University of Vermont

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Department of Rehabilitation and Movement Science

Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) Program FAQs

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the DPT program?

The program is three years including summer semesters. There is a six-week clinical internship at the beginning of the second year and three clinical internships in the third year.

What about financial aid and the tuition costs for the program?

For current information about financial aid, tuition, and fees, refer to the Student Financial Services website. If you have questions about whether you are an in-state or out-of-state resident, refer to the Registrar's Residency Policy.

If you are a permanent resident of Maine or New Hampshire, you may be eligible for discounted tuition through the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE)'s RSP Tuition Break program. For more information please contact the Graduate College

Will I need a car?

Yes, you will most likely need access to a car during your clinical internships. All students should expect to have at least one clinical internship out of state. Students are responsible for travel and living expenses during their internships.

How can I find out more about the UVM DPT program? Do you hold information sessions?

The College of Nursing and Health Sciences Office of Student Services is able to guide you during the application process and answer any of your questions. There are also advisors and current DPT students available to speak with you about the program. The Office of Admissions offers tours, which are a great way to see the campus. You may contact them to arrange a visit. Information sessions for the DPT program are held a few times a year. More information including dates and locations can be found in the prospective graduate students section of the CNHS website. These sessions - held by a faculty member in the department - are highly recommended.

How many applicants are there annually? What is average size of the class?

The College of Nursing and Health Sciences receives a large group of very competitive applications each year. The average class size is between 35-40 students.

Do I need to have all of the prerequisite courses completed prior to applying?

You may have no more than two prerequisite courses remaining for the spring semester when you apply. The Graduate College must be notified of final grades before classes begin.

Is there a period of time that the prerequisites are no longer acceptable towards my application?

It is highly recommended that the prerequisite courses are taken no more than ten years prior to applying to the program, although it is not a requirement.

What is the minimum prerequisite GPA? May I retake any prerequisite courses to obtain a better grade?

Students applying to the physical therapy program must have a GPA of 3.0 or greater in their undergraduate studies. All applicants must complete the prerequisite courses listed here with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater prior to entry into the DPT program. The average overall GPA for students enrolled in the program is 3.5 with an average 3.4 for the prerequisite GPA. Through PTCAS, applicants identify the courses that they want to count toward the prerequisite GPA. So, if you retake a prerequisite course, you may select the course with the best grade that meets the requirement. The calculation for the GPA prerequisites is then based on the grades from the courses you identify.

What are the minimum GRE scores? May I retake my GREs?

The program prefers a minimum score of 144 Quantitative (500 on previous version), 153 Verbal (500 on previous version), and 4.0 Writing. Applicants may retake the GRE and the highest score in each section will be counted.

Are observation hours required?

There is no requirement for observation hours for the application process, although it is favorable to have this type of experience.

Is an interview required for admission into the UVM D.P.T. program?

There is no interview requirement for the application process.

Where should I send my application materials?

Official transcripts, GRE scores, and letters of recommendation should be submitted through PTCAS. The GRE Code for the University of Vermont D.P.T. program is 7708. Refer to the PTCAS website for more information. The UVM on-line supplemental graduate application must also be completed. Please put only the names of your references on this application and not their e-mails, as it will send them another recommendation request. In the box calling for an essay, please write: "See essay on the PTCAS application."

Can you clarify the deadline for application?

ALL application materials must be submitted to PTCAS, and the UVM Graduate College application must be completed, by the deadline. Applicants are not penalized for PTCAS business processing time.

How can I find out if PTCAS has received my transcripts (or any other materials)?

PTCAS will have the information related to the status of your transcripts, GRE scores, and letters of recommendation. If you are having any questions or difficulties with PTCAS, contact their customer service line at (617) 612-2040 or ptcasinfo@ptcas.org. UVM will notify you when applications have been received.

When will I hear whether I have been admitted to the UVM DPT program?

You will hear from us at the end of February or the beginning of March.

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