Create solutions for a healthier community by producing highly qualified Doctor of Physical Therapy, and leading in education, professional service, clinical service, and research activities.
A well-rounded education in all aspects of contemporary physical therapy.
The curriculum includes a course in Rural Health and underserved populations and has opportunities for clinical internships in rural areas.
Learning in a research-intensive health science center environment.
A low student-faculty ratio that ensures close contact with and continuous mentoring by physical therapy faculty.
Interdisciplinary education experiences with students in medical school and physician assistant programs at the health science center.
You will have opportunities to learn at various clinical sites across the DFW area and the nation, including opportunities to experience Physical Therapy in other countries, such as Italy and Malawi.
The Department of Physical Therapy is the second academic department in the new School of Health Professions, joining the Department of Physician Assistant Studies. Both programs prepare students for exciting and satisfying careers that are among the nation's top health professions. Additional health professions programs will be proposed in future years.
Selected applicants will be invited to the Health Science Center at Fort Worth for an admissions interview between September & December. Interviews may close early if the class is filled. Candidates who are invited to interview will be contacted by email. Declining an invitation or failing to appear for a scheduled interview will result in rejection of your application. Early submission of your application can increase your chances of interview selection.
Each year, we receive a large number of completed application for a limited number of class positions. The Admissions Committee takes a broad range of factors into consideration as we select candidates, including:
Understanding of the role of the PT
Enthusiastic letters of reference
Evidence of service and leadership, including honors, achievements and awards
Other life experiences and extracurricular activities
A mature, insightful essay.
Although an applicant???s entire academic record is considered, strong academic performance alone does not ensure acceptance. While prior experience in a physical therapy setting is not required, this experience is considered a beneficial attribute and viewed positively by the Admissions Committee. PT mentoring and shadowing experiences are not required, but are encouraged. Letters of reference from a physical therapist are strongly encouraged. Evidence of personal integrity, maturity, motivation, communication skills, interpersonal skills, critical thinking skills, writing ability, dedication and the ability to work with others are additional factors that will be considered. The above qualities are evaluated by several means, including letters of reference, the scope and nature of extracurricular activities (including work and volunteer experience), the scope and breadth of prior education and through the interview process. Our recent entering class profiles will give you some insight into how successful applicants have performed in some of the areas assessed by the Admissions Committee.
Because we value diversity in each class, be sure to tell us if you:
Speak more than one language.
Come from a rural or medically underserved area.
Are the first person in your family to attend college.
Come from a disadvantaged background.
Have rare talents or accomplishments.