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Pre-Physical Therapy Admission Requirements

UNDERGRADUATE DEGREES OPTIONS  

Students can choose from a variety of undergraduate majors. It is essential for the student to work closely with his/her adviser to plan a program of study that meets the major, general education, and prerequisite requirements to qualify for the DPT program. Most undergraduate students who qualify will start the DPT program their senior year at Clarke University, and finish their undergraduate degree at the end of the first year of the DPT program.

APPLICATION PROCESS

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Admission in the DPT program is competitive and granted to the most qualified candidates. All applicants must complete the application process and submit all materials by the date designatedon the Clarke DPT webpage. Preference is given to Clarke University students who are admitted in the direct admission pathway, to other Clarke students in the pre-physical therapy cohort, and to students who are part of articulation agreement with another institution who meet the priority admissions requirements. Students from other institutions are encouraged to apply and typically comprise one half of the students accepted into the professional phase of the program. Clarke University students who meet the minimum requirements but do not meet the priority requirements will compete for admission with applicants from other institutions.

ADMISSION PATHWAYS FOR THE DPT PROGRAM

Applicants to the DPT program follow one of two admission pathways. The admission process varies depending on the pathway:

I. Direct Admission Pathway Process

This process is followed by students who were accepted to Clarke University as first-year students in the direct admission pathway to the pre-PT program. These students received a letter of intent from Clarke University prior to matriculation as Clarke undergraduate students and have completed all the priority requirements for admission into the professional phase of the DPT program.

II. Standard Admission Pathway Process

The following students follow the standard admission process: Clarke University students not accepted in the direct admission pathway, undergraduate students from universities with 3+3 articulation agreements with Clarke, and graduates from other institutions, The process for standard admission to the DPT program includes submission of an application through PT Centralized Application Service (PTCAS), http://www.ptcas.org.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL APPLICANTS

  1. Completion of an undergraduate program from an accredited college or university. Students matriculating from Clarke’s pre-physical therapy program or part of an approved 3+3 articulation agreement are exempt from this requirement.
  2. 3.00 Cumulative GPA, with no grades lower than a “C”
  3. 3.00 Prerequisite Science GPA with no grades lower than a “C” in the following courses:
    • Cell Biology – 4 hours including lab
    • General Chemistry 1 & 2 – 8 hours including lab
    • Elements of Physics 1 & 2 – 8 hours including lab
    • Human Anatomy & Physiology– 8 total hours including lab
    • Psychology (Introductory plus one upper level course)– 6 hours
    • General or Biomedical Ethics – 3 hours
    • Pre-Calculus (for Physics) or a 26+ on math portion of ACT
    • In addition, the following course is a prerequisite for Clarke University undergraduates: PT 101 Introduction to Physical Therapy (may be waived for transfer students with more than 60 credit hours)
  4. No more than 2 courses repeated for credit. For Clarke students, retakes for prerequisite science courses must be completed at Clarke University unless approved by the physical therapy department prior to enrolling in the course.
  5. Record of a minimum of 25 hours observing in at least three of the following areas: pediatrics, geriatrics, inpatient acute/subacute care, neurological rehabilitation, orthopedics, sports medicine (Total of 75 hours). Clinical forms are available at http://www.clarke.edu/media/files/Admissions/Graduate/clinicallog.pdf.
  6. Responses to essay questions
  7. A competitive score on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required and must be included in application materials.
  8. Three completed recommendation forms, at least two of which must be from undergraduate faculty and one which may be from a physical therapist whom the applicant has observed.
  9. A minimum TOEFL PBT score of 550 or IBT score of 80 if English is not a first language.

I. DIRECT ADMISSION PATHWAY

Acceptance in the direct admission pathway is competitive. Admitted students complete the application process to the professional program through the Office of Graduate Studies at Clarke University. Letters of Intent signed and submitted prior to matriculation as first-year students will be used to document the direct admission pathway. Students in this pathway are first time applicants to the professional phase. Students who meet all the priority requirements will be guaranteed admission into the professional phase of the DPT program.

The fall prior to starting in the professional (DPT) phase, students must submit the following to:

Clarke University
Graduate Studies Office
1550 Clarke Drive
Dubuque, Iowa 52001

  1. A completed graduate application form, available online at http://www.clarke.edu/page.aspx?id=4564.
  2. One-to-two page written response to the following question: Describe how your observational experiences have influenced your decision to pursue physical therapy as a career. Concentrate on the areas described in the Student Log of Clinical Visits.
  3. Documentation that the student meets all the priority requirements for acceptance:

All students must meet the minimum requirements. For priority admission, students must provide documentation of the following:

  1. Official academic transcripts. These transcripts must show that the student meets the minimum requirements for admission through this pathway and shows progression toward completion of an undergraduate degree.
  2. 3.30 Cumulative GPA with no grades lower than a “C”
  3. 3.30 GPA in prerequisite Science courses:
    • BIOL 115 Fundamentals of Cell Biology/Genetics I *
    • BIOL 211 Anatomy and Physiology I *
    • BIOL 212 Anatomy and Physiology II *
    • CHEM 110 General Chemistry I *
    • CHEM 111 General Chemistry II *
    • PHYS 110 Elements of Physics I *
    • PHYS 111 Elements of Physics II *
    • PSYC 111 Introductory Psychology *
    • Another Psychology course *
  4. Completion of the following prerequisites:
    • PT 101 Introduction to Physical Therapy
    • PHIL 212 General Ethics or PHIL 225 Biomedical Ethics
    • MATH 117 Pre-Calculus (for Physics) or a 26+ on math portion of ACT
  5. Three recommendation forms, at least two of which must be from undergraduate faculty and one which may be from a physical therapist whom the applicant has observed. The forms must rate the applicant as “highly recommended” to the program.
  6. First time applicant to the DPT program.

NOTE:

  • The DPT admissions committee reserves the right to make justifiable exceptions to these requirements on a case-by-case basis.
  • Student must earn a baccalaureate degree before the start of the second year of the program.

II. STANDARD ADMISSIONS PATHWAY PROCESS

The process for standard admission to the DPT program requires submission of applications through PT Centralized Application Service (PTCAS), http://www.ptcas.org.

All students must meet the minimum requirements listed above. Students who meet those requirements are eligible to apply to the DPT program. The application process must be completed and all materials submitted by the designated date.

Students from Clarke University and those from universities with 3+3 articulation agreements with Clarke who meet all the priority requirements will be given preference for admission into the DPT program over other standard pathway students.
Individuals who received their undergraduate education at another institution are welcomed and encouraged to apply to the DPT program.

Clarke undergraduates and students from universities with 3+3 articulation agreements must demonstrate that they will earn their undergraduate degree prior to the start of the second year of the professional DPT program. Applicants from other institutions must either have their undergraduate degree completed or demonstrate that they will complete their undergraduate degree prior to the start of the first year of the professional DPT program. This documentation must be received with the application materials by the date designated on the Clarke DPT admissions website.

Transfer of Graduate Courses

Students may transfer up to 6 graduate credits in this field study with an earned 3.00 or higher (on a 4.00 scale) in each course from another accredited graduate program. Ordinarily, documented transfer of credits is evaluated and credits are posted at the time of matriculation or in the first semester of study at Clarke.

NOTE: The DPT admissions committee reserves the right to make justifiable exceptions to these requirements on a case-by-case basis.

 

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