Doctor of Physical Therapy (Entry-level)
Residential Program with clinical
assignments throughout the counrtry
Priority application deadline: December 16, 2013
Final application deadline: January 15, 2014
Semester begins: May 12, 2014
Graduate Program Director: J. Wesley McWhorter, PT, MPT, PhD
The mission of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program is to provide a student-centered education that prepares graduates for socially responsible, outcomes-oriented, evidence-based, autonomous and collaborative practice. The successful applicant will have a bachelor’s degree and meet the prerequisites detailed below. The program is an on-site, residential program that includes a mix of traditional lecture/lab and blended/online courses during 8 continuous semesters of classroom and clinical experiences. By design, the DPT program relies on the progressive clinical and academic model demonstrated in current University programs. The DPT program incorporates technological and clinical advances as well as contemporary educational theory. RMUoHP, acknowledged for its excellence in faculty and educational programming, recognizes that even with the best technology and curriculum the heart and soul of the program is its students. The program caters to highly motivated students who wish to be active participants in their education.
The DPT program is committed to the development of a professional who can:
- Demonstrate a minimum of entry-level skill in autonomous provision of services including screening, examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, plan of care, intervention, and outcomes assessment activities.
- Provide effectively managed physical therapy services to healthcare consumers in a caring manner that demonstrates altruistic principles balanced with fiscal/fiduciary awareness.
- Adhere to ethical standards of practice and legal/regulatory policies.
- Provide leadership in the field of physical therapy.
- Demonstrate a commitment to excellence, lifelong learning, critical inquiry, and clinical reasoning by skillfully incorporating current evidence into physical therapy practice.
- Demonstrate abilities to continue professional development, including self- and peer evaluation.
The entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: [email protected])
For the 2013-2014 application cycle, the Doctor of Physical Therapy program will participate in the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service, known as PTCAS. Applicants to the entry-level physical therapy program for the May 2013 entering class will apply online beginning on July 1, 2013 using the PTCAS application. The priority application deadline is December 16, 2013. Applications received after January 15, 2014 will only be considered if seats in the class are still available.
Over 100 students are currently enrolled in our DPT degree program. For the class entering in summer 2012 we received almost 400 applications, and matriculated 45 students.
The graduation rate for the class of 2012 was 90%. The class graduated in December of 2012. Overall National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) licensure pass rates and employments rates will be posted here as that information becomes available.
To learn more about the PTCAS application process, please visit the PTCAS web site at www.ptcas.org.
- Completion of a Bachelor’s degree prior to the start of class.
- Two courses of general chemistry (8 semester hours including labs) with lab for science majors.
- Two courses of general physics with lab (8 semester hours including labs) for science majors.
- One course in biology (3 semester hours).
- One course in human anatomy with a lab (3 semester hours including labs).*
- One course in physiology with a lab (4 semester hours including labs).*
- Three Semester hours of statistics.
- Six semester hours in the behavioral sciences. Life span development is preferred.
- Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA for prerequisite courses. Grades below “C” in prerequisite courses will not be accepted. (Interested in calculating your own pre-requisite GPA? Visit the College-scholarships.com Easy GPA Calculator. Note that your personal GPA calculation may not align with RMUoHP’s calculation. This link is provided for informational purposes only and is not a reflection on your eligibility for admission at RMUoHP.)
- GRE scores. (Must be taken within 5 years of application.)
- 100 Volunteer hours or work experience with licensed physical therapist (required; two different settings is highly recommended).
- U.S. resident.
- All applicants must review the DPT Student Handbook prior to applying.
- Click here to review the comprehensive admissions requirements and guidelines.
* A two semester anatomy and physiology combination course, with lab, may be used to fulfill the human anatomy and physiology requirement (7 semester hours including labs).
Introductory level courses for non-science majors will not be accepted as prerequisite courses.
Please visit the RMUoHP PTCAS program page for a more detailed list of acceptable course prerequisites.