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Doctor of Physical Therapy

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D.P.T. Admission

Note: The D.P.T. program is not admitting students at this time.

Admission to the D.P.T. program at KUMC is a competitive process. The faculty values a well-rounded applicant; one who has demonstrated his or her academic and cognitive abilities as well as her or his personal and professional potential. Class size is restricted; generally no more than 36 students are admitted in any single year. 

Prospective students must first meet program eligibility requirements. When ready to apply, please review the complete list of application requirements.

  1. Undergraduate Degree. A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution must be completed before the start of D.P.T. program classes. The degree can be in any field, but course work must have included the D.P.T. prerequisite courses. Students with degrees from universities outside the U.S. may be considered if they meet requirements equivalent to a bachelor's degree from a program in the U.S.
  2. Grade-Point Average. An overall 3.0 cumulative grade-point average on a 4.0-scale is required. In addition, student transcripts must document a minimum 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale in all prerequisite courses including math and science course work.
  3. C Grades or Higher. A passing grade is required in all prerequisite courses. D is not considered a passing grade. All prerequisite science courses must be completed within the last 10 years.
  4. Satisfactory Graduate Record Examination Score. We recommend a minimum 450 (verbal and quantitative sections), and 4.0 (writing section) scores on the Graduate Record Examination General Test. The GRE must have been taken within the past 5 years to be valid on an application.
  5. 32 Hours Clinical Observation Experience. A minimum of 32 hours in a physical therapy clinic under the supervision of a physical therapist is required, with at least 16 of those hours occurring in a hospital setting. We recommend students try to observe physical therapists in a variety of settings. Settings include, but are not limited to, hospitals, private practice clinics, school systems, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and hospice care centers. Written verification of observation experience must be provided by the supervisor.
  6. International Students. International students or those for whom English is a second language must meet minimum English proficiency requirements. International students may have additional requirements for visa, residency, and citizenship status. Students should contact the KUMC Office of International Programs for guidance regarding these issues during the application process.

A background check is required during the admission process; it may affect the student's eligibility to enter the program.

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