2012-13 Applicants

University of North Dakota


Contact Information more...

Thomas Mohr, PT, PhD
Professor and Chairman
Department of Physical Therapy
University of North Dakota
School of Medicine and Health Sciences
501 N. Columbia Road, Room 1510
Stop 9037
Grand Forks ND, 58202-9037
(701) 777-2831
thomas.mohr@med.und.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
08/19/2013
Additional information about the class profile
Application to the program is open to both residents and non-residents of North Dakota. We accept applications from International students providing their pre-physical therapy coursework was completed at an accredited university and the transcripts were evaluated and accepted by the University of North Dakota.

The University of North Dakota Department of Physical Therapy is an associate member of the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (WICHE). As such, UND-PT is a recipient institution for WICHE-certified students from the states of Hawaii, Wyoming and Alaska. Only WICHE certified students are eligible for admissions through the WICHE process. The States that currently support physical therapy WICHE students are Wyoming and Hawaii. Alaska students are currently being offered loan support offered by Alaska. Interested WICHE applicants must be certified by their respective State. Applicants need to contact their respective WICHE certifying officer for details of the certification process. Non-WICHE certified students may apply, however they would apply as non-residents.
 

Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
52
Anticipated size of next entering class
48
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
50%
% of WICHE applicants accepted
2%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
48%
% of CANADIAN applicants accepted
0%
% of INTERNATIONAL (non-U.S./non-Canadian)
0%

Program Description more...

The University of North Dakota (UND) Physical Therapy Department is located in the School of Medicine & Health Sciences and offers the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. The School of Medicine & Health Sciences houses the Medical School, the Basic Sciences Departments, including Anatomy & Cell Biology, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Microbiology & Immunology and Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics. The School of Medicine and Health Sciences also houses other Health Science Programs including Occupational Therapy, Medical Laboratory Science, Cytotechnology and the Physician Assistant Program. The Physical Therapy Department is a separate department within the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences. The Physical Therapy Department contains the student classrooms, a laboratory area, a research facility, as well as study areas and a lounge for the students' use.

Founded by the Dakota Territorial Assembly in 1883, six years before statehood, UND was intended to be, and has remained, a university with a strong liberal arts foundation surrounded by a variety of professional and specialized programs. UND is one of only 47 public universities in the nation with both accredited graduate schools of law and medicine. It is admired for its spacious, beautiful campus and extensive resources. The University has earned an international reputation for its academic and research programs. UND enrolls approximately 14,500 students in over 200 fields of study from baccalaureate through doctoral and professional degrees. 41% come from North Dakota; the rest represent all other states, eight Canadian provinces, and more than 50 nations.

The physical therapy program at UND was established in 1967, and was first accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association in 1970. The Department of Physical Therapy offers a six year curriculum leading to the Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) degree. The Physical Therapy program at UND is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) of the American Physical Therapy Association, 1111 North Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314.

The Physical Therapy Department has eleven full-time faculty and three staff members. All of the faculty members are registered physical therapists with advanced graduate training. Along with their teaching responsibilities, faculty members are involved in a combination of clinical practice, service and research activities. The faculty are involved in research activities including motion analysis, electromyography, balance testing and training, muscle strengthening, ergonomics, electrical stimulation, functional outcomes, pediatric intervention, and physical therapy intervention efficacies. As part of the curriculum, students are given the opportunity to collaborate with faculty performaing research.

Acceptance into the program is on a competitive basis, with the major determinant being the basic science grade point average. At present, the Physical Therapy program accepts 48 students per year. Although it varies from year to year, we generally have between 100 and 150 eligible candidates applying. Reference letters, a personal interview, and other personal qualifications are also considered prior to final acceptance. Prospective students are expected to complete at least 60 hours of observation prior to admission, 40 of which must be with a physical therapist. Interviews are granted on a competitive basis.

The Physical Therapy program does not require a bachelor's degree for admission. We do require at least 90 credits, and 20 of those credits must be taken within a specific discipline or area of concentration. At least 8 of the 20 credits must be from upper level (i.e. 300 and/or 400 numbers) courses. All students entering the professional program enter the Graduate School at the beginning of the first professional year.

The professional education component of the D.P.T. requires three academic years and two summer sessions following completion of the pre-physical therapy entrance requirements. Students spend 36 weeks in clinical experiences. The experiences are divided into 9 week blocks of time. Two of those blocks are completed during the first semester of year 02, and the remaining two blocks are completed during the last semester of year 03. All students will be expected to complete clinical experiences in the areas of orthopedics, acute care and neuro-rehabilitation as well some time in clinical areas of special interest to the student. At present, there are approximately 300 clinical sites, the majority of which lie outside the greater Grand Forks area.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
1/15/2013
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
No
Important dates
Interviews will be scheduled sometime in February or early March.  Applicants who are granted an interview will be notified by email to set up an interview date and time.

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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Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
No
Program's PTCAS GRE code
0541

Observation Hours

 
Physical Therapy experience is required by all candidates. The experience may come in the form of observation, volunteer work or work for pay. We require that each prospective applicant spend at least 60 hours in a health care setting, 40 hours of which must be in a physical therapy setting under the supervision of a registered physical therapist. The applicant should keep a log of the number of hours spent, name and type of facility, supervisor’s name and types of patients observed.
Program's PT hours requirement
PT hours are required - no verification by a physical therapist
Total number of PT hours REQUIRED
60
Total number of PT hours RECOMMENDED
60
DEADLINE for completion of all PT hours
01/15/2013
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?
Not sure at this time
Deadline for supplemental materials
2013-01-15
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

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
If transferring from a college or university outside of the United States, a course-by course evaluation of non-U.S. post-secondary credentials is required through WES (www.wes.org). Submit the WES evaluation to PTCAS at the time of application. If accepted by the physical therapy program, submit an official copy of all US and international transcripts to the University prior to enrollment. The transcripts must be certified by the awarding institution. If transcripts are not in English, an English translation is required. Acceptance into the physical therapy program is dependent on a positive review of the transcripts by the University.

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
Prior to admission, a minimum of 90 semester hours of credit from an approved college or university is required. Students should be broadly educated in the sciences and humanities.

It is strongly recommended that students be computer literate prior to entering the professional program.

Students may take additional electives from any field of study; however the depth of the pre-physical therapy education should demonstrate that students have progressed from simple to complex studies in at least one content area. This requirement might typically be demonstrated by a discipline major, but in any case should demonstrate a basic comprehensiveness and integrity of study within a particular content area. This does not suggest that a separate undergraduate degree must be awarded, however the breadth and depth in a discipline should be demonstrated. Course credits equivalent to a minor (20 credits at UND) in a particular discipline could accomplish this requirement.

The prospective student must have at least 8 of the 20 credits from upper level (i.e. 300 and/or 400 numbers) courses. Students who have questions about the 20 credit cognate should contact the department for more information.
Bachelor's degree required prior to matriculation into PT program?
No
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
A system-based study of human gross anatomy. Laboratory course is not required. Compare to Anatomy 204 at UND.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
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 I
Basic concepts of biology with emphasis on life’s diversity, processes, and man’s place in nature. Broadly designed to satisfy the needs of those pursuing biological and preprofessional curricula. Includes a laboratory course. Compare to Biology 150 and 150L at UND.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: General I
Biology II
Basic concepts of biology with emphasis on life’s diversity, processes, and man’s place in nature. Broadly designed to satisfy the needs of those pursuing biological and preprofessional curricula. Includes a laboratory course. Compare to Biology 151 and 151L at UND.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: General II
Chemistry I
Elementary principles and theories of chemistry; matter, measurement, atoms, ions, molecules, reactions, chemical calculations, thermochemistry, bonding, molecular geometry, periodicity, gases. Includes a laboratory course. Compare to Chemistry 121 and 121L at UND.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
Chemistry II
Elementary principles and theories of chemistry; Intermolecular forces, liquids, solids, kinetics, equilibria, acids and bases. Solution chemistry, precipitation, thermodynamics, electrochemistry. Includes a laboratory course. Compare to Chemistry 122 and 122L at UND.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
Communication / Speech / Public Speaking
The theory and practice of public speaking with emphasis on content, organization, language, delivery, and critical evaluation of messages. Compare to UND Communication 110 course.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Comm: Public Speaking
English Composition / Writing
Immersion in college-level critical reading and expository writing, emphasizing revision and careful preparation of manuscripts. Technical writing courses should emphasize the production of collegelevel research and writing applicable to business and technical fields. Compare to English 110, 120 and 125 at UND.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • English Composition I
  • English Composition II
  • Technical Writing
Humanities
Courses in this area should contribute to the completion of the Essential Studies requirements at UND if the applicant does not have a degree prior to matriculation in the professional program. Refer to the UND Essential Studies website for specific information on the Essential Studies requirement at http://und.edu/academics/registrar/essential-studies-approved-courses.cfm If the applicant has a degree it is understood that the applicant has completed the general education requirements of the degree granting institution.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 9
Acceptable Courses
  • Humanities
Medical Terminology
A medical terminology course is required. If the applicant is accepted at UND but has not completed a medical terminology course; a self study, distance based medical terminology component is available through the department.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 1
Acceptable Courses
  • Medical Terminology
Physics I
An introduction to the principles and concepts of physics with the application of minimal mathematics, sufficient to show the logical progression from one topic to the next. Topics: Newtonian mechanics and gravitation, work and energy, solids and fluids, vibrations and waves, electricity and magnetism, light and optics. A laboratory is a corequisite for the course. Compare to Physics 161 and 161L at UND.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physics II
An introduction to the principles and concepts of physics with the application of minimal mathematics, sufficient to show the logical progression from one topic to the next. Topics: Newtonian mechanics and gravitation, work and energy, solids and fluids, vibrations and waves, electricity and magnetism, light and optics. A laboratory is a corequisite for the course. Compare to Physics 162 and 162L at UND.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Physiology
A study of the normal function of the human body with particular consideration given to the necessary background needed by students pursuing a course of study in Allied Health Sciences. The course should include a laboratory session. Compare to Physiology 301 at UND.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
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
Psychology
A survey of the scientific study of behavior and mental processes, with consideration of the nature and scope of psychology as a science and a profession. Compare to Psychology 111 at UND.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: General
Psychology
A survey of the psychology of human life span development including intellectual, social, and emotional aspects of the normal individual and emphasizing childhood and adolescent development. Compare to Psychology 250 at UND. Applicants may also take child and adolescent psychology if developmental psychology is not offerred at their institution.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Developmental
Psychology
A survey of the classification, symptoms, and etiology of psychological disorders and behavior pathology. Compare to Psychology 270 at UND.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
Social/Behavioral Science
Courses in this area should contribute to the completion of the Essential Studies requirements at UND if the applicant does not have a degree prior to matriculation in the professional program.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Any