Admission is limited and selective. All completed applications will be considered for admission. Visit the program’s webpage for more information about the program’s priority application deadline. All applicants must demonstrate a previous record of successful academic achievement, clinical experience, and the motivation to pursue graduate level education. To be eligible for most degree programs, an applicant must be a U.S. citizen or resident.

For specific program requirements, please select the tab for your program of interest

2016-2017 Admissions Cycle

For the 2016-2017 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 2017 entering class will apply online beginning on or about July 1, 2016, using the PTCAS application. The soft application deadline is October 3, 2016. Applications received after this deadline will only be considered if seats in the class are still available. The application close date is December 1, 2016.  Over 150 students are currently enrolled in our DPT degree program. For the class entering in summer 2016, we received almost 500 applications and matriculated 59 students. To learn more about the PTCAS application process, please visit the PTCAS web site.

To be considered for admission, DPT applicants must fulfill the following minimum requirements:

  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited institution prior to matriculation into the program. The program only considers U.S. coursework.
  • 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 3.00 cumulative GPA with a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA for prerequisite courses. Grades below “C” in prerequisite courses will not be accepted. (Interested in calculating your own prerequisite GPA? Visit the College 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; use school code 0377.) Minimum Verbal reasoning % score: 35%.  Minimum Quantitative reasoning % score: 35%.  Minimum Analytical writing scaled score: 3.0.
  • 100 Volunteer hours or work experience with a licensed physical therapist (required; two different settings is highly recommended).
  • Minimum of 3 references required by program: 2 by Licensed Physical Therapists, with 1 additional academic or professional reference.
  • U.S. resident.
  • All applicants must review the DPT Student Handbook prior to applying.

*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).

Prerequisite Courses

Introductory level courses for non-science majors will not be accepted as prerequisite courses.

The program uses only the highest grade earned in its prerequisite GPA calculations if a course was repeated. The program does not recalculate the cumulative GPA provided by PTCAS.

Prerequisite coursework older than 10 years not accepted.

It’s preferred that at least 7 of the 10 prerequisite courses are complete at the time of application.

Certificates Needed Prior to Clinical Rotation in Year Two

  • Certification in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation for Adults, Children, and Infants (BLS for healthcare providers) by the American Heart Association for the Health Profession. Certification in First Aid by the American Red Cross or American Heart Association.
  • Criminal background check.
  • Immunizations. A list of required immunizations may be obtained by contacting the department at dpt@rmuohp.edu.

Clinical Education Requirements

Clinical rotations and internships are part of the curriculum and may require that a student temporarily relocate. The student is responsible for the cost of the travel and other associated expenses.

An applicant for the Doctor of Science (DSc) degree program must possess the following:

  1. A master’s or professional practice degree beyond the baccalaureate from an accredited institution (or foreign equivalent).
  2. Grade point average of 3.4 (on a 4.0 scale) on all work completed during the master’s or professional practice degree (e.g., DPT, PA).
  3. Writing and oral communication skills sufficient to conduct and deliver the results of meaningful research.
  4. Information technology skills sufficient to effectively participate in RMUoHP’s DSc program and effectively conduct research.
  5. Successful completion, with a grade of B- or better, of at least one course in Research Methods or Statistics at the master’s or higher level.
  6. A preferred minimum of one (1) year in clinical practice.

Exceptions to these criteria will be considered on a case-by-case basis with consultation of the concentration director. 

Applicants submit the following:

  • Online Application.
    • The statement of professional goals, on the application, should include current intellectual and professional interests and personal  motivations as to why the student is applying to the degree program.
  • Resume/CV. Including detailed employment history, career history, extracurricular activities, etc.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
    • Click here to send the Letter of Recommendation Form OR direct those providing you a letter of recommendation to access the form located here.
      Please make sure you insert an email address and update the content in the body of the email before sending to your contact. The recommendations are ideally from a former or current supervisor or professional colleague who is able to comment on your ability to apply evidence in practice.
  • Official transcripts from each prior undergraduate and graduate institution from which a degree was earned.
  • Copy of current United States healthcare license or certification in the appropriate area of practice. This does not apply to Health Promotion and Wellness  or Human and Sport Performance Applicants.
  • $150 Non-refundable application fee. Late applicants must pay an additional $100 application fee if the application is postmarked after the application deadline.

Application materials can be emailed, faxed, or mailed. Official transcripts may be mailed or emailed . Official transcripts must originate from the institution’s Registrar Office. Any transcripts emailed from the applicant will be considered unofficial.

An applicant for the Master of Science in Health Science program must possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution (or foreign equivalent) with a minimum of 2.5 overall GPA with a 3.0 GPA on upper division degree related courses. Preference is given to individuals with two years of professional experience in an exercise science, sport performance, healthcare or occupational performance related area, or licensed or certified fitness professional from a National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) accredited (ACE, ACSM, IFPA, NASM, NCSF, NETA, NFPT, NSCA or Cooper Institute) organization.

Applicants submit the following:

  • Online Application.
  • Resume/CV. Including detailed employment history, career history, extracurricular activities, etc.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
    • Click here to send the Letter of Recommendation Form OR direct those providing you a letter of recommendation to access the form located here. Please make sure you insert an email address and update the content in the body of the email before sending to your contact. The recommendations are ideally from a former or current supervisor or professional colleague who is able to comment on your ability to apply evidence in practice.
  • Official transcripts from each prior undergraduate and graduate institution from which a degree was earned.
  • $150 Non-refundable application fee. Late applicants must pay an additional $100 application fee if the application is postmarked after the application deadline.

Application materials can be emailed, faxed, or mailed. Official transcripts may be mailed or emailed . Official transcripts must originate from the institution’s Registrar Office. Any transcripts emailed from the applicant will be considered unofficial.

Application Timeline Information

The admissions cycle for the upcoming class anticipated to matriculate in May 2017 will run from April 2016 through October 1, 2016. Interested individuals must apply through the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA).

Application Deadline

To be considered for an interview, all materials, including GRE scores, must be received and VERIFIED by CASPA no later than October 1st. The following language from CASPA’s website is informative:

To ensure the application is verified on time, applications must be completed (e-submitted, payment received, transcripts received, and two letters of recommendation received) at least four weeks in advance of the deadline date.

In other words, make sure all of your materials are received by CASPA around September 1st in order to ensure verification for the October 1st deadline. Interviews will conclude by January 2016.

Academic Requirements

Degree Requirements

All applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution prior to matriculation into the program. Degrees earned from outside the United States must be evaluated for and meet United States equivalency as described in the Foreign Student Applicants section.

Prerequisite Course Requirements

All applicants must complete the required prerequisite coursework prior to beginning the Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMUoHP) Physician Assistant (PA) Program. Every course need not be completed prior to application. The RMUoHP PA program allows applicants to have up to nine credits of prerequisite coursework in progress or planned at the time of application submission to CASPA. A feasible plan to complete outstanding prerequisite coursework must be documented in the CASPA application.

PLEASE NOTE:  Under no circumstances will applicants be allowed to begin the Physician Assistant Program if prerequisite coursework is not completed prior to the program start date.

Prerequisite Performance

Prerequisite courses must be successfully completed with a grade of C or better. In plus-minus grading systems, a grade of C- does not qualify as a C. Applicants offered seats contingent upon successful completion of outstanding prerequisites must complete each remaining course with a grade of B or better (earning a grade of B- does not qualify as a B).

Prerequisite Timeline Requirements

To be considered for the RMUoHP PA program, each prerequisite course highlighted in yellow must have been completed within ten years of the cohort start date. Additionally, credits must have been earned from a regionally accredited institution and be verifiable through official transcripts, or accepted by a National Association of Credentialing Evaluation Services (NACES) accredited U.S. equivalency reporting agency.

GPA Requirements

The minimum required cumulative GPA is 3.20 and the minimum required science GPA is 3.00.
However, applicants who meet only one of the above two criteria will be considered for an interview when there is strong evidence of improved academic performance in more recently completed coursework as evidenced by meeting the following criterion:

  • GPA of 3.20 or higher for the most recent CASPA verified 20 semester hours… ALL of which must be prerequisite (not including Statistics, College Algebra, Psychology, or Medical Terminology) or upper-level science courses (300-level or higher not including courses labeled as ‘independent study’).
PLEASE NOTE: The GPA values derived from the CASPA application are the only values considered for application screening. GPA values will not be recalculated based upon coursework completed following application submission via CASPA.

Health Care Experience

Our primary goals in requiring applicants to have health care experience include:

  1. For applicants to know they will be comfortable working intimately with patients of various shape and size who will manifest with a variety of conditions and diseases
  2. For applicants to understand:
    • the physician assistant profession,
    • the significant differences between PAs and other practitioners including allied health providers,
    • how PAs operate within the medical system

Direct Patient Contact Experience

To be considered for an interview, applicants must have 250 hours or more of direct patient contact experience documented in CASPA at the time of e-submission. Examples of specific positions that would qualify for direct patient contact experience include but are not limited to:

  • Athletic Trainer
  • Chiropractor
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Dentist
  • Dietician
  • Emergency Room Technician
  • Home Health Aide
  • Medical/Nursing Assistant
  • Midwife
  • Military Medic or Corpsman
  • Nurse (LPN, RN)
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Ophthalmology Technician
  • Paramedic/EMT
  • Patient Care Technician
  • Phlebotomist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physical Therapy Assistant
  • Radiologic Technician
  • Respiratory Therapist
  • Surgical Technologist

Volunteer experience with which you have actively worked with patients and influenced their care also qualifies for direct patient contact experience. Examples may include but are not limited to:

  • Hospice
  • Medical Mission
  • Nursing Home
  • Peace Corps

Other health care experiences having minimal or no direct patient care responsibility, such as administrative jobs and pharmacy assistant, do not count for direct patient contact experience.

Provider Shadowing

Shadowing medical providers is particularly valuable when considering a career as a physician assistant. We highly recommend that applicants shadow a primary care PA (i.e. one who practices in a general medicine area such as family medicine or internal medicine), a PA who practices in a specialty, and at least one physician. Additional shadowing of various types of providers will only further strengthen your application. Remember, the goal in shadowing is for applicants to have sufficient exposure to medical providers so they understand well the PA profession, including how PAs differ from other providers and how they operate within the medical industry. As it will assist members of the Program Admissions Committee in evaluating application strength, we highly recommend shadowing hours be documented in CASPA at the time of e-submission.

PLEASE NOTE: Provider shadowing generally does not qualify for direct patient contact experience. When shadowing, hours for direct patient contact experience should be considered only in circumstances where applicants have an opportunity to substantially engage in, and influence, care.

Standardized Test Scores

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for all applicants. We strongly encourage applicants to take the GRE by late August to ensure that the official scores are received by CASPA  for the October 1st deadline.

All test scores are sent directly to CASPA by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Please use 3660 as the code number to designate score results for our program.

To be considered for an interview, an aggregate score of at least 298 is required for the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning subsections. Additionally, an Analytical Writing score of at least 3.5 is required. For more detailed information about each subsection, please refer to the GRE Test Content and Structure web page by clicking here.

PLEASE NOTE: Only GRE scores less than five years old from the time of application submission to CASPA will be accepted. In the event an applicant is not offered a seat into the program for a given cycle, and reapplies for a subsequent cycle, he/she will again be required to request that ETS send official scores to CASPA.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

To be considered for an interview, all applicants for whom English is a second language must satisfy at least one of the following requirements:

  1. Successful completion of undergraduate or graduate degree at an institution where English was the primary language of instruction.
  2. Achieve a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based version of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Official TOEFL scores should be mailed directly to CASPA as described in the Standardized Tests  section of their website:

Official TOEFL Scores should be mailed to CASPA in paper format. They must be original copies of the test and sent to CASPA directly from ETS. CASPA can NOT accept photocopied, faxed, or electronic TOEFL scores. Please mail all official TOEFL scores to:
CASPA TOEFL SCORES P.O. Box 9108 Watertown, MA 02471

Advanced Placement

Advanced placement will not be granted under any circumstances. All students who enter the program must fulfill all program requirements.

An applicant for the post baccalaureate Doctor of Nursing Practice (FNP/DNP) program must have an entry level nursing degree from an accredited institution (or foreign equivalent) with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA. At least one year of clinical experience is preferred. An applicant must hold a current unencumbered RN license in his/her state of residence.

An applicant for the post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program must be an advanced practice nurse with a master’s degree from an accredited institution or be a registered nurse with a Master of Science degree in nursing from an accredited institution (or foreign equivalent) with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA. Registered nurses not functioning in an advanced practice role or advanced practice nurses holding a master’s degree in a related field should discuss program outcomes with the graduate program director of the DNP program prior to applying so as to clarify that the program will meet their professional needs. An applicant must hold a current unencumbered RN license in his/her state of residence.

An applicant for the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Certificate Program must have a master’s (or higher) degree in nursing or a health related specialty from an accredited institution (or foreign equivalent) with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA. At least one year of clinical experience is preferred. An applicant must hold a current unencumbered RN license in his/her state of residence.

There are two methods to apply to one of the nursing programs.

The first option is to complete the following:

  • Online Application.
  • Resume/CV. Including detailed employment history, career history, extracurricular activities, etc.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
    • Click here to send the Letter of Recommendation Form OR direct those providing you a letter of recommendation to access the form located here.
      Please make sure you insert an email address and update the content in the body of the email before sending to your contact. The recommendations are ideally from a former or current supervisor or professional colleague who is able to comment on your ability to apply evidence in practice.
  • Official transcripts from each prior undergraduate and graduate institution from which a degree was earned.
  • Copy of current United States healthcare license or certification in the appropriate area of practice.
  • $50 non-refundable application fee. Late applicants must pay an additional $100 application fee if the application is postmarked after the application deadline.

The second option is to complete an application through The Centralized Application Service for Nursing Programs (NursingCAS), which requires an initial application fee, but the application can be forwarded to multiple programs for additional fees.

Application materials can be emailed, faxed, or mailed. Official transcripts may be mailed or emailed . Official transcripts must originate from the institution’s Registrar Office. Any transcripts emailed from the applicant will be considered unofficial.

An applicant for the post-professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program must possess a bachelor’s degree or master’s degree from an accredited institution (or foreign equivalent) with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA. Applicants must possess a current US occupational therapy license. We prefer applicants to have a minimum of one year of clinical experience prior to submitting an application for admission.  An applicant for any of the elective tracks must have at least three years of experience in the appropriate field of study.

Applicants submit the following:

  • Online Application.
  • Resume/CV. Including detailed employment history, career history, extracurricular activities, etc.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
    • Click here to send the Letter of Recommendation Form OR direct those providing you a letter of recommendation to access the form located here. Please make sure you insert an email address and update the content in the body of the email before sending to your contact. The recommendations are ideally from a former or current supervisor or professional colleague who is able to comment on your ability to apply evidence in practice.
  • Official transcripts from each prior undergraduate and graduate institution from which a degree was earned.
  • Copy of current United States healthcare license or certification in the appropriate area of practice.
  • $150 Non-refundable application fee. Late applicants must pay an additional $100 application fee if the application is postmarked after the application deadline.

Application materials can be emailed, faxed, or mailed. Official transcripts may be mailed or emailed . Official transcripts must originate from the institution’s Registrar Office. Any transcripts emailed from the applicant will be considered unofficial.

An applicant for the Doctor of Clinical Science (ClinScD) in Speech-Language Pathology degree program must possess a master’s degree in speech-language pathology from an accredited institution (or foreign equivalent) with a minimum 3.4 cumulative GPA.

Applicants submit the following:

  • Online Application.
  • Resume/CV. Including detailed employment history, career history, extracurricular activities, etc.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
    • Click here to send the Letter of Recommendation Form OR direct those providing you a letter of recommendation to access the form located here. Please make sure you insert an email address and update the content in the body of the email before sending to your contact. The recommendations are ideally from a former or current supervisor or professional colleague who is able to comment on your ability to apply evidence in practice.
  • Official transcripts from each prior undergraduate and graduate institution from which a degree was earned.
  • Copy of current United States healthcare license or certification in the appropriate area of practice.
  • $150 Non-refundable application fee. Late applicants must pay an additional $100 application fee if the application is postmarked after the application deadline.

Application materials can be emailed, faxed, or mailed. Official transcripts may be mailed or emailed . Official transcripts must originate from the institution’s Registrar Office. Any transcripts emailed from the applicant will be considered unofficial.

An applicant for the transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program must possess a bachelor’s degree or master’s degree from an accredited institution (or foreign equivalent) with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA. Applicants must possess a current U.S. physical therapy license. We prefer applicants to have a minimum of one year of clinical experience prior to submitting an application for admission.

Applicants submit the following:

  • Online Application
  • Resume/CV. Including detailed employment history, career history, extracurricular activities, etc.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
    • Click here to send the Letter of Recommendation Form OR direct those providing you a letter of recommendation to access the form located here. Please make sure you insert an email address and update the content in the body of the email before sending to your contact. The recommendations are ideally from a former or current supervisor or professional colleague who is able to comment on your ability to apply evidence in practice.
  • Official transcripts from each prior undergraduate and graduate institution from which a degree was earned.
  • Copy of current United States healthcare license or certification in the appropriate area of practice.
  • $150 Non-refundable application fee. Late applicants must pay an additional $100 application fee if the application is postmarked after the application deadline.

Application materials can be emailed, faxed, or mailed. Official transcripts may be mailed or emailed . Official transcripts must originate from the institution’s Registrar Office. Any transcripts emailed from the applicant will be considered unofficial.

For the 2016-2017 application cycle, the medical Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (MedSLP) program will participate in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Central Application Service (CSDCAS). In addition to the CSDCAS application, applicants will be required to submit a supplemental application (Statement of Purpose Letter and Resume).

To be considered for admission, applicants must fulfill the following minimum requirements:

  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 3.0 prior to matriculation into the program.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 for all prerequisite and SLP-related courses with no single course graded less than 2.0 (C).
  • GRE Scores (must be taken within 5 years of application, use school code 7713). Minimum Verbal Reasoning score: 144. Minimum Quantitative Reason score: 145. Minimum Analytical Writing score: 3.0.
  • Statement of purpose letter describing motivation and especially accomplishments toward becoming a speech-language pathologist (1-2 pages).
  • A resume, including, if applicable: education, clinical experience, volunteer experience, employment, publications, awards/honors, organizational memberships and activities, special skills.
  • Three letters of recommendation, preferably at least two from academic instructors.

Completion of the requisite semester credit hours* of basic human communication and swallowing processes. Examples of acceptable courses include:

  • Phonetics
  • Anatomy in Communication and Swallowing
  • Speech and Language Development
  • Speech and Language Disorders
  • Basic Hearing Screening/Audiology
  • Speech Science

*Please see ASHA requirements

ASHA requires the following courses be completed before awarding certification of clinical competency:

  1. Three semester credit hours (or equivalent) in statistics (research methodology courses in communication and science disorders may not be used).
  2. Three semester credit hours (or equivalent) in physical science (physics or chemistry).
  3. Three semester credit hours (or equivalent) in biological science that emphasizes a content area related to human or animal sciences (e.g., biology, human anatomy and physiology, neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, human genetics).
  4. Three semester credit hours (or equivalent) in social/behavioral sciences (e.g., psychology, sociology, cultural anthropology, public health).

Full Disclosure Requirement

Incomplete or falsified admissions information constitutes grounds for refusal to admit or immediate dismissal, loss of credit, and forfeiture of all tuition and fees paid.

Confidentiality

Admissions materials received by the University are kept in strict confidence. Once the application materials are received, these materials are the property of the University and will not be returned to the applicant. All applicant materials are kept for one year following receipt if the applicant does not enroll.

Foreign-Educated Applicants

A foreign-educated applicant is defined as an applicant who has been educated outside the United States. Click here to learn about the foreign-educated admission requirements.