2012-13 Applicants

University of Rhode Island


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...

Susan Roush
Admissions Committee Chair
Physical Therapy Department
University of Rhode Island
25 West Independence Way
Kingston RI, 02881
(401) 874-5626
(401) 874-5001
Roush@uri.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
05/20/2013
 

Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
33
Anticipated size of next entering class
32
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
54%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
46%

Program Description more...

The Physical Therapy Department at the University of Rhode Island offers an entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. It is accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association's Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education and prepares students for state professional license examination. The curriculum emphasizes clinical skill and leadership development through a three-year graduate study plan of didactic coursework, faculty-guided leadership and research projects, and clinical internships. A limited number of teaching assistantships are available on a competitive basis.

The results of a nation-wide survey indicated that the top reasons for choosing a PT school included factors of cost, location, facilities, and licensure passing rate. The URI Physical Therapy Department excels in all of these categories:

Cost -- URI tuition and fee totals are among the lowest in the Northeast for both RI residents as well as for residents of other states. We strongly encourage applicants to explore and compare costs of PT education at URI to other schools in the region and nation. This, and other important information can be found at www.apta.org. While offering many financial aid packages similar to other schools, URI-PT also offers a limited number of Graduate Assistantships. These opportunities pay entry level students a stipend and/or a partial tuition waiver that helps offset the cost of their education. We believe these opportunities to be quite rare for entry-level programs. In the end, students should consider the total net costs of their education and balance their expected debt load against their expected starting salary. URI's program rises to the top in this analysis.

Location - URI is located in beautiful south Rhode Island, 15 minutes from some of the most scenic beaches in the country. Our building overlooks athletic fields, turf fields, and a horse farm. We are 90 minutes from Boston and about 3 hours from NYC. Amtrack has a major station located one mile from campus, TF Green airport is about 40 minutes away. Location, location, location is the saying: URI has it all.

Facilities - Our facilities are state-of-the-art and first-rate. Most of the classes are held in the Independence Square building built in 1991. The Physical Therapy space was designed by the PT Program faculty to maximize functionality for classroom, laboratory, and research purposes. Independence Square also houses the PT Faculty Clinic which is staffed by licensed academic and clinical faculty. Our clinicians have advanced training in orthopedic and neurologic rehabilitation. Student involvement in the Faculty Clinic occurs through both volunteer and formal classroom-related experiences.

Licensure Passing Rate - Graduates of URI's PT Program are extremely successful in passing the licensure exam.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
11/1/2012
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
No
Important dates
Highly qualified applicants will be invited to meet with a member of the Admissions Committee; these interviews will be scheduled for January 4 and 5, 2013. These interviews are by invitation only and the incoming class will be selected from the pool of interviewed applicants

Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
No

Deposits

Deposit Required
No
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$0.00
Deposit Refundable?
No

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
3.60
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.00
3.60
Last 60 credit hours
3.00
3.56
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
Program uses the highest grade earned in local GPA calculations, if course was repeated.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
8365
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle
11/15/2008
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning % score
 
50%
Quantitative reasoning % score
 
50%

Observation Hours

 
Preference is given to applicants who have physical therapy experience or exposure in more than one clinical setting.
Program's PT hours requirement
PT hours are required - no verification by a physical therapist
Total number of PT hours REQUIRED
30
Total number of PT hours RECOMMENDED
60
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Accepted/Considered
Outpatient
Accepted/Considered

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
No
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
Yes
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
No
Description of supplemental requirements
Applicants are required to submit an application to the University of Rhode Island (URI) Graduate School. That application can be found at www.uri.edu/gsadmis/gs_apply.html.

Please note: you do NOT need to send transcripts or GRE scores, or have letters of recommendation sent to the URI Graduate School even though the application will indicate you do. Whatever you have sent to PTCAS does NOT need to also be sent to the URI Graduate School.

Concerning the URI Graduate School application instructions related to letters of recommendation, please enter dptlettersofrec@gmail.com where it asks for the email address of your references.

Upload a blank piece of paper when asked to upload your transcripts. Also, please enter "See PTCAS for references" when asked to upload references.

Finally, the $65 application fee has been waived for DPT applicants. Once you indicate you are applying to the DPT Program (for the Summer Semester), the fee waiver is automatic; you will not be asked for payment information at the time you submit your application.
Deadline for supplemental materials
2012-11-01
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
2

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
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

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
Bachelor's degree required prior to matriculation into PT program?
Varies
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
For the Anatomy and Physiology prerequisites, two semesters of a combined Anatomy and Physiology courses(Anatomy & Physiology I and II) or one 4-credit course in Anatomy plus one 4-credit course in Physiology are acceptable. All science prerequisites must be designed for science majors and include a lab. Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Any
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Exercise Physiology
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Biology / Biological Science
A total of 4 semester hours in biology or biological sciences is required in addition to anatomy and physiology.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: Embryology
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
  • Biology: Zoology
Chemistry I
All science courses must be designed for science majors and include a lab.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
Chemistry II
All science courses must be designed for science majors and include a lab.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
Communication / Speech / Public Speaking
The prerequisite is a total of 3 credits of communications and either oral or written communication courses are acceptable. Acceptable communication courses include English composition, technical writing, public speaking etc. "Writing Intensive" courses do not meet this prerequisite.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Comm: Public Speaking
  • Comm: Speech
  • English Composition
  • Technical Writing
  • Writing
Math
The prerequisite is pre-calculus.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Mathematics: Pre-Calculus
Physics I
All science courses must be designed for science majors and include a lab.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physics II
All science courses must be designed for science majors and include a lab.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Physiology
Two semesters of a combined Anatomy and Physiology (Anatomy & Physiology I and II) are acceptable for the Anatomy and Physiology requirement. All science courses must be designed for science majors and include a lab.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Psychology
1 of 2 psychology courses required.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: General
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: Death & Dying
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • 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
  • Business: Statistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics