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Arnold School of Public Health


Frequently Asked Questions

Questions About the Program

Can I visit the program or talk to someone?
Absolutely, please feel free to fill out our Visit DPT form to schedule a time to visit or you may reach us directly take through the advantage of the contact information to the right. or fill out our Visit DPT form.

How many students do you enroll each year?
Our class size is small; we typically enroll up to 30 students a year.

What are classes like?
You can see our plan of study here . Our classes are professional, but relaxed. Students often have a collegial relationship with faculty.

What type of anatomy is taken?
Our students take full cadaver anatomy with dissection. Special emphasis is provided on the extremities.

Why is your program one semesterr longer than most?
Our students complete a research project. We feel that this is one thing that makes our students different. If you are going to be an evidence-based clinician, you need to understand how research is conducted. We also do not overload your schedule, so you have time to life outside of being a student.

The research project worries me, I don’t have an idea for a topic?
You don't have to! Your ideas will come as you proceed and interact with faculty members. We believe that completing the research project isis an important part of a clinical doctorate degree.

Do your students get jobs after graduation?
100% of our students across the past five years have secured employment.

How are you clinical education experiences structured?
We have 40 weeks of clinical education, which is 4 weeks more than the national average, throughout the curriculum. Clinical education experiences are scheduled based on the course work you have just completed, which we have termed “just in time.” This means you learn basic foundational and musculoskeletal skills and information and then you and your classmates all move to a clinical education experience focused on orthopedic conditions. For more information about clinical education in the curriculum please see our curriculum plan here.

Questions About the Application

Is there an application deadline?
Completed applications must be received by PTCAS and the supplemental application fee paid by November 1 of the year preceding the fall you wish to enroll. When November 1 falls on a weekend, the deadline is the Monday immediately following November 1. For those applying as early decision applicants, the deadline is usually mid-August.

What are your minimum requirements for applying?
Our minimum requirements are a: 1) 3.0 GPA (prerequisite), 2) 3.0 GPA (undergraduate or masters), 3) combined GRE of 300 (with no less than 146 each section) with a 3.5 or greater on the writing score. If you apply with scores below this, your file will not be reviewed for admission. Note that these are our minimal requirements, please see the program summary for our average admission scores.

Where do I send my GRE scores/transcripts?
All materials must be submitted through PTCAS to be properly verified. Please submit GRE scores through ETS to code 1670. Any scores or transcripts sent to the Graduate School will not be received by the Program.

Do you require A) observation hours or B) letters of recommendation for the application?
We do not require a certain number of observation or volunteer hours; however, we strongly suggest that you show evidence of PT related experience. We want to make sure you understand what PT is and are committed to entering the profession. 50 hours of observation are recommended, we encourage you to get hours in diverse settings..

We require 2 letters of recommendation on your application. There is no need for more than two but if you must submit more for other applications, we will gladly read them as well.

I noticed that you do not require admission interviews, why?
Research has demonstrated that they do not assist in selecting applicants. If you would like to meet with us please feel free to contact us regarding our open house schedule .

Questions About Prerequisite Courses

What prerequisite courses do I need?
In addition to a baccalaureate degree , students must have completed the following courses:
Physics w/labs – 8 credits
Chemistry w/labs – 8 credits
Biology w/labs – 8 credits
Human Anatomy and Physiology w/labs – 8 credits
Statistics – 3 credits

Do all my prerequisites need to be completed prior to submitting my application to the DPT program?
No. You may submit your application prior to completing all your prerequisites for the program, though we recommend only needing a few more courses (not half). Prerequisite courses must be completed prior to enrolling in the program and proof of such is required.

How can I tell if a course will be counted toward my prerequisites?
When in doubt, contact us and we will provide you guidance. Please forward to us the catalog description of the course(s) in question. Please see our profile on PTCAS for a more detailed list of prerequisites.

Questions About Program Costs

How much does your program cost?
This value changes, please refer the Arnold School web site for the link to tuition and fees. Please be sure to look under the Doctor of Physical Therapy sub-heading.

What other expenses may I have as a PT student?
In addition to tuition and fees, students are responsible for costs associated with clinical education, including travel and housing in another city. Most students will perform 3 out of 4 clinical education experiences outside the Columbia metropolitan area.

Do I have to find my own housing?
Yes, but once the incoming class is established, we help connect you with your classmates via Facebook to help you find roommates and/or housing.