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PT Scholars Program

Does caring for others' wellbeing drive you? Are you fascinated by the science of movement and how it promotes overall health and wellness? Do you hope to help others recover from injuries or illness and regain physical strength to live active, engaged lives? Do you want to have guaranteed placement into one of the top-ranked PT programs in the nation?

Regis University's undergraduate PT Scholars program is designed for students with an outstanding academic record and ambitious plans to become an influential physical therapist. PT Scholars will earn an undergraduate degree in Health & Exercise Science, Neuroscience, Psychology or Biology, with the opportunity to earn guaranteed admission into Regis’ nationally-ranked Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program.

We seek individuals that want to join our prestigious physical therapy faculty in an environment that values evidence-based education and clinical practice, advocacy, diversity, social justice and an emphasis on the common good. 


Essay Requirements

Each student applying for the PT Scholars program is required to submit a one-page essay describing:

  • Why you are interested in becoming a physical therapist
  • A reflection on the Jesuit values of Regis University

Essays should be submitted to The PT Scholars program essay is required in addition to any required application materials for admission to Regis University. The priority date for essay submission is March 1, 2021.

Application Requirements

  • ACT composit score of 26 or higher, or SAT equivalent of 1240 or higher
  • High school GPA of 3.8 on a 4.0 scale and an outstanding high school academic record with no grades below a B
  • High school course requirements
    • 4 years of high school science
    • 4 years of math, including a level equivalent to precalculus
    • 4 years of English
Academically qualified candidates will be invited for an on-campus or online interview with a panel composed of School of Physical Therapy faculty and DPT students. A maximum of 10 students will be offered a position in the PT Scholars program.

Scholar Terms

A PT Scholar who meets the academic and behavioral standards will be directly admitted into the DPT program and is not required to take the GRE. In order to achieve direct admission to the DPT program, PT Scholars must achieve and maintain the following:

  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.75 at Regis University
  • Maintain a prerequisite course GPA of 3.5
  • No grade below a B- throughout their undergraduate career
  • No documented student conduct issues

Should a PT scholar fall below the academic standards for the PT Scholar program, the student will be issued a written warning and has one semester to rectify the situation. If the student falls below the standards for a second time, the student would lose his/her status as a PT Scholar. 

Should a PT Scholar student not meet the qualifications for direct admission to the DPT Program, the student is permitted to go through the standard admissions process for the DPT Program, but is not guaranteed a seat in the DPT Program.

Each PT Scholar will be assigned an undergraduate advisor in their major and a PT Scholar advisor from the School of Physical Therapy. PT Scholars are permitted to take a one-year deferment between completion of their undergraduate degree and the beginning of their DPT program.

Eligible Undergraduate Majors

The PT Scholars program is available to eligible Regis College undergraduate students in the following programs:

  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Neuroscience
  • Health and Exercise Science
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Interprofessional Education

Regis University is one of the only institutions to offer interprofessional education intiatives to students in the Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions such as the Canine Companion Program.

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PT Scholars Program

Office of Admissions
Clarke Hall 117

Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.