whom they interact while developing their professional skills. Academic and clinical faculty act as professional role models to reinforce the concept of life-long learning. This conceptual basis emphasizes the importance of:

1. Being an educated consumer of the scientific and professional literature, and applying this new knowledge in the provision of physical therapy services.

2. Utilizing the scientific inquiry process to conduct and disseminate research and other scholarly activities.

3. Participation in professional activities and associations, community service, and interprofessional activities.

4. Ongoing professional development through post-professional and continuing educational opportunities.

All of the above are designed to develop physical therapists who are life-long learners committed to the physical therapy profession and its advancement.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
12/02/2019
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
No
Important dates

Interview dates have been set:

* Lexington Campus interviews will be on 2/26/2020 and 2/28/2020.

* Hazard Campus interviews will be on 3/2/2020.

Students applying to both Lexington and Hazard campuses will be interviewed only once and this usually is scheduled for the Hazard Campus date. Students eligible for both campuses may apply to both, but ultimate campus selection is made by the admissions committee, not the student.


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
Yes
Special eligibility requirements for Early Decision candidates
Early Decision applicants must be on track to graduate prior to starting the program the following August

Early Decision applicants must have a 3.0 or above in any remaining prerequisite courses.

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$500.00
Additional Information about Deposit
The application deposit is due May 1 and is applied to tuition after starting the program. It is non-refundable if the student decides not to attend the program.
Deposit Refundable?
No
Due Date of First Required Deposit
05/01/2020

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
2.75
3.61
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.00
3.71
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
If a course is repeated once, the higher grade is calculated locally. If it is repeated more than once, the average of all grades is calculated locally.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
7753
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle
11/01/2019
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle
12/31/2014
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score
145
151
Verbal reasoning % score
21%
51%
Quantitative reasoning scaled score
145
152
Quantitative reasoning % score
16%
56%
Analytical writing scaled score
3.0
4.0
Analytical writing % score
20%
72%
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
ETS is able to report official GRE scores for the preceding 5 years only. The University of Kentucky requires official GRE scores. Scores from 12/31/2014 through 11/01/2019 will be the only official scores that can be reported by ETS.


Observation Hours

 
Volunteer or work experience in any setting is accepted. Two different types of settings are required to give the student a broader base of experience (25 hours minimum at each location). Average number of hours is about 100. A variety of sites and a variety of types of patients will add value to your application.
Program's PT hours requirement
PT hours are required - no verification by a physical therapist
Total number of PT hours REQUIRED
50
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
Please visit https://www.uky.edu/chs/pt/admissions to complete the UK DPT supplemental application.

Please select supplemental application to complete the supplemental application.

After completing the supplemental application, please return to the admissions page at https://www.uky.edu/chs/pt/admissions and select supplemental application fee and pay the required $50 supplemental application fee.

If you have additional references outside of those you uploaded to your PTCAS application, you can include those under the document upload section of the PTCAS application.
Description of Supplemental and Document Upload Requirements
If you have additional references you'd like to upload, please feel free to do that under the document upload section of the PTCAS application.
Supplemental Requirements
College of Health Sciences application with campus selection , unofficial transcript through Fall 2019, any additional reference letters (optional),
Deadline for supplemental materials
2020-01-03
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
Three references are required. One must be a PT professional, one must be a post-secondary school academic reference and the third can be either a PT or a post-secondary school academic reference. If a student wants to supply the program with reference letters beyond the three required, he/she may do so by uploading the additional references in the documents section of the application.

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 WES foreign evaluation for Canadian courses to PTCAS
Additional information about program's policy on foreign coursework
All students will be required to submit an official transcript from every college attended to the UK College of Health Sciences, if admitted.

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
A&P is not required by program
Link to program's prerequisite instructions
Anatomy & Physiology I
RECOMMENDED - NOT REQUIRED: A two semester sequence of Anatomy and Physiology may be substituted for one of the two biology courses required. (8-10 semester hours total for ANA and PGY courses).
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
SH: 4-5
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
Anatomy & Physiology II
RECOMMENDED - NOT REQUIRED: A two semester sequence of Anatomy and Physiology may be substituted for one of the two biology courses required. (8-10 semester hours total for ANA and PGY courses).
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
SH: 4-5
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
Biology I
1 semester of animal biology with lab equal to that taken by science or pre-med majors (Semester Hours: 4-5 hours total for Biology 1).
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4-5
QH: 6-7
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: General I
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Zoology
  • A&P: Comparative
Biology II
1 semester of animal biology with labs equal to that taken by science or pre-med majors (Semester Hours: 4-5 hours total for Biology 2).
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4-5
QH: 6-7
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: General II
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Zoology
  • A&P: Comparative
Chemistry I
1 semester of chemistry with lab equal to that taken by science or pre-med majors (Semester Hours: 4-5 hours total for Chemistry 1).
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4-5
QH: 6-7
Acceptable Courses
Chemistry II
1 semester of chemistry with lab equal to that taken by science or pre-med majors (Semester Hours: 4-5 hours total for Chemistry 2).
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
QH: 6-7
SH: 4-5
Acceptable Courses
Communication / Speech / Public Speaking
Course is required; lab is not required. Course should have an emphasis on public speaking. 3 semester hours.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Comm: Public Speaking
Medical Terminology
Course is required; lab is not required.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 2-3
Acceptable Courses
  • Medical Terminology
Physics I
1 semester of physics with lab equal to that taken by science or pre-med majors (Semester Hours: 4-5 hours total for Physics 1).
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4-5
QH: 6-7
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physics II
1 semester of physics with lab equal to that taken by science or pre-med majors (Semester Hours: 4-5 hours total for Physics 2).
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4-5
QH: 6-7
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Psychology
Introduction to Psychology. Course is required; lab is not required.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: General
Psychology
Course is required; lab is not required. 3 semester hours of Developmental Psychology. Other upper level psychology classes may be substituted for Developmental Psychology.
Course Level
Upper Division
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Advanced
  • Psychology: Developmental
Statistics
Course is required; lab is not required. A Stats or Math prefix is preferred. Course should cover basic statistical concepts. 3 semester hours. Business or Psychology Statistics may be accepted, if course description above is met.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Mathematics: Statistics