DPT Program: Frequently Asked Questions


Can't find what you're looking for? If you have additional questions, contact the Department of Physical Therapy.

Contact us

 

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.

Back to top »

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.

Back to top »

 

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.

Back to top »

 

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.

Back to top »

 

When is your application deadline?

All applications must be fully submitted by Jan. 15, 2019, to be considered for the cohort that will begin in June 2019.

Back to top »

 

How many applications do you accept each year?

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

Back to top »

 

What can I do to be a more competitive applicant?

In addition to a high GPA 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.  

Back to top »

 

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.

Back to top »

 

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.

Back to top »

 

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. 

Back to top »

 

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.

Back to top »

 

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.

Back to top »

 


*The Department of Physical Therapy at Briar Cliff 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. To contact the program directly, please call 712-279-5500 or email dpt@briarcliff.edu.