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2020 Fall Semester COVID19 Updates PTRS

Admissions:
DPT Admissions
Our admission policies are unchanged (e.g. letter grades are required for prerequisite courses). However, any prerequisite course work taken for a credit/no credit grade during the spring 2020 semester will be accepted. Prerequisite grade point average will be calculated based on courses receiving a letter grade.

The GRE is required; either computer-based or at-home tests are acceptable. The last acceptable GRE testing date for the 2020 application cycle is 10/1/2020.

PhD Admissions
Our admission policies are unchanged.

DPT Courses:
In Fall 2020, our students will use distance learning for many learning activities and will be on campus for essential face-to-face learning and assessment activities using a HyFlex education model. In this model, any course activities that take place on campus will also be available online (live-streamed and/or recorded). Students can engage in the learning activity on campus or from home. Those on campus will be required to comply with university and departmental social distancing and infection control procedures.
Full-time clinical experiences are scheduled to begin mid-August and end early May.  Schedules may be modified due to clinical site availability. Students will follow each clinical site’s policy and procedures for COVID screening, guidelines, PPE use and restrictions of their student program.  In the event of no existing guidelines, the KU Health System reintegration guidelines will be used.  

PhD Courses:
In Fall 2020, our students will use both face-to-face and distance learning activities.  When on campus students will be required to comply with university and departmental social distancing and infection control procedures.

Other Departmental Activities (research, clinic):

The department's main office remains open at this time. However, many faculty and staff are working remotely as recommended by KUMC leadership during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

  • For questions related to student applications: contact Robert Bagley.
  • For questions from current physical therapy students or about the DPT program's curriculum: contact Steve Jernigan.
  • For questions related to the rehabilitation science program: contact Irina Smirnova.
  • For questions related to physical therapy clinical education: contact Yvonne Colgrove.
  • For questions related to vendors, office management, or general inquiries: contact Donna Heishman.

All departmental plans are in addition to information provided by the executive vice chancellor including those distributed via several university broadcast email messages. The health and safety of KU students and employees is the top priority for the School of Health Professions. Please send any questions or concerns to the school at healthprofessions@kumc.edu.


2020 Summer Semester COVID19 Updates

KUMC has aligned with Wyandotte County and the State of Kansas for reopening guidelines.

Admissions:

Our admission policies are unchanged (letter grades are required for prerequisite courses). In future application cycles, should someone apply with credit/no-credit grades for any prerequisite courses taken during the spring 2020 semester, we will evaluate those applicants for GPA based on prerequisite courses receiving a letter grade.

The GRE is required; either computer-based or at-home tests are acceptable. The last acceptable GRE testing date for the 2020 application cycle is 10/1/2020. 

DPT Courses:

Many learning activities will continue to use a distance learning approach initiated in the Spring. Starting in Summer 2020, essential face-to-face learning and assessment activities will be initiated with our students using a HyFlex education model. In this model, any course activities that take place on campus will also be live streamed online and recorded. Students can engage the learning activity on campus or from home. Those on campus will be required to comply with university and departmental social distancing and infection control procedures.

Other Departmental Activities (research, clinic):

KUMC has aligned with Wyandotte County and the State of Kansas for reopening guidelines. 

It is anticipated that KUMC will reopen in phases throughout the summer semester.  Please refer to the latest guidelines from Wyandotte County and KUMC for changes.

The department's main office remains open at this time. However, many faculty and staff are working remotely from home as recommended by KUMC leadership during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

  • For questions concerning student applications: contact Robert Bagley.
  • For questions from current physical therapy students or about the DPT program's curriculum: contact Steve Jernigan.
  • For questions related to the rehabilitation science program: contact Irina Smirnova.
  • For questions related to physical therapy clinical education: contact Yvonne Colgrove.
  • For questions related to vendors, office management, or general inquiries: contact Donna Heishman.

All departmental plans are in addition to information provided by the executive vice chancellor including those distributed via several university broadcast email messages.

The health and safety of KU students and employees is the top priority for the School of Health Professions. Please send any questions or concerns to the school at healthprofessions@kumc.edu.


Our admission policies are unchanged (letter grades are required for prerequisite courses). For candidates already admitted for Summer 2020 who still have classes to complete and opt for credit/no-credit, we will still accept those courses as meeting the prerequisite (provided they pass). In future application cycles, should someone apply with credit/no-credit grades for any prerequisite courses taken during the spring 2020 semester, we will evaluate those applicants for GPA based on prerequisite courses receiving a letter grade.


For DPT students in the Class of 2020, please refer to individual email communication from the department for how to proceed with regards to clinical education.

For the DPT Classes of 2021 and 2022, please refer to the general information regarding the School of Health Professions may be accessed on the KU School of Health Professions website.

Do email us at pkluding@kumc.edu if you have any questions.


In coordination with leadership of the University of Kansas Medical Center, the KU School of Health Professions continues to monitor the trend of COVID-19 and SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus.

The school has implemented actions intended to reduce the risk of disease transmission in the interest of protecting the health of visitors, patients, students, and employees.


The Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science prepared a department-specific plan and provided that to the Office of the Dean for review. Upon approval, these plans were communicated to faculty, staff, and students.

During March 16 to March 27, the large majority of physical therapy courses will be delivered to students online via BlackBoard learning management. Some classes may be rescheduled to be held after March 27. A decision on how/where classes will be delivered after March 27 will be announced when available by internal email to students and via updates to this page.

Current students are to attend activities on campus only if deemed essential for academic progression, if they can only be performed in person while physically on campus, and also cannot be delayed until after March 27 without significant hardship. Instructors will communicate directly with their students regarding instructions for specific activities requiring on-campus attendance. For these activities on campus, students are to remain at home if sick or have possibly been exposed, and the department will make alternative arrangements for them to participate without a grade penalty.

Students at clinical sites will continue activities at this time in coordination with the site's supervisor and its policies and procedures.

Research and clinical activities on campus will continue as planned at this time. All faculty, research assistants, staff, and students are asked to minimize physical presence and interactions on campus. Employees are asked to work from home unless required to be on campus March 16 to March 27. Plans for after March 27 will be annouced when available.

The department's main office remains open at this time. However, most faculty and staff are working remotely from home as recommended during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

  • For questions concerning student applications: contact Robert Bagley.
  • For questions from current physical therapy students or about the program's curriculum: contact Steve Jernigan.
  • For questions related to the rehabilitation science program: contact Irina Smirnova.
  • For questions related to physical therapy clinical education: contact Yvonne Colgrove.
  • For questions related to vendors, office management, or general inquiries: contact Donna Heishman.

All departmental plans are in addition to information provided by the executive vice chancellor including those distributed via several university broadcast email messages.

The health and safety of KU students and employees is the top priority for the School of Health Professions.

Please send any questions or concerns to the school at healthprofessions@kumc.edu.

Last modified: Sep 04, 2020

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2019-2020 Admissions Cycle

July 1
PTCAS opens for online applications

November 1
Deadline to submit PTCAS application

June 1
Classes begin

Note: these dates are subject to change for future admissions cycles.


We're here to answer questions and help students prepare for an exciting career in physical therapy. Please contact us at ptrs@kumc.edu.

KU undergraduate students seeking advising on the KU Lawrence campus, and high school students, should contact Robin Merritt at the Undergraduate Advising Center, 785-864-2834 (711 TTY).

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