2015-16 Applicants

University of Colorado


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...

Dr. Nancey Johnson Bookstein
Director of Admissions
Physical Therapy Program
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Mail Stop C244
13121 E. 17th Ave
Room 3115
Aurora CO, 80045
(303) 724-9144
(303) 724-9133
PT.Admissions@ucdenver.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
05/27/2016
Dual-degree programs offered in conjunction with PT degree
DPT/PhD
Social networking
Facebook Page for PT Program
Facebook Page for Parent University/College/School
Twitter Page for PT Program
 

Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
66
Anticipated size of next entering class
65
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
56%
% of WICHE applicants accepted
2%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
41%
% of INTERNATIONAL (non-U.S./non-Canadian)
1%

Program Description more...

The University of Colorado Physical Therapy Program begins with Orientation in late May, followed by Summer semester beginning the first Monday in June. The academic program continues for 8 consecutive semesters followed by the continuation of the year-long internship. Full-time and part-time clinical education experiences are interspersed throughout the first two years. During the Fall semester of the third year all students complete a final 16 week clinical internship and then, following graduation, continue the year-long paid internship at the same site for an additional 36 weeks. Upon completion of the Program, students are awarded the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree, and are eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE). As part of the School of Medicine, the University of Colorado Physical Therapy Program is located on the Anschutz Medical Campus, the only academic health sciences campus in the Rocky Mountain Region. Our program provides students an interprofessional learning environment uniquely designed to prepare them for their roles as future health care professionals.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
10/01/2015
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
No
Important dates

On campus interviews are by invitation only and are scheduled for January 29 and 30, 2016. Only applicants invited for interview will be offered admission to the Program. Please refer to the Program webpage for updated information.



PT Preview Day occurs in September or October and offers an introduction to the Program, curriculum, admissions process, and financial aid. It is appropriate for those applying during the present cycle and those planning to apply in the near future.



Informational Sessions are held monthly and are appropriate for future applicants still learning about the profession of physical therapy. The dates for the sessions are posted on our website.



 


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
Yes
Special eligibility requirements for Early Decision candidates
Prerequisite requirements for Early Decision candidates include meeting the following minimum criteria:

* Minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.6

* Minimum Cumulative GPA of 3.5 in all upper level science courses

* Minimum GRE scores of 154 verbal, 152 quantitative, 4.5 written.

* English as a Foreign Language Applicants must have a minimum score of 80 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Internet-Based test

Early Decision candidates must also:

1. Complete a bachelor’s degree and all other admission requirements prior to the August 17, 2015 deadline

2. Complete the PTCAS application by the August 17, 2015 deadline, including required references and observation hours

3. Commit to attending the University of Colorado Physical Therapy Program if admitted as an early decision applicant with deposit and letter of commitment

Applicants who meet all of the Early Decision application criteria will be invited for an interview in the fall of 2015. Applicants with an incomplete application packet, or those who do not meet the criteria outlined above, will not be considered for Early Decision but will remain active in the application process and be rolled into the standard application pool with a deadline of October 1, 2015.

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$1000.00
Deposit Refundable?
No

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
3.70
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.00
3.57
Science/Math
3.00
3.63
Additional GPA 2 (defined by program)
3.25
3.67
Additional GPA 3 (defined by program)
3.00
3.71
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
Repeated courses are averaged.
Grades of C- and below are not accepted in any prerequisite coursework

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
7619
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle
10/15/2015
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle
11/01/2010
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score
 
156
Verbal reasoning % score
 
71%
Quantitative reasoning scaled score
 
155
Quantitative reasoning % score
 
60%
Analytical writing scaled score
 
4.5
Analytical writing % score
 
56%

Observation Hours

 
Minimum of 15 hours in an inpatient setting: hospital, rehabilitation facility, or skilled nursing facility AND
Minimum of 15 hours in an outpatient setting: PT clinic or outpatient hospital clinic AND
Minimum of 15 hours in an additional setting: school system, home health, nursing home, or PT specialty care (i.e. pediatrics)
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
45
DEADLINE for completion of all PT hours
01/15/2016
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Required
Outpatient
Required

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
Yes
Supplemental fee amount
$100.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
No
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
Yes
Description of supplemental requirements
The supplemental fee is a one-time fee payable to the University of Colorado. Please use the electronic address below to make the one-time payment of $100. This fee is due at the time of submission of the application to PTCAS. Applications will not be considered until the supplemental fee has been paid.

Supplemental Requirements
Supplemental Fee ,
Deadline for supplemental materials
2015-10-01
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
Health Care Professional must be licensed as: MD, DO, RN (APN, MSN, BSN, DNP), PA-C, DPT (PT), or OTR
At least one reference from a science professor is required. We do not accept references from TAs, GAs, PTAs, or advisors

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
  • Other non-citizens (e.g., refugees)
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
  • Send original Canadian transcript to institution
  • Send WES foreign evaluation for Canadian courses to PTCAS
  • Send WES foreign evaluation for Canadian courses to institution
Additional information about program's policy on foreign coursework
English translation and WES (or equivalent) evaluations are required for all original foreign transcripts. Applicants must have a transcript evaluation that states that the foreign Bachelor's degree being evaluated is substantially equivalent to a Bachelor's degree in the United States to be eligible to apply to this Program.

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
Upper division anatomy and physiology courses taken separately are preferred. All upper division science courses must carry a course number of 300 or higher. 100 level courses are typically not accepted.
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
Separate, upper division course is preferred. Course must include anatomy of ALL body systems. Community college and 100 level courses are discouraged.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
QH: 6
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: Any
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Any
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Exercise Physiology
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Biology/Chemistry/Physics
Courses at the 300 level or higher (100 level for California schools) are REQUIRED to meet this prerequisite. Cell Biology and Biochemistry are strongly recommended if they are taught at the upper division level. Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics are acceptable at the upper division level.
Course Level
Upper Division
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3-4
QH: 5-6
Acceptable Courses
Chemistry I
The first semester of a year-long sequence in General or College Chemistry or Organic Chemistry.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4-5
QH: 6-7
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry I
Chemistry II
The second semester of a year-long sequence of General or College Chemistry or Organic Chemistry.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4-5
QH: 6-7
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry II
English Composition / Writing
Writing, or writing-intensive, courses within the sciences, exercise science, kinesiology, or psychology are acceptable. The transcript and/or catalog course description must identify the course as "writing intensive" to meet this requirement.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
QH: 5
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Any
  • Chemistry: Any
  • English Composition II
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Physics: Any
  • Psychology: Any
  • Technical Writing
  • Writing
Math
The more competitive applicants take Calculus or Trigonometry.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
QH: 5
Acceptable Courses
  • Mathematics: Calculus
  • Mathematics: Geometry
  • Mathematics: Trigonometry
Physics I
The first semester of a year-long sequence in General or College Physics. Algebra or calculus-based is acceptable.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
  • Physics: General
Physics II
The second semester of a year-long sequence of General or College Physics. Algebra or calculus-based is acceptable.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Physiology
Separate, upper division course is preferred. Course must include physiology of ALL body systems
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 6
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: Any
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Any
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Exercise Physiology
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Psychology
Course must be offered from the Psychology Department. Abnormal and Developmental Psychology are preferred. A year-long Introduction to Psychology course is acceptable but both semesters must be completed.Sports Psychology is NOT accepted. Statistics from a Psychology department does not meet the psychology prerequisite.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
QH: 5
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Adolescent
  • Psychology: Child
  • Psychology: Death & Dying
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: General I
  • Psychology: General II
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Human Behavior
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
  • Psychology: Psychopathology
Psychology
Courses must be offered from the Psychology Department. Abnormal and Developmental Psychology courses are preferred. A year-long Introduction to Psychology course is acceptable but both semesters must be completed.Sports Psychology is NOT accepted. Statistics from a Psychology department does not meet the prerequisite.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
QH: 5
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Adolescent
  • Psychology: Child
  • Psychology: Death & Dying
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: General I
  • Psychology: General II
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Human Behavior
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
  • Psychology: Psychopathology
Statistics
Statistics courses from Psychology, Biology, and Math Departments are acceptable. Content should include measures of central tendency, reliability and validity, correlations, ANOVA, and regression. Business statistics courses are NOT acceptable.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
QH: 5
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics