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Note: Deadline for applications has changed. Deadline is now October 1, 2021 for the PTCAS application and the UK Supplemental application.
To be eligible for application to the Physical Therapy Education Program:
Specific Physical Therapy Academic Requirements:
In order to make sure the courses you take to fulfill these requirements are equivalent to the above UK courses, review the transfer equivalency webpage located here: https://www.uky.edu/registrar/transfer-equivalency
Note: The above Science courses must be Science major or pre-med level and be a minimum of four semester credits including the lab portion. Students should have three of the six science prerequisites (courses listed above) completed by the deadline in the semester during which the application is being submitted. With the Covid-19 virus causing changes in grading throughout the country, be aware that the University of Kentucky will accept pass/fail grades of pass for credit of having taken the above science prerequisites. We calculate a science prerequisite GPA, so if the course is taken pass/fail and you pass, you will receive credit for taking the course, but it will not contribute to the GPA we calculate. We recommend you take these science prerequisites for a letter grade to better demonstrate your academic ability.
Required courses to be completed prior to starting the PT education program (these are not required to be completed prior to application:
Note: A grade of “C” or better is required in all the Pre-Professional courses listed above.
If you have questions about whether a course will fulfill these requirements, contact the College of Health Sciences academic advisors (859-218-0546). See the website Advising page.
University of Kentucky UK Core Requirements:
Please access the description of the University of Kentucky’s “general educational” requirements called the UK Core (http://www.uky.edu/UGE/curriculum.html).
If when you apply to the program you are concerned that you will not receive credit for a course, include a course description with your application for consideration of appropriate courses.
Graduate Records Exam (GRE): The GRE is required for application and you should request scores be sent to PTCAS and the UK Physical Therapy Program (PT Department Code # 7753). The minimum score for the GRE is 290 on the combined Verbal and Quantitative sections (a score of 300 or above is more competitive). See the GRE website for more information. We continue to require the GRE and expect you will be able to sit for the GRE prior to the deadline of Oct. 1 2021. If the GRE is not available in summer and fall, we will make adjustments to the application requirements.
Certifications required upon start to the program:
Volunteer Requirement: Documentation of knowledge of the physical therapy profession obtained through work or volunteer hours in a physical therapy setting, or through research is required. Experience/knowledge in more than one setting (acute hospital, outpatient clinic, rehabilitation hospital, pediatric setting, etc.) will result in a more competitive application. Although there is no required minimum, typical applicants average between 50- 100 hours depending on the year of application. A variety of different physical therapy experiences across the age continuum from child to adult and across a continuum of PT delivery models (acute care, rehab, and outpatient) will strengthen an application. This requirement is important for you to understand how and where physical therapy is provided, however, it may be difficult in the summer and fall of 2021 to obtain these hours. It is highly recommended that you research physical therapy delivery to better understand how and where physical therapy is provided. The APTA website is a good resource (apta.org).
Availability to attend a personal interview with the Admissions Committee is expected. Interviews are granted to those applicants determined most qualified by the Admissions Committee. Interview dates for the admissions process for 2021-2022 cycle are: Lexington campus – December 1 & 3 2021 and Hazard campus – December 6, 2021.
International students must meet the University of Kentucky graduate school International Teaching Assistant standards regarding English proficiency, have an awarded 4 year university level degree and submit all required application materials in addition to meeting the Physical Therapy Program requirements. This includes a written and spoken English language exam (either the TOEFL with a TOEFL iBT score of 26 or above or the IELTS with a speaking test score of 7 or above). Please see specific information on the web at: http://www.uky.edu/IntlAffairs/
Students should be aware that admissions requirements for the PT Program are constantly being evaluated and may, at any time, be changed. Students preparing to apply to the program are advised to check regularly with the College of Health Sciences academic advisors (CHS-Advising@uky.edu) or the program office regarding admission requirements.
INTERVIEWS: Students admitted to the professional program are selected on a competitive basis. A limited number of applicants will be invited for interviews prior to the final selection. The Admissions committee will consider the quality of the overall GPA, academic performance in Chemistry, Biology, and Physics (key GPA) and your Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores. The personal interview is evaluated in areas such as: