Become a Sought After Physical Therapist Professional

Physical Therapy classroomOur Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program provides a cutting-edge, evidence-based education taught by our nationally recognized faculty. If you want a rewarding career as a physical therapist we’ll teach you the most current clinical techniques available, in an environment that helps students use their gifts and talents to contribute to a more just world.

 

 

ELIGIBILITY

  • Completion of a baccalaureate degree (BA or BS) prior to matriculation with a major in a field other than Physical Therapy from a regionally accredited Institution of higher education. No academic major is given priority consideration during the selection process.
  • Completion of prerequisite course work with a minimum grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale. Prerequisite course work must be completed prior to matriculation; however, course work may be in progress or planned at the time of application.
  • An undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale is preferred, but not required.
  • Completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  • Eligibility for the DPT program is pending the successful completion of a drug screening and a criminal background check. For a complete list of Disqualifying Offenses, click here.
  • Eligibility for the DPT program is pending the successful completion of the Essential Functions and Safety Forms. For a complete list of Essential Functions, click here.
  • If English is not your native/first language, you must meet the following language proficiency requirement:
    • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) — Internet-based: Minimum score of 82 (24 Writing, 20 Speaking, 22 Reading, 16 Listening) on the TOEFL.
    • TOEFL — Computer-based: Minimum score of 213
    • Regis University's TOEFL code is 4656.

RANKING

The DPT program has a competitive admissions process where selection is made based on a number of factors including prerequisite GPA, GRE scores, cumulative GPA, completion of highly recommended courses, and recommendations. Additional consideration is given to applicants who complete the undergraduate Health and Exercise Science major or minor at Regis University, and/or come from a diverse background, have earned a graduate level degree, or have earned an undergraduate degree from a Jesuit university. As a private institution no preference is given based on residency.

Additionally, applicants should:

  • Demonstrate familiarity with the profession of physical therapy.
  • Show evidence of the potential for success in graduate education.
  • Show evidence of potential for success as a professional in the field of physical therapy.

Applicants who appear best qualified for the DPT program will receive a written invitation for a faculty interview conducted in late January. Notice of admission occurs in mid to late February. Invited applicants are required to attend the campus interview on their assigned date. Phone or Skype interviews are not granted. All applicants will be notified regarding interview status.

Since the number of qualified applicants exceeds available slots, the committee selects a diverse student group from the interviewed applicant pool. Admission decisions are not based solely on final applicant rank.

For the class starting in 2014 the average cumulative GPA was 3.64, (range 2.95-4.0), the average prerequisite GPA was 3.66 (range 3.12-4.0), the average GRE scores based on the new exam are as follows: Verbal 155 (range 144-167), Quantitative 155 (range 141-167), Analytical Writing 4.5 (range 3.0-5.0).

Regis University reserves the right to deny admission, continued enrollment, or re-enrollment to any applicant or student who would pose an unreasonable risk of harm to self or others, or any unreasonable risk of disruption to the academic or clinical processes of the School of Physical Therapy, the Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions, or the University. Also, adherence to the Code of Ethics for the Physical Therapist, and Standards of Practice for Physical Therapy as described by the American Physical Therapy Association is required for all students in the program.

The application deadline for Regis University's Doctor of Physical Therapy program starting in Fall 2015 is November 3, 2014.

Applicants must submit all required admission information as instructed on the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) and requested on the PTCAS application. This, in part, includes the following:

  • Official university and/or college transcripts sent directly to PTCAS. Official transcripts should not to be sent directly to Regis University. Arrange for PTCAS to receive a separate official transcript from each regionally accredited U.S. university and/or college you attended. PTCAS will not verify or forward your application to Regis University until all official transcripts and other required materials are received. See PTCAS for Transcript Request Forms. PTCAS will not accept student-issued transcripts or transcripts sent by an applicant.

    PTCAS
    P.O. Box 9112
    Watertown, MA 02471
    617-612-2040
    TTY Phone: 617-612-2060
    ptcasinfo@ptcas.org
    www.ptcas.org
    Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/PTCAS
    Twitter: @ptcas

  • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score report to GRE code #7671 for the DPT program at Regis University. By using the #7671 code, ETS will automatically transmit your official GRE scores to PTCAS. (There is no extra step necessary for you to send your scores to PTCAS.) Regis University may deny your application if your GRE scores arrive late. Applicants need to complete the General Test of the GRE which includes the verbal, quantitative and analytical writing sections. Additional information on the GRE can be found by going to www.gre.org.
  • Three electronic letters of recommendation sent directly to PTCAS on the standard PTCAS form. Paper references are no longer accepted by PTCAS. One letter of recommendation must be completed by a licensed physical therapist and one completed by a college-level faculty. The third recommendation should be completed by either a second physical therapist, a second academic reference or a professional reference. Arrange for PTCAS to RECEIVE all of your references by the application deadline date. Personal letters of recommendation are not accepted.
  • Failure to submit all required materials as instructed may jeopardize eligibility for admission consideration.

Foreign Applicant Requirements

Foreign applicants should submit an evaluation of foreign education credentials to PTCAS from one of the agencies approved by Regis University.  Approved agencies can be found at www.naces.org. Photocopies of the evaluation are not acceptable.  Refer to additional information for Foreign Applicants on the PTCAS site.

Prerequisite coursework must be completed prior to matriculation into the School of Physical Therapy. However, coursework may be in progress or planned at the time of application without it negatively impacting your application. Regis University's DPT program requires a minimum prerequisite GPA of 2.75 for all applicants.

Human Anatomy with Lab 4 SH
Human Physiology with Lab 4 SH
Biology I with Lab 4 SH
Biology II with Lab 4 SH
General Chemistry I with Lab 4 SH
General Chemistry II with Lab 4 SH
General Physics I with Lab 4 SH
General Physics II with Lab 4 SH
Behavioral Science I 3 SH
Behavioral Science II 3 SH
Statistics (Descriptive and Inferential) 3 SH

**Regis University requires one (4 semester hour) course in Human Anatomy with lab plus a course (4 semester hour) in Human Physiology with lab for a total of one year of study, OR 8 semester hours (one year sequence) of a combined anatomy and physiology (A&P I and II).

**Behavioral Science examples include courses in psychology, sociology and anthropology. Developmental and Abnormal Psychology are recommended.

**Any two Biology courses, each with a lab, from the Biology Department will fulfill the Biology I and II requirements.

Other courses that are recommended but not required for admission include the following:

Biomechanics/Kinesiology
Exercise Physiology
Speech Communication
Neuroscience/Neuroanatomy
Research Methods/Advanced Statistics
Motor Control/Motor Learning

The pass-fail option is not accepted in required courses. In addition, grades of D or F are not accepted toward required courses. We recommend that prerequisites be taken within the last five years; however we will consider all courses regardless of the amount of time since completion.

Prerequisite Questions

When must prerequisite coursework be completed?
All prerequisite coursework must be completed before you begin the program in August. Application, however, may be made prior to completion of all prerequisites. We do not have a minimum number of prerequisite courses that must be completed at the time of application. Students that are admitted with outstanding prerequisite coursework are admitted conditionally and must successfully complete all outstanding prerequisites prior to matriculation to meet the conditions of acceptance.

Where can I take my prerequisites?
You can take prerequisites at any regionally accredited university or college.

Can I take prerequisites at a community college?
Yes, prerequisites may be taken at a community college; however, taking prerequisites at a four year institution may better prepare you for the coursework you'll need to take as a graduate student.

What is the time limit on prerequisites?
We recommend that prerequisites be taken within the last five years; however we will consider all courses regardless of the amount of time since completion. Because of the nature of the program, it is important that students have knowledge of all prerequisite subjects in order to build on that foundation.

If I’ve ever taken a higher level biology course for four semester hours can I be exempt from the eight semester hour requirement?
No. All Applicants must complete a total of 8 semester hours of biology to include lab coursework. Any biology course will count toward the 8 semester hour prerequisite requirement, but a total of 8 semester hours is required.

What courses count for the Behavioral Science prerequisite requirement?
Any course taken in a psychology, sociology or anthropology department will count toward this requirement. Although Development and Abnormal Psychology are recommended, any six semester hours from these departments will fulfill this requirement.

What statistics course do I need?
The statistics course must include inferential and descriptive statistics. It is recommended that the statistics prerequisite be taken in a department of psychology, sociology, education, or public health but we will accept statistics courses from other departments as well.

Do you accept combined Anatomy and Physiology courses?
We will accept combined courses as long as the full series was completed and the courses included lectures and labs. All prerequisite courses must be completed with a C or above.

Can I take ________ course for _______ course?
Students often want to determine if a particular course will substitute for one of the prerequisites. Typically, course substitutions are not accepted and students need to complete the courses as listed. However, if you would like to send a course description from the school catalog, and preferably a course syllabus, with a note regarding your rationale for substitution to dpt@regis.edu, we will be glad to evaluate your request.

Application Questions

What is the deadline for submitting applications?
Application for the class starting in Fall 2015 are available through the Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) beginning July 1, 2014. Go to www.PTCAS.org for details. Applications must be e-submitted on or before the November 3, 2014 deadline date. It is the applicant’s responsibility to confirm that all application items (including all transcripts, references, and GRE) have been received and the application is complete by the deadline.

Document

Application Available

Application Deadline

PTCAS Application

July 1, 2014

November 3, 2014

Interview Invitations

December 2014 – January 2015

 

Interviews

Friday, January 23, 2015

Monday, January 26, 2015

 

Decision Letters mailed

Mid to late February 2015

 

Does Regis University require the essay portion of the PTCAS application?
Yes. You are required to submit the essay portion of the PTCAS application.

Do I need to send transcripts directly to Regis University or only to PTCAS?
As part of the application process you should submit official transcripts directly to PTCAS. You do not need to submit official transcripts directly to Regis University at the time of application.

Are there any requirements as to who should complete the letters of recommendation and how many are needed?
Three electronic letters of recommendation sent directly to PTCAS on the standard PTCAS form. Paper references are no longer accepted by PTCAS. One letter of recommendation must be completed by a licensed physical therapist and one completed by a college-level faculty. The third recommendation should be completed by either a second physical therapist, a second academic reference or a professional reference. Arrange for PTCAS to RECEIVE all of your references by the application deadline date. Personal letters of recommendation are not accepted.

Should I submit additional material like a resume, observation hour forms, etc?
No. You only need to submit the items required for your PTCAS application which includes the PTCAS application, essays, all official transcripts from schools attended, official GRE score, and required references.

GRE Questions

What is the institution code and department code for sending GRE scores?
There is now only one code for Regis University Physical Therapy. It is 7671. Applicants need to complete the General Test of the GRE which includes the verbal, quantitative and analytical writing sections. Additional information on the GRE can be found by going to www.gre.org.

What is the last test date for the GRE for the current application cycle?
You must take your GRE prior to the November 3, 2014 deadline.

If I take the GRE more than once, how do you interpret the scores?
We will use the best score from each individual section if multiple scores are available.

General Questions

Do you prefer any major?
No. You may complete an undergraduate degree in any major. No academic major is given priority consideration during the selection process. The requirements for the entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy program are a baccalaureate degree and the program prerequisites.

Do you have a minimum GPA to apply?
We do not have a minimum cumulative GPA to apply but we do have a minimum prerequisite GPA for application. All applicants must have a 2.75 prerequisite GPA to be eligible to apply.

What is the average GPA/GRE scores for accepted students?
For the class starting in 2014 the average cumulative GPA was 3.64 (range 2.95-4.0) and prerequisite GPA was 3.66 (range 3.12-4.0), the average GRE scores based on the new exam are as follows: Verbal 155 (range 144-167), Quantitative 155 (range 141-167), Analytical Writing 4.5 (range 3.0-5.0).

Did you give preference to Colorado residents?
No. Preference is not given to Colorado residents over other applicants.

Do you give preference to Regis College undergraduates?
We give additional consideration to applicants who complete the undergraduate Health and Exercise Science major or minor at Regis University, but we do not guarantee admission to these students.

As a Jesuit institution, do you use “religion” as a criterion for acceptance?
No. Regis University does not use religion as a criterion for admission. However, additional consideration is given to graduates of Jesuit institutions, regardless of faith.

How many hours of volunteer service do I need for the program?
We don't require a specific number of hours; however, we expect candidates to have enough experience to serve as evidence of their commitment to the career choice of physical therapy. You should obtain a broad exposure to the various roles and responsibilities of the practicing physical therapist and have a general understanding of the future direction of physical therapy as a profession. A great reference for information about the field of physical therapy is the American Physical Therapy Association (www.apta.org).

How many applications do you receive?
We received over 1,140 last year, and we interviewed 284 of those applicants.

How many applicants do you accept?
We expect to start a class of 80.

If I applied last year, do I have to send in an entire application?
Yes. Regis University participates in the common application (PTCAS). Therefore, all reapplicants will need to submit new complete applications via the PTCAS system. 

What are my chances of being accepted into the program (if I have a low GPA, or GRE)?
We look at a number of factors when evaluating applications including prerequisite grades, GPA, GRE score, recommendations, and completion of highly recommended courses. It is the combination of these factors that determine whether you will be invited for an interview. It is then a combination of your academic evaluation and interview evaluation that determines acceptance.

When will I find out if I have been selected to interview? When will my application be reviewed?
We will begin to review applications after the deadline. Invited candidates will be notified of their assigned interview date by email starting mid December to mid January. No exceptions are made to assigned interview dates. All invited candidates must interview in person. Those candidates that are not selected to interview will be notified by email as well.

Are your interview dates flexible?
No. No exceptions are made to assigned interview dates.

Do you offer phone or Skype interviews?
Rarely. In general all candidates are required to interview in person on campus. The only exception to this rule is if an applicant is unavailable to interview due to a service focused commitment. Examples include candidates serving abroad in the Peace Corps. In these cases, we will consider an alternate interview request and approval will be made on a case-by-case basis. We feel it's important for prospective students to experience our campus, see our facilities and personally meet our faculty and students. Only a personal visit would make this possible.

What is the tuition?
The tuition for the Fall 2014-Summer 2015 academic year is $795 per semester hour and the program is 110 semester hours. Books and fees cost approximately $10,000 over the eight semesters.

How long is the program and when does it begin?
The program is completed in eight consecutive semesters, full-time, full calendar year. The program begins in August (Fall semester) of each year.

Can the program be completed on a part-time basis?
No. The program is full-time, full-calendar year (i.e., Fall, Spring, and Summer).

Can I work while in the program?
External employment is not recommended, particularly during your first year. An exception to this may be departmental graduate work-study positions.

How do students pay for the program?
The majority of student in the program are paying for tuition and living expenses through student loans. Once admitted to the program, you will have a financial aid counselor available to work with you on securing loans. Additionally, we offer ten Dean's Scholarships, in the amount of $20,000 per scholarship, to each incoming class. All students admitted to the program are considered for the scholarships. Awards are based on academic achievement and/or diversity.

Is there housing available for graduate students on campus?
Regis does not offer graduate student housing on campus. We offer a limited number of apartments associated with the University off campus to Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Profession students. The majority of DPT students live within a 5-20 minute commute from campus in apartments or homes for rent. Once admitted to the program, the Office of Admissions works with incoming students to help those that are interested get connected with roommates. Additionally, incoming new students are paired with a current student to help them make a smooth transition to Regis.

What is the program's focus/teaching style?
The primary teaching style can be described as facilitated discussion. Faculty will pose a question and seek feedback from the class. As an answer develops, the faculty will help hone that answer toward the most correct or appropriate answer. This style is based on Andragogy or Adult Learning Theory. This theory would have the learner identify what they want to know, seek out possible answers or solutions and then come up with the most probable solution. In this manner, the learner takes ownership of the process and the answer, rather than depending on an expert to divulge an answer early.