University of Colorado Physical Therapy Program
13121 East 17th Avenue Physical Therapy Program Aurora CO 80045 United States
Phone+1 303.724.9144
CAPTE Accredited

"This page is intended for college graduates and soon-to-be college graduates ONLY. We do NOT offer a guaranteed freshman-entry program for high school students."

Program Description

See the PT Program website for detailed information regarding requirements

COVID-19 Updates for the 2021-22 Application

The University of Colorado Physical Therapy Program is a 2 1/2 year program that begins with Orientation on the Wednesday following Memorial Day and the Summer semester begins the first Monday in June. The academic program (including clinical education) continues for 8 consecutive semesters with graduation in December. Full-time and part-time clinical education experiences are interspersed throughout the first two years and begin as early as the second semester (fall). During the Fall semester of the third year all students complete a final 16 week clinical internship. Upon completion of the Program, students are awarded the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree, and are eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE). Following graduation, some students will continue in a year-long paid internship at the same site for an additional 36 weeks and other students may continue in a specially designed internship and/or post-professional residency experience, while others choose to assume employment as a licensed PT. 

Our curriculum is rigorous, but students still find time to pursue opportunities in community service, explore global health, participate in a student-run interdiscplinary clinic, and get involved in faculty research activities. As part of the School of Medicine, the University of Colorado Physical Therapy Program is located on the Anschutz Medical Campus, the only academic health sciences campus in the Rocky Mountain Region. Our Program provides students an interprofessional learning environment uniquely designed to prepare them for their roles as future health care professionals. 

We seek applicants who bring a passion for healthcare and working closely with patients, a variety of life experiences, a strong academic background, and who will add to the diversity of our student body and the physical therapy profession.


Typically, out-of-state students are able to establish residency after the first year. If residency status is achieved the student would pay in-state tuition for the 2nd and 3rd (half) year of the program. 

Total Annual Cost of the Program based on 2020-2021 tuition rates:    

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Program offers a guaranteed freshman admission pathway?
Dual Degrees
Dual-degree programs offered in conjunction with the PT degree
There is a DPT/PhD degree option that provides students with the opportunity to become doctorally prepared Physical Therapist clinicians (DPT) and Rehabilitation Scientists (PhD) in tandem. Admission to the DPT does not guarantee admission to the PhD, and a separate application to the PhD is required later. Applicants interested in this dual degree option MUST have previous research experience and respond to the additional essay question. All requirements for the DPT also apply to the DPT/PhD. 
Will the professional (entry-level) PT program offer a satellite or branch campus to applicants during the upcoming admissions cycle?
Institution's Religious Affiliation
Admission Interviews
Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
Additional information about interviews

Interviews are required and are by invitation only. Interviews will be either December 2021 or January 2022 depending on virtual or in-person options available on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Check the PT Program website for updates during the fall of 2021. 

Is a Deposit Required for Accepted Applicants?
Total cumulative deposit
Additional Information about Deposit
A $1000.00 deposit is required to accept an offer of admission and is applied to the first semester tuition and fees.  The deposit must be submitted paid via credit card or eCheck (using checking account number and routing information) through the University of Colorado payment system.
Deposit Refundable?
Due Date of First Required Deposit
Total Cost of Education for In-State Students
Total Cost of Education for out of State Students
Incoming Class Profile
Anticipated Size of the Next Entering Class
Size of Most Recent Entering Class
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
% of WICHE (Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education) applicants accepted
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) U.S. applicants accepted
% of INTERNATIONAL (non-U.S/non-Canadian) applicants accepted
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Additional information about the class profile
Percent of IN-STATE and OUT-OF-STATE applicants accepted annually varies, and there is not a specific or set number of applicants accepted solely on this criteria. 

WICHE applicants accepted varies annually depending on qualified applicants who are offered admission and who meet WICHE criteria.  

Program is committed to a holistic review of applicants and gives preference to those who excel in academics, leadership and community service. This commitment extends to individuals from all backgrounds, to Colorado residents, and to expanding diversity in the physical therapy profession.
Minority-Serving Institution (MSI) Status
Program housed at a Minority-Serving Institution No
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