Doctor of Physical Therapy

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Accelerated Program | Residential | Full-Time

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Minimum Requirements:

  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited institution prior to matriculation into the program. The program only considers U.S. coursework
  • Minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA with a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA for prerequisite courses. Grades below “C” in prerequisite courses will not be accepted‡
  • GRE scores: Minimum Verbal reasoning % score: 35%.  Minimum Quantitative reasoning % score: 35%.  Minimum Analytical writing scaled score: 3.0
    • Must be taken within 5 years of application; use school code 0377
    • The highest combination of scores for each section of GRE will be accepted if the test is taken multiple times
  • 100 Volunteer hours or work experience with a licensed physical therapist (required; two different settings is highly recommended)
  • Minimum of 3 references required by program: 2 by Licensed Physical Therapists, with 1 additional academic or professional reference

HOW TO APPLY:

  1. Online Application

a) Apply through the Physical Therapy Central Application Service (PTCAS)

Our DPT program offers 2 cohorts (Summer and Fall). There will be one application process for both the Summer and Fall cohorts. Interested individuals must apply through the Physical Therapy Central Application Service (PTCAS). To learn more about the PTCAS application process, please visit the PTCAS web site.

To be considered for an interview, all materials, including GRE scores, must be received and VERIFIED by PTCAS by the deadlines.

In other words, make sure you submit all of your materials to PTCAS with enough time prior to the deadline in order to ensure verification by the deadline.

Please send all materials to PTCAS. No materials are needed to be sent to the school directly.

Prerequisite Courses

Required Prerequisite Coursework

  • Two courses in general chemistry (8 semester hours including labs) with lab for science majors
  • Two courses in general physics with lab (8 semester hours including labs) for science majors
  • Two courses in biology (6 semester hours)
  • One course in human anatomy with a lab (3 semester hours including labs)*
  • One course in physiology with a lab (4 semester hours including labs)*
  • One course in statistics
  • One course in behavioral sciences (life span development is preferred)

 

*A two-semester anatomy and physiology combination course, with lab, may be used to fulfill the human anatomy and physiology requirement (7 semester hours including labs).

Introductory level courses for non-science majors will not be accepted as prerequisite courses.

The program uses only the highest grade earned in its prerequisite GPA calculations if a course was repeated. The program does not recalculate the cumulative GPA provided by PTCAS.

Prerequisite coursework older than 10 years are not accepted.

It’s preferred that at least 7 of the 10 prerequisite courses are complete at the time of application.

Use this form to submit a question about a prerequisite course

Certificates Needed Prior to Clinical Rotation in Year Two

  • Certification in BLS for Healthcare Providers by the American Heart Association for the Health Profession
  • Certification in First Aid by the American Red Cross or American Heart Association

       

       

      Clinical Education Requirements

      • Criminal background check
      • Immunizations. A list of required immunizations may be obtained by contacting the department at dptprogram@rm.edu

      Clinical rotations and internships are part of the curriculum and may require that a student temporarily relocate. The student is responsible for the cost of the travel and other associated expenses.

      Admissions Disclosures:

       

      1. Admission is limited and selective. All completed applications will be considered for admission. All applicants must demonstrate a previous record of successful academic achievement, clinical experience, and the motivation to pursue graduate-level education.

      2. Full Disclosure Requirement: Incomplete or falsified admission information constitutes grounds for a refusal to admit or immediate dismissal, loss of credit, and forfeiture of all tuition and fees paid.

      3. Confidentiality: Admissions materials received by the University are kept in strict confidence. Once the application materials are received, these materials are the property of the University and will not be returned to the applicant. All applicant materials are kept for one year following receipt if the applicant does not enroll.

      Tuition

      ProgramSemestersCost Per CreditMinimum CreditsTotal TuitionOther Program Specific FeesVarious Lab, Equiptment & Association Fees throughout the programUniversity Resource Fee (per semester)Additional InformationProgram Requirments
      Master'sMaster of Science in Health Science (MSHS)Five or Six Semesters (20 - 24 months depending on curriculum choice)$69030$20,700

      Optional Thesis (3 credits in semester 6) $2070

      Thesis Commitee Fee $1050

      $32 per credit
      Master'sMaster of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP)Five Semesters (20 months)$94851$48,348*Lab Fee (to be applied in semester 1) $1000$32 per credit*Note: Lab Fee will cover all program materials for onsite skills labs, use of onsite lab facilities, and a personal Welch Allyn equipment set (including ophthalmoscopes, otoscope, and aneroid blood pressure kit)
      Master'sMaster of Science in Nursing - Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practicioner (MSN-PMHNP)Five Semesters (20 months)$94860$56,880*Lab Fee (NUR 654) $750$32 per credit

      *Note: Lab Fee will cover a personal Welch Allyn equipment set (including ophthalmoscopes, otoscope, and aneroid blood pressure kit)

      Tuition will vary depending on transfer credit awarded.

      Master'sMaster of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practicioner (MSN-FNP/PMHNP)Six Semesters (24 months)$94878$73,944*Lab Fee (to be applied in semester 1) $1000$32 per credit*Note: Lab Fee will cover all program materials for onsite skills labs, use of onsite lab facilities, and a personal Welch Allyn equipment set (including ophthalmoscopes, otoscope, and aneroid blood pressure kit)
      Master'sMaster of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner and Emergency Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP/ENP)Six Semesters (24 months)$1,01466$66,924

      *Lab Fee (to be applied in semester 1) $1000

      **ENP Course Fees (ultrasound sim, EKG sim, disposable supplies) $3,000

      $32 per credit

      *Note: Lab Fee will cover all program materials for onsite skills labs, use of onsite lab facilities, and a personal Welch Allyn equipment set (including ophthalmoscopes, otoscope, and aneroid blood pressure kit)

      **ENP Course Fees are charged as $200 per ENP credit per semester

      Master'sMaster of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS)Seven Semesters (28 months)$997114$113,658$9,819$32 per credit*

      *Up to 15 credits. No additional charge above 15 credits.

      Please refer to the MPAS program’s Program Costs policy for full details on tuition, fees, and other expenses.

      Master'sMaster of Science in Medical Speech-Language Pathology (MS MedSLP)Six Semesters (24 months)$99080$79,200$2,956$32 per credit

      Always refer to your curriculum schedule for the most up-to-date tuition payment schedule.

      Students choose elective courses, with variable credit loads. At least 6 elective credits required.

      Master'sMaster of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MHC)/Master of Science in School Counseling (SC)Seven Semesters (28 months)$69860$41,880Counseling Student Resource Fee (per semester) $100$32 per credit

      *Program requires student to complete 2 elective courses (6 credits total). Elective options are offered with variable timing and should be discussed with program advisor.

      Dual‐degree program option exists: Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Masters of Science in School Counseling. This dual-degree option requires student to complete an additional 12 credits (72 credits total). This extends the program to 9 semesters or 36 months.

      *Dual‐degree program requires student to complete 1 elective course (3 credits total). Elective options are offered with variable timing and should be discussed with program advisor.

      Master'sMaster of Science in Athletic Training Practice (MSATP)Six Semesters (24 months)$69033$22,770$32 per credit

      *5 additional credits consist of HLA 620 (3 credits), ATH 720L (1 credit), ATH 730L (1 credit), which have variable timing.

      The Healthcare Leadership course – HLA 620 (3 credits) can be taken in any semester. The lab courses ‐ ATH 720L & ATH 730L (1 credit each) – need to be taken during an on-site summer immersion session. Students can choose which summer immersion session they attend, and only need to attend one session to complete their course of study.

      DoctoralDoctor of Medical Science (DMSc)Four or Five Semesters (16 - 20 months depending on curriculum choice)$76136$27,396Course Fee for HLA 620* $100$32 per credit

      *Students that select the Healthcare Leadership and Administration concentration track will have a course fee of $100 for the HLA 620 course which will be used to purchase a validated emotional intelligence assessment report.

      Students in the DMSc program (regardless of concentration track) choose between two curriculum models to complete the 36 credit hours: the Integrated Model and the Phased Model. Both curriculum models are designed so PA clinicians, educators, and administrators can continue professional work obligations while completing this degree. In the Integrated Model, students complete the practicum and applied scholarly project courses concurrently with the other didactic courses. Students may complete the Integrated Model in as little as four semesters. In the Phased Model, students complete the didactic courses before completing the practicum and applied scholarly project courses. Students may complete the Phased Model in as little as five semesters.

      PAs with bachelor’s degrees who have not previously completed a master’s or doctoral degree may enroll in the DMSc program and will be required to successfully complete the following additional courses that are offered by Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions.

      HS 504 Research Methods (3 credits)
      HS 506 Data & Decision Making (3 credits)
      HS 507 Evidence-Based Practice (3 credits)

      DoctoralDoctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) (Post-Master’s)Five Semesters (20 months)$94847$44,556Scholarly Project Fee (to be applied in semester 5 when completing project) $2000$32 per credit
      CertificateFamily Nurse Practitioner (FNPC) Certificate (Post-Master's)Four Semesters (16 months)$94831$29,388*Lab Fee (to be applied in semester 1) $1000$32 per credit*Note: Lab Fee will cover all program materials for onsite skills labs, use of onsite lab facilities, and a personal Welch Allyn equipment set (including ophthalmoscopes, otoscope, and aneroid blood pressure kit)
      CertificateEmergency Nurse Practitioner (ENPC) Certificate (Post-Master's)Three Semesters (12 months)$1,15015$17,250*ENP Course Fees (ultrasound sim, EKG sim, disposable supplies) $3000$32 per credit*ENP Course Fees are charged as $200 per ENP credit per semester
      CertificateFamily Nurse Practitioner/Emergency Nurse Practitioner (FNPC/ENPC) Certificate (Post-Master's)Five Semesters (20 months)$1,01446$46,644

      *Lab Fee (to be applied in semester 1) $1000

      **ENP Course Fees (ultrasound sim, EKG sim, disposable supplies) $3000

      $32 per credit

      *Note: Lab Fee will cover all program materials for onsite skills labs, use of onsite lab facilities, and a personal Welch Allyn equipment set (including ophthalmoscopes, otoscope, and aneroid blood pressure kit).

      **ENP Course Fees are charged as $200 per ENP credit per semester

      CertificatePsychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate (Post-Graduate Certificate in Psychiatric/Mental Health)Four Semesters (16 months)$94840$37,920*Lab Fee (NUR 654) $750$32 per credit

      *Note: Lab Fee will cover a personal Welch Allyn equipment set (including ophthalmoscopes, otoscope, and aneroid blood pressure kit)

      Tuition will vary depending on transfer credit awarded.

      DoctoralDoctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)Eight Semesters (32 months)$852129$109,908$1,805$32 per credit*Up to 15 credits. No additional charge above 15 credits.
      DoctoralDoctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health SciencesNine Didactic Semesters and minimum of Three Dissertation Semesters (48 months)$93570$65,450Dissertation Committee Fee $3000$32 per credit
      DoctoralDoctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)Four Semesters (16 months)$90830$27,240$32 per credit
      DoctoralDoctor of Speech-Language Pathology (SLPD)Seven Semesters (28 months)$96740$38,680Capstone Fee (for two committee members) $2360$32 per credit
      DoctoralTransitional Doctor of Physical Therapy (tDPT)Three or Four Semesters (12 - 16 months depending on curriculum choice)$94824$22,752$32 per credit
      CertificateFamily Nurse Practitioner Certificate/Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate (FNPC/PMHNPC)Five Semesters (20 months)$94858$54,984*Lab Fee(to be applied in semester 1) $1000$32 per credit*Note: Lab Fee will cover all program materials for onsite skills labs, use of onsite lab facilities, and a personal Welch Allyn equipment set (including ophthalmoscopes, otoscope, and aneroid blood pressure kit)
      CertificateHealthcare Leadership and Administration Certificate (HLA)$43012$5,160$32 per credit
      CertificateHealthcare Professions Education Certificate (HPE)$43012$5,160$32 per credit
      CertificateEmergency & Primary Care in Athletic Training Practice Certificate (EPCAT)$43010$4,300$32 per credit
      CertificateHealth & Wellness Coaching Certificate (HWC)$4309$3,870$32 per credit
      CertificatePost‐Professional Occupational Therapy Certificates$5009$4,500$32 per credit
      CertificatePsychiatry Certificate (for PA clinicians)$43015$6,450$32 per credit
      CertificateMental Health Couseling Certificate & School Counseling Certificate (MHCC)(SCC)$69815$10,470Counseling Student Resource Fee (per semester) $100$32 per credit

      Mental Health Counseling Certificate

      Mental Health Counseling: (2-3 courses, 6-9 credits required)Credits
      CO 650 Mental Health Care Systems3
      CO 671 Internship A - Mental Health3
      CO 672 Internship B - Mental Health3
      Mental Health Counseling Course Total:6-9
      Determined Courses: (2-3 Courses; 6-9 credits required)
      Deficit courses; based on transcript review and license requirements.6-9
      Determined/Deficit Course Total:6-9
      Total Certificate Required Credits:15
      Two-year deadline for program completion from the start date of the program

      School Counseling Certificate

      School Counseling Courses: (4 courses, 12 credits required)Credits
      CO 640 Foundation of School Counseling3
      CO 641 School Services, Administration & Evaluation3
      CO 642 Counseling Interventions for Student Success3
      CO 655 Field Work in Counseling3
      School Counseling Course Total:12
      School Internship Courses: (1 Course; 3 credits required)
      CO 673 Internship A - School Counseling3
      CO 674 Internship B - School Counseling3
      School Internship Course Total:3-6
      Optional Courses:
      Deficit courses; based on transcript reviewAs needed
      Optional Course Total:As needed
      Total Certificate Required Credits:15
      Two-year deadline for program completion from the start date of the program
      CertificateFunctional Nutrition Certificate (FNC)$43012$5,160$32 per credit

      FAQ’s

      Are all clinical rotations local? How are they set up?

      All students will have clinical rotations outside of the state of Utah. RMU schedules over 400 internships each year; some are local, many are not. Each student will develop a personalized clinical education plan. We feel students can bring value to their clinical education by utilizing free housing (in and outside of Utah) or seeking the best experience possible in any location. While we have over 3,000 clinical partners available to our clinical education program, our team is open to new sites if a student has a referral. The site will be vetted by our team for future consideration. Each student must have an inpatient and outpatient experience, but there are elective clinical internships where you can express your preferred internship setting or location. There are no guarantees that you will get your first choice, and ultimately all clinical rotations are assigned, but your input and desires are strongly considered

      How many students do you take per cohort and year?

      We accept 50 students per cohort and we have two cohort start dates each year: one in the summer (May) and one in the fall (August/September) with a total of 100 new students each year. We have no restrictions or requirements related to the geographical location of our students; we accept students from all over the nation.

      Do you have a rolling admissions cycle? What does that mean?

      Yes, we do have a rolling admissions cycle.  This means the program reviews applications, interviews, and accepts applicants during the full course of the admissions cycle each year.

      Do I have to apply to each semester start separately or can I apply to both with one application?

      We have one application cycle; you may apply to both semester starts in one application if you are available to start in either cohort. There is a question near the end of the application that indicates which cohort you are applying to with an option to select to both. Applying to both cohorts does not increase your chance of acceptance but rather indicates to the program that you are able to start at either time.

      Can I take the prerequisites online or at a community college? Are AP courses accepted to cover prerequisites?

      Courses can be taken at a University or College in person or online, as long as they satisfy or prerequisite requirements.

      All AP courses must be reviewed by the program to determine if a course will be accepted to satisfy the prerequisite requirement.

      Do you have a supplemental application?

      No. You only need to complete the PTCAS application.

      Can I retake the GRE, submit my new scores, and still be considered?

      Yes! We will accept the highest score of each section from any test. For example, if you take the GRE and score high in the Verbal Reasoning section and low in the Quantitative Reasoning section, you can retake the GRE to improve your Quantitative score. We then consider the higher Verbal Reasoning score from the first attempt and higher Quantitative score from the second attempt.

      Are the GPA & GRE minimum scores hard cutoffs or are they flexible?

      The GPA and GRE minimum scores are hard cutoffs. Due to the accelerated nature of the program and the competitive applicant pool, the posted GPA and GRE are required minimums.

      What can be pending when I submit my application?

      Letter of recommendations, GRE scores, and some prerequisites can be pending or in progress when you submit your application.

      If you have sent out your Letter of Recommendation requests, you can submit your application. For the GRE, use our school code (0377) so your scores are submitted directly to the university. GRE scores and letters of recommendation get attached to your application once they are received.

      You are allowed a few courses (typically up to 3 of the 10 prerequisites) pending or in progress when you submit the application. These courses will need to be completed before the program start date. If an acceptance offer is extended, updated official transcripts will need to be re-submitted once all coursework is complete.

      UNIVERSITY ACCREDITATION

      Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (8060 165th Avenue NE Ste 100, Redmond, WA 98052-3981), an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Secretary of the US Department of Education.

      PROGRAM ACCREDITATION

      The entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 801-375-5125 or email dptprogram@rm.edu. To file a complaint with CAPTE visit https://www.capteonline.org/complaints

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