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Doctor of Physical Therapy Admission Requirements

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.

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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://clarke.edu/form.aspx?ekfrm=4562.
  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.

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  • 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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