Accredited PT and PTA Programs


University of Colorado

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Last updated by program11/26/14
AddressPhysical Therapy Program
University of Colorado
Mail Stop C244
13121 E. 17th Avenue - Room #3108
Ed 2 South
Aurora, CO 80045 United States
Phone(303) 724-9144
Program EmailBetti.krapfl@ucdenver.edu
Program DirectorMargaret Schenkman, PT, PhD
Institutional Information
AccreditorHigher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
Carnegie ClassificationResearch Universities (very high research activity)
Physical Therapist Program Accreditation
Date of initial accreditation11/47
Current accrediation statusAccreditation
Next visitSpring 2020
Five-year historyAccreditation
Degree conferredDoctor of Physical Therapy
General Program Description
Since 1948, the University of Colorado School of Medicine Physical Therapy Program has established a tradition of excellence in educating physical therapy students and is committed to developing the next generation of leaders. The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) educational program is an entry-level professional program that educates competent, ethical physical therapists to assume the multi-faceted roles of clinical practitioner, patient manager, teacher, researcher, administrator, consultant, and advocate. The doctoral entry-level professional program is on the semester system with the first semester beginning in early June. The program requires 3 academic years and three summers (9 semesters, 36 months, 116 semester hours) of full-time study and clinical experience. Unique characteristics of the program include: a modern, metropolitan academic health sciences center campus whose mission includes rural and underserved commitments; strong clinical faculty interaction and clinicians as lab assistants, teaching in their specialty areas, as well as supervising students on clinical rotations; collaborative learning with small group activities; use of community volunteers and standardized patients; intensive integration of online resources; and service learning components. Students are in class an average of 20 hours a week, which includes approximately 12 lecture/discussion hours and 8 laboratory hours. Clinical experiences are integrated within the three-year curriculum. Graduation is at the end of May. www.medschool.ucdenver.edu/pt
Clinical Experiences
Students participate in 44 weeks of full-time clinical education experiences and 10 weeks of fieldwork. In year one, there is a 4-week full-time clinical rotation in the third semester. In year two, 80 hours of field work are integrated with course work in the first and second semesters and an 8-week full-time experience occurs at the end of the third semester. In year three, there are two 16-week full-time clinical experiences in general and/or specialty physical therapy practice settings in the second and third semesters. The Physical Therapy Program affiliates with over 300 clinical sites. Clinical sites are located in metropolitan Denver as well as throughout Colorado and the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii. Opportunities also exist for international clinical and special research affiliations. Clinical opportunities include acute care, rehabilitation, pediatrics, sports medicine/outpatient orthopedics, industrial rehabilitation, nursing homes, long term care facilities, home health, and geriatric centers. A rural or underserved clinical experience is required.
The faculty members at the University of Colorado Physical Therapy Program are exceptional educators who are recognized as expert clinicians, innovative researchers, and community leaders. Of the 22 core faculty, 19 hold post-professional doctoral degrees, and a number are engaged in research and/or clinical practice. Collectively, these faculty members have received millions of dollars in grant-funded research, enabling the Physical Therapy Program and its faculty to conduct studies ranging from Exercise and Parkinson’s Disease, to Motor Control in Children with Cerebral Palsy, to The Impact of Electrical Stimulation on Rehabilitation following Knee Arthroplasty. Courses are enhanced by the participation of faculty from programs within the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and Clinical Faculty who teach basic and medical science courses, and physical therapy management tracks.
Total enrollment at University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is approximately 3,700. There are approximately 65 entry-level students enrolled in each of the three DPT cohort classes. The program is an integral part of the University of Colorado School of Medicine in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
Applicants must have all prerequisite courses and a baccalaureate degree by the start of the program. These prerequisite courses include: 8 semester hours of General Chemistry with labs, 8 semester hours of Physics with labs, 4 semester hours of Human, Mammalian or Vertebrate Anatomy including lab, 4 semester hours of Human, Mammalian or Vertebrate Physiology including lab, 6 semester hours of Psychology, 3 semester hours of Mathematics, 3 semester hours of Statistics and 3 semester hours of Upper Division Basic Sciences. A minimum cumulative and science/math grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is expected. All applicants are expected to have computer literacy. All applicants must apply online through PTCAS & our supplemental application and will be evaluated based upon coursework completed and in progress, GRE scores, completion of 45 hours of clinical observation in three settings and 3 recommendations. The application deadline is October 1. The most qualified applicants are invited for a personal interview during January/February and notification of admission for the June matriculation is sent by early March. An Early Decision Option is available for qualified applicants.
An average of 95.6% of admitted students graduate from the program (3-year average). First-time average licensure exam scores are greater than 98%; with an overall pass rate of 100%.
Tuition, fees and financial aid
Tuition for the 2013-14 academic year resident is $440 per credit; tuition for the non-resident is $964 per credit for the first year. Once resident status is achieved after year one of the program, resident rates are applicable for the subsequent two years. Fees include: Student Activity $20 annually; Academic Support Services $75 per semester; RTD $48.35 per semester; Students must have either the School’s Student Health Insurance or prove comparable insurance; Books (approximate) per academic year: 1st year $1,750; 2nd year $694; 3rd year $110. Financial aid packages available to students may include scholarships, work-study, and/or student loans. The majority of students utilize Federal Stafford Loans. Other loans, grants, and scholarships are available through the institution, the Physical Therapy Program, and private sources. Additional information may be obtained from the University of Colorado Financial Aid Office website www.UCDenver.edu/finaid. Tuition and fees are subject to final action by the Colorado State Legislature, the Governor, and the CU Board of Regents of the University of Colorado, who reserve the right to set new tuition and fees at any time.
Student life
The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora is a state-of-the-art, 4.3 billion dollar project, which provides 3.4 million gross square feet of education, patient care and research space. The CU Anschutz Medical Campus includes the School of Medicine, College of Nursing, School of Pharmacy, School of Public Health, School of Dental Medicine, Graduate School, and various related affiliated institutions. As the only academic health sciences center in the state, as well as the only one within a 500-mile radius of Denver, CU Anschutz Medical Campus serves as a hub for a broad network of health care delivery and has a clearly defined mission of quality education, patient care and community service, and the advancement of knowledge through research. CU Anschutz Medical Campus has a wide range of support services available to students including: Student Assistance Office (housing, child care referral, counseling, intramural sports, social events, and the Student Senate), Health Sciences Library, Center for Advancement of Professional Education, Bookstore and Health Services. Our Physical Therapy students coordinate activities related to student government, orientation for prospective students, social activities, and student involvement with the Colorado Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association. Colorado is home to one of the fittest populations in the US. The Rocky Mountains are just minutes away from campus, offering just about any outdoor activity imaginable including skiing, boarding, hiking, biking, camping and kayaking. The metro Denver area provides outstanding diversity in culture, music, nightlife, food, art, architecture and professional sports.

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