Below are a number of questions that prospective students and applicants tend to have. For any additional questions, feel free to reach out to our admissions team at PT.Admissions@cuanschutz.edu
It is your responsibility to make sure that all documents have been received by PTCAS. Therefore, you should occasionally check the status of your application, by accessing the PTCAS student portal. It takes PTCAS about 4-6 weeks to verify an application.
Once the PT program has received a verified application from PTCAS, an email will be sent to you stating that the application has been received and is under review.
Please note that incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Applications that have not been verified through PTCAS by November 9, 2020 will not be considered
Yes, the PTCAS form must be completed by all references and submitted by the individual providing the reference through PTCAS.
We require three letters of recommendation.
Please review our reference requirements, and note that we do NOT accept letters from family, friends, coaches, or clergy.
No. Although an experience observing PTs treating patients internationally is certainly valuable for many reasons (and may be helpful to discuss in essays or during an interview), we do not accept international hours to meet our requirement for observation hours. These must be completed in the United States with a PT licensed in the United States.
Please attempt to describe the setting you observed as best as possible by using the ‘other’ category. You may note key words such as: pediatrics, school system, home health, vestibular, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, pelvic health, workers comp, etc.
Rather than looking for pure volume of hours, we are looking for the quality of the experience, a variety of settings, and what you learned from your observations. You are encouraged to comment on meaningful observation experiences in essays and in interviews.
One of your required references must be from a PT. This PT may need enough time with you to adequately reflect your strengths in their reference. This may necessitate more than the 15-hour observation minimum.
Yes. Hours to meet the requirement in one setting type may be split between multiple facilities. In some cases, a facility may have a limit on the number of hours one can observe. You are permitted to observe the remaining hours at a different facility.
No. Anschutz Medical Campus offers only graduate level courses; however, the University of Colorado Denver downtown campus offers the prerequisite courses.
Schools in the greater Denver area that offer prerequisite courses include, but are not limited to: CU Denver CU Boulder CU Colorado Springs CSU Fort Collins UNC Greeley Colorado College
We accept prerequisite courses from any institution that is regionally accredited.
All prerequisites may be completed at a community college, except for the upper-division basic science requirement.
Our most competitive applicants take multiple upper division courses.
Yes. We recommend that you consider consultation with your academic advisor or our admissions advisors and consider the level and rigor of the course.
We understand that a variety of factors may contribute to low academic performance in courses. We certainly consider your GPA, but we will also consider the rigor of coursework, trend of grades and more.
You can respond to the following question in the PTCAS application to provide context related to periods of lower academic performance: ‘Does my academic record accurately portray my capabilities?’
It may be useful to use a GPA calculator to calculate your cumulative GPA. It may also be useful to figure out how many courses you would need to take to boost your GPA.
Yes, PTCAS combines all grades using transcripts from all institutions to calculate GPA’s.
No, the highest grade is not considered in the GPA calculation. Some undergraduate institutions will exclude the first grade if a student has retaken a course and only calculate the higher, more recent grade. This is not the case for PTCAS, as they consider
every grade for every course taken and therefore average your grades.
If you got a C in a course and an A when you retook it, it would effectively average into a B for your GPA calculations.
Although we have contracts with around 400 clinical sites, our vision is to have true partnerships with a smaller number of sites who can take students consistently every year. Our focus is on quality of clinical education experiences offered rather than quantity. While many of the sites are local in the greater Denver area and surrounding cities in Colorado, we do have sites across the United States.
Please note that not all 400+ sites offer an experience during each of the clinical education experiences.
No. Although the Program appreciates the value of international experiences, international clinical education sites may not have the same physical therapy and licensing standards as those in the United States and cannot always meet the Program’s specific objectives for each clinical education experience. Therefore, all clinical experiences must be completed in the United States. Students may have other options for international experiences as an elective, as an optional activity through campus organizations, or after completion of their DPT degree.
There is a process for requesting to open a new clinical site, however, establishing new clinical sites will only be considered according to Program need and at the discretion of the clinical education team.
Yes, our students take a 6-credit Clinical Anatomy I course in the first summer semester and a 3-credit Clinical Anatomy II course in the second summer semester. Students work in a group performing dissection of human cadavers during these courses.
The CU Anschutz Medical Campus was designed to facilitate interprofessional interaction. The education buildings and lecture halls/other classrooms are utilized by students from all the health professions represented on campus, including but not limited
to: physical therapy, physician assistant, dental medicine, medicine, nursing, pharmacy and public health.
Examples of interprofessional interaction include a course with physician assistant students and an Interprofessional Education (IPE) and Development course designed to investigate ethical scenarios and patient cases, from a collaborative team perspective.
No, all applicants are considered at the same time.
In addition to academic metrics, the CU PT Program looks closely at an applicant’s experiences, personal attributes, and characteristics. We are committed to selecting students who demonstrate dedication to their learning, commitment to the profession, involvement within their community through work or service, leadership potential, effective interpersonal skills and strong self-reflection.
A portion of qualified applicants are invited for mandatory on-campus interviews, which take place in mid- to late-January or early February.
Interviews are 1-on-1 for 30 minutes. There will be 2 interviews with a faculty member or clinical partner.
Prior to the interview, your application is thoroughly reviewed by our Admissions Committee. The interviews themselves are blinded, so the interviewer will know nothing about you other than first and last name. This gives the interviewer the opportunity to evaluate you on factors such as communication skills, critical thinking, and thoughtful answers without bias from the application.
There are many residential opportunities near CU Anschutz Medical Campus, located in Aurora, Colorado. Students live in Aurora, closer to downtown Denver, and even as far as Boulder, Greeley or Colorado Springs.
There are no campus dorms or university sponsored housing. There are several private apartment complexes directly north of the Strauss Health Sciences Library. There are many other new and renovated apartments and houses just beyond the Anschuz Medical Campus in all directions.
The Office of Campus Student Services has housing resources available to current students. This includes a database through which students may look for open properties and roommate opportunities.
Student service fees include a Regional Transportation District Fee (RTD) pass. There are two light rail stations close to campus and shuttles that run between campus buildings and the light rail station. The RTD pass also includes the RTD bus system, multiple bus lines run directly to the Anschutz campus.
A number of faculty, students and staff bike into work as well, with plenty of bike racks available.
Due to the academic rigor of the Physical Therapy Program, it is strongly recommended that you secure enough financial aid to support yourself through school. This is particularly important during the first year.
There are part-time work-study jobs on campus and within the PT program such as, working at the library circulation desk, performing data entry for research projects, cleaning the labs, providing classroom technical support, and more.
You may choose to pursue part-time jobs to help supplement your costs such as driving for a ride share company, working as a nanny, working as a personal care assistant for an individual, serving at a restaurant, etc. This is typically on a very part-time basis (2-10 hours per week).
Classes are sometimes 8:00 am-5:00 pm Monday through Friday, averaging 30 hours a week.
Lectures are typically 2 hours in length with 10 minutes to transition to the next class session. Labs are anywhere from 2-4 hours in length.