University of Central Arkansas Department of Physical Therapy
Department of Physical Therapy PTC Suite 300, 201 Donaghey Ave. Conway AR 72035 United States
Phone+1 501.450.3611
Phone 2 +1 501.450.3611
CAPTE Accredited

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Program Description

The highly ranked Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program at the University of Central Arkansas (UCA) provides students the opportunity to:

1) gain the knowledge and skills to practice physical therapy without the need for referral from another practitioner,

2) develop professional traits and leadership skills that will provide the student with a successful start in the profession

3) study with nationally and internationally know leaders in the field using the latest in evidence-based research .

Admission to the program occurs following completion of a baccalaureate degree (in any field) including 37 hours of prerequisite course work. The program is nine consecutive semesters in length (124 hours) and includes 39 weeks of clinical internship. Clinical internships are available across the U.S. in a variety of locations. During the program, students are provided with opportunities for elective work in specialty areas such as advanced gross anatomy, advanced spinal cord injury, aquatics, biomechanical and kinesiological analysis, cervical spine, lumbar spine, sports physical therapy, and women's health. Program costs are lower than the national average, and in-state tuition is offered to students who are residents of states contiguous to Arkansas (Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas). 

UCA is also home to a PhD program in Physical Therapy. Students with a strong interest in research or teaching may apply to the DPT/PhD program following the first semester of the DPT program. UCA's DPT program is physically located on a beautiful college campus of 12,000 students in the vibrant city of Conway, which is located at the foothills of the Ozark mountains just 22 miles from Little Rock. The Department of Physical Therapy is housed in a modern, 40,000 square foot building completely devoted to physical therapy. The university just recently completed construction on a state- of the-art gross anatomy laboratory for physical therapy and occupational therapy programs. The university also has programs in nursing, communication sciences and disorders, dietetics, and athletic training, and provides interprofessional training experiences for students in these programs.

All full-time physical therapy faculty members are doctorally prepared and have extensive experience in the field. During the program, students will learn from faculty who are American Board of Physical Therapy certified in neurology, orthopedics, pediatrics, sports, and pelvic health. The department also is home to a Residency program in Pediatric Physical Therapy.

Program offers a guaranteed freshman admission pathway?
Dual Degrees
Dual-degree programs offered in conjunction with the PT degree
Combined DPT/PhD is possible after first semester of DPT program.
Will the professional (entry-level) PT program offer a satellite or branch campus to applicants during the upcoming admissions cycle?
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Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
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Additional Information about Deposit
DPT deposit applies to first semester tuition if position is accepted.  If applicant rejects the offer after paying the $300 deposit, then the money is non-refundable.
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Additional information about the class profile
Competitive admission
Minority-Serving Institution (MSI) Status
Program housed at a Minority-Serving Institution No
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