Columbia University Programs in Physical Therapy
617 West 168th Street The Georgian Building, 3rd Floor New York NY 10032 United States
Phone+1 212.305.0470
Fax+1 212.305.4569
Private
CAPTE Accredited
Supplemental Requirements
Supplemental FEE required?
No
Supplemental fee amount
$0
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
No
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
Yes
Description of supplemental materials required
Please upload your resume and proof of First Aid and CPR Certification in the documents section of the PTCAS application. If the certification is not completed at the time of application, email the certification to ptadmissions@cumc.columbia.edu no later than August 1, 2021. 

Missing prerequisites must be completed with official transcript(s) sent to the program no later than August 1, 2021.
 
Official transcript showing receipt of undergraduate degree and date granted should be forwarded immediately post-graduation (undergraduate applicants) or at time of acceptance (post-baccalaureate applicants) but no later than August 7, 2021.
Supplemental forms and materials required by program - item 1
CPR Certification (can be submitted post application deadline)
Supplemental forms and materials required by program - item 2
First Aid Certification (can be submitted post application deadline)
Supplemental forms and materials required by program - item 3
GRE scores submitted by the application deadline
Supplemental forms and materials required by program - item 4
Official transcript showing degree granted and date of graduation, as soon as available
Supplemental forms and materials required by program - item 5
Resume submitted by the application deadline
Supplemental forms and materials required by program - item 6
Transcript(s) showing completion of any missing prerequisite courses, as soon as available
Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
Is GRE Required?
Yes
Your program's GRE codes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
7745
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle
12/01/2021
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle
12/01/2020
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
If the GRE is taken more than once, the best set of scores from any one testing date are considered.  GRE® General Test and GRE® REVISED General Test are accepted. 
Minimum and average GRE scores
Verbal reasoning scaled score
150
155
Quantitative reasoning scaled score
150
155
Analytical writing scaled score
3.5
4.5
Reference Requirements
Physical Therapist-1
Applicant must send one reference from this specific type of evaluator
Physical Therapist-2
Evaluator type not accepted
Professor in Major
Applicant must send a reference from one or more evaluators in this category
Professor
Applicant must send a reference from one or more evaluators in this category
Academic
Applicant must send a reference from one or more evaluators in this category
Supervisor/Employer
Evaluator type not accepted
Teaching Assistant
Evaluator type not accepted
PTA
Evaluator type not accepted
Pre-PT Advisor
Evaluator type accepted
Politician
Evaluator type not accepted
Health Care Professional
Evaluator type not accepted
Friend
Evaluator type not accepted
Family Member
Evaluator type not accepted
Co-worker
Evaluator type not accepted
Clergy
Evaluator type not accepted
Other
Evaluator type not accepted
Number of references required by program
3
Additional information about program's reference requirements
One (1) letter from a physical therapist 

Two (2) letters of recommendation MUST be from professors who have instructed you in 1 or more courses.  For applicants in their final year of undergraduate study, one (1) academic reference should be from a professor in the applicant's major area of study.  Applicants who have been out of school for 3 or more years and are completing prerequisite course work as a post-baccalaureate student can use current professors as reference sources.

An applicant who has documented experience in undergraduate or professional research can submit an additional letter of recommendation from the research advisor. 

Composite recommendations kept on file at the university and submitted by a pre-health/pre-medical committee or pre-health advisor are acceptable.
PT Observation Hours
Information about your PT requirements
Letter of recommendation (required reference) from a physical therapist should provide a brief description of the facility and attest to hours completed.
Program's PT hours requirement
PT hours are required - no verification by a physical therapist
Total number of PT Hours REQUIRED
75
Total number of PT Hours RECOMMENDED
100
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Accepted/Considered
Outpatient
Accepted/Considered
GPA Requirements
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative
3.00
3.5
Program-specific prerequisite
3.00
3.4
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
Initial grade and repeated course grade are averaged in calculating the program-specific grade point average. Students wishing to enhance their undergraduate grade point are encouraged to take additional courses in the biological sciences.
Background Checks
Background check required prior to matriculation.
No
Program participates in PTCAS Background Check process through Certiphi Screening.
No
International Students
Program considers Canadian coursework?
Yes
CanadianTranscriptsDictionary
Send original Canadian transcript to PTCAS (recommended)
Program policy for non-U.S. (foreign/international) coursework
Other
Additional information for the foreign transcripts
English translation is required for all foreign transcripts. It is recommended that foreign applicants, except for those from China, have their transcripts translated and evaluated through the World Education Service and a copy of this evaluation sent directly to the program. Chinese transcripts are reviewed by the China Higher Education Credentials Verification (CHESICC).
Are non-native English Speakers required to submit TOEFL scores?
Yes
Citizenship requirements
Citizenship types eligible for admission U.S. citizens
U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, Canadian citizens, Foreign (non-U.S.) citizens with a visa
Additional information about program's policy on foreign coursework
Non-native English speakers are required to submit TOEFL scores, unless applicant has received a 4-year undergraduate degree from an American University. With receipt of an American degree, GRE scores need to be submitted in lieu of TOEFL. English translation is required for all foreign transcripts. It is recommended that foreign applicants except for China, use the World Education Services for translational purposes at http://www.wes.org. Chinese transcripts are reviewed by China Higher Education Credentials Verification (CHESICC) at https://www.chsi.com.cn/en/service/