Below is an overview of requirements to enter KU's DPT degree program. For complete details on all requirements, please review the complete list at KU's page of the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service.
A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution must be completed prior to start of DPT program classes. The degree can be in any field, but course work must have included the DPT prerequisite courses.
3.0 Grade Point Average
To achieve regular status, an overall 3.0 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0-scale is required. Historically, accepted applicants have had a cumulative GPA significantly higher than 3.0. In addition, student transcripts must document a minimum 3.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) in all prerequisite courses including math and science course work.
"C" Grade or Higher
A passing grade is required in all prerequisite courses. A “D” is not considered a passing grade. All prerequisite science courses must be completed within the last 10 years.
Satisfactory GRE Score
GRE scores must be reported to PTCAS, not KU; please use the PTCAS program code 7815. To be a competitive applicant, recommended scores on the Graduate Record Examination should be within the 50th percentile range on the verbal, quantitative, and analytical sections. The GRE scores are meaningful to the admissions committee as these scores are highly predictive of success in graduate studies and national licensure examination. The GRE must have been taken within the past five (5) years to be valid on an application.
Clinical Observation Experience
Thirty-two (32) hours of paid or volunteer work experience in a physical therapy clinic under the supervision of a physical therapist is required, with at least 16 of those hours occurring in an inpatient setting. We recommend students try to observe physical therapists in a wide variety of settings. Those settings include, but are not limited to, hospitals, private practice clinics, school systems, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and home health.
The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations requires all incoming students to pay for a background check. This one-time fee must be paid directly to the company performing the background investigation. You will be asked to provide information and make the payment once you have been officially accepted into the program. For more information, please see the School of Health Professions Background Check Instructions.
An applicant is considered an international student if he or she requires a visa, or currently resides in the U.S. with non-immigrant status, or currently resides in the U.S. while applying for permanent residency. Additional requirements and documentation, such as proof of English language proficiency, are required for international students to become eligible for KU programs. Please review the information for international students before applying.
For complete details on all requirements, please review the complete list at KU's page of the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service.
NOTE: The KU Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science reserves the right to waive any documentation normally required and to accept or deny admission whenever it believes sufficient information exists to make a decision.
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