How can I apply to the physical therapy program?
Visit the Admission Application section of this website for more information.
Do I have to wait until after I graduate from my undergraduate degree program before applying?
No. About half of our applicants apply during the fall of their final undergraduate year, less than half of the applicants have already graduated at the time of application. In addition we typically have several applicants who apply during their junior year.
What are the types of clinics that the Physical Therapy Program at the University of Rhode Island has?
University Physical Therapy serves the University and local community by providing an array of physical therapy services. For more information, see the Clinics section of our website.
How many pre-requisites may be in-process when I submit my application?
We do not have a limit of prerequisite courses that can be "in progress", but you need to submit a plan of how you would get them all done by September of the year you enter PT. All prerequisite courses must be passed at a level of C (2.00) or better. Also please realize that each prerequisite course "in progress" will be a question mark on your application because we simply have no way of knowing how well you will do in that course. When comparing applicants, you can understand that we will be concerned about applications with question marks, so it is best to have as much done as possible before the Jan deadline.
Is it possible to take a pre-requisite course after the DPT program has commenced?
No, all prerequisite courses need to be done before you start.
I am having difficulty registering for a Human Anatomy or Human Physiology course because they are consistently overbooked at my local community college. Will you accept an online Human Anatomy or an on-line Human Physiology class?
The Human Anatomy and Human Physiology courses needs to be a 4 credit courses with labs. Often these are either seperate courses, or are combined in Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 and Human Anatomy and Physiology 2. Applicants cannot mix the style of preparation in this area. For example, if you have taken a Human Anatomy course, you must take a Human Physiology course; or if you have taken Human Anatomy and Physiology 1, you must take Human Anatomy and Physiology 2. We have not yet heard ofon-line courses that include lab components. As a result, on-line anatomy and physiology courses have not been sufficient.
Will any two Chemistry courses or any two Physics courses suffice?
The Chemistry and Physics courses need to be lab courses and need to be an introduction and second level. Often these are offered as Physics 1 and Physics 2; General Chemistry 1 and General Chemistry 2. Many applicants have also taken Introduction to Chemistry and Organic Chemistry; that sequence also works well.
Will any two Psychology courses suffice?
As with the Chemistry and Physics requirement, an introductory and an upper level psychology course is required. Developmental Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, and Experimental Psychology are common upper level courses taken by applicants.
I'm applying and have AP credit for a prerequisite course. How do I indicate that on the form?
Enter the course name in the appropriate box with an "-AP" at the end. Enter 0 (zero) for the credits, and leave the grade field blank.
My school uses "AB" as an intermediate grade, not an "A-" or "B+". How do I indicate that on the form?
We will make corrections by hand later once we review your transcript. For now enter the higher of the two grades on the form (so an AB becomes an A, and a BC becomes a B).
How can I ask a current student a question?
Students will be monitoring a special email account, and will try to answer any question you may have. The email address to ask a sDPT a question is:
Does URI offer the DPT?
Yes. Our proposal to offer the DPT as the entry-level degree was accepted by the Board of Governors of Higher Education in September 2005. We graduate the first class of DPT students in May of 2007.
What is the goal of the Physical Therapy Program at the University of Rhode Island?
To train clinical scholars who are able to function as autonomous practitioners providing treatment and education aimed to enhance human capacity and potential.
The Physical Therapy Department at URI participates in the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS). Applicants for the 2014 entering class can apply online using the PTCAS Web application, beginning in July 2013. To learn more about the PTCAS application process, please visit www.ptcas.org.
The Annual Open House will be held on September 26, 2013 from 4:30pm-6pm in Independence Square.
Interviews for the 2014 entering class will be held on January 3 and 4, 2014. Interviews are by invitation only.