University of Vermont

2012-2013 Catalogue

Physical Therapy (Doctor of Physical Therapy)


The doctor of physical therapy (DPT) is a professional entry-level degree. The DPT program requires full time study over a period of 3 years, including summers. The curriculum includes course work related to the basic sciences of anatomy and neuroscience, the clinical sciences of pathophysiology and pharmacology, and the clinical sciences related to management of patients across the lifespan. The curriculum also includes courses related to evidence-based practice, practice management, healthcare ethics, policy and quality improvement, and health promotion. In addition, students engage in 36 weeks of full-time clinical internships in a variety of settings under the supervision of clinical instructors who are licensed physical therapists.

The Clinical Education Program is an integral part of the curriculum, offering students opportunities to apply knowledge and practice skills and behaviors in the clinical setting. Clinical internships are provided across the US and offer a wide variety of experiences. Internships are assigned based on students' educational needs and availability of clinical sites in each timeframe. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from clinical sites. Most of the clinical internships occur outside of the Burlington, Vermont area. Students must be prepared to travel and secure living arrangements during those clinical internships. Internships are scheduled as indicated in the curriculum plan unless insufficient clinical sites are available; in that case, students may be required to complete internship in an alternate time period.

All students in the program are required to carry professional liability insurance and have all required health clearances prior to engaging in any clinical education experience. Students should plan their finances to include these expenses. Clinical sites may require students to have a criminal background check before starting an internship. Evidence of a Criminal Record may prevent students from being eligible for clinical placement, and/or professional licensure.

The DPT program at UVM is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Physical Therapy Education. Individuals who graduate from an accredited program are eligible to take the examination required for licensure as a physical therapist.

Specific Requirements

Admission Requirements

Applicants must complete the prerequisite course requirements and a baccalaureate degree in any major at UVM or a regionally accredited institution. Applicants with a baccalaureate degree from institutions outside the U.S. will also be considered.

Students applying to the physical therapy program must have a GPA of 3.00 or greater in their undergraduate studies. All applicants must complete the following prerequisite courses with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or greater prior to entry into the D.P.T. program.

  • Two semesters of anatomy/physiology
  • Two semesters of college chemistry with labs
  • Two semesters of physics with labs
  • One semester of biology
  • One semester of exercise physiology
  • One semester of psychology
  • One semester of statistics
Application Process
  1. Complete the Physical Therapy Common Application through the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS), a division of the American Physical Therapy Association. Follow all instructions on the site. All application materials should be submitted directly to PTCAS. This includes:
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • Official Transcript(s) from all U.S. and Canadian schools attended. PTCAS and the UVM D.P.T. program accept prerequisite credits from regionally accredited institutions only. For international applicants, transcripts must be translated and evaluated by an official service and sent to the CNHS Office of Student Services.
    • Official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores. For UVM DPT applicants only, the GRE Code is 7708.
    • The GRE requirement is waived for UVM graduates.
    • The college will accept both the old and new version of the GRE, but scores must be received by the application deadline. Historically, the program has preferred a minimum GRE score of 500 in both verbal and quantitative portions and 4.0 in the written analytical portion of the exam. Because of recent changes in the GRE scoring system, the department has not set a specific minimum score for admission in the summer of 2013. Criteria for future admissions cycles will be set based on review of data from the new scoring system.
  2. Complete pages one and two of the UVM Graduate Online Application form. Include the following information with the UVM application:
    • In the box calling for an essay, please write: "See essay on the PTCAS application."
    • Application Fee
    • No transcripts or letters of recommendation should be sent to the University of Vermont.
  3. Complete the D.P.T. Prerequisite Course Completion form which can be found on the Department of Rehabilitation and Movement Science Link out of catalogue site. website.

Application Deadline: December 15



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