2019-20 Applicants

University of Alabama at Birmingham


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...

Scarlett Naftel
Program Coordinator II
Department of Physical Therapy
The University of Alabama at Birmingham
SHPB 375
1720 2nd Ave. South
Birmingham AL, 35294
(205) 934-4363
DPTadmissions@uab.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
01/03/2021
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Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
53
Anticipated size of next entering class
50
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
71%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
29%
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
0%

Sex

% Male
48%
% Female
52%

Race / Ethnicity

% Asian
2%
% African-American/Black (Non-Hispanic)
17%
% White (Not of Hispanic Origin)
81%

Program Description more...

The mission of The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program is to prepare physical therapists who are evidence-based practitioners with the skills, knowledge and behaviors to deliver value-based physical therapy services, consultation, education, critical inquiry and administration, with a primary focus on clinical practice involving diverse populations

Satisfactory performance in the experiences provided in the UAB DPT Program prepares the student (graduate) to:

1. Deliver value-based and consumer-centered patient/client management to diverse populations to optimize movement, function and health.

2. Abide by national and state regulatory and legal standards and adhere to the core values and ethical principles adopted by the American
Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

3. Engage in inter-professional collaborative practice by effectively educating, communicating and partnering with consumers, peers, other
healthcare and non-healthcare providers, regulatory agencies, third-party payers, and other stakeholders.

4. Critically appraise the literature and other resources to guide evidence-based physical therapy practice.

5. Influence the ever-changing health care landscape through personal leadership, advocacy, life-long learning in the clinic, community,
professional organizations and society.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
11/01/2019
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
No
Important dates

Admissions Timeline:

July-November 1, 2019: Complete PTCAS application

January 17 & January 24, 2020: Interviews (invited applicants must attend the half-day interview)

February, 2020: Admission decisions finalized and students notified

January 3, 2021: Program begins


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
No

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$500.00
Additional Information about Deposit
Each accepted student must pay the non-refundable deposit, which will be credited to the student's tuition for the DPT program.
Due Date of First Required Deposit
02/08/2020

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
3.68
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.00
3.69
Last 60 hours GPA
3.00
3.67
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
If a course is repeated, the average of the attempts will be used for the calculation of the overall GPA. For calculation of the prerequisite GPA, we will use the higher of the 2 grades if taken twice. If a course is taken more than twice, grades will be averaged for the prerequisite GPA.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
7801
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle
11/01/2019
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle
11/01/2014
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning % score
 
59%
Quantitative reasoning % score
 
51%
Analytical writing scaled score
 
4.5
Analytical writing % score
 
59%
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
GRE scores must be submitted to PTCAS by the November 1 deadline. We will not accept late GRE scores so please plan accordingly. If multiple GRE tests are taken, we will choose the best score from each component. The average GRE scores listed below represent the percentile scores for accepted students beginning 2017 and 2018.

The website for the score reporting schedule is:
http://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general_institutions

Observation Hours

 
We encourage experiences in multiple physical therapy settings (e.g. acute care, outpatient, inpatient rehabilitation, pediatric, geriatric, sports medicine). Documentation of observation hours using only the PTCAS forms must be submitted to PTCAS by the December deadline. Failure to submit the required documentation to PTCAS by the deadline will result in an incomplete application status.
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
40
DEADLINE for completion of all PT hours
11/01/2019
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Accepted/Considered
Outpatient
Accepted/Considered

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
Yes - for selected applicants only
Supplemental fee amount
$50.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
Yes - for selected applicants only
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
Yes - for selected applicants only
Description of supplemental requirements
If accepted to the UAB DPT program, the applicant must complete a graduate school supplemental application to include a fee of $50. Supplemental materials apply only to accepted students.
Supplemental Requirements
Immunization Forms
Financial Aid Forms
Background Check and Drug Screen
Health History Form
Final Transcripts & Proof of Graduation
Legend
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
Please be sure that all letters of recommendation are submitted to PTCAS by the November deadline. Failure to do so will result in an incomplete application status. Submit three letters of recommendation to PTCAS:

Letter 1:
Written by a licensed physical therapist who has interacted with the applicant for at least 20 hours in a clinical setting. The therapist must know the applicant well enough to evaluate strengths and weaknesses. A letter by a physical therapist assistant or other healthcare professional may NOT be submitted in lieu of a letter by a physical therapist.

Letter 2:
Written by a different licensed physical therapist who has interacted with the applicant for at least 20 hours in a clinical setting. The therapist must know the applicant well enough to evaluate strengths and weaknesses. A letter by physical therapist assistant or other healthcare professional may not be submitted in lieu of a letter from a physical therapist.

Letter 3:
Written by a professor with whom the applicant had significant interaction in an academic setting. This must be a professor who can attest to the academic strengths of the applicant.

Foreign Applicants and Transcripts

Citizenship types eligible for admission U.S. citizens
  • U.S. citizens
  • U.S. permanent residents
  • Canadian citizens
Non-native speakers must submit official TOEFL scores?
Yes
Program policy for non-U.S. (foreign/international) coursework
Do not send any foreign documentation. PT program only considers U.S. courses
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
Foreign applicants who have undergraduate degrees from regionally accredited universities in the United States may be eligible. Canadian citizens must have a degree from a university that is accredited by an acceptable United States accrediting body. Please contact the UAB Department of Physical Therapy directly for more information.

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
To be eligible for the program, you must have at least 75% of prerequisite course hours completed by the end of the fall semester, 2019 (i.e. 38/51 credit hours). There are no exceptions to this requirement.
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
Biology / Biological Science
Biology prerequisite must be for science majors. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Neuroanatomy
  • A&P: Neurophysiology
  • A&P: Pathophysiology
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • Biology: Advanced
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: Embryology
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Immunology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
  • Biology: Zoology
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Biology I
Biology prerequisite must be for science majors. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: General I
  • Biology: Zoology
Biology II
Biology prerequisite must be for science majors. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: General II
  • Biology: Zoology
Chemistry I
Chemistry prerequisites must be for science majors. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
Chemistry II
Chemistry prerequisites must be for science majors. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
English Composition / Writing
1 of 2 English composition/writing courses required.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • English Composition I
  • English Composition
  • Technical Writing
  • Writing
English Composition / Writing
2 of 2 English composition/writing courses required.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • English Composition
  • English Composition II
  • Technical Writing
  • Writing
Math
We will accept pre-calculus with trigonometry.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Mathematics: Calculus
  • Mathematics: Trigonometry
Medical Terminology
The medical terminology course may be an online course but must be from a regionally accredited community college or university. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 1-3
Acceptable Courses
  • Medical Terminology
Physics I
Physics prerequisites must be for science majors. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physics II
Physics prerequisites must be for science majors. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Physiology
The phyisology course prerequisite MUST be completed in biology, neuroscience, anatomy, or integrated physiology department. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
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
Psychology
1 of 2 psychology courses required.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Any
Psychology
2 of 2 psychology courses required.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Any
Statistics
Business statistics may be accepted on a case by case basis. Please send the syllabus to Betsy Moore for review (becol@uab.edu).
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics