2019-20 Applicants

University of Maryland - Baltimore


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...

Joyce Johnson
Academic Program Specialist
Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science
University of Maryland - Baltimore
100 S. Penn Street
Room 115
Baltimore MD, 21201
(410) 706-7721
ptadmissions@som.umaryland.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
05/26/2020
Dual-degree programs offered in conjunction with PT degree
Doctor of Physical Therapy/PhD (DPT/PhD) dual degree is designated to prepare students for clinical practice and research.

Doctor of Physical Therapy/Master of Public Health (DPT/MPH) dual degree for individuals interested in addressing global health issues beyond direct clinical practice through research, administration and policy development.
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Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
65
Anticipated size of next entering class
65
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
70%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
30%
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
4%

Program Description more...

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program is a three year curriculum beginning in the summer of the first year. The curriculum is integrated through the use of “blocked” courses (blocks), multidisciplinary team teaching, and integrated patient content.

The first year of the program begins with a systems-oriented approach to the foundational sciences and is followed by instruction in the performance of clinically relevant, system-specific and age-appropriate examination and intervention skills. This first year includes two blocks of Professional Issues. The first year also includes integration experiences designed to highlight clinical relevance and critical thinking as well as seminars for Evidence-Based Practice.

The second year of the program introduces the knowledge, skills and clinical decision making necessary for medically complex settings, inpatient and outpatient care settings, and focused instruction in musculoskeletal and neuromuscular disorders. There is exposure providing community based services, an additional block of Professional Issues, also Seminars for Evidence-Based Practice are in the second year. Woven throughout this year are integration labs for independent practice, heightened patient exposure, and integrated clinical education (ICE) to facilitate synthesis of all information presented thus far in the curriculum. Prior to entering the third academic year, students must successfully pass Clinical Qualifying Measures, which encompasses summary competencies and skills.

The third year is dedicated to 33 weeks of practical experience in a variety of clinical and non-traditional settings, subdivided into three separate clinical internships. These opportunities are back-loaded in the curriculum to enable the student to possess all needed skills to examine, evaluate, diagnose, and intervene appropriately for primary, secondary, and tertiary physical impairments, functional limitations, and disabilities.

Throughout the curriculum the specific block content is determined by:

* the goals and threads of the curricular plan,

* feedback from clinicians and students,

* The Guide to Physical Therapist Practice, 3.0

* current literature on physical therapy teaching and practice.

The Entry-Level Doctor of Physical Therapy curriculum is designed to prepare physical therapy students to function as independent entry-level practitioners upon graduation.

The program will:

1. Advance the student’s capacity for thinking analytically and critically in spirit of scientific inquiry through facilitated seminars and didactic discussions in the curriculum.
Expected outcome: The program will ensure a progression of activities that integrate science and clinical practice throughout the curriculum (didactic content and clinical correlates in Year 1 courses and a minimum of 2 seminars per clinical block).

2. Contribute to student’s ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, with patients families and health care providers through structured clinical learning opportunities (Case Reports, Consultation Projects, and PICO Presentations) in Full Time Clinical Internships I, II, or III
Expected outcome: The program will offer a minimum of 3 structured clinical learning opportunities in the form of a Case Report, Consultation Project, and PICO Presentation in Full Time Clinical Internships I, II, or III.

3. Cultivate a level of clinical competence to provide effective efficient and humanistic heath care in diverse practice settings by offering professional practice opportunities and clinical experiences in a variety of settings for each student.
Expected outcome: Every student will be exposed to a minimum of 3 different practice settings as part of clinical experiences.

4. Expand the student’s ability to appreciate contributions of research through discussion of design, measurement and statistical analysis, as it helps to expand the knowledge base of the physical therapy profession.
Expected outcome: Every student will complete a knowledge competency and a knowledge based applications of scientific evidence for clinical practice (CAP and CAT)

5. Encourage the students’ participation in service and professional activities that promote the advancement of the profession.
Expected outcome: The program will facilitate student participation in a minimum of 2 campus and / or community health service and /or professional activities that promote the profession of physical therapy

6. Promote the student’s ability to create a lifelong plan of continuing personal and professional development through the development of professional portfolio throughout the curriculum.
Expected outcome: The program will require that every student will complete a professional portfolio prior to graduation.

7. Promote the provision of clinical service to the citizens of Maryland upon graduation through clinical care, wellness services, and healthcare advocacy.

Expected outcomes: a) At least 50% of the graduates will be licensed to work in the state of Maryland, b) The program will provide a minimum of 3 wellness or healthcare advocacy service opportunities each year for student participation

Application Deadlines

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

DPT Application Deadlines

The deadline for review of applications and selection for interviews for EARLY ADMISSION to the DPT program is August 12th. All Early Decision applicants will be notified of a decision on their application by September 23. The Admissions committee will make one of three decisions for each Early Decision applicant: 1) acceptance (after the interview); 2) denial; or 3) placement into the regular applicant pool for a review at a later date. Each applicant will be notified promptly of the decision so that those not accepted through this program may apply elsewhere.

Individuals who apply through the Early Decision Program at UMB PTRS cannot apply to any other DPT program until they have received notification that they have not been accepted to the University of Maryland Baltimore, DPT program.





The deadline for review of applications and selection for interviews for REGULAR ADMISSION to the DPT program is November 1st.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to APPLY AND SUBMIT ALL REQUIRED DOCUMENTS WELL IN ADVANCE OF THE NOVEMBER 1st DEADLINE. This will provide us with sufficient time to review your materials and determine your eligibility for the required group interview. This will provide us with sufficient time to review your materials and determine your eligibility for the required group interview.  Be sure to apply early, as available space for interview sessions may be exhausted before the posted application deadline.


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
Yes
Special eligibility requirements for Early Decision candidates
The deadline for review of applications and selection for interviews for EARLY ADMISSION to the DPT program is August 12th. All Early Decision applicants will be notified of a decision on their application by September 23. The Admissions committee will make one of three decisions for each Early Decision applicant: 1) acceptance (after the interview); 2) denial; or 3) placement into the regular applicant pool for a review at a later date. Each applicant will be notified promptly of the decision so that those not accepted through this program may apply elsewhere.

Individuals who apply through the Early Decision Program at UMB PTRS cannot apply to any other DPT program until they have received notification that they have not been accepted to the University of Maryland Baltimore, DPT program.

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$800.00
Additional Information about Deposit
The enrollment deposit is non-refundable.
Due Date of First Required Deposit
01/15/2020

Interviews

Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
Yes
Additional information about Interviews
Group interviews are arranged by invitation only. An interview is required prior to final decisions regarding an applicant’s admission status, without exception. The interview dates are posted on PTRS prospective student webpage.

GPA

GPA Scores
MINIMUM GPA Score
AVERAGE GPA score for accepted students
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative
3.00
3.60
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.00
3.60
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
* Minimum GPA Requirements for Eligibility
* Overall Undergraduate Cumulative GPA: 3.0 minimum
* Program-specific Prerequisite GPA: 3.0 minimum
* Grades of C- (C minus) and below cannot be used to satisfy the required prerequisite courses. Repeated courses are averaged together.
* Required DPT Pre-Requisite Courses
* Prospective students may submit an application while enrolled in pre-requisite courses, but all courses must be completed prior to starting the DPT program. Grades of C- (C minus) and below cannot be used to satisfy the requirements for admission. Credit hours must have been earned in colleges or universities whose names appear on the current list of Accredited Institutions of Postsecondary Education as compiled by the American Council on Education, One Dupont Circle NW, Washington, DC 20036.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
University GRE code
5848
PT Program department GRE code
0619
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score
 
152
Quantitative reasoning scaled score
 
152
Analytical writing scaled score
 
4.0
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
You must enter the University GRE code AND the department code or your scores will not arrive to the correct location.

Reapplicants must request new official GRE scores for new designated PT programs and new exams taken.

Early Decision candidates in PTCAS must take the GRE, and request score reports no later than July 31.

Observation Hours

 
The goal of the PT observation is to expose prospective students to the broad scope of physical therapy clinical practice. Applicants are STRONGLY encouraged to complete observations in at least two to three different clinical settings (acute care, in-patient rehabilitation or skilled nursing facility and/or out-patient practice) and with different patient populations (children, adults and older adults).

Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete at least half of the required hours prior to submitting the application for admission.

Only those observation hours completed within the past two years may be used to satisfy this requirement. All observation hours must be completed prior to enrolling in the DPT program.
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
DEADLINE for completion of all PT hours
05/22/2019
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Accepted/Considered
Outpatient
Accepted/Considered

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
No
Supplemental fee amount
$0.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
Yes - for selected applicants only
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
No
Description of supplemental requirements
Applicants required to submit a supplemental application will be notified by the program.
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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
* Submit one recommendation from a licensed physical therapist you have shadowed.

* Submit one academic recommendation by a college or university faculty member who has served as your instructor, has personally observed you in the classroom environment and can address your academic preparation and aptitude.

* Submit one recommendation from PT-related, non-PT related, participation in college and university groups that provide service, cultural and faith-based groups, and national, regional, state, or local organizations.

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
  • Send WES foreign evaluation for Canadian courses to PTCAS
Additional information about program's policy on foreign coursework
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

A TOEFL score is required as part of the application process for individuals who do not speak English as their first or native language and/or for individuals who have lived less than 5 years in the United States. http://www.toefl.org.

The minimum required TOEFL score for admission into the DPT program is 213 for the computer based exam and 80 for the internet based exam

University of Maryland Institution Code: 5848
PTRS Department Code: 48

Note: TOEFL scores are valid for two years.

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
Advanced Placement (AP) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) credits may be used to satisfy the academic requirements.

AP or CLEP credits must appear in PTCAS and if used to fulfill prerequisite courses, the official scores must be mailed to PTRS.


Minimum GPA Requirements for Eligibility:
- Overall Undergraduate Cumulative GPA: 3.0 minimum
- Program-specific Prerequisite GPA: 3.0 minimum
- Grades of C- (C minus) and below cannot be used to satisfy the required prerequisite courses. Repeated courses are averaged together.

Prospective students may submit an application while enrolled in prerequisite courses, but all courses must be completed prior to starting the DPT program. Grades of C- (C minus) and below cannot be used to satisfy the requirements for admission.

Credit hours must have been earned in colleges or universities whose names appear on the current list of Accredited Institutions of Postsecondary Education as compiled by the American Council on Education, One Dupont Circle NW, Washington, DC 20036.
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
Human Anatomy (with lab, 4 semester credit hours) Human Physiology (with lab, 4 semester credit hours) Biology (with lab, 4 semester credit hours) General Chemistry I (with lab, 4 semester credit hours) General Chemistry II (with lab, 4 semester credit hours) General Physics I (with lab 4, semester credit hours). Non-calculus or calculus based General Physics II (with lab 4, semester credit hours). Non-calculus or calculus based Statistics (3 semester credit hours) Psychology (3 semester credit hours). Abnormal or Developmental Psychology recommended. Human Behavior (3 semester credi
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
Biology I
Advance Placement Biology also accepted
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Advanced
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: Embryology
  • Biology: General I
  • Biology: General II
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Immunology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
  • Biology: Zoology
Chemistry I
Advance Placement Chemistry also accepted
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Advanced
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry I
Chemistry II
Advance Placement Chemistry also accepted
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Advanced
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry II
Physics I
Advance Placement Physics also accepted
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
Physics II
Advance Placement Physics also accepted
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
Physiology
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Human
Psychology
Advance Placement Psychology also accepted
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Adolescent
  • Psychology: Advanced
  • Psychology: Child
  • Psychology: Death & Dying
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: General I
  • Psychology: General
  • Psychology: General II
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Human Behavior
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
  • Psychology: Rehabilitation
  • Psychology: Social
  • Psychology: Sports
  • Psychology: Statistics
Social/Behavioral Science
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Adolescent
  • Psychology: Advanced
  • Psychology: Child
  • Psychology: Death & Dying
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: General II
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Human Behavior
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
  • Psychology: Psychopathology
  • Psychology: Social
  • Psychology: Statistics
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Anthropology
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Marriage/Family
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Personal Health
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Social Science
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Sociology
Statistics
Advance Placement Statistics also accepted
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses