Doctor of Physical Therapy (Entry-level)

 

Education Model

Residential Program with clinical assignments throughout the country

Program Dates

Soft application deadline: October 1, 2014
Hard application deadline: December 1, 2014
Semester begins: May 11, 2015

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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.

For more information on tuition, fees, financial aid, and scholarships, click here. For more information on the program, call 801.734.6846 or email [email protected].

Accreditation

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 (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: [email protected]; website: www.capteonline.org.

 

Admission Information

For the 2014-2015 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 2015 entering class will apply online beginning on or about July 1, 2014 using the PTCAS application. The soft application deadline is October 1, 2014. Applications received after this deadline 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 2014 we received almost 700 applications, and matriculated 49 students. To learn more about the PTCAS application process, please visit the PTCAS web site at www.ptcas.org.

 

General Admission Requirements:

  • 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.

Graduation Rates:

  • The graduation rate for the class of 2012 was 95%. This class graduated in December of 2012.
    • Based on completed surveys for this cohort, 100% of these graduates are employed as physical therapists.
  • The graduation rate for the class of 2013 was 100%. This class graduated in December of 2013.
  • The overall National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) licensure pass rate is 83% for these two cohorts.

To learn more about the PTCAS application process, please visit the PTCAS web site at www.ptcas.org.

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