|Early July 2020||2020-2021 PTCAS Applications open|
|October 1, 2020||Application deadline; PTCAS application must be submitted by this date by 11:59 pm EST|
|October 13, 2020||Final CASPer Test Date (see other dates on CASPer website)|
|November 9, 2020|
PTCAS Verification Deadline (applications not verified by PTCAS by this date will NOT be reviewed)
|December 16 or 17, 2020||Interviews (Online via Zoom)|
|January through Late-March, 2021||Offers of admission made until class is filled|
|Early April, 2021||Class finalized (additional offers of admission may be made if necessary)|
|June 2, 2021||Orientation to DPT Program Begins|
|June 7, 2021||Summer semester begins for the Class of 2023|
The Program follows University policies to facilitate equal opportunity and nondiscrimination for faculty, staff and prospective/enrolled students, by following policies of the Office
of Equity and the Regent's laws and Policies, Article 10, non discrimination.
University Strategic Priority
Required observation hours: 45 hours total
Observation must be completed with a licensed physical therapist in the United States
Obtain three (3) references, including one (1) from each of the following:
Health Care Professional must be licensed as: MD, DO, RN (APN, MSN, BSN, DNP), PA-C, PT (BS, MS, MPT, DPT), or OT (BS, MS, MOT, DOT). The reference from a Professor may be from the major, from a basic science course, or from a course that meets one of our upper-division science prerequisite courses. Reference from a Professor can be completed by an Instructor, Assistant, Associate or Full Professor.
PTAs, OTAs, guest lecturers, TAs, GAs, Coaches, clergy, co-workers, family or friends.
All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to matriculation, although an application may be submitted prior to completing all prerequisite coursework. Only one (1) prerequisite science course may be in progress in the spring semester prior to matriculation. Courses completed with a C- or below are not acceptable. It is recommended that all science and math courses be completed within the last five (5) years. Anatomy, physiology and at least one upper-division science must have been completed within the last ten (10) years, and preferably within the last five (5) years. Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) credit is accepted only if a transcript reflects the credit earned.
Option 1 of 2 Anatomy and Physiology
Option 1 of 3 Upper-Division Science (must be completed through a four-year institution)
Option 3 of 3 Upper-Division Science (must be completed through a four-year institution)
Additional Course Prerequisites:
Applicants must apply online using the Physical Therapists Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) application at www.ptcas.org. See the PTCAS website for specific application fees, date and instructions.
Qualified applicants have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Please see the PTCAS website to learn how to calculate each of these three cumulative GPAs at http://www.ptcas.org/GPA.
Our application process includes a holistic review that looks closely at all components of an application. Reviewers attend closely to strengths that are identified in several application areas reflected by accurate application documentation and thoughtful essays.
In addition to any PTCAS fees outlined below, all applicants must also pay a one-time, non-refundable $100 supplemental fee at https://isis-cs.prod.cu.edu/psc/csprod/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/CU_SELFSRV_PUB.CU_APPFEE_PAYMENT.GBL?INSTITUTION=CUDEN. Applications will not be reviewed if the supplemental fee is not received. Please note that the PT Program will only waive the $100 supplemental application fee if PTCAS has also approved a fee waiver request. Documentation of the approved fee waiver must be sent to PT.Admissions@cuanschutz.edu.
PTCAS Initial Program Designation fee: $155
Each Additional Program PTCAS fee: $60
While the deadline to electronically submit an application is in early-October, it is highly advised to submit early enough to have PTCAS verification completed by November 9, 2020. Applications not verified by PTCAS by November 9, 2020 will NOT be reviewed.
All applicants are REQUIRED to participate in CASPer on one of ten available test dates. The final date for applicants to our program is October 13, 2020. CASPer is a selection tool used by academic programs to help assess applicants for non-academic attributes or people skills. Registration, test dates and fee information are available at the following link: https://account.takecasper.com/signup.
Students admitted into the program must submit a $1,000 confirmation deposit to hold their place in the class upon receiving an offer of admission. This deposit is applied to tuition and fees for the first semester of attendance and is non-refundable.
All students must meet the technical standards of the DPT Program. Every applicant offered admission must sign a document indicating they are able to meet the technical standards in order to be admitted.
Only 1 science prerequisite may be in progress in the Spring semester prior to matriculation. All prerequisite coursework must be satisfactorily completed prior to matriculation.
Official transcripts from every higher education institution ever attended must be sent to the PT Program. This includes all spring 2019 course grades. Final transcript(s) showing a conferred degree must be on file prior to matriculation. For incoming students finishing their undergraduate degrees, transcript with posted degree must be received by June 15, 2020.
If you intend to apply for financial aid, review the Steps for Applying. Also ensure you use school code 004508 on your FAFSA.
We require the BLS for Healthcare Providers. Go to the American Heart Association to find a course near you. WE WILL ONLY ACCEPT COURSES TAKEN THROUGH THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION.
All students in the School of Medicine must comply with required immunizations and tests. All students must be in compliance with updated vaccines and tests prior to matriculation. All PT students are tracked throughout the Program to make certain they stay in compliance, both regarding School of Medicine and the various clinical setting requirements. Click here for the university policy.
All incoming students must give permission for a background check. The contact is made through PTCAS by a company called Certiphi when PTCAS is notified of your accepted offer by the Program.
If you are planning on applying to the CU PT program and have previously been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony, please contact Dr. Mary Jane Rapport, Director of PT Admissions, either by e-mail or at 303-724-9148.
Completion of a Verification of Colorado Residency form is required.
All students, even non-residents, must fill out all or part of this form. Information about how to establish Colorado residency. Please contact CUAnschutzTCO.Registrar@ucdenver.edu with any questions regarding residency.
Completed Military Service Form (online) if applicable
Male students born after December 31, 1959 must certify that they have registered with Selective Service (or are exempt from Selective Service registration) in order to register at any state-supported institution of higher education. Please go to www.sss.gov and make sure you have complied with this law prior to your arrival on campus.