Doctor of Physical Therapy
The Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy program prepares individuals to become licensed physical therapists. Following a selective admission process, 56 students are invited each fall semester to begin study in the three year Professional DPT Program (see UCA DPT Brochure 2017-2018. The curriculum includes 124 credits (graduate level) where students progress from foundation sciences and skills to application to patient care concluding with full-time clinical internship rotations at clinical education facilities in and out of the state. The UCA DPT Sequence outlines professional program courses for each semester; a description of those courses can be viewed in the UCA Graduate Bulletin (see Physical Therapy courses). See our prerequisite coursework checksheet for courses needed in addition to a bachelor s degree in order to apply to the UCA DPT Program.
UCA Ranked #11 in Most Affordable DPT Programs
BestMedicalDegrees.com has published a listing of the most affordable in tuition cost for the Most Affordable Doctor of Physical Therapy degree ranking. UCA has been ranked #11 in the most affordable Doctor of Physical Therapy programs in the U.S. see the link. Programs are programs evaluated based on publicly available information regarding accreditation, academic quality, student satisfaction, cost and estimated
length of study.
UCA ranked 3rd in Nation for PT
“The 2017 Top Graduate Program rankings represent graduate schools and programs all across the nation and are based on student reviews. Due to extremely high student satisfaction ratings, the University of Central Arkansas made the rankings at #3 in Physical Therapy degrees! The full rankings are available here: http://www.graduateprograms.com/school-rankings/physical-therapy”
The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the University of Central Arkansas is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:[email protected]; website:http://www.capteonline.org. Filing a complaint with CAPTE: If you have a question about the department s accreditation status or wish to express a concern about accreditation, you are encouraged to contact CAPTE.
Student Outcomes (updated 3-3-2017)
UCA DPT graduates of 2016 achieved a pass rate of 100% for the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE) and a first-time pass rate of 92.3%. Performance of UCA DPT graduates over the past two years is as follows:
- Graduation Rate = 95% (2015, 2016)
- Pass Rate on the NPTE: = 100% (2015, 2016)
- Employment Rate = 100% (2014, 2015)
Physical Therapy Slideshow
View our UCA PT Slideshow 2017 to learn more about the UCA Physical Therapy program including pictures of the Physical Therapy Center, the Gross Anatomy and Neuroscience lab, DPT Students in lab, presenting research and attending community outings as well as pictures of the UCA campus.
The professional DPT program requires a Baccalaureate degree as well as specific prerequisite coursework. Students attending UCA for their undergraduate work may declare a BS Degree with a major in Health Sciences Physical Therapy Emphasis. Other requirements for admission to the program include a minimum overall GPA of 3.00 and GPA of 3.00 in sciences. At the time of application a minimum of 22 of 31 hours of required prerequisite sciences must be successfully completed (before the application deadline).The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) must also be completed as well as 45 hours of observation of a physical therapist in three different physical therapy settings. Some example settings could be: an outpatient clinic, a pediatric facility, an inpatient rehabilitation hospital, an acute care hospital, or a skilled nursing facility, etc. Students enrolled in the DPT program must perform certain essential functions in order to participate in and complete program requirements. A list of these essential functions and the departmental policy is provided below. The UCA DPT Brochure 2017-2018 provides a complete description of the program and admission process.
Students who begin at UCA as a freshman with a 30 or higher on the ACT (1320 on SAT in critical thinking and math) from high school are eligible for Freshman Admission to the DPT Program. Freshman admit students who maintain the necessary requirements will be automatically admitted to the DPT program. Actual enrollment will occur after completion of the baccalaureate degree. To maintain freshman admission status students must: take all coursework at UCA, complete the GRE by October 1 of senior year (DPT application deadline), attend three Pre-PT Club meetings each year, by September 1 of application year hold a 3.70 cumulative GPA and 3.50 cumulative science GPA, complete 45 hours of observation of a physical therapist at 3 different physical therapy settings, complete 22 hours of required science by October 1 of senior year and complete the BS degree and all required prerequisites by August of the year of enrollment in the DPT program. Students who are interested in freshman admission can contact Mr. Mike Hawkinson for more information by email at [email protected] or by phone at (501) 450-5541.
The UCA Department of Physical Therapy application deadline is October 1st each year. Application to the Professional DPT Program requires completing an on-line application at the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) website at https://portal.ptcas.org/. The top applicants are invited to a mandatory interview scheduled for the first Friday in December (December 8, 2017).
The DPT Application deadline is October 1. Candidates who are selected for interviews will be notified. Interviews for the October 1, 2017 application deadline will be held at UCA on Friday, December 8, 2017.