Application Information

Important Dates for Applicants - 2024-25 Application:

DateItem
June 17, 20242024-2025 PTCAS Applications open
October 1, 2024Application deadline; PTCAS application must be submitted by this date by 11:59 pm EST
October 1, 2024 Supplemental Fee Payment must be received by 11:59 PM MST on October 1st, the same date as the PTCAS application deadline
November 8, 2024

PTCAS Verification Deadline (Applications not verified by PTCAS by this date will NOT be reviewed. The verification process may take up to 4-6 weeks, and thus it is in an applicant's best interest to submit to PTCAS ahead of the Oct 1st deadline)

January 14-16, 2025

Class of 2027 Virtual Interviews (by invitation only)
January 17-18, 2025Campus Visit for Interviewees (optional)
Late January through Late March 2025Offers of admission sent
April 2025Class finalized
May 28-30, 2025 (tentative)Orientation to DPT Program​​​
June 2, 2025Summer semester begins for the Class of 2027

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, nondiscrimination.
University Strategic Priority

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus Physical Therapy Program is committed to providing equitable access to learning opportunities for all students, including those with disabilities (e.g., mental health, attentional, learning, chronic health, sensory, or physical) who meet the technical standards of the program, with or without reasonable accommodations.

If you are an applicant with a disability who would like to engage in a confidential consultation about disability access at CU Anschutz, or who requires accommodations to complete the application or interview process, please contact The Office of Disability, Access, & Inclusion.

Baccalaureate degree

  • Must be completed through a regionally accredited institution prior to the start of orientation in late May.
  • Note: Prospective applicants who attend quarter-based institutions typically need to complete all degree/prerequisite requirements by the end of the winter term (as spring quarters often continue into mid-June).

GPA

  • Qualified applicants have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (based on all course attempts).
  • GPA is one of several important factors in admissions decisions. It is important to consider that the average cumulative GPA of admitted applicants is above 3.6.
  • Applicants with a minimum GPA between 2.7 and 3.0 may still be considered for admission only when there is evidence of a significant positive trend in grades over time (evidenced by a last 60-credit GPA of greater than or equal to 3.5) AND strong grades in courses, such as anatomy, physiology, and upper-division sciences (biomechanics, exercise physiology, etc), and there are other unique circumstances or characteristics the applicant brings forward through their application during the admissions process.
  • To view competitive GPAs, visit our DPT Statistics Page
  • Please see the PTCAS website to learn how to calculate GPAs at http://www.ptcas.org/GPA.

Graduate Record Exam

  • GRE is NO LONGER REQUIRED for admission

International Students and English as a Foreign Language Applicants

  • Score of 80 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) internet-based test or a total score of 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) academic test.
  • If you are an international student or a student who completed a bachelor's degree outside of the U.S., you must also provide a World Education Services (WES)  transcript evaluation including the line-by-line course evaluation, cumulative GPA and the U.S. equivalent degree. Please contact PT.Admissions@cuanschutz.edu to inquire about additional considerations.

COVID -19 Vaccination Requirements

The CU Anschutz COVID-19 Vaccination Policy no longer requires COVID-19 vaccination for faculty, staff, students, badged affiliates, persons of interest (POIs), visitors, or volunteers in non-clinical settings, as of July 1, 2023, with some important exceptions. Students involved in clinical rotations must comply with the vaccine requirements and protocols of those sites. Please visit this link for further information.

Staying up to date on vaccines and boosters is strongly encouraged.

2023-2024 Application Cycle

Observation Hours:

  • Observation hours are not required.

  • Becoming a physical therapist is a significant investment of both time and money and it is essential that applicants have broad knowledge about the profession prior to entering a DPT program to ensure being a physical therapist is the right career choice for them. There are many ways to learn about the profession including observing a licensed physical therapist in a variety of settings, conducting informational interviews, referencing the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) website, listening to podcasts, observing other healthcare providers, and more.

References: 

We require 2 letters from people who know the applicant well, with the exception of family, friends, and clergy. The most common references we receive are from professors, supervisors, and licensed physical therapists. Applications may not be verified by PTCAS until all materials are received, including letters of recommendation, thus it is in your best interest to have your references submit as early to the Oct 2nd deadline as possible.

Essays: 

The application process requires both a standard PTCAS essay as well as University of Colorado specific program essays. We expect that all essays are written in accordance with the American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) standards of professionalism, integrity, accountability and honesty, as well as our Program’s Honors code and copyright regulations. By submitting an application through PTCAS, applicants are affirming that their essays were written in their own words without the assistance of paid external resources, websites utilizing artificial intelligence (ex. ChatGPT), or copyrighted from another source. 

 

    Coursework Prerequisites

    All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to the start of orientation (end of May), although an application may be submitted prior to completing all prerequisite coursework. Note that only one (1) prerequisite science course may be in progress in the spring semester/winter quarter 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 five (5) years of entering our program. Anatomy, Physiology and at least one upper-division science (or Exercise Physiology/Biomechanics) must be completed within ten (10) years of entering the program, 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 (applicants are encouraged to contact PT.Admissions@cuanschutz.edu if they are planning to use AP/IB credit to fulfill a prerequisite but the specific credit does not appear on their college transcript).

    All prerequisite courses must be completed through regionally accredited institutions.

    Note: Pass/fail grades received in courses taken in spring, summer, or fall 2020 are accepted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.   

    Options to fulfill Anatomy and Physiology:

     Option 1 of 2 Anatomy and Physiology

    • Human or Mammalian Anatomy with lab (upper-division preferred) - 4 semester hours or 6 quarter units
    • Human or Mammalian Physiology with lab* (upper-division preferred) - 4 semester hours or 6 quarter units

      Option 2 of 2 Anatomy and Physiology

    • Combined Human or Mammalian Anatomy and Physiology with labs (upper-division preferred) - 8 semester hours or 12 quarter units

    *If your institution does not offer a Human Physiology lab, please contact PT.Admissions@cuanschutz.edu to discuss your options for fulfilling this requirement.

    Note: Most applicants complete their Anatomy and Physiology requirements through the biology, exercise science, or kinesiology departments of their institution. 


    Options to fulfill Upper-Division Science, Exercise Physiology or Biomechanics:

    • Option 1: Any upper-division science (300/3000 level or higher) - 3 semester hours or 4 quarter units
    • Option 2: Exercise Physiology (lower-division OR upper-division are acceptable; upper-division is strongly recommended) - 3 semester hours or 4 quarter units
    • Option 3: Biomechanics (lower-division OR upper-division are acceptable; upper-division is strongly recommended) - 3 semester hours or 4 quarter units

    While any upper division science in the biology, chemistry, physics or engineering departments will meet the upper division requirement, please note that field related content will provide better preparation. Examples include but are not limited to: cell biology, neuroanatomy/neurophysiology, genetics, microbiology, etc. Courses such as ecology, plant physiology, etc. are not field related.

       


       

      Additional Course Prerequisites:

      • Lab-based Chemistry - (survey or introduction to chemistry courses for non-science majors are NOT accepted) - 8 semester hours or 12-15 quarter units
      • Lab-based Physics - (algebra or calculus-based; survey or introduction to physics courses for non-science majors are NOT accepted) - 8 semester hours or 12-15 quarter units 
      • 2 Psychology courses - (abnormal and developmental psychology preferred) - 6 semester hours or 8 quarter units
      • Statistics - 3 semester hours or 4 quarter units
      • Writing or English Composition (any writing-intensive course) - 3 semester hours or 4 quarter units

      Application Deadline and Verification


      Please be aware that the PTCAS verification process is typically 4-6 weeks. It is the responsibility of the applicant to confirm with PTCAS that all application materials have been received in order for verification to occur. 

      While the deadline to electronically submit an application is October 2nd, 2023, PTCAS must verify an application for it to be sent to a DPT program for admissions review. For the University of Colorado to review an application, PTCAS verification must be complete by November 3rd, 2023. Applications not verified by PTCAS by this deadline will NOT be reviewed. 

      Supplemental Fee

      The supplemental fee is a one-time, non-refundable, $50 fee payable to the University of Colorado that must be paid by the PTCAS application deadline of October 2nd. Payment can be made directly at the following link: https://isis-cs.prod.cu.edu/psc/csprod/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/CU_SELFSRV_PUB.CU_APPFEE_PAYMENT.GBL?INSTITUTION=CUDEN. Within the Academic Program drop down menu, select Physical Therapy (for Fee Type, select DPT-Supplemental App Fee). If you have difficulty with the website, please try using a different internet browser. This fee is due at the time the application is submitted to PTCAS (deadline is 10/2/2023), and is in addition to the PTCAS fees. The Supplemental fee MUST be paid in order for your application to be reviewed and considered by our PT Program's Admissions Committee.  The supplemental application fee supports a thorough review of each application, by a team dedicated to learning as much as possible about each applicant. If the applicant received a fee waiver from PTCAS, they are also eligible for a fee waiver from the University of Colorado. Documentation of the approved fee waiver must be sent to PT.Admissions@cuanschutz.edu.

      Other Fees

      PTCAS Initial Program Designation fee: $160 
      Each Additional Program PTCAS fee: $60

      Virtual Interviews

      Class of 2026 Interviews will be held January 9-11, 2024 by invitation only. Applicants will complete two, one-on-on 20-25-minute interviews with a faculty member and/or clinical partner.

      Campus Day

      For those invited to interview, we will host an optional campus visit the morning of Friday, January 12, 2024. Attendance will not impact admissions decisions.

       

      Invitations to interview will likely be sent in mid-December 2023.

        Other program requirements upon acceptance

         

        Admissions Deposit

        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. Please use this form to pay online via credit card or checking account (ACH) your non-refundable tuition deposit for an academic program. These fees are non-refundable. 

        Technical Standards

        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.

        Completion of all outstanding prerequisite coursework

        Only 1 science prerequisite may be in progress in the Spring/Winter semester prior to matriculation. All prerequisite coursework must be satisfactorily completed prior to matriculation.

        Official Transcripts

        Official transcripts from every higher education institution ever attended must be sent to the PT Program. This includes all spring/winter 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 a posted degree must be received by June 15th of the summer in which a student is starting the PT Program.

        Financial Aid Application

        If you intend to apply for financial aid, review the Steps for Applying. Also ensure you use school code 004508 on your FAFSA.

        Current CPR certification - Health Professionals course

        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. 

        Required Immunizations

        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.

        The CU Anschutz and UCCS COVID-19 Vaccination Policies no longer requires COVID-19 vaccination for faculty, staff, students, badged affiliates, persons of interest (POIs), visitors, or volunteers in non-clinical settings, with some important exceptions. Students involved in clinical rotations must comply with the vaccine requirements and protocols of those sites. Please visit the Anschutz Medical Campus Covid and UCCS Covid sites for further information. Staying up to date on vaccines and boosters is strongly encouraged. 

        Completed Background Check

        All incoming students must give permission for a background check and students are responsible for any associated costs. The contact is made through PTCAS by an external vendor called Certiphi when PTCAS is notified of your accepted offer by the Program. The student will receive an email from Certiphi with the address, StudentEdition@ceriphi.com, that includes a verification code.

        If you are planning on applying to the CU PT program and have previously been convicted of a misdemeanor related to any type of assault or have been convicted of any type of felony, please contact Dr. Lara Canham, Chair of PT Admissions, at Lara.Canham@cuanschutz.edu to discuss your situation confidentially.

        Completed Residency Form

        Completion of the Tuition Classification (Residency) form is required.
        All students, even non-residents, must fill out all or part of this form. For information about how to establish Colorado residency​, please visit this link . Please contact Tuitionclassification@cuanschutz.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.

        Completed Drug Screening

        All health care providers are entrusted with the health, safety and welfare of patients which requires the exercise of good judgment and ethical behavior. Thus, an assessment of a student’s possible impairment that could diminish the student’s capacity to function in such a setting is imperative to promote the highest level of integrity in patient care. The University of Colorado School of Medicine requires that all students submit to and provide evidence of a negative drug screen prior to starting clinical experiences, inclusive of recreational and medical marijuana use. The CU Physical Therapy Program covers the cost of the initial 10-panel drug screening which all incoming students must take and pass successfully. The screening will occur during the first month of the first summer semester, after matriculation. The student will be responsible for the cost of any additional screenings required by the program or clinical sites during their time in the program. Please refer to the full CU School of Medicine Drug Screening Policy for additional information. 

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