2019-20 Applicants

University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

Contact Information more...

Wade Hensley
Student Program Coordinator II
Department of Rehabilitation Sciences
The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
College of Allied Health
P.O. Box 26901
Oklahoma City OK, 73190-0901
(405) 271-6588
(405) 271-2131

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
Social networking
Facebook Page for Parent University/College/School
Twitter Page for Parent University/College/School

Incoming Class Profile

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

Program Description more...

An outstanding opportunity exists for you to join a strong, established physical therapy education program at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC). The professional program consists of 108 semester hours of sequenced and integrated didactic and clinical coursework. Although we have two campuses, we are one program. We offer a mixture of distance education and live lectures with full-time faculty and staff on both campuses. All didactic coursework occurs on both the Oklahoma City and Tulsa campuses. This 9 semester program begins in the summer of every year. We offer a multitude of opportunities for clinical courses both in-state and across the country. We offer an integrated interprofessional curricula for our Doctor of Physical Therapy students with our Master of Occupational Therapy degree students. Our students learn the skills and strategies required for being a successful member of a health care team. This opportunity prepares them to become leaders in the changing and challenging health care environment of the 21st Century. Learning experiences benefit from the evidence and experience faculty contribute from their research, clinical practice, and involvement in community health initiatives.

At OUHSC, students join our interprofessional community of learners who are constantly challenged to think, to learn, to do, and to reflect about the physical therapy profession. The faculty and staff are committed to preparing students to grow and develop from novice learners into competent, compassionate, and ethical practitioners. We encourage potential applicants to explore our website, make appointments to visit our state of the art facilities, and meet our students as you explore the possibilities in the profession of physical therapy.

Graduates of the program receive a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree and are eligible to sit for the national licensure examination upon meeting state licensure requirements. The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education awarded full accreditation for a 10 year period from the years 2014 through 2023.

OUHSC OKC website: http://www.ouhsc.edu/
OU-Tulsa website: http://www.ou.edu/tulsa/
DPT program link: https://alliedhealth.ouhsc.edu/Prospective-Students/Academic-Programs/Doctor-of-Physical-Therapy-DPT-
Current Tuition and Fees link: https://www.ouhsc.edu/financialservices/bursar/tuition_fees.asp
Financial Aid link: http://www.ouhsc.edu/financialservices/SFA/OUHSCCosts.asp

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
Deadline type
Program has rolling admissions process?
Important dates

Official, sealed transcripts and official GRE scores must be received by PTCAS by our February 3rd application deadline. It is strongly recommended that you send your transcripts and scores 4-5 weeks prior to the application deadline to allow PTCAS time to verify your courses, GRE scores, and GPA calculations. We will begin making admission decisions late February through the middle of March. 

The following will result in automatic denial to the program: transcripts not received by the application deadline; PTCAS and OUHSC application not submitted by the application deadline, and/or GRE scores not received by PTCAS by the application deadline. We look forward to reviewing your application and will make decisions as soon as possible after the admissions deadline. Thank you for your consideration.


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?


Deposit Required
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
Additional Information about Deposit
Students accepted for admission are required to confirm their intention by the date or time frame listed on the acceptance communication to enroll and attend by paying a non-refundable deposit on enrollment. The deposit is applied toward tuition and fees during the first term.
Due Date of First Required Deposit


Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
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GPA Scores
AVERAGE GPA score for accepted students
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) is excluded from participation in the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education (OSRHE) Academic Forgiveness Provision, including repeat, reprieve, and renewal. Therefore, all grades earned will be included in grade point calculations when applying for acceptance to an OUHSC program.

Averages and Ranges of GPA scores for those who started the program:
-Cumulative GPA average: 3.79 (range 3.43-4.0)
-Science GPA average: 3.61 (range 2.91-4.0)

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Program's PTCAS GRE code
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score
Quantitative reasoning scaled score
Analytical writing scaled score
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
Please Note: Official GRE scores must be received by the program's application deadline and scores older than 5 years will not be accepted.

At the time of verification through PTCAS, we will only accept valid reportable GRE scores that are no older than five years following the test date.See www.ets.org for score reporting policies. It is recommended that you take the revised GRE no later than ONE month prior to the application period for which you are applying to ensure your scores are received by the application deadline. Scores received after the application deadline will result in an automatic denial. The PTCAS GRE Designated Institution Code for the DPT program at OUHSC is 7426.

Averages and Ranges of GRE scores for those who started the program:
-Quantitative Reasoning GRE average: 153 (range 144-168)
-Verbal Reasoning GRE average: 153 (range 140-167)
-Analytical Writing GRE average: 4 (range 3-5.5)

Observation Hours

Program's PT hours requirement
PT hours are required - no verification by a physical therapist
Total number of PT hours REQUIRED
DEADLINE for completion of all PT hours

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
Supplemental fee amount
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
Description of supplemental requirements
If you have not completed the Apply OUHSC Application (see Link) by the application deadline, your application will be considered incomplete and denied.
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
Teaching Assistant
Pre-PT Advisor
Health Care Professional
Family Member
Number of references required by program

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?
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
If English is a second language, submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores. Applicants must earn a minimum score of 600 (paper-based) or 100 (Internet-based) within two years prior to application. The TOEFL requirement is waived IF you meet one of the following: earned a high school, Bachelor, or Graduate degree in the United States of America.

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
Approved prerequisite courses are offered at many institutions. Check the Transfer Equivalencies Database or with your school advisor regarding equivalent courses. There are instructions on that page on how to request a transcript evaluation for particular courses if your courses are not listed in the database. Course numbers are those of the University of Oklahoma.

Transfer Equivalencies Database: http://alliedhealth.ouhsc.edu/ProspectiveStudents/TransferEquivalenciesTranscriptEvaluation.aspx

Applicants must have completed at least 6 of the 8 departmental prerequisite courses with grades of C or better by the application deadline date. Applicants must complete the remaining two departmental prerequisite courses with a grade of C or higher prior to enrollment in the program.
Bachelor's degree required prior to matriculation into PT program?
Anatomy and/or Physiology (A&P) course prerequisites MUST be completed in biology, neuroscience, anatomy, or integrated physiology department
An introduction to the gross morphology of the human body. OU Course: BIOL 2234 or 2255. Both Human A&P I plus A&P II are required as a potential equitable substitute.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
SH: 4-5
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Human
Biology / Biological Science
An introduction to life sciences, the structure and function of organisms and their relationship to the environment. OU Course: BIOL 1114, BIOL 1124, or BIOL 1005.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Any
Chemistry I
An overview of the chemical basis of natural phenomena. Lab required. OU Course: CHEM 1315.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
SH: 4-5
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry I
Developmental Psychology
Lifespan survey of psychological changes; changes in cognitive, social, emotional, and physiological development from conception to death. OU Course: PSY 2603. An Intro to Psychology is NOT sufficient.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
Physics I
The area of physics known as mechanics, but also covers fluids, oscillatory motion, and waves. Lab required. OU Course: PHYS 2414.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physics II
Three major areas of physics: electricity and magnetism, light and optics, and "modern" physics. Lab required. OU Course: PHYS 2424.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
The function of vertebrate organ systems (human emphasis). Includes; circulation, digestion, endocrine and nervous control, metabolism, muscle action and respiration. OU Course: BIOL 2124. Both Human A&P I plus A&P II are required as a potential equitable substitute.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
An introductory applied statistics course, which focuses on descriptive and inferential statistical methods. OU Course: PSY 2003. Appropriate OU statistical course equivalencies include: COMM 2513, ECON 2843, & PSY 2113.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Business: Statistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics