The Clarke University Physical Therapy Department participates in a national central application service, better known as PTCAS. All students in the following categories must complete the application process to Clarke’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program through PTCAS (http://www.ptcas.org/home.aspx) .
- Are completing or have completed undergraduate degrees at an institution other than Clarke University.
- Are transfer students at Clarke University. Transfer students must complete 30 hours at Clarke University prior to admission to the DPT Program.
- Are Clarke University students who were accepted as “standard admission” when they matriculated as first-year students.
Applications and supporting documents are due to PTCAS (http://www.ptcas.org/home.aspx ) by November 1st.
DIRECT ADMISSIONS FOR CLARKE UNIVERSITY PRE-PT STUDENTS
Clarke University students who were accepted as “direct admission” candidates when they matriculated as first-year students apply for admission to the DPT program directly through Clarke University Graduate Office.
Clarke University undergraduate "Direct Admission" Pre-PT students who meet all the following requirements will be given priority for admission into the DPT program. To be eligible for admission to the DPT program as a Clarke University undergraduate, the applicant must have finished 30 credit hours from Clarke University prior to matriculation in the DPT program.
Documentation and materials must be submitted to the graduate office on or before November 1.
- A completed graduate application form. Complete the online application form now.
- Official academic transcripts. These transcripts must document:
- Progression toward completion of an undergraduate degree.
- 3.30 Cumulative GPA with no grades lower than a C-
- 3.30 GPA in Prerequisite Science courses*
- BIOL 115 Fundamentals of Cell Biology/Genetics I *
- BIOL 211 Anatomy and Physiology I *
- BIOL 212 Anatomy and Physiology II *
- CHEM 110 General Chemistry I *
- CHEM 111 General Chemistry II *
- PHYS 110 Elements of Physics I *
- PHYS 111 Elements of Physics II *
- PSYC 111 Introductory Psychology *
- Another Psychology course *
In addition, the following courses are prerequisite for Clarke University undergraduates
- PT 101 Introduction to Physical Therapy (may be waived for transfer students with greater than 60 credit hours)
- PHIL 212 General Ethics, or 225, Biomedical Ethics
- MATH 117 Pre-Calculus (for Physics) or a 26+ on math portion of ACT
- No more than 2 courses repeated for credit. Ordinarily, any repeated courses should be taken at Clarke University.
- Record of a minimum of 25 hours observing in at least three of the following areas: pediatrics, geriatrics, inpatient acute/subacute care, neurological rehabilitation, orthopedics, sports medicine (Total of 75 hours). Observation form.
- A one- to two-page written response to the following question: Describe how your observational experiences have influenced your decision to pursue physical therapy as a career. Concentrate on the areas described in the Student Log of Clinical Visits.
- Minimum score of 900 on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required and must be included in application materials.
- Three “highly recommend” recommendation forms, at least two of which must be from undergraduate faculty and one which may be from a physical therapist whom the applicant has observed.
- First time applicant to the DPT program.
- A minimum TOEFL PBT score of 550 or IBT score of 80 if English is not a first language.
- The DPT admissions committee reserves the right to make justifiable exceptions to these requirements on a case-by-case basis.
TRANSFER OF GRADUATE COURSES
Students may transfer up to 6 graduate credits in this field study with an earned 3.00 or higher (on a 4.00 scale) in each course from another accredited graduate program. Ordinarily, documented transfer of credits are evaluated and posted at the time of matriculation or in first semester of study at Clarke.