2012-13 Applicants

University of Iowa


Contact Information more...

Carol Leigh
Program Coordinator
Department of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Science
The University of Iowa
1-252 Medical Education Building
Iowa City IA, 52242-1190
(319) 335-9791
(319) 335-9792
physical-therapy@uiowa.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
07/15/2013
Dual-degree programs offered in conjunction with PT degree
We offer the opportunity for highly qualified students to pursue studies in both clinical physical therapy (DPT) and rehabilitation research (PhD). The DPT is the degree required to practice physical therapy, whereas the PhD provides the training to become an independent scientific investigator. The goal of combined studies is to train clinician-scientists who will become physical therapy researchers at the university level and generate new knowledge.
Additional information about the class profile
Admission is based on course work, grade-point averages, GRE scores, experience, rationale, recommendations, and interviews. Some preference is given to residents of Iowa.
 

Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
36
Anticipated size of next entering class
36
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
84%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
16%

Program Description more...

The nationally ranked University of Iowa Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science (PTRS) is located in the Carver College of Medicine on the University of Iowa Health Sciences Campus. The PTRS department aims to advance the health of humankind by preparing physical therapists who commit to excellence in practice, who strive to discover new knowledge and who serve in leadership roles in healthcare and science.

Innovative learning experiences are associated with a medical college environment which includes the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, one of the nation's largest university-owned teaching hospitals. Students have access to a faculty which includes expert clinicians and internationally renowned scientists. The class size of 36 allows for a favorable student to faculty ratio and students are valued and nurtured as future leaders of the profession.

The department is well equipped for classroom and laboratory instruction in a modern facility in the heart of the medical campus. While most courses in the curriculum are just for the DPT degree students, there are opportunities to study with medical and other health care students, specifically in pathology, neuroanatomy, and clinical beginnings. The latter course provides opportunities in interdisciplinary teamwork and care.

Clinical education is a very important part of our curriculum. Students begin integrated clinical experiences during their first semester and continue throughout the curriculum. Outstanding clinical internship opportunities are available for students in a variety of settings and locations.

Our graduates are widely recruited with an employment rate of 100%. Graduates have demonstrated their knowledge through a 100% first time pass rate on the National Physical Therapy Examination.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
11/1/2012
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
No
Important dates
The deadline for early admission is September 15, 2012. The University of Iowa does not participate in the Early Decision process through PTCAS, but has our own early admission plan.  Please see our website for additional information(http://www.healthcare.uiowa.edu/physicaltherapy).  Interviews are scheduled in November for early admission.

The deadline for regular admission is November 1, 2012.  Interviews are typically scheduled in January for regular admission.
Notification of acceptance is normally made by December 1 for early admission and by March 1 for regular admission.

Physical Therapy As Your Future Conference is October 12, 2012.

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
3.72
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.00
3.69
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
Department uses the most recent grade if a course was repeated.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
7566
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Analytical writing scaled score
 
4.0

Observation Hours

 
Applicants are encouraged to obtain a broad exposure to physical therapy in more than one clinic setting. The suggested minimum of 50 hours would optimally include experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings.
Program's PT hours requirement
PT hours are not required but are highly recommended
Total number of PT hours RECOMMENDED
50
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Accepted/Considered
Outpatient
Accepted/Considered

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
Yes - for selected applicants only
Supplemental fee amount
$60.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
Yes - for selected applicants only
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
No
Description of supplemental requirements
An application to the Graduate College at The University of Iowa and the $60 supplemental fee will be required only of applicants who are selected for, and who accept, an invitation for a personal interview. Information on how to apply to the Graduate College will be given to those applicants offered personal interviews.
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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
  • 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
Do not send any foreign documentation. PT program only considers U.S. courses
Program policy for CANADIAN coursework
  • Do not send any Canadian documentation
Additional information about program's policy on foreign coursework
Matriculation into the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program is contingent on the completion of a baccalaureate degree and all prerequistie course work from a regionally accredited U.S. college or 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
* All science courses must include the appropriate laboratory instruction.

* The prerequisite courses must be taken for a letter grade.

* Credit awarded through the AP testing program may be applied to the mathematics requirement only.
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
Biology / Biological Science
Advanced course work in biology or zoology (for which an introductory course is prerequisite).
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: Embryology
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Immunology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
  • Biology: Zoology
Biology I
A complete introductory course in principles of general biology or zoology.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: General I
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: Zoology
Biology II
A complete introductory course in principles of general biology or zoology.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: General II
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: Zoology
Chemistry I
A complete introductory course.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
Chemistry II
A complete introductory course.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
Math
A college-level mathematics course at the level of trigonometry or higher.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Mathematics: Calculus
  • Mathematics: Geometry
  • Mathematics: Pre-Calculus
  • Mathematics: Trigonometry
Physics I
A complete introductory course.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
  • Physics: General
Physics II
A complete introductory course.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Physiology
A systemic human or animal physiology course.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Human
Psychology
1 of 2 psychology courses required.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Any
Psychology
2 of 2 psychology courses required.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Any
Statistics
A statistical methods course.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Business: Statistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics