2019-20 Applicants

University of Puget Sound


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...

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
09/03/2020
Additional information about the class profile
Program gives preference to individuals with undergraduate degrees from University of Puget Sound. (University of Puget Sound graduates typically represent less than 10% of the entering class; applicants from all institutions are encouraged to apply.)

State residency is not a factor in admissions. International applicants who are fluent in English are welcome to apply.
 

Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
39
Anticipated size of next entering class
36
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
35%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
65%
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
0%

Program Description more...

One of three graduate programs at University of Puget Sound, the School of Physical Therapy offers a rigorous three-year program leading to the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. A unique feature of the program is the on-site teaching clinic, which offers direct access, free physical therapy services to the community. In this clinic, second- and third-year students are responsible for all patient evaluation and treatment under the supervision of expert clinical instructors who are hired solely to teach in this environment rather than to carry a caseload of their own. In addition, students complete two full-time, off-campus internship experiences. Clinical supervisors in the community consistently compliment University of Puget Sound students on their clinical readiness and medical documentation ability.

At Puget Sound, you will get to know your professors and fellow students well in small classes. You will work with professors whose top priority is mentoring students, and you will have ample opportunity to hone your clinical skills. In the third year of the program students have the opportunity to take advanced clinical electives in specialty practice areas. Our curriculum emphasizes evidence-based practice, and faculty are current in clinical competency through ongoing practice. Opportunity for students to participate in a physical therapy research project in collaboration with a faculty member is offered as an elective. Typically, half or more of the research projects are presented by students at a national or international professional conference. The School of Physical Therapy is based in a state-of-the-art facility that opened fall 2011 with the entire first floor devoted to clinical space for patient treatment and therapy practice labs.

Application Deadlines

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

All references, observation hours and other required material must be received by the deadline of  November 1, 2019.

Program will consider Fall term work but applicant must indicate work "in progress" and file the academic update with PTCAS at first availability, and immediately upon receipt of fall grades report the grades to the transcript evaluator at our Office of Admission (admission@pugetsound.edu).

Applicants are encouraged to visit campus, meet faculty and current students, and observe classes.  Arrange via https://www.pugetsound.edu/academics/departments-and-programs/graduate/school-of-physical-therapy/prospective-student-group-meetings-4/.

Your responses to the school-specific essay questions shown in the section below are IMPORTANT to the University of Puget Sound. Please answer the question thoroughly and also take care to craft an essay that illustrates your writing ability.


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
No

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$1000.00
Additional Information about Deposit
This is a nonrefundable deposit that is credited toward first semester tuition.
Due Date of First Required Deposit
03/20/2020

Interviews

Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
No
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GPA

GPA Scores
MINIMUM GPA Score
AVERAGE GPA score for accepted students
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative
3.00
3.65
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.00
3.72
All prerequisite courses must be taken for a grade with minimum of
3.00
 
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
When courses have been repeated, the program uses the most recent grades recorded to calculate GPAs.

When multiple degrees have been awarded, the program uses the most recent degree GPA for qualification.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
7694
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning % score
 
73%
Quantitative reasoning % score
 
59%
Analytical writing % score
 
63%
Additional information about program's GRE requirements

Observation Hours

 
The admissions committee prefers that the applicant has observation hours in a variety of settings, though they can vary in amount. Hours do not need to be equal from setting to setting.
Program's PT hours requirement
PT hours are required - no verification by a physical therapist
Total number of PT hours RECOMMENDED
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
Additional information about program's reference requirements
We require 3 references. Puget Sound requires a reference from a professor from whom the applicant has taken a college course. Reference from a Teaching Assistant is not accepted for the required professor reference.

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
Other
Program policy for CANADIAN coursework
  • Send original Canadian transcript to PTCAS
Additional information about program's policy on foreign coursework
If non-U.S. (foreign/international) coursework completed, send an original foreign transcript directly to the University of Puget Sound Office of Admission. English translation required for original foreign transcripts.

TOEFL Minimum of 100 with subscore minimums: 22 Reading, 22 Listening, 26 Speaking, 24 Writing

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
You must earn a grade of at least 3.0 in each prerequisite course. All prerequisite coursework must be taken for a grade. Pass/Fail coursework is not acceptable. The University of Puget Sound transcript evaluator verifies equivalency for each prerequisite course. If you have completed, or plan to complete, any of the required prerequisite coursework at a school outside the States of Washington, Oregon, Idaho or Hawaii, you are required to submit a course description or course syllabus for each course via PTCAS custom questions on the application.

Note: a Lab experience is required for each series (A&P, Chemistry, Physics) but we do not require a lab with every course in each series.

In general, prerequisite courses should be completed no more than 10 years before entry into the program (i.e., before Fall 2010). If necessary, the applicant should submit a letter via PTCAS custom questions requesting a waiver of this rule and explaining how the knowledge has been kept current.
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
Combined anatomy and physiology is acceptable. While human anatomy is preferred, comparative anatomy is acceptable. (Anatomy and Physiology should demonstrate equivalent content to Puget Sound Exercise Science 221/222.) 1 year sequence.
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: Comparative
  • A&P: Human
Chemistry I
Chemistry I should demonstrate at least equivalent content to Puget Sound Chemistry 110 or 115 with labs. A full year introductory Chemistry course is also acceptable; the combination of Chemistry I and II should equal a one-year introductory/general Chemistry sequence.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry I
Chemistry II
Chemistry II sequence should demonstrate at least equivalent content to Puget Sound Chemistry 120 or 230 with labs.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry II
Physics I
Physics I should demonstrate at least equivalent content to Puget Sound Physics 111 or 121 with labs. The combination of Physics I and II should equal a one-year introductory/general Physics sequence.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physics II
Physics II should demonstrate at least equivalent content to Puget Sound Physics 112 or 122 with labs
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Physiology
Combined anatomy and physiology is acceptable. While human physiology is preferred, animal physiology is acceptable. (Anatomy and Physiology should demonstrate equivalent content to Puget Sound Exercise Science 221/222.)
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: Animal
  • A&P: Human
Psychology
One course emphasizing human behavior or disability. For example, appropriate courses at Puget Sound include: * Psyc 101 (Introduction to Psychology) * Psyc 320 (Psychological Disorders) * Psyc 220, 221, or 222 (Developmental Psychology) * SOAN 206 or SOAN 370 (Deviance and Social Control)
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3-4
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: General
Statistics
Statistics should demonstrate at least equivalent content to Puget Sound Math 160, or PSYC 201 and 301
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 3-8
Acceptable Courses
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics