The fall 2014 application cycle is now open.
PLEASE REVIEW THE APPLICATION INFORMATION CAREFULLY AS SEVERAL CHANGES HAVE BEEN MADE FOR THE FALL 2014 APPLICATION CYCLE.
Our program accepts 30 students per academic year. Applicants are very competitive and have excelled in their undergraduate and prerequisite coursework. GRE scores along with science prerequisite GPA and cumulative GPA are the primary factors used to determine admission; our program does not interview candidates. The combined average GPAs for the classes of 2014 -2016 were a 3.83 cumulative GPA and a 3.80 science prerequisite GPA. There is no minimum verbal and quantitative combined GRE score required for regular decision applicants, (early decision requires a 300) but the combined average score for the classes of 2014-2016 was 313. We require a minimum 3.0 analytical writing score for regular decision applicants and a 3.5 for early decision applicants.
How To Apply
After reviewing this page and the related sections of our web page, please feel free to contact the department with any additional questions you may have. If you have questions regarding admissions, please contact the program coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our program uses the Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) for all entry-level applicants. "P-T-KAS" is a web-based centralized application service that will allow you to use one set of materials to apply to multiple PT programs. Before you begin your application, please print and read both the Application Instructions (below) and the Prerequisite Checklist (see the "Prerequisites" tab). Should you have questions about this information after you have reviewed it, please contact us. In addition to the FAQs about PTCAS webpage, you may also find the FAQ section of our website useful.
This includes instructions for submitting supplemental materials. DO NOT submit supplemental materials (including transcripts and the UTC Graduate School application) unless requested to do so by the program.
Application Deadline - In order to provide the opportunity to receive notification of program admission as early as possible we have established a soft deadline of October 1st, with a close date of November 15th. The hard deadline for early decision candidates is August 15th. With a soft deadline you can still apply to the program after the deadline has passed. However, we may give less or no consideration to applicants who apply after the soft deadline. It is possible that our program may move from a soft to a firm deadline at any point during the cycle.
Prerequisite Coursework & Admission Eligibility Requirements my be found in the "Prerequisites" section of our webpage.
Early Decision for Fall 2014
Early decision (ED) is a binding option for PTCAS applicants who designate our program an ED candidate. Applicants may apply to only one ED program in PTCAS. In addition to the PTCAS application, applicants must arrange for PTCAS to receive all official U.S. transcripts and fee payment by August 15th.
Applicants must complete six of the nine science prerequisites by the end of the spring 2013 semester to ensure transcripts will arrive to PTCAS by the August 15th deadline. If the application, transcripts, or fee arrives after the ED deadline, PTCAS will automatically change the applicant’s file from early decision status to “regular” status. To avoid missing the deadline, applicants should not hold transcripts for summer courses, but should request transcripts be sent from all institutions as soon as the application cycle opens in July. Summer 2013 grades may be submitted along with Fall 2013 grades in the December/January Academic Update period. Admission decisions for ED candidates will be made by September 24th. If accepted by UTC, an ED applicant will not be permitted to apply to any other programs via PTCAS. If UTC denies or moves the applicant’s file to "regular" status, then the applicant will be allowed to apply to other programs in PTCAS for an additional fee ($35 each).
To be eligible for early decision, applicants must have the following:
- Minimum 3.4 cumulative GPA
- Minimum 3.4 GPA for the nine science prerequisites (listed on the prerequisites page under "Eligibility Requirements")
- Minimum 3.5 GRE analytical writing score
- Minimum 300 GRE combined verbal and quantitative score
To be considered as an Early Decision candidate, all application materials (including all transcripts) must be received by PTCAS by August 15, 2013. Early Decision applicants should take the GRE no later that July 30th.
Information for Accepted Students
Accepted students must also apply to the UTC Graduate School using the UTC Graduate School Application
Admission Contingencies - Accepted applicants must achieve the following for program matriculation:
- Earn a bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution prior to beginning the professional program. Degree completion is not required to apply.
- Maintain a minimum of 3.2/4.0 cumulative and scienceprerequisite GPA.
- Provide evidence of completing all twelve program prerequisites with a minimum grade of "C" prior to entering the professional program.
- Manually update fall course grades and In Progress courses in PTCAS. Provide a copy of all updated transcripts to PTCAS by the Academic Update deadline. Instructions for PTCAS Academic Update can be found on the PTCAS web site.
- Submit updated transcripts for fall and spring courses to the UTC Graduate School by June 1 and also in August, if taking summer courses.
Proof of first aid and CPR certification
Admitted students must show proof of having previously completed a First Aid course. (Current certification is not necessary. ) Entering students must be currently certified in CPR with certification lasting until May of their first year in the program. Students will be recertified at that time.
Criminal Background Checks
Our department requires criminal background checks and/or drug tests for all accepted students in order to verify an individual’s suitability to participate in experiential education rotations and to ensure patient safety. Do not complete a background check until you are requested to do so by the DPT program.