How can I apply to the doctorate in physical therapy program?
Visit the Admission/Application section of this website for information on getting started. The application deadline for the DPT class entering in 2014 is November 1, 2013. The application to the University of Rhode Island Graduate School should be submitted by November 1, 2013.
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, and the other half have already graduated at the time of application.
What is the best undergraduate degree to have?
We do not specify a particular undergraduate degree. Instead, we look closely at the prerequisites, which can be completed in a wide variety of degree programs. Applications should, in general, be in an undergraduate program in which applicants have the most interest as that tends to translate into obtaining the strongest grades. Common undergraduate degrees among students admitted to the program include Biology, Kinesiology, Dance, Psychology, Health Policy, and Health Sciences.
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" at the time of application; however, if you are accepted in the program, you will need to submit a plan to complete all the prerequisite courses before the start of Summer Semester 1, which is generally the week before Memorial Day. 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 by the time you submit your application.
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 finding a Human Anatomy and/or a Human Physiology course. Can you provide additional information on what is acceptable?
The Human Anatomy and Human Physiology courses need to be 4 credit courses with labs. Often these are either separate 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.
Will any two Chemistry courses or any two Physics courses suffice?
The Chemistry and Physics courses need to be lab courses and need to include an introduction and second level course. 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 content course are required. Developmental Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Social, Adolescent, and Experimental Psychology are examples of upper level psychology content courses. Please note: Statistics offered by a Psychology Department does not count as a content course in Psychology. Other courses offered with ‘psychology’ in the title but offered by a non-Psychology Department (Sports Psychology offered by an Exercise Science Department) are considered on a case-by-case basis.
I'm applying and have AP credit for a prerequisite course; will you accept these credits?
Yes, we accept AP credit if your college/university transcript has given you credit on your transcript for a specific course. It must be on your transcript, and you must have received credit for a specific course, e.g. Math 110 - AP credit
How much does it cost to attend the University of Rhode Island’s DPT Program?
The most updated information on tuition and fees, and available financial aid can be found at http://www.uri.edu/es/acadinfo/acadyear/tuition.html
Does the DPT Department offer financial assistance to students?
Yes, we have a very limited number of graduate assistantships. These positions are 10 hours/week, and cover 50% of tuition and provide a small stipend. In general, graduate assistants help faculty with a course or support other important departmental activities (e.g. admissions, clinical education). In an effort to solidify first year students’ academic record, assistantships are not typically given to them until the Spring Semester of their first year. Also, in attempt to provide some support to as many students as possible, we do not typically give assistantships to the same individual multiple times.
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.
Interviews for the 2014 entering class will be held on January 3 and 4, 2014. Interviews are by invitation only.