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Entrance Requirements
 

Minimum Requirements
Required Courses
Highly Recommended Courses
Recommended Courses

Admission to the program is competitive. Beginning in the summer of 2014, we plan to enroll 60 students per class. Each year more qualified candidates apply for admission than we are able to admit; meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Acceptance is based on academic excellence, evidence of physical therapy clinical experience, the required essay, interview (if invited), and letters of recommendation. Acceptance will be based on the stated criteria and not based on race, sex, creed or national origin.

It is recommended that candidates review the technical standards found in Section 6 of the University of Delaware (UD) Department of Physical Therapy Program Policy Document (see link that follows) prior to submitting their application.

Our new class begins in the summer of each year (end of June).

Minimum Entrance Requirements:

NOTE: Meeting the minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee admission

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) must be taken and scores forwarded to the University of Delaware (School Code 5811).
  • Documented volunteer or paid clinical experience in physical therapy (100 hours minimum). Documentation must be signed by a licensed physical therapist with an indication of his/her appropriate credentials (sample documentation). A minimum of 50 hours is required at time of application. A minimum of 100 hours is required at time of matriculation.
  • Three letters of recommendation (two from licensed physical therapists; one from an upper-level professor).
  • Completion of prerequisite courses with a grade of C (2.0 minimum) or higher (see list below).
  • Completion of the PTCAS application AND UD Graduate Application, including the PT supplemental document.
  • Payment of UD supplemental fee $35.
  • By invitation, an interview with the admissions committee, which is required for admission.

Acceptance will be based upon the stated criteria and not on the basis of race, sex, creed, or national origin.

Required Courses

Course Type or Level
Semester and (credits)

Course Description
Psychology Introductory
1 (3)
A foundation course in the application of the scientific method to problems of human behavior and experience.
Statistics Introductory
1 (3)
Probability; estimation; classical statistical inference; modern decision theory.
Chemistry w/ lab Introductory
2 (8)
Matter, the changes that matter undergoes, and the laws governing these changes, with greater emphasis on atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, equilibria and energy relationships. Includes one three hour lab per week.
Physics
w/ lab
Introductory
2 (8)
Fundamentals of physics, classical and modern; includes mathematics and problem solving. Calculus or Trigonometry based Physics will fulfill this requirement.
Biology
w/ lab
Introductory
2 (8)
Biology of the cell both structure and function. Perpetuation of life cell division, genetics and development. Origin of life and diversity of life. Material also included is the physiology of multicellular organisms: fungi, plants, and animals. The biology of populations, including behavior, evolution and ecology. (Any Anatomy and Physiology course may NOT be used to fulfill this requirement).
*Physiology w/ lab Human or Mammalian
1 (4)
Principle underlying function of organisms at the organ system level; ionic composition and regulation, respiration, circulation, nutritive metabolism, excretion and neuromuscular activity. (Exercise Physiology may NOT be used to fulfill this requirement)
*Anatomy w/lab Human or Mammalian
1 (4)
 
*May substitute two-course sequence of anatomy and physiology.

Highly Recommended Courses
(but not required for admissions)

Course Type or Level/Semesters and (credits)
Calculus Introductory/ 1 (3)
English Composition Introductory/ 1 (3)
Psychology Upper-level/ 1 (3)


Recommended Courses
(but not required for admissions)

Course Type or Level/Semesters and (credits)
Biochemistry with lab General / 1 (4)
Ethics Introductory / 1 (3)
Organic Chemistry General / 1 (4)
Public Speaking Introductory / 1 (3)
Sociology of Health Care Introductory / 1 (3)
Sociology Introductory / 1 (3)
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