FAQs - Doctor of Physical Therapy Program | Briar Cliff University

DPT Program: Frequently Asked Questions

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What is your minimum GPA?

A cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required to be considered for admission into the program. All college coursework, including transfer credit and retaken coursework is used in calculating cumulative GPA. A prerequisite GPA of 3.0 is also required. For more information, see the admission requirements and prerequisites page.

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Is Briar Cliff University on Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS)?

Yes. To apply to our program, you will need to use the PTCAS web-based application. For more information, see the Application Process page.

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Do you require the GRE?

Yes. All applicants to the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program must submit GRE scores officially from the GRE system. We will accept all scores taken in the last five years. The GRE institution code for Briar Cliff University is 1700.

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Do I need to finish all of the requirements before I can apply?

No. Applicants are allowed to have two outstanding prerequisite courses at the time of application submission. However, you must be prepared to finish all requirements prior to June 1. For more information, see the admission requirements and prerequisites page.

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When is your application deadline?

All applications must be fully submitted by Jan. 15, 2020, to be considered for the cohort that will begin in June 2020.

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How many applications do you accept each year?

Our program will accept a maximum of 32 applicants each year.

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What can I do to be a more competitive applicant?

In addition to a high GPA, GRE, and significant varied experiences in physical therapy, we like to see a strong background in service learning. The admissions committee also looks for applicants who are knowledgeable about the field and are truly motived to become physical therapists.  

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What kind of scholarships do you offer?

Currently, there are no scholarships at Briar Cliff University for Doctor of Physical Therapy students, but students are encouraged to apply to outside scholarship programs.

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I don’t have a bachelor’s degree, can I still apply?

A bachelor’s degree must be completed by June 1 of the year you would begin the program. You can apply prior to receiving the degree. The physical therapy program is an entry-level doctorate program and requires that all students have a bachelor’s degree when they begin in June. We will accept students with bachelor’s degrees in any field, as long as you meet the admissions requirements and prerequisites.

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What kind of observational experience is required?

Applicants are encouraged to observe physical therapists at work in various settings. We require that you spend at least 60 hours observing licensed physical therapist(s), in at least two separate facilities. We recommend, however, that you total closer to 200 observation hours. We encourage hours in multiple settings, including but not limited to, acute care, neurological rehabilitation, orthopedics, pediatrics, geriatrics, and sports medicine. 

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Do you have a preference for Iowa applicants?

No. We do not have an in-state preference. Because we are a private institution, we do not take applicants’ state of residence into consideration when making acceptance offers.

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Do you have a preference for Briar Cliff applicants?

Yes. We give preference to Briar Cliff applicants, as well as applicants who attended any Franciscan University. However, we encourage students from all universities to apply.

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