2019-20 Applicants

University of Miami


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Contact Information more...

Jhelane Fuentes
Associate Director of Admissions and Student Services
Department of Physical Therapy
University of Miami
5915 Ponce De Leon Blvd., 5th Floor
Coral Gables FL, 33146
(305) 284-4535
physicaltherapy@miami.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
05/18/2020
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Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
62
Anticipated size of next entering class
62
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
46%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
54%
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
0%

Program Description more...

GENERAL PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:
Students enter the program in May and continue through the program, for three years (nine semesters), to graduation in May. Each year consists of two summer sessions and the fall and spring semesters. It is a full-time lock-step graduate program consisting of 105 graduate credits, including a research project and four full-time clinical internships. The objective of the Program is to prepare a highly skilled generalist practitioner in physical therapy, capable of practice in any setting. Students participate in faculty research as part of their required course work. The majority of students present their research projects at the Annual Conference of the American Physical Therapy Association or the Combined Sections Meeting of APTA; all students present their research at the Annual Research Colloquium of the Department of Physical Therapy. A variety of research facilities are available including The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, the Miami VA Hospital and Medical Center, and the University of Miami Hospital.

CLINICAL EXPERIENCES:
Students begin clinical experiences and internships in the second year of study, and end with 24 weeks at the end of the third year, for a total of 32 weeks of clinical internships. Every student is required to complete an assignment in an acute care setting, rehabilitation setting, and a specialty setting. The university has more than 350 clinical experience sites across the United States, including Hawaii.

FACULTY:
There are 20 full-time and five part-time faculty members. Of the full-time faculty 90% hold post-professional doctoral degrees. Eight faculty are certified as clinical specialists and two are Catherine Worthingham Fellows of the APTA. Additionally, we have 17 clinical faculty working at our University of Miami Hospital practice, with both in-patient and out-patient services, who also teach or assist with lab classes. Over the past 3 years the faculty has averaged 26 publications per year in peer-reviewed journals, with national and international presentations of over 85 per year. The faculty-to-student ratio is 1:6. Despite travel schedules, research labs, or other commitments, the faculty pride themselves in being available to students, and helping to create an atmosphere of caring, compassion, and the "UMPT Family." Our Alumni also remain connected to our Department - faculty and students alike.

For further information visit www.pt.med.miami.edu, www.apta.org, and/or www.fsbpt.org/index.asp.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
10/15/2019
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
Yes
Important dates

Applicants are encouraged to apply early.


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
No

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$750.00
Additional Information about Deposit
A $750 non-refundable deposit made payable to the "University of Miami" in the form of a check or money order is required to secure your seat in the incoming class.
Due Date of First Required Deposit
01/15/2020

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
3.00
3.51
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.00
3.56
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
Program uses the highest grade earned in its local prerequisite GPA calculations, if a course was repeated.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
7743
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score
149
155
Verbal reasoning % score
42%
65%
Quantitative reasoning scaled score
147
155
Quantitative reasoning % score
40%
64%
Analytical writing scaled score
3.5
3.5
Analytical writing % score
35%
35%

Observation Hours

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
100
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?
No
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
No
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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
  • Foreign (non-U.S.) citizens
  • 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
Additional information about program's policy on foreign coursework
International applicants are required to submit their application to PTCAS. Original foreign transcripts must be sent to the University of Miami, Department of Physical Therapy for evaluation.

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
Human Anatomy: (min 3 semester or 5 quarter hours)
Strongly recommend that the course be in human rather than vertebrate anatomy. Substitution of comparative anatomy may be made.

Human Physiology: (min 3 semester or 5 quarter hours) May substitute mammalian physiology but not exercise physiology.

or Combined Anatomy and Physiology I & II: (min 6 semester or 9 quarter hours) Strongly recommend that combined course deal with human rather than mammalian anatomy and physiology. If only one semester of a combined course is taken a second course both in anatomy and physiology will be mandatory to fulfill the requirement. Classes need not be sequential but one must be a higher level than the other. Example: Anatomy & Physiology I and Anatomy & Physiology II.

Students must average a GPA of 3.0 or above on these courses. Anatomy and Physiology courses must be a “B” or above.

Since we require 8 semester hours of both chemistry and physics, students who take one semester of either course and then switch to a quarter system will need 6 quarter hours to fulfill the requirement.

Students who take one semester of a combined anatomy/physiology course and then switch to a quarter system, will need to take a total of 5 quarter hours of anatomy and physiology to fulfill the requirement.

Grades of pass-fail are not considered acceptable for any prerequisite course work grade. If the applicant elects to use a “pass” grade, that grade will be calculated as a “C” for our GPA purposes.
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
Strongly recommend that the course be in human rather than vertebrate anatomy. Substitution of comparative anatomy may be made.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
SH: 3
QH: 5
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Exercise Physiology
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Biology I
Courses should be for science majors. May substitute general zoology for science majors.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
QH: 5
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: General I
  • Biology: General II
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
  • Biology: Zoology
Chemistry I
Must include lab. May accept courses in general chemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry or physical chemistry. Classes need not be sequential but one must be a higher level than the other. Example: General Chemistry I and Organic Chemistry II are acceptable but General Chemistry I & Organic Chemistry I are not.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry I
  • Chemistry: General
  • Chemistry: Physical
Chemistry II
See course description for Chemistry I
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry: General
  • Chemistry: Physical
English Composition / Writing
This course should primarily deal with written communication and be graded on the quality of the writing rather than on content. English literature, or scientific writing courses may be substituted. Courses can not be substituted simply because they require papers.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • English Composition
  • Literature
  • Writing
Physics I
Must include lab. Topics covered should include mechanics, electricity, and optics. Physics with calculus not required.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physics II
See course description for Physics I
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Physiology
May substitute mammalian physiology, but not exercise physiology.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
SH: 3
QH: 5
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Psychology
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Adolescent
  • Psychology: Child
  • Psychology: Death & Dying
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: General
  • Psychology: Human Behavior
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
  • Psychology: Social
Statistics
May accept statistics courses taught in biostatistics, education or psychology departments. Please send course description/outline to be reviewed. May accept a research methods class if course description indicates heavy content in statistics.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Business: Statistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics