Admission Requirements

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Admission Requirements 2018-12-04T11:23:38+00:00

Limited-Residency Application Process

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DOCTOR of PHYSICAL THERAPY

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 application deadline. All applicants must demonstrate a previous record of successful academic achievement, clinical experience, and the motivation to pursue graduate-level education. An applicant must be a U.S. citizen or resident.

Application Timeline Information

Our DPT program offers 2 cohorts (Summer and Fall). There will be one application process for both the Summer and Fall cohorts. Interested individuals must apply through the Physical Therapy Central Application Service (PTCAS). To learn more about the PTCAS application process, please visit the PTCAS web site.

Application Deadline

To be considered for an interview, all materials, including GRE scores, must be received and VERIFIED by PTCAS by the deadlines.

In other words, make sure you submit all of your materials to PTCAS with enough time prior to deadline in order to ensure verification by the deadline.

Academic Requirements

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.
  • 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.‡
  • 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.

*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).

‡ 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.

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 are 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 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 [email protected].

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.

MASTER of PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT STUDIES

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 application deadline. All applicants must demonstrate a previous record of successful academic achievement, clinical experience, and the motivation to pursue graduate-level education.

2018-2019 Admissions Cycle

Application Timeline Information

Interested individuals must apply through the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA).

Application Deadline and Interviews

To be considered for an interview, all materials, including GRE scores, must be received and VERIFIED by CASPA no later than the 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.  A majority of the interviews will be held after the October 1st deadline, however, we will be holding a limited number of interviews in July/August,. In order to be considered for the first round of limited interviews, your application needs to be verified by July 1, 2018. Please note that you will still be considered for a later interview date if we are full for the first round of interviews. It is better to have a complete, well rounded application and submit by October 1st than a rushed, incomplete application submitted by July 1st.

Academic Requirements

Degree Requirements

Degrees earned from outside the United States must be evaluated for and meet United States equivalency as described in the Foreign Student Applicants section.

To be considered for admission, PA 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.
  • Minimum 3.20 cumulative GPA with a minimum 3.00 Science GPA.*
  • GRE scores (Must be taken within 5 years of application; use school code 3660.): Aggregate Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning ≥ 298, Analytical Writing: ≥ 3.5
  • ≥ 250 patient contact hours: hours in employment or service where an applicant has direct patient contact.
  • Minimum of 3 references: (at least one from a physician assistant, MD, DO or MD is strongly recommended).
  • Strongly recommended to shadow a physician assistant. You may also consider shadowing a practicing physician or nurse practitioner.
  • Successful applicants have MORE THAN 300 hours of community service (not including religious or military service).  Please list ANY service that you have completed including religious, military or collegiate.
  • Completion of the CASPer test. (This requirement was added for the 2018 Admission Cycle.)

*(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.)

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.

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

Advanced Placement

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

MASTER of SCIENCE in SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY

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 application deadline. All applicants must demonstrate a previous record of successful academic achievement, clinical experience, and the motivation to pursue graduate-level education. An applicant must be a U.S. citizen or resident.

The medical Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (MS SLP) program participates in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Central Application Service (CSDCAS).

Application Requirements

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 Aggregate (Verbal Reasoning + Quantitative Reasoning) score: 289
    • 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.

Prerequisite Courses

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

Requirements for Licensure

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

  • Three semester credit hours (or equivalent) in statistics (research methodology courses in communication and science disorders may not be used).
  • Three semester credit hours (or equivalent) in physical science (physics or chemistry).
  • 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).
  • Three semester credit hours (or equivalent) in social/behavioral sciences (e.g., psychology, sociology, cultural anthropology, public health).

DOCTOR of NURSING PRACTICE

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 application deadline. All applicants must demonstrate a previous record of successful academic achievement, clinical experience, and the motivation to pursue graduate-level education. An applicant must be a U.S. citizen or resident.

Post-Bachelor’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (Family Nurse Practitioner)

  • An entry level nursing degree from an accredited institution (or foreign equivalent)
  • 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

Post-Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program

  • Be a registered nurse with a Master of Science degree in nursing from an accredited institution (or foreign equivalent)
  • An applicant must hold a current unencumbered RN license in his/her state of residence

Post-Master’s Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Certificate Program

  • A master’s (or higher) degree in nursing or a health related specialty from an accredited institution (or foreign equivalent)
  • 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

Post-Master’s Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Certificate Program

  • A master’s (or higher) degree in nursing or a health related specialty from an accredited institution (or foreign equivalent)
  • 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

Note: 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.

Application

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

The first option is to complete 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
  • Non-refundable application fee.

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 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.

MASTER of SCIENCE in HEALTH SCIENCE

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 application deadline. All applicants must demonstrate a previous record of successful academic achievement, clinical experience, and the motivation to pursue graduate-level education.

Application Requirements

An applicant for the Master of Science in Health Science program must possess:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution (or foreign equivalent)
  • A minimum of 2.5 overall GPA with a 3.0 GPA on upper division degree related courses
  • Preference is given to individuals who are licensed or certified fitness professionals from a National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) accredited organization (listed here)
    • OR have two years of professional experience in one of the following areas:
      • Exercise science
      • Sport performance
      • Healthcare
      • Occupational performance

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
  • $50 Non-refundable application fee.

Application materials can be emailed 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.

DOCTOR of PHILOSOPHY in HEALTH SCIENCES

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 application deadline. All applicants must demonstrate a previous record of successful academic achievement, clinical experience, and the motivation to pursue graduate-level education. An applicant must be a U.S. citizen or resident.

Application Requirements

An applicant for the Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences (PhD) degree program must possess the following:

  • A master’s or professional practice degree beyond a bachelor’s from a regionally accredited institution (or foreign equivalent).
  • 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).
  • Writing and oral communication skills sufficient to conduct and deliver the results of meaningful research.
  • Information technology skills sufficient to effectively participate in RMUoHP’s PhD program and effectively conduct research.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • $50 Non-refundable application fee.

Application materials can be emailed 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.

POST-PROFESSIONAL DOCTOR of OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

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 application deadline. All applicants must demonstrate a previous record of successful academic achievement, clinical experience, and the motivation to pursue graduate-level education. An applicant must be a U.S. citizen or resident.

Application Requirements

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)
  • A minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • A current US occupational therapy license
  • Preferably a minimum of one year of clinical experience prior to submitting an application for admission.

Note: 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
    • 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
  • $50 Non-refundable application fee.

Application materials can be emailed 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.

DOCTOR of SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY

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 application deadline. All applicants must demonstrate a previous record of successful academic achievement, clinical experience, and the motivation to pursue graduate-level education. An applicant must be a U.S. citizen or resident.

Application Requirements

An applicant for the Doctor of Speech-Language Pathology (SLPD) degree program must possess:

  • A master’s degree in speech-language pathology from an accredited institution (or foreign equivalent)
  • A minimum 3.4 cumulative GPA

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
  • $50 Non-refundable application fee.

Application materials can be emailed 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.

TRANSITIONAL DOCTOR of PHYSICAL THERAPY

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 application deadline. All applicants must demonstrate a previous record of successful academic achievement, clinical experience, and the motivation to pursue graduate-level education. An applicant must be a U.S. citizen or resident.

Application Requirements

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
  • A current U.S. physical therapy license
  • Preference is given for applicants who have a minimum of one year of clinical experience prior to submitting an application for admission.

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.
  • $50 Non-refundable application fee.

Application materials can be emailed 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.

Full Disclosure Requirement

Incomplete or falsified admission 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.

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