2012-13 Applicants

St. Catherine University


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...

Paul Niemuth
Co-Director of PT Admissions
Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
St. Catherine University
601 25th Avenue South
Minneapolis MN, 55454
(651) 690-7981
(651) 690-7825
peniemuth@stkate.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
09/01/2013
Institution's religious affiliation
Catholic
Additional information about the class profile
The program gives preference to applicants who are currently enrolled at St. Catherine University.
 

Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
34
Anticipated size of next entering class
34
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
80%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
20%

Program Description more...

The DPT curriculum at St. Catherine University is an integrated curriculum designed to create a trans-formative learning environment that prepares students to fully develop the sophisticated clinical reasoning ability required of competent physical therapy practitioners. Students take one course at a time and most courses are 5-6 weeks (5-6 cr) in length. Courses are organized around practice settings, rather than academic disciplines (exercise physiology, etc.) or clinical skill sets (patient handling, etc.). Some examples include Outpatient, Acute Care, Rehabilitation, and Long Term Care. This curriculum design allows students to create knowledge relative to a specific clinical context.

Curricular content within each course is organized into four “streams”: Medical and Behavioral Science, Practice Environment, Examination, and Treatment. Students acquire a basic level of understanding in multiple areas and move to more complex integration in order to facilitate reflective, active, and deep learning. Various instructional methods are intertwined in the learning including lecture, practice skills labs, tutorial case learning, critical appraisal of physical therapy literature, and student-led presentations. Principles of Catholic Social Teaching, such as “Care for the Poor and Vulnerable” are imbedded throughout the curriculum. For example, students are required to participate in a two week service learning project with options of traveling to the Dominican Republic, Mississippi, or service in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.

Research and principles of evidence based medicine are threaded throughout the curriculum. Students participate in faculty led research projects and choose a topic of their interest area. Projects begin in fall of second year and end with Research Day in December of the third year with final manuscript completion the following spring. Beginning with the first class in September, students have ongoing half-day clinical experiences supervised by physical therapists in various practice settings. During these integrated clinical education sessions, students practice basic components of patient/client management including history taking, examination (goniometry, muscle testing, palpation, etc.) and therapeutic exercises, and bring back experiences for classroom discussion. From there, students participate in 5 eight-week length clinical internship experiences, one at the end of the first year, one in the spring of second year and three in the third year. The DPT Program at St. Kate’s is an 11 month instructional program over approximately three years and begins on the Tuesday after Labor Day. Students graduate near the end of May in their third year.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
12/3/2012
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
Yes
Important dates

Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
No

Deposits

Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$0.00

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
3.62
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.00
3.51
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
Program uses the most recent grade earned in GPA calculation if a course was repeated.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
7594
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle
08/01/2011
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Analytical writing scaled score
 
4.0
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
It is strongly encouraged that applicants complete the new and revised General GRE test after August 1, 2011.

Observation Hours

 
We recommend that the PT hours be in at least two different clinical settings representing different patient/client populations; i.e Outpatient Clinic and Acute Care Hospital.
Program's PT hours requirement
PT hours are required - no verification by a physical therapist
Total number of PT hours REQUIRED
60
DEADLINE for completion of all PT hours
12/03/2012
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Accepted/Considered
Outpatient
Accepted/Considered

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
No
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
2

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
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

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
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Biology / Biological Science
1 of 2 biology/biological science courses required.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Immunology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
Biology / Biological Science
2 of 2 biology/biological science courses required.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Immunology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
Chemistry I
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
Chemistry II
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
Math
We will also accept a Pre-calculus course.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Mathematics: Calculus
  • Mathematics: Pre-Calculus
  • Mathematics: Trigonometry
Medical Terminology
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 1-2
Acceptable Courses
  • Medical Terminology
Physics I
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physics II
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Physiology
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Pathophysiology
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Psychology
1 of 2 psychology courses required.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: General
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Human Behavior
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
  • Psychology: Rehabilitation
Psychology
2 of 2 psychology courses required.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: General
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Human Behavior
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
  • Psychology: Rehabilitation
Statistics
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics