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Become a Sought After Physical Therapist Professional

Our Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program provides a cutting-edge, evidence-based education taught by our nationally recognized faculty. If you want a rewarding career as a physical therapist we’ll teach you the most current clinical techniques available, in an environment that helps students use their gifts and talents to contribute to a more just world.
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Doctor of Physical Therapy

Degree Overview

Regis University's Doctor of Physical Therapy program is about more than working with weak or injured muscles and improving motion and mobility. It is about treating the whole person. The Doctor of Physical Therapy curriculum focuses on a cutting-edge, evidence-based model, taught by our nationally recognized faculty who present up-to-date clinical techniques to their students.

In addition to up-to-date knowledge of current practice issues in class, you will complete a total of 38 weeks of clinical experience, which is integrated throughout the curriculum. The School of Physical Therapy is affiliated with clinical facilities located throughout the United States, and some abroad. New clinical sites are continually being added for new and varied experiences. You will be prepared to be an autonomous general practitioner equipped with the necessary tools to practice physical therapy in the 21st century.

Applicants to the entry-level DPT must have a previous baccalaureate degree in any field of study other than physical therapy, as well as specific prerequisite courses. Prospective students are eligible to apply prior to completion of degree and prerequisite course work as long as the requirements will be met by the start of the program.

Regis University’s Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions offers you an outstanding education at a university known for its academic excellence and commitment to service learning. Your leadership, professional, and clinical skills will be our priority. All this in a setting that allows you to enjoy the cultural aspects of a big city and the abundant outdoor adventure that Colorado has to offer. Become a leader in physical therapy at Regis University!

Degree: Graduates are awarded a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree and are eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE).

Format:  Full-time program consisting of 110 semester hours of study, completed over 8 consecutive semesters (including summers) which incorporates 38 weeks of full time clinical exposure.  Course work is completed on our campus in Denver, Colorado.  Clinicals are completed across the United States in urban and rural areas, and a limited number of international clinical opportunities. Students are required to participate in a minimum of one rural experience and one out-of-state experience to facilitate an appreciation of various practice settings.

Class Size: A new class of approximately 80 students starts each Fall semester.

Clinical Education

Knowledge in Practice

To enter the field of physical therapy with a competitive edge, graduates need to be confident, autonomous practitioners. At Regis University, in addition to your outstanding education in the classroom, you will also participate in 38 weeks of clinical experience. You will complete an initial 6 week clinical rotation in the second year of the program, followed by an 8 week experience; and, you will end the program by completing two consecutive 12 week clinical rotations. The clinical component of the program takes place off campus in quality clinical settings across the country in three different concentration areas: musculoskeletal, neuromuscular and complex systems. To enhance your learning experience, students must complete one clinical session outside of Colorado, and one experience in a rural setting.

What makes Regis University’s clinical experience unique? We utilize our Clinical Educator Scholar Program, and our network of Transition DPT and Manual Therapy Fellowship Alumni. This program allows us to foster a close relationship with our clinical faculty to provide learning experiences for you that are aligned with our curriculum and mission.

Another unique aspect of our program may allow you the opportunity to complete alternate clinical experiences in specialized areas of practice, including a select number of international opportunities. Examples of alternative experiences include women’s health, APTA’s Political Action Committee, orthotics, hippotherapy and more. Selections vary each year but every effort is made to work with you to find specialized areas of practice to meet your interests. Our international opportunities have included trips to the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua and Ethiopia. Alternative experience availability varies year to year and is not guaranteed, but many students are able to take advantage of these exciting and often life changing opportunities. In most cases, the alternate experience is a 2 to 4 week session that replaces a portion of the 12 week session at the end of the program.

Selection for clinical rotations occurs approximately six months prior to each clinical. You will be provided a list of available sites and have access to detailed information regarding the site, including past student feedback. Final clinical assignments are determined by a computerized selection process based on your ranking and the internal ranking of sites.

During clinical rotations you will also participate in online coursework and discussions with academic faculty to enhance your hands-on experience. This allows you to stay closely connected to your faculty; and, in collaboration with the clinical instructor on-site, helps integrate knowledge gained from your courses and refine your skills in examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, intervention, outcomes, and communication with diverse populations.

The clinical education component of the Regis University DPT program is recognized nationally for its contemporary and innovative approach to hands-on education, from the first ever Clinical Education Scholar program, to the continued online course contact with University faculty while on clinical. These experiences all add up to allow you to hit the ground running after graduation!

Program Requirements

Listed below are the required courses for completion of the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program at Regis University. The total degree requires 110 semester hours. You can find a list of prerequisites here

Year I Fall Semester (16 Semester Hours)
DPT 701 Human Anatomy and Histology (6 semester hours)
DPT 703 Biomechanics/Kinesiology-Extremities (3 semester hours)
DPT 708 Management Applications of Physiology: MAP I (3 semester hours)
DPT 770 Professional Issues/Case Management I (1 semester hour)
DPT 776 Critical Inquiry (3 semester hours)
Year I Spring Semester (16 Semester Hours)
DPT 704 Neuroscience (4 semester hours)
DPT 705 Biomechanics/Kinesiology-Spine (2 semester hours)
DPT 706 Movement Science (2 semester hours)
DPT 710A Pharmacology (1 semester hour)
DPT 730 Physical Therapy Examination (3 semester hours)
DPT 732 Management Applications of Physiology: MAP II (4 semester hours)
Year I Summer Semester (15 Semester Hours)
DPT 707 Kinesiology II (4 semester hours)
DPT 714 Psychosocial Aspects of Health Care (3 semester hours)
DPT 733 Musculoskeletal Management I (3 semester hours)
DPT 771 Professional Issues/Case Management II (2 semester hours)
DPT 790 Evidence Based Practice I (2 semester hours)
DPT 719 Exercise Foundations (1 semester hour)
Year II Fall Semester (14 Semester Hours)
DPT 710B Pharmacology (1 semester hour)
DPT 712 Diagnostic Imaging and Procedures (2 semester hours)
DPT 734 Musculoskeletal Management II (4 semester hours)
DPT 736 Neurological Management I (3 semester hours)
DPT 750 Clinical Education I (2 semester hours)
DPT 772 Professional Issues/Case & Practice Management III (2 semester hours)
Year II Spring Semester (18 Semester Hours)
DPT 735 Musculoskeletal Management III (4 semester hours)
DPT 737 Neurological Management II (5 semester hours)
DPT 738 Management Applications of Physiology: MAP III (5 semester hours)
DPT 773 Professional Issues/Case Management IV (1 semester hour)
DPT 791 Evidence Based Practice II (1 semester hour)
HCE 709A Health Care Ethics for Physical Therapists (2 semester hours)
Year II Summer Semester (12 Semester Hours)
DPT 715 Health Care Policy (2 semester hours)
DPT 731 Differential Diagnosis (2 semester hours)
DPT 739 Exercise Applications (2 semester hours)
DPT 751 Clinical Education II (4 semester hours)
DPT 774 Professional Issues/Case Management V (1 semester hour)
HCE 709B Health Care Ethics for Physical Therapists (1 semester hour)
Year III Fall Semester (11 Semester Hours)
DPT 716 Business Management (2 semester hours)
DPT 752 Clinical Education III (5 semester hours)
DPT 775 Professional Issues/Case Management VI (1 semester hour)
DPT 780E-W Topics in Physical Therapy I (1 semester hour)
DPT 781E-W Topics in Physical Therapy II (1 semester hour)
DPT 792 Evidence Based Practice III (1 semester hour)
DPT 799 Comprehensive Exam (0 semester hours)
Year III Spring Semester (8 Semester Hours)
DPT 753 Clinical Education IV (6 semester hours)
DPT 793 Evidence Based Practice IV (1 semester hour)
DPT 796 Capstone (1 semester hour)

Please note that recent course requirement updates may not be reflected in the list above. For further information contact the Office of Admissions at 303.458.4344.

Accreditation

Regis University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.
Commission URL: http://www.ncahlc.org/
Commission Phone: 312.263.0456

The Physical Therapist Education program at Regis University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703.706.3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org.

School of Physical Therapy Faculty

Regis University's School of Physical Therapy faculty represent a blend of expert clinicians and doctorally-prepared experts.

Passion for Teaching: Our faculty believe that excellence in teaching is one of the most important attributes of a faculty member and continually pursue growth, development, and expertise in teaching, considering different student learning styles, new and innovative teaching technology and curriculum design. 100% of our faculty are doctorally prepared.

Clinical Excellence: All faculty with degrees in physical therapy continue to practice in clinical environments, maintaining contemporary clinical expertise to facilitate classroom teaching. Some practice in off campus sites, some own and operate private practices, and others practice in our innovative on-campus clinic know as RegisCARES. 100% of our faculty who are PT's actively practice.

Faculty matter.  Learn more.

Fall 2014-Summer 2015

Tuition (per semester hour) $795
Other Fees
Health Insurance* (waived with proof of other insurance)
   Fall Rate (August 22, 2014-December, 31 2014)
   Spring/Summer Rate (January 1, 2015-August 21, 2015)

$1,102
$1,102
Lab Fee (per year, assessed in years 1 & 2) $400
Background Check and Drug Screen (initial screen upon admission) 
*Clinical site requirements may require additional screening, cost varies by student. This is an external agency fee.
$115
Graduation Application Fee $50

The majority of student in the program are paying for tuition and living expenses through student loans. Once admitted to the program, you will have a financial aid counselor available to work with you on securing loans. Additionally, we offer ten Dean's Scholarships, in the amount of $20,000 per scholarship, to each incoming class. All students admitted to the program are considered for the scholarships. Awards are based on academic achievement and/or diversity.

*Students who elect the University sponsored health insurance are enrolled for the entire year and cannot drop mid-year without a change of life exception. Only students who are enrolled in programs that require health insurance are eligible for the University sponsored plan.

How to Apply

Take the next step in your Regis experience. Get detailed application information and prerequisite requirements. Link directly to the PTCAS application if you're ready to apply today. If you are interested in getting more information complete this short form.

You can email your admission counselor with questions at healthcare@regis.edu.

Prerequisite Questions

Prerequisite coursework must be completed prior to matriculation into the School of Physical Therapy. However, coursework may be in progress or planned at the time of application without it negatively impacting your application. Regis University's DPT program requires a minimum prerequisite GPA of 2.75 for all applicants.

Human Anatomy with Lab 4 SH
Human Physiology with Lab 4 SH
Biology (lectures and laboratories) 8 SH
General Chemistry I with Lab 4 SH
General Chemistry II with Lab 4 SH
General Physics I with Lab 4 SH
General Physics II with Lab 4 SH
Behavioral Science I 3 SH
Behavioral Science II 3 SH
Statistics (Descriptive and Inferential) 3 SH

**Regis University requires one (4 semester hour) course in Human Anatomy with lab plus a course (4 semester hour) in Human Physiology with lab for a total of one year of study, OR 8 semester hours (one year sequence) of a combined anatomy and physiology (A&P I and II).

**Behavioral Science includes courses in psychology, sociology and anthropology. Developmental and Abnormal Psychology are recommended.

**Any two biology courses (lecture and lab required) taken from a biology department will fulfill the biology requirement. Examples of appropriate biology courses include: Cell Biology, Embryology, General Biology I, General Biology II, Genetics, Histology, Immunology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology.

Other courses that are highly recommended but not required for admission include the following:

Biomechanics/Kinesiology
Exercise Physiology
Speech Communication
Neuroscience/Neuroanatomy
Research Methods/Advanced Statistics
Motor Control/Motor Learning

The pass-fail option is not accepted in required courses. In addition, grades of D or F are not accepted toward required courses. We recommend that prerequisites be taken within the last five years; however we will consider all courses regardless of the amount of time since completion.

When must prerequisite coursework be completed?
All prerequisite coursework must be completed before you begin the program in August. Application, however, may be made prior to completion of all prerequisites. We do not have a minimum number of prerequisite courses that must be completed at the time of application. Students that are admitted with outstanding prerequisite coursework are admitted conditionally and must successfully complete all outstanding prerequisites prior to matriculation to meet the conditions of acceptance.

Where can I take my prerequisites?
You can take prerequisites at any regionally accredited university or college.

Can I take prerequisites at a community college?
Yes, prerequisites may be taken at a community college; however, taking prerequisites at a four year institution may better prepare you for the coursework you'll need to take as a graduate student.

What is the time limit on prerequisites?
We recommend that prerequisites be taken within the last five years; however we will consider all courses regardless of the amount of time since completion. Because of the nature of the program, it is important that students have knowledge of all prerequisite subjects in order to build on that foundation.

If I’ve ever taken a higher level biology course for four semester hours can I be exempt from the eight semester hour requirement?
No. All Applicants must complete a total of 8 semester hours of biology to include lab coursework. Any biology course with lab will count toward the 8 semester hour prerequisite requirement, but a total of 8 semester hours is required.

What courses count for the Behavioral Science prerequisite requirement?
Any course taken in a psychology, sociology or anthropology department will count toward this requirement. Although Development and Abnormal Psychology are recommended, any six semester hours from these departments will fulfill this requirement.

What statistics course do I need?
The statistics course must include inferential and descriptive statistics. It is recommended that the statistics prerequisite be taken in a department of psychology, sociology, education, or public health but we will accept statistics courses from other departments as well.

Do you accept combined Anatomy and Physiology courses?
We will accept combined courses as long as the full series was completed and the courses included lectures and labs. All prerequisite courses must be completed with a C or above.

Can I take ________ course for _______ course?
Students often want to determine if a particular course will substitute for one of the prerequisites. Typically, course substitutions are not accepted and students need to complete the courses as listed. However, if you would like to send a course description from the school catalog, and preferably a course syllabus, with a note regarding your rationale for substitution to dpt@regis.edu, we will be glad to evaluate your request.

Do Advanced Placement (AP) courses taken in high school count toward prerequisite requirements?
Yes. We currently accept AP courses as prerequisite requirements if your undergraduate institution accepted them as credits toward your undergraduate degree.

Application Questions

What is the deadline for submitting applications?
Application for the class starting in Fall 2016 are available through the Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) beginning July 1, 2015. Go to www.PTCAS.org for details. Applications must be e-submitted on or before the November 2, 2015 deadline date. It is the applicant’s responsibility to confirm that all application items (including all transcripts, references, and GRE) have been received and the application is complete by the deadline.

Document

Application Available

Application Deadline

PTCAS Application

July 1, 2015

November 2, 2015

Interview Invitations

December 2015 – January 2016

 

Interviews

Friday, January 29, 2016

Monday, February 1, 2016

 

Decision Letters mailed

Mid to late February 2016

 

Does Regis University require the essay portion of the PTCAS application?
Yes. You are required to submit the essay portion of the PTCAS application.

Do I need to send transcripts directly to Regis University or only to PTCAS?
As part of the application process you should submit official transcripts directly to PTCAS. You do not need to submit official transcripts directly to Regis University at the time of application.

Are there any requirements as to who should complete the letters of recommendation and how many are needed?
Three electronic letters of recommendation sent directly to PTCAS on the standard PTCAS form. Paper references are no longer accepted by PTCAS. One letter of recommendation must be completed by a licensed physical therapist and one completed by a college-level faculty. The third recommendation should be completed by either a second physical therapist, a second academic reference or a professional reference. Arrange for PTCAS to RECEIVE all of your references by the application deadline date. Personal letters of recommendation are not accepted.

Should I submit additional material like a resume, observation hour forms, etc?
No. You only need to submit the items required for your PTCAS application which includes the PTCAS application, essays, all official transcripts from schools attended, official GRE score, and required references.

GRE Questions

What is the institution code and department code for sending GRE scores?
There is now only one code for Regis University Physical Therapy. It is 7671. Applicants need to complete the General Test of the GRE which includes the verbal, quantitative and analytical writing sections. Additional information on the GRE can be found by going to www.gre.org.

What is the last test date for the GRE for the current application cycle?
You must take your GRE prior to the November 2, 2015 deadline.

If I take the GRE more than once, how do you interpret the scores?
We will use the best score from each individual section if multiple scores are available.

General Questions

Do you prefer any major?
No. You may complete an undergraduate degree in any major. No academic major is given priority consideration during the selection process. The requirements for the entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy program are a baccalaureate degree and the program prerequisites.

Do you have a minimum GPA to apply?
We do not have a minimum cumulative GPA to apply but we do have a minimum prerequisite GPA for application. All applicants must have a 2.75 prerequisite GPA to be eligible to apply.

What is the average GPA/GRE scores for accepted students?
For those offered admission to the class starting in Fall 2015, the average cumulative GPA was 3.659 (range 3.03-4.0) and prerequisite GPA was 3.691 (range 3.21-4.0), the average GRE scores are as follows: Verbal 70% (range 36%-98%), Quantitative 59% (range 18%-92%), Analytical Writing 66% (range 15%-99%).

Did you give preference to Colorado residents?
No. Preference is not given to Colorado residents over other applicants.

Do you give preference to Regis College undergraduates?
We give additional consideration to applicants who complete the undergraduate Health and Exercise Science major or minor at Regis University, but we do not guarantee admission to these students.

As a Jesuit institution, do you use “religion” as a criterion for acceptance?
No. Regis University does not use religion as a criterion for admission. However, additional consideration is given to graduates of Jesuit institutions, regardless of faith.

How many hours of volunteer service do I need for the program?
We don't require a specific number of hours; however, we expect candidates to have enough experience to serve as evidence of their commitment to the career choice of physical therapy. You should obtain a broad exposure to the various roles and responsibilities of the practicing physical therapist and have a general understanding of the future direction of physical therapy as a profession. A great reference for information about the field of physical therapy is the American Physical Therapy Association (www.apta.org).

How many applications do you receive?
We received over 1,200 applications this year, and we interviewed 292 of those applicants.

How many students do you start?
We expect to start a class of 80.

If I applied last year, do I have to send in an entire application?
Yes. Regis University participates in the common application (PTCAS). Therefore, all reapplicants will need to submit new complete applications via the PTCAS system. 

What are my chances of being accepted into the program (if I have a low GPA, or GRE)?
We look at a number of factors when evaluating applications including prerequisite grades, cum GPA, GRE score, recommendations, and completion of highly recommended courses. Additional consideration is given to applicants who complete the undergraduate Health and Exercise Science major or minor at Regis University, and/or come from a diverse background, have earned a graduate level degree, or have earned a undergraduate degree from a Jesuit university. It is the combination of these factors that determine whether you will be invited for an interview. 

When will I find out if I have been selected to interview? When will my application be reviewed?
We will begin to review applications after the deadline. Invited candidates will be notified of their assigned interview date by email starting mid December to mid January. No exceptions are made to assigned interview dates. All invited candidates must interview in person. Those candidates that are not selected to interview will be notified by email as well.

Are your interview dates flexible?
No. No exceptions are made to assigned interview dates.

Do you offer phone or Skype interviews?
Rarely. In general all candidates are required to interview in person on campus. The only exception to this rule is if an applicant is unavailable to interview due to a service focused commitment. Examples include candidates serving abroad in the Peace Corps. In these cases, we will consider an alternate interview request and approval will be made on a case-by-case basis. We feel it's important for prospective students to experience our campus, see our facilities and personally meet our faculty and students. Only a personal visit would make this possible.

What is the tuition?
The tuition for the Fall 2015-Summer 2016 academic year is $815 per semester hour and the program is 110 semester hours. Books and fees cost approximately $10,000 over the eight semesters.

How long is the program and when does it begin?
The program is completed in eight consecutive semesters, full-time, full calendar year. The program begins in August (Fall semester) of each year.

Can the program be completed on a part-time basis?
No. The program is full-time, full-calendar year (i.e., Fall, Spring, and Summer).

Can I work while in the program?
External employment is not recommended, particularly during your first year. An exception to this may be departmental graduate work-study positions.

How do students pay for the program?
The majority of student in the program are paying for tuition and living expenses through student loans. Once admitted to the program, you will have a financial aid counselor available to work with you on securing loans. Additionally, we offer ten Dean's Scholarships, in the amount of $20,000 per scholarship, to each incoming class. All students admitted to the program are considered for the scholarships. Awards are based on academic achievement and/or diversity.

Is there housing available for graduate students on campus?
Regis does not offer graduate student housing on campus. We offer a limited number of apartments associated with the University off campus to Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Profession students. The majority of DPT students live within a 5-20 minute commute from campus in apartments or homes for rent. Once admitted to the program, the Office of Admissions works with incoming students to help those that are interested get connected with roommates. Additionally, incoming new students are paired with a current student to help them make a smooth transition to Regis.

What is the program's focus/teaching style?
The primary teaching style can be described as facilitated discussion. Faculty will pose a question and seek feedback from the class. As an answer develops, the faculty will help hone that answer toward the most correct or appropriate answer. This style is based on Andragogy or Adult Learning Theory. This theory would have the learner identify what they want to know, seek out possible answers or solutions and then come up with the most probable solution. In this manner, the learner takes ownership of the process and the answer, rather than depending on an expert to divulge an answer early.