2013-14 Applicants

Columbia University


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Contact Information more...

Cynthia Worthington
Admissions Coordinator
Program in Physical Therapy
Columbia University
Neurological Institute, 8th Floor
710 West 168th Street
New York NY, 10032
(212) 305-0470
cw75@columbia.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
09/02/2014
Additional information about the class profile
The incoming class of 2016 range in age from 21-35; come from 23 different states; represent 62 academic institutions (undergraduate and graduate), 40 undergraduate and 4 graduate majors. A complete breakdown of the characteristics of the in-coming class, as well as those of the Classes of 2014 and 2015, can be found on the program's website http://www.columbiaphysicaltherapy.org under Student Profiles.


 

Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
58
Anticipated size of next entering class
68
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
21%
% of WICHE applicants accepted
0%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
79%
% of CANADIAN applicants accepted
0%
% of INTERNATIONAL (non-U.S./non-Canadian)
0%

Program Description more...

Columbia University's DPT program prepares graduates with clinical problem solving skills. Students graduate with a comprehensive foundation of basic principles in the art and science of physical therapy. With 13 full-time faculty and a roster of distinguished adjunct faculty and laboratory instructors from Columbia Medical Center, the New York City area and nation-wide, students are ensured a comprehensive and cutting-edge curriculum. In recognition of the varied abilities and interests of students, the curriculum is designed to be flexible and innovative, incorporating a wide variety of adult learning methodologies, including clinical decision-making, evidence-based practice and self-directed learning. As an extensive Research-1 University, Columbia requires graduate students to show evidence of research acumen. All students are required to complete an evidence-based review paper. The opportunity for more intensive research experience is available through a research practicum. Specialized skill development is acquired through advanced course work, depending on student interest, in adult neurorehabilitation, orthopedics or pediatrics and various elective options during the second and third year of study. Enhancement of teaching skills via a teaching practicum is also offered during Year III.

Students participate in a White Coat Ceremony to welcome the beginning of their transition in becoming empathetic practitioners. Integrated clinical experiences, with faculty, allow for early integration of skills in the clinical setting. Two full-time clinical rotations of 8 and 10 week duration and an 18-week internship as the culminating experience of the curriculum, provide the students with the necessary competencies for career marketability. Clinical education sites are located throughout the US, Australia and other countries and mirror today's practice environments.

The Columbia physical therapy educational experience goes beyond the classroom through a pursuit of interests outside the profession. Columbia students are members of an extensive and dynamic university community in a city that has a multitude of cultural and recreational activities.

Interested applicants should explore the program’s web site at http://www.columbiaphysicaltherapy.org/

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
12/2/2013
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
Yes
Important dates
Interviews are required for program admission. Interviews begin in December 2013 and continue January - February 2014.  Interviews are held Friday and Saturday and applicants should expect to spend a full day at Columbia University. 

Following a rolling admissions format, acceptance letters are posted within 1 week post-interview.  Applicants not receiving an acceptance letter post-interview are still under admissions consideration and can be offered an acceptance anytime up until the end of the interview process in February 2014.  

Applicants are encouraged to complete the application process as quickly as possible on or before the December 2, 2013 deadline date.

Applications of file with PTCAS by December 2, which remain incomplete, must have missing documentation submitted and reviewed with receipt to program by January 17, 2014.

No application will be reviewed for admissions consideration after January 17, 2014.

Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
Yes
Special eligibility requirements for Early Decision candidates
Candidates applying for Early Decision consideration must meet the following criteria:

* Completion of 14 of the 17 prerequisites for admission, which MUST include all course work in the biological sciences including the upper divisional biology requirement,

* Completion of the minimum of 75 hours of volunteer or work-related experience in physical therapy,

* Show minimum undergraduate and science prerequisite grade point averages of 3.650.

* Show minimum GRE scores of 160 (600 old score) verbal reasoning, 148 (600 old score) quantitative reasoning, 4.5 analytical writing.

* Submit 2 academic references and 1 physical therapy reference.

* Attend a required interview

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
2.75
3.56
Program-specific Prerequisite
2.75
3.55
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
Initial grade and repeated course grade are averaged in calculating the program-specific grade point average. Students wishing to enhance their undergraduate grade point are encouraged to take additional courses in the biological sciences.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
7745
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle
12/02/2013
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle
12/02/2008
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score
153
159
Quantitative reasoning scaled score
148
154
Analytical writing scaled score
4.0
4.5
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
If the GRE is taken more than once, test scores are not averaged. Best set of scores from any one testing date are considered. GRE® General Test and GRE® REVISED General Test are accepted.

Observation Hours

 
Letter of recommendation (required reference) from a physical therapist should attest to hours completed and description of facility.
Program's PT hours requirement
PT hours are required - no verification by a physical therapist
Total number of PT hours REQUIRED
75
Total number of PT hours RECOMMENDED
100
DEADLINE for completion of all PT hours
12/02/2013
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?
Yes
Description of supplemental requirements
Resume should be sent as an email attachment directly to the program to Mrs. Cynthia Worthington, Admissions Coordinator, at cw75@columbia.edu

First Aid and CPR certifications can be scanned and emailed or mailed directly to Mrs. Worthington at the above addresses. Documentation of completed CPR and First Aid Certification must be received no later than August 1, 2014.

Missing prerequisites must be completed with official transcript(s) sent to the program no later than
August 1, 2014.

Official transcript showing receipt of undergraduate degree and date granted should be forwarded immediately post-graduation (undergraduate applicants) or at time of acceptance (post-baccalaureate applicants) but no later than August 1, 2014.
Supplemental Requirements
Resume (due by December 2, 2013 application deadline).
First Aid Certification (can be submitted post application deadline)
CPR Certification (can be submitted post application deadline)
Transcript(s) showing completion of any missing prerequisite courses
Official transcript showing degree granted and date of graduation, when available.
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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
• Two (2) letters of recommendation MUST be from academic sources; 1 letter from a physical therapist. For applicants in their final year of undergraduate study, it is recommended that one academic reference be from a professor in the applicant's major area of study. Applicants who have been out of school for 3 or more years and are completing prerequisite course work as a post-baccalaureate student can use current professors as reference sources.

• An applicant who has worked/volunteered in more than one PT setting can submit an additional recommendation letter from a physical therapist.

• An applicant who is seeking a career change can submit an additional recommendation from an employer.

• An applicant who has documented experience in undergraduate or professional research can submit an additional letter of recommendation from the research advisor.

• If an applicant has an additional reference beyond the four (4) accepted by PTCAS, contact the program directly for the Columbia Reference Form and instruct the evaluator to send the completed form directly to Columbia.

• Composite recommendations kept on file at the university and submitted by a pre-health/pre-medical committee or pre-health advisor are acceptable.

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?
No
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
Additional information about program's policy on foreign coursework
Non-native English speakers are required to submit TOEFL scores, unless applicant has received a 4-year undergraduate degree from an American University. With receipt of an American degree, GRE scores need to be submitted in lieu of TOEFL.

English translation is required for all foreign transcripts. It is recommended that foreign applicants use the World Education Services for translational purposes at http://www.wes.org.

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
It is highly recommended that a minimum of 14 of the 17 prerequisites for admission including all course work in the biological sciences be completed by December 2013.
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
Anatomy & Physiology I
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
SH: 3-4
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
Anatomy & Physiology II
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
SH: 3-4
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 / Biological Science
The upper divisional biology requirement is a 300-400 level course designated for junior/senior standing unless the academic institution uses a different numbering system to designate upper divisional courses. This course should be taken through the appropriate science department. Courses designated for nursing or allied health students are not acceptable. Kinesiology and Exercise Science majors can use a course offered from their major to fulfill the upper divisional prerequisite such as Exercise Physiology or Motor Control.
Course Level
Upper Division
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3-4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: Embryology
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Immunology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
Biology / Biological Science
The 2 basic biology courses with lab are introductory courses and should be taken through the Biology Department. Biology courses designated for nursing or allied health students are not acceptable. Students on the quarter system must take a 3 part series or 3 separate basic biology courses.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 8
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: General I
  • Biology: General II
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Immunology
  • Biology: Microbiology
Chemistry I
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
Chemistry II
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
Humanities
Five (5) courses in Humanities are required. These courses can be combined with Social Science courses.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 15
Acceptable Courses
  • Humanities
Physics I
Physics course does not have to be calculus based.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physics II
Physics course does not have to be calculus based.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Psychology
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Any
  • Psychology: Sports
Psychology
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Any
Social/Behavioral Science
Five (5) courses are required. These courses can be combined with Humanities courses.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 15
Acceptable Courses
  • Humanities
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Any
Statistics
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics