https://alliedhealth.ouhsc.edu/Prospective-Students Parent Page: Prospective Students id: 5462 Active Page: Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) id:5557

DOCTOR OF PHYSICAL THERAPY (DPT)

Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.)

Denise Bender
Welcome to the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program.  I encourage students to  explore our website, visit our state of the art facilities, and meet our students to explore the possibilities in the profession of physical therapy.  At OUHSC, students join our interprofessional community of learners who are constantly challenged to think, to learn, to do, and to reflect about the physical therapy profession. The faculty and staff are committed to preparing students to grow and develop from novice learners into competent, compassionate, and ethical practitioners.

What is Physical Therapy?

Accreditation


Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education awarded accreditation for a period of 10 years from 2014 through 2023.

The Physical Therapy program at The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone:  703-706-3245; EmailWebsite.  If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 405-271-6588 or email alliedhealth-info@ouhsc.edu.

Graduates are eligible to take the national certification examination for the physical therapist administered by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT). After successful completion of this examination, the individual will be a registered Physical Therapist (PT).

Any arrest, charge, or conviction for a felony or a misdemeanor may not only affect a student's ability to attend certain clinical sites for clinical education and fieldwork, but it may also affect a graduate's ability to sit for the certification examination or obtain state licensure.

CAPTE Required Public Disclosure of Student Outcomes: 

  • Graduation Rate: 96.8% (two-year average as calculated in the 2019 CAPTE Annual Accreditation Report)
  • Licensure Examination Pass Rate (reflecting graduate performance in the years between 2017-2018): 119 students attempted the national licensure exam with a 99.16% ultimate pass rate (as published by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy)
  • Employment rate 12 months after passing board exam: 100%

 


Physical therapy is a dynamic health profession dedicated to the promotion of optimal health, prevention of disability, and the restoration and maintenance of physical activities that contribute to a successful life. Physical therapy services are provided in a variety of settings, including homes, schools, workplaces, outpatient clinics, and hospitals.

The professional program consists of 108 semester hours of sequenced and integrated didactic and clinical courses. All didactic coursework is offered on the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) campuses in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. This program begins in the summer of every year. Clinical courses are completed within the state and region.

For further information about the profession of physical therapy, contact the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

Graduates of the program receive a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree and are eligible to sit for the national licensure examination upon meeting state licensure requirements.


The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center College of Allied Health ensures that program expectations, learning objectives, and educational outcomes offered at the Oklahoma City campus and Tulsa campus are consistent.   Program outcomes between the Oklahoma City campus and Tulsa campus are evaluated yearly by course directors and reported to the Department Chairman and to the Dean of the College of Allied Health.     

Physical therapy is a dynamic health profession dedicated to the promotion of optimal health, prevention of disability, and the restoration and maintenance of physical activities that contribute to a successful life. Physical therapy services are provided in a variety of settings, including homes, schools, one’s workplace, outpatient clinics, and hospitals.

Physical therapists provide direct patient service, consultation, education, and are often engaged in research. They also serve in administrative capacities, including supervising and delegating responsibilities to members of the physical therapy service. They work in primary, secondary, and tertiary healthcare settings. Physical therapists enter practice as generalists and may later become board-certified specialists. Physical therapists work closely with members of a patient’s team. Physical therapists are also engaged in the development of new approaches of intervention that will more effectively meet existing and emerging health needs in society, including health promotion and disability prevention programs.

Physical therapists are dedicated to improving the ability of an individual to function successfully regardless of the reason for disability: disease or trauma, developmental or acquired, acute in nature or chronic. They are effective working with people of any age with a wide variety of functional limitations. Physical therapists also contribute significantly to the development of standards of practice in physical therapy and to the development of relevant health policy.

Physical therapists are eligible to practice once they receive state licensure. One is eligible to sit for the state licensure examination upon graduation from a physical therapy curriculum approved by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).

Additional Resources:

 

 

Students applying to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program must possess personal qualities of character, integrity, and motivation, as well as the capacity to perform essential functions suitable for a career in physical therapy.

The OUHSC Doctor of Physical Therapy program has joined the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS). Applicants must complete both the PTCAS application and the OUHSC application. ALL official, sealed transcripts and scores must be sent to PTCAS and entered through the PTCAS on-line system. To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. Submit a completed on-line application through the PTCAS and OUHSC applications. The OUHSC DPT Program encourages you to APPLY EARLY! We will begin considering applications as early as October 1st. Those with completed applications (PTCAS + OUHSC) by October 1, 2020 will be given PRIORITY consideration. Applications that are not complete by the October 1st deadline will not be considered for admission until the firm deadline of February 1, 2021. It is possible that up to 50% of the class could be filled prior to the firm deadline of February 1. The firm application deadline is February 1, 2021. (Beginning with the 2022 application cycle, there will be a firm deadline of October 1, 2021.) All official, sealed transcripts, GRE scores, and TOEFL scores (if applicable) must be received by the application deadline. Late transcripts and test scores will result in an automatic denial;
  2. Complete a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university prior to enrollment in the program;
  3. Be in good standing with the college or university last or currently attending;
  4. At a minimum, earn both a 2.75 cumulative grade point average and a 2.75 science grade point average on a 4.0 scale as calculated by PTCAS. Courses taken during the spring 2020 semester may have a “P” for passing or “S” for satisfactory due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please note that the required 2.75 cumulative grade point average and 2.75 grade point average still applies. The College of Allied Health does not recognize academic forgiveness nor reprieve policies. All attempts of a course are included in the calculation of GPAs;
  5. Successfully complete all departmental prerequisite courses with grades of C or better prior to beginning our program the first week of June. Courses taken during the spring 2020 semester may have a “P” for passing or “S” for satisfactory due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please note that the required 2.75 cumulative grade point average and 2.75 science grade point average still applies;
  6. We recognize that at this time it may be difficult for applicants to complete observation hours. Although we recommend 40 hours of physical therapy observation, they are NOT required. We ask that applicants explore the APTA website to learn more about careers in physical therapy; 
  7. Submit official transcripts from all colleges and/or universities (including OU and OUHSC transcripts if you have taken courses there) attended and non-refundable application fees through PTCAS ;
  8. Submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores (the General Test) prior to the application deadline date. At the time of verification through PTCAS, we will only accept valid reportable GRE scores that are no older than five years following the test date. See ETS for score reporting policies. It is recommended that you take the revised GRE no later than one month prior to the application period for which you are applying to ensure your scores are received by the application deadline. Scores received after the application deadline will result in an automatic denial. The PTCAS GRE Designated Institution Code for the DPT program at OUHSC is 7426; 
  9. If English is a second language, submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores. Applicants must earn a minimum score of 600 (paper-based) or 100 (Internet-based) within two years prior to application. The PTCAS TOEFL Designated Institution Code for the DPT program at OUHSC is 7426. The department may waive TOEFL scores if the applicant provides evidence of graduation from a U.S. High School or a 4-year Bachelor’s degree or higher from a U.S. institution. Click here to review additional information regarding the TOEFL and TOEFL waiver; 
  10. If previous coursework was from colleges or universities outside of the US, have all transcripts/mark sheets processed through World Education Services (WES); and 
  11. All official, sealed transcripts, GRE scores, and TOEFL scores (if applicable) must be received by the application deadline. Late transcripts and test scores will result in an automatic denial.

Please note:  If you plan on applying to the program this year, submit an official, sealed transcript from every institution attended AS SOON AS POSSIBLE through the PTCAS system. Do NOT send them to the Health Sciences Center. They will not be forwarded. ALL transcripts and scores must be entered through the on-line PTCAS system. Transcripts take time to process from one institution to the other; therefore, order your transcripts ASAP! Once your fall grades have been posted, please update your PTCAS application ASAP.
 

Course numbers are those of the University of Oklahoma. Approved prerequisite courses are offered at many institutions. Check the Transfer Equivalencies Database or with your school advisor regarding equivalent courses. There are instructions on that page on how to request a transcript evaluation for particular courses if your courses are not listed in the database.

Click here to use the prerequisite worksheet to keep track of your prerequisite classes. 

OU Course Number Course Title Credit Hours Footnote
PSY 2603 Developmental Psychology 3  
CHEM 1315 General Chemistry I and Lab 4-5  
BIOL 2234 or 2255 Human Anatomy 4-5  
BIOL 2124 Human Physiology 4  
BIOL 1005 or 1124  Concepts in Biology or Intro Biol: Molecule/Cell/Phys     4-5  
PHYS 2414 Physics I for Life Science Majors 4  
PHYS 2424 Physics II for Life Science Majors 4  
COMM 2513, ECON 2843, PSY 2113,
or PSY 2003
Understanding Statistics 3 1
(1) It is recommended that the applicant take an equivalent course to OU course number PSY 2003.  If there is not an equivalent course at your college/university for PSY 2003, it is acceptable to take an equivalent course to OU’s course numbers PSY 2113, COMM 2513, or ECON 2843.

2020-2021 Cycle Deadlines
•    Soft/Priority Deadline (CAS + OUHSC) – October 1, 2020
•    Firm/Final Deadline (CAS) – February 1, 2021
•    Firm/Final Deadline (OUHSC) – February 8, 2021

 

  1. The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program (DPT) at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) participates in the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service, known as PTCAS. Applicants applying to the entry-level physical therapist education program must apply online using the PTCAS application and complete an OUHSC application. The OUHSC DPT Program encourages you to APPLY EARLY! We will begin considering applications as early as October 1st. Those with completed applications (PTCAS + OUHSC) by October 1, 2020 will be given PRIORITY consideration. Applications that are not complete by the October 1st deadline will not be considered for admission until the firm deadline of February 1, 2021. It is possible that up to 50% of the class could be filled prior to the firm deadline of February 1st. (Beginning with the applications for 2022 admission, there will be one firm deadline of October 1, 2021.)
  2. The application cycle for the PTCAS is available to begin entering data as early as July. Learn more about PTCAS
  3. The PTCAS Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) Designated Institution Code for the DPT program at OUHSC is 7426. 
  4. Review and follow the instructions for application to the College of Allied Health. 
  5. The decision of acceptance, alternate status, or denial to the Physical Therapy program will be communicated through the PTCAS system on a rolling basis beginning in early March and continue through late April. If you have not received notification by May 1st regarding your application status, please contact the Office of Academic and Student Services at (405) 271-6588.  However, alternates could be accepted as late as two weeks prior to the beginning of the first summer semester of the program. 
  6. Admitted applicants must accept their position according to the timeline communicated on their electronic letter, or the position will be considered declined. The applicant must accept the position within two weeks of notification, or the position will be considered declined. Alternates may be admitted up to the first class day for the summer semester if all positions have not been filled. 
  7. Students accepted for admission are required to confirm their intention to enroll and attend by paying a non-refundable deposit on enrollment. The deposit is applied toward tuition and fees during the first term. 

Please note:  With the availability of distance technology, we are able to deliver lectures between Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Students may apply to either campus but sometimes a student spot is only available on one campus. Students are required to attend all classes on the campus to which they are admitted.

Students may expect additional costs that include, but are not limited to, a personal computer, textbooks, lab fees, insurance, and supplies. Students are required to assume financial responsibilities for expenses associated with clinical requirements. For financial aid information, contact the Financial Aid Office at (405) 271-2118.

Additional cost information:
Bursar's Office Tuition and Fees
Student Financial Aid

 

Year 1
 

Summer Semester

Course Name Course Number Credit Hours
Anatomy AHS 8415 5
Concepts in Rehabilitation Sciences PHTH 8002 2

 

Fall Semester

Course Name Course Number Credit Hours
Fundamentals of Physical Therapy PHTH 8112 2
Principles of Human Movement PHTH 8034 4
Evidence-Based Practice PHTH 8152 2
Clinical Process PHTH 8153 3
Exercise Science I PHTH 8192 2
Orthopedic Mgmt UE Dysfunction PHTH 8274 4

 

Spring Semester

Course Name Course Number Credit Hours
Neuroscience AHS 8274 5
Orthopedic Mgmt LE Dysfunction PHTH 8114 4
Differential Diagnosis PHTH 8313 3
Pathology AHS 8433 3
Therapeutic Exercise Prescription PHTH 8074 4


Summer Semester

Course Name Course Number Credit Hours
Movement Science I PHTH 8393 3
Clinical Education I PHTH 8362 2
Behavioral Science PHTH 9112 2


Year 2
 

Fall Semester

Course Name Course Number Credit Hours
Pharmacology AHS 8112 2
Neurorehabilitation for Children PHTH 8154 4
Teaching in Practice PHTH 8332 2
Interprofessional Case Management PHTH 9391 1
Progressive Neurological Conditions PHTH 8122 2
Ortho Mgmt Axial Skeleton PHTH 8214 4

 

Spring Semester

Course Name Course Number Credit Hours
Integrated Ortho PHTH 8303 3
Neurorehabilitation for Adults PHTH 8234 4
Clinical Reasoning in Physical Therapy I PHTH 8282 2
Developmental Disabilities PHTH 8272 2
Clinical Practice Management I PHTH 8352 2
Assistive Technology PHTH 8292 2
Measurement in Clinical Practice PHTH 8172 2
Effective Management PHTH 8371 1

 

Summer Semester

Course Name Course Number Credit Hours
Sports & Recreation PHTH 9014 4
Clinical Practice Management II PHTH 8372 2
Clinical Education II PHTH 8383 3


Year 3
 

Fall Semester

Course Name Course Number Credit Hours
Clinical Education III PHTH 9124 4
Community Assessment/Planning PHTH 9132 2
Clinical Reasoning in Physical Therapy II PHTH 9152 2
Complex Medical Problems PHTH 9173 3

 

Spring Semester

Course Name Course Number Credit Hours
Clinical Education IV PHTH 9224 4
Topics in Physical Therapy PHTH 9432 2

Last reviewed:  October 27, 2020

Course Descriptions

Department of Rehabilitation Sciences
College of Allied Health
The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
1200 N Stonewall Avenue, Room 3092
Oklahoma City, OK  73117-1215

Wade Hensley
Student Program Coordinator II 
Phone:  (405) 271- 2131
Email Wade Hensley
 
Office of Academic and Student Services
Phone:  (405) 271-6588
Email the Office of Academic and Student Services

Click here to schedule a virtual, phone, or in-person prospective student appointment with one of our Advisors.

 

Prospective students are encouraged to review the Technical Standards which are the academic, clinical, and interpersonal aptitudes and abilities that allow OT and PT students to complete the professional curriculum.   Students are also encouraged to visit the prospective student's page to find resources such as the transfer equivalency tables, admission statistics, job shadowing, gpa calculation, tuition cost, scholarships, student life, campus resources, etc.