2019-20 Applicants

University of Delaware


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Contact Information more...

Jeanne Warrington
Academic Program Coordinator - DPT Admissions
Physical Therapy Department
University of Delaware
STAR Health Sciences Complex
540 S. College Avenue, Suite 210B
Newark DE, 19713
(302) 831-8910
pt-admissions@udel.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
06/22/2020
Dual-degree programs offered in conjunction with PT degree
Masters in Anatomy and Clinical Health Science
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Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
64
Anticipated size of next entering class
60
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
9%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
88%
% of INTERNATIONAL (non-U.S./non-Canadian)
3%
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
31%

Sex

% Male
34%
% Female
66%

Race / Ethnicity

% Hispanic
8%
% American Indian/Alaskan Native
2%
% Asian
6%
% African-American/Black (Non-Hispanic)
5%
% White (Not of Hispanic Origin)
75%
% Two or More Races
2%
% Declining to State
2%

Program Description more...

The Physical Therapy Department at the University of Delaware (UD) is involved in several exciting educational programs, including our outstanding DPT program, a highly successful interdisciplinary PhD in Biomechanics and Movement Sciences, and clinical residency programs for practicing clinicians in sports, orthopedic, geriatric, neurologic physical therapy, and acute care. Also unique to UD is the opportunity for interested students to pursue an intermediate Master of Science degree in Anatomy and Clinical Health Science simultaneous to their DPT studies.

Located on the new STAR campus, student instruction takes place in modern state-of-the-art facilities. Two on-site, full-service physical therapy clinics managed by the Department also provide outstanding integrated clinical education experiences for all DPT students. Clinical and translational research laboratories within the same physical facility provide students with an authentic perspective of how the discovery of new knowledge informs academic teaching and clinical practice.

The DPT program begins in late June and continues for 2.5 calendar years (including summer and winter sessions). UD has a total student enrollment of over 24,000, which includes approximately 5,000 graduate students. The DPT program currently enrolls approximately 60 students per cohort.

All students in the DPT program live off campus. The UD campus is located in Newark, which is approximately 40 miles south of Philadelphia and 60 miles north of Baltimore. There are many cultural and entertainment activities conducted at or near the University.

Three terminal full-time clinical education experiences occur at the conclusion of the didactic curriculum. Each clinical internship is 10 weeks in length. Students are required to complete internships in the following areas: inpatient, outpatient, and elective (practice setting or population of choice). The identification and development of quality clinical partners has been a strategic priority and has resulted in the maintenance of clinical contracts with over 325 facilities throughout the United States. Students are also required to complete three, semester-long, part-time, integrated clinical education experiences (ICEs) during the first two years in the program. All students will complete ICEs in the following areas: sports and orthopedics, neurologic and older adult and pediatrics.

The Department is also proud to report that all UD graduates have been successful on the licensure examination and have secured gainful employment post-graduation.

UDPT boasts a large teaching faculty representing content expertise in all clinical practice domains. Students receive instruction from 30 faculty holding primary or secondary appointments and over 75 associated faculty members. Of the 17 faculty who hold primary appointments, 15 are PhD-prepared and are either tenured or on the tenure-track. The remaining 13 faculty possess clinical doctorates and maintain areas of practice expertise. Ten are certified as clinical specialists, six of whom are certified in two specialty areas of practice. Over the past three years, the faculty has averaged over 80 research publications per year in peer-reviewed journals. Currently, the faculty brings approximately $8.7 million (direct costs) in external research grant funding to the department per year. Most of this funding is from the National Institute of Health.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
12/16/2019
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
Yes
Important dates

* ROUND ONE: PTCAS Early Decision applicants and general applicants whose profile has been verified. (Please see "Special eligibility requirements for Early Decision candidates")

Application Deadline: August 15, 2019

Committee review by 8/30/2019 for PTCAS validated applications

If invited, interview in September*

* NOTE: These are longer interview days wherein the bulk of admission offers will follow. After interview Rounds One and Two, available seats may be limited.

UDPT is highly invested in creating a talented and diverse cohort of students. Diversity scholarships will be awarded throughout the admissions cycle, though higher scholarship packages may be awarded during the early decision phase. Typically, these packages are a minimum of $50,000.

ROUND TWO: General applicants

Application Deadline: October 1, 2019

Committee review by 10/25/2019 for PTCAS validated applications

If invited, interview in November*

* NOTE: These are longer interview days wherein the bulk of admission offers will follow. After interview Rounds One and Two, available seats may be limited.

ROUND 3: General applicants (as seats remain available)

Application Deadline: December 16, 2019

Committee review by 1/17/2019 for PTCAS validated applications

If invited, interview in February

We cannot review any PTCAS application that is not fully complete or any application that PTCAS has not verified.  NOTE: PTCAS application data will be transferred to the University of Delaware's (UD) graduate application system. Once PTCAS application data is imported into the graduate application system, applicants will receive an email from the UD Office of Graduate & Professional Education (OGPE) with instructions to create an account, answer additional questions and pay the supplemental application fee of $35. Please DO NOT create a supplemental account or application prior to receiving instructions from OGPE. All information including transcripts, observation hours, letters of recommendation, etc. must be received by PTCAS no later than the desired PTCAS deadline.

NOTE: Decisions about applicants will be made on a rolling basis with final decisions on all applicants anticipated by early-March. Applicants are encouraged to apply early to ensure space availability in the incoming class. Offers will be extended to qualified applicants beginning with the early decision phase and continuing until fully enrolled. Anticipated interview dates may be cancelled should incoming class be at full capacity.

Classes anticipated to begin on June 22, 2020.


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
Yes
Special eligibility requirements for Early Decision candidates
The early decision phase of each admissions cycle is highly competitive. Similar to general decision, candidates must demonstrate a favorable academic profile (cumulative GPA, science-prerequisite GPA, verbal GRE, quantitative GRE) to be invited for an admissions interview. Following the interview, a full review of the application will occur, including letters of recommendation, essays, and personal statements. Meeting the minimum academic admissions criteria does not guarantee an offer of admission. Instead, admission offers reflect the totality of information gained on the applicant throughout the entire admissions process.

Successful early decision candidates have typically scored within the 50th percentile on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE. The highest percentile ranking for each section will be utilized even if obtained on different testing dates. Applications without official GRE results on file at the University of Delaware (university code #5811) by the early decision deadline of August 15th will be considered incomplete.

All students meeting the criteria for admission during the early decision phase will be guaranteed a scholarship package. The average scholarship award for early decision out-of-state applicants during the 2018-2019 admissions cycle was $28,000. Awards are based upon the undergraduate cumulative GPA, science pre-requisite GPA, verbal GRE, quantitative GRE, and interview/essay score.

Please note, scholarships will be awarded to applicants accepted through the general admissions process only as funds remain available.

In-state tuition scholarships averaged $50,000 during the 2018-2019 admissions cycle, yet are only guaranteed during the Early Decision round.

UDPT is also highly invested in creating a talented and diverse cohort of students. Diversity scholarships will be awarded throughout the admissions cycle, though higher scholarship packages may be awarded during the early decision phase. Typically, these packages are a minimum of $50,000.

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$500.00
Additional Information about Deposit
An initial $500 deposit is required for accepted applicants with the potential of an additional deposit to be requested at a later date.
Deposit Refundable?
No
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
3.73
3.73
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.68
3.68
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
Program uses the highest earned grade in a course when calculating science GPA (program-specific prerequisite GPA). The "program-specific prerequisite GPA" includes two semesters of introductory biology with labs, two semesters of introductory chemistry with labs, two semesters of introductory physics with labs, one semester of human or mammalian physiology with lab, and one semester of human or mammalian anatomy with lab. The physiology requirement and anatomy requirement can be fulfilled with a two-course sequence of anatomy and physiology (A&P) with labs.

UDPT will utilize the highest grade earned in the prerequisite science GPA, if course was repeated for credit.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
University GRE code
5811
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning % score
 
68%
Quantitative reasoning % score
 
64%
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
Applicants must have official GRE test scores reported to the University of Delaware (University GRE Code 5811) by the application deadline --- 8/15/2019 (Round 1:Early Decision deadline); 10/1/2019 (Round 2 deadline); 12/16/2019 (Round 3 deadline).

Applicants must request official GRE scores to be sent directly to the University of Delaware (School Code 5811).

Program will utilize percentile rankings when analyzing verbal and quantitative sections. The highest percentile ranking for each section will be utilized, even if obtained on different testing dates.

To qualify for early decision, candidates must score within range of the 50th percentile on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE. FOR STUDENTS TAKING THE GRE A SECOND OR THIRD TIME: If official GRE scores will likely not be received by the University of Delaware prior to this early decision consideration deadline, please self-report your GRE scores via email to pt-admissions@udel.edu. This does not apply to first-time test takers, as an application will be considered incomplete without official results on file.

Observation Hours

 
PT clinical experience hours must be under the supervision of a U.S. licensed or educated physical therapist. 100 PT observation hours (minimum) are required for enrollment. Experience at a variety of PT settings is encouraged. Applicants are required to have at least 50 hours completed at time of application.

Observation hours must be obtained shadowing a United States licensed physical therapist providing direct patient care or direct research interventions. The licensed physical therapist must verify hours via an electronic verification form on the PTCAS application.
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
$35.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
Yes
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
No
Description of supplemental requirements
PTCAS application data will be transferred to the University of Delaware's (UD) graduate application system. Once PTCAS application data is imported into the graduate application system, applicants will receive an email from the UD Office of Graduate & Professional Education (OGPE) with instructions to create an account, answer additional questions and pay a supplemental $35 application fee. Please DO NOT create a supplemental account or application prior to receiving an email with instructions from OGPE.

PLEASE NOTE: Applicants must request official GRE scores to be sent directly to the University of Delaware (University Code 5811) by the application deadline.
Supplemental Requirements
University of Delaware Graduate Application,
Deadline for supplemental materials
2019-12-16
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
Only the three required letters of recommendation (two from U.S. licensed physical therapists whom you have observed providing direct patient care or direct research interventions and one from an upper-level professor of a course that you took) are accepted.

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 original Canadian transcript to PTCAS
Additional information about program's policy on foreign coursework
Please send foreign transcript evaluation directly to PTCAS. The foreign transcript evaluation must be received by PTCAS by the application deadline --- 8/15/2019 (Round 1 Early Decision deadline); 10/1/2019 (Round 2 deadline); or 12/16/2019 (Round 3 deadline). Foreign transcripts evaluations received by PTCAS after the application deadline will be considered incomplete. World Education Services (WES) is the required credentialing agency for foreign transcript evaluations.

English translation is required for original foreign transcripts.

Preferred minimum TOEFL scores:
Total: 100 IBT or 600 paper-based
Reading: 26
Writing: 24
Listening: 22
Speaking: 26

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
Yes
Link to program's prerequisite instructions
Anatomy
Human or mammalian anatomy with lab is preferred. Both the anatomy and physiology requirements can be fulfilled with a two-course sequence of Anatomy & Physiology with labs.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Biology I
General introductory level biology with lab – often sequential. An anatomy and/or physiology course will not be accepted to fulfill this requirement.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: General I
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: Zoology
Biology II
General introductory level biology with lab – often sequential. An anatomy and/or physiology course will not be accepted to fulfill this requirement.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
  • Biology: Zoology
Chemistry I
General introductory level chemistry with lab – often sequential.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
Chemistry II
General introductory level chemistry with lab – often sequential.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
Physics I
Introductory physics with lab.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physics II
Introductory physics with lab
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Physiology
Human or mammalian physiology with lab is preferred. Both the anatomy and physiology requirements can be fulfilled with a two-course sequence of Anatomy & Physiology with labs. Exercise physiology not accepted.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Psychology
Generally a 100-level foundation course in psychology.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: General
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Human Behavior
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
Statistics
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics