2013-14 Applicants

University of Pittsburgh


Contact Information more...

Department of Physical Therapy- Student Services Administrator
University of Pittsburgh
6035 Forbes Tower
Pittsburgh PA, 15260
(412) 383-8169
(412) 383-6630
ptinfo@shrs.pitt.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
06/02/2014
Dual-degree programs offered in conjunction with PT degree
Pending approval--DPT/PhD dual degree program with Bioengineering.
 

Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
56
Anticipated size of next entering class
55
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
60%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
40%

Program Description more...

The Department of Physical Therapy offers a three-year, full-time professional program leading to the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. Ranked 3rd in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, the University of Pittsburgh Department of Physical Therapy is a highly respected physical therapy program which educates practitioners who lead the way in helping people of all ages to overcome movement, function, and mobility challenges. The program is open to students who have already earned a bachelor's degree.

We offer a superior entry-level professional physical therapy program. Our rigorous curriculum includes a comprehensive array of course offerings in musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, integumentary, cardiopulmonary, geriatric, and pediatric physical therapy.

Our clinical education program is integrated with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and its partner, the Centers for Rehab Services. We offer placements in various clinical settings, including acute care, pediatrics, geriatrics, short- and long-term rehabilitation, sports medicine, and orthopedics, as well as a variety of clinical specialties, including women's health, neuro rehab, industrial rehab, hand therapy, spine care, and balance and vestibular disorders. Students receive a monthly scholarship during the year-long internship.

Graduates of the University of Pittsburgh consistently achieve a near-perfect pass rate on licensing exams and enter the job market with significant internship and clinical experience that sets them apart from other applicants.

The DPT program at the University of Pittsburgh is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education Our most recent accreditation was awarded for a 10-year period beginning in April 2005.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
12/16/2013
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
Yes
Important dates
The Admissions committee will begin the review process on September 15th and will only review completed applications. 
 

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
3.70
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.00
3.70
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
Program will use the highest grade earned if a course was repeated.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
7754
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning % score
50%
65%
Quantitative reasoning % score
50%
75%
Analytical writing scaled score
3.5
4.5
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
Applicants can report scores for the GRE Revised General Test or the older GRE General Test as long as the test is within the last 5 years relative to application date.

GRE scores must be reported at the time of application.

Observation Hours

Program's PT hours requirement
PT hours are required - no verification by a physical therapist
Total number of PT hours RECOMMENDED
at least 150
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
3
Additional information about program's reference requirements
Applicants must submit (2) letters from Physical Therapists and (1) letter from a college professor who taught the applicant (preferably from an upper level course).

Applicants WILL NOT be considered for admission unless the required number and types of reference letters are submitted at the time of application.

Foreign Applicants and Transcripts

Citizenship types eligible for admission 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)
  • 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
All international applicants to SHRS graduate programs will now be required to submit an Academic Credential Evaluation with their application materials (unless they attended school in the US). We will no longer accept evaluations from the World Education Services (WES). We will continue to accept evaluation from ECE and ICD and also now accept evaluations from Joseph Silney & Associates. Please visit http://www.shrs.pitt.edu/Admissions.aspx?id=3366 for detailed information.

Applicants must submit their official TOEFL scores to the University of Pittsburgh (Institution Code:2927)

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 prerequisites must be complete at the time of matriculation. At the time of application no more than 2 courses can be outstanding.
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
Anatomy- human anatomy course preferred; this course can be part of an A&P series.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Pathophysiology
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Biology / Biological Science
See description above. 2 of 2 biology/biological science courses required.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: Embryology
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Immunology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Zoology
Biology / Biological Science
Two (2) semesters in any mammalian biological science is required with a laboratory component for each course. 8 credits are required in this area. 1 of 2 biology/biological science courses required.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: Embryology
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Immunology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Zoology
Chemistry I
Two (2) semesters of Chemistry is required with a laboratory component for each course.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
Chemistry II
Two (2) semesters of Chemistry is required with a laboratory component for each course.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
English Composition / Writing
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • English Composition
Physics I
Two (2) semesters of Physics are required with a laboratory component for each course.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physics II
Two (2) semesters of Physics are required with a laboratory component for each course.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Physiology
Physiology - human physiology course preferred; this course can be part of an A&P series.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Pathophysiology
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Human
Psychology
A minimum of two (2) psychology courses are required and should include a General Psychology and another specialized area of Psychology (typically a higher level course). 1 of 2 psychology courses required.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Adolescent
  • Psychology: Child
  • Psychology: Death & Dying
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: General
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Human Behavior
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
  • Psychology: Rehabilitation
  • Psychology: Social
  • Psychology: Sports
Psychology
A minimum of two (2) psychology courses are required and should include a General Psychology and another specialized area of Psychology. 2 of 2 psychology courses required.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Adolescent
  • Psychology: Child
  • Psychology: Death & Dying
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: General
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Human Behavior
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
  • Psychology: Rehabilitation
  • Psychology: Social
  • Psychology: Sports
Statistics
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics