The BA/BS-DPT early admission program (EAP) is divided into 2 phases:
- Phase I is a pre-application process demonstrating student interest in the early admission program. Application to Phase I occurs at the completion of the first semester of baccalaureate course work. Up to 10 qualified students are accepted into Phase I each year.
- Phase II is formal admittance into the EAP for students from Phase I who have completed at least 45 semester credits as an undergraduate (typically sophomore level) and demonstrated a high level of success in their initial academic coursework to be considered for this early admission opportunity. Up to 3 qualified students are accepted into Phase II each year.
This program is designed to bring a richness of diversity to the Physical Therapy Program at the Anschutz Medical Campus and the PT profession. Diversity embraces race, ethnicity, gender, religion, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, disability, life experiences, record of service and employment and other talents and personal attributes that can enhance the scholarly and learning environment.
Students selected for both phases of the Early Admission Program will participate in pre-requisite undergraduate courses, specially designed learning opportunities, and have an additional mentorship component designed to prepare them for successful entry into the PT Program. This small cohort of students will also be given additional opportunities to interact with pre-health advising personnel at UCD and faculty/staff from the PT Program on the Anschutz Medical Campus to prepare them for success as a future DPT student.
Students seeking Early Admission may select any major and are encouraged to obtain a broad liberal arts education incorporating a wide range of science courses while participating in the additional educational opportunities available on the UCD campus. Students who meet all requirements for Phase II EAP are formally admitted to the PT Program in the final semester of their bachelor's degree curriculum after completing all requirements.
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Pre-Application Information Sessions
*There are currently no information sessions scheduled for the program at this time.
This program is designed for students from CU Denver who meet two or more of the following criteria:
- Be eligible for a Pell Grant
- From federally designated rural/frontier communities in Colorado
- From ethnic groups who are currently under-represented in the health professions community in Colorado including:
- Latino Hispanic
- Black or African American
- Native American/Alaska Native
- Pacific Islander
- First generation college students-someone whose parents did not attend or graduate from college or did not complete a baccalaureate degree.
- Veteran status or history of military service
- Desire to practice physical therapy in Colorado after the completion of the physical therapy program.
In addition to the above criteria, applicants must demonstrate success in academic course work, service to their community, and an authentic desire to work in the profession of physical therapy.
To be considered for Phase II, students must have been admitted to Phase I in their Freshman year of the BA/BS-DPT program*.
*For the academic year 2021-2022, students who are in the Sophomore year may directly apply to Phase II in spring 2022. This ‘fast-track’ application is only available for Sophomores in the 2021-2022 academic school year and will NOT be available in subsequent academic years.
Students must be full-time students at CU Denver and meet 2 of the criteria listed in the Eligibility tab.
Applications for Phase I (students who are in the first semester of their freshman year) are available starting November 1 each year and close early December. The application link will be available here during the active application timeframe:
Phase II applications will be provided to those students currently in Phase I.*
*For current Sophomores who plan to apply to the 2021-2022 academic year Phase II ‘fast track’ program, this application cycle will be open from April 1 – April 30, 2022. Note: this Phase II fast-track program is ONLY available for the 2021-2022 academic year.
For more information, please email: PT.EarlyAdmit@ucdenver.edu
At the end of semester one, students who are interested in the program will be required to complete an initial program application via Qualtrics. Program administration will select up to 10 students to work with for potential admission into Phase II of the program. Decisions will be made prior to the start of the spring semester each year.
Phase I Clinical Observation Hours
The PT Program recommends a minimum of 45 hours of clinical observation with a minimum of 15 hours in each of 3 different settings. Assistance will be provided as part of the program in securing the 45 hours and a stipend will be paid for 45 hours as part of Phase I. These observation experiences seek to assure a true interest in the profession prior to application to Phase II. Special emphasis is placed on clinical experiences that expose students to the health care needs of underserved areas or populations. Observation sites may include:
- Inpatient: (hospital, rehabilitation facility or skilled-nursing facility)
- Outpatient: (PT clinic, outpatient hospital clinic, sports medicine)
- Additional settings: (school, home health or specialty care PT clinic)
Professional Development Opportunities:
As part of Phase I, students will be financially supported to complete a training in one or more areas directly associated with the PT profession through the UCD Health and Wellness Center. Potential courses include:
- ACE Certified Personal Trainers
- Group Fitness Instructors
- Health Coaches
Co-Curricular Seminars and Activities:
In addition to the required courses, there will be supplementary monthly seminars, journal club sessions, and Health Professions Learning Community activities that you will be required to attend. The primary goals of the co-curricular seminars during your freshman year are to acclimate interested PT applicants with the Anschutz Medical Campus, introduce you to some of the physical therapy and other health science program faculty and staff, and to introduce you to a selection of physical therapy instructional methods. Typically, there will be one combined cohort seminar each semester for students that may occur on a Friday or Saturday on the Anschutz Medical Campus. Other Co-curricular seminars may occur on weekdays, including during the lunch hour and weeknights. The objectives of the co-curricular seminars are to provide:
- Early exposure to the various aspects of physical therapy and humanism through specific topics introduced by faculty, staff, and/or students that are pertinent to today’s health care system.
- An environment that fosters group thinking and collaborative learning outside the larger academic setting
- An environment that fosters the further development of your critical thinking skills. Each seminar will incorporate both didactic and group discussion components to allow for students to apply critical thinking skills
- A bridge between the undergraduate learning experiences at CU Denver and the Anschutz Physical Therapy program through the integration of a student’s course on the Denver campus and their clinical/experiential learning experiences on the Anschutz Medical Campus.
- An opportunity for you to develop self-advocacy skills by learning how to seek out help and seek clarity when you don’t understand what is expected of you both academically and outside the classroom.
- Opportunities to dialogue with facilitator(s) and peers about health-related topics through the use of question and answer sessions during seminars and through the use of “real-time” post-session survey.
Successful participation in Phase I and completion of Phase II application.
Phase II Application Requirements to move from Phase I to Phase II:
- Applicants must have matriculated into UCD as incoming freshman and have completed 45 credit hours, including General Biology I and II with laboratories, Chemistry I and II with laboratories and English Composition I and II.
- Student must plan to attend UCD for a minimum of four additional semesters before graduation.
- UCD transcripts submitted with the application should have a minimum of 45 credit hours completed. Unofficial CU Denver transcripts will be accepted.
- Demonstrate professional behaviors.
- Participate in Interaction with the PT Program (see requirements below)
- Complete a minimum of 45 observation hours with licensed physical therapists in clinical settings.
- Students complete a Phase II application which includes:
- Interviews with the University of Colorado PT Program Director of Admissions and one representative from the Admissions Committee.
- An Essay on a topic assigned by the Admissions Committee.
- A Resume with details on non-academic preparation such as clinical or research experiences, community service activities, and any other important information about a student’s interests.
- Two letters of recommendation: one from the student’s academic advisor and one from either a CU Denver faculty member or licensed physical therapist.
- Students must provide notification of their ability to meet the Technical Standards of the PT Program. (see Appendix -Technical Standards)
REQUIREMENTS AFTER ACCEPTANCE INTO PHASE II
Acceptance into EAP Phase II allows students to earn a provisional spot at the University of Colorado Physical Therapy Program provided they meet specific academic, non-academic, and professional requirements annually. Students who are unable to meet these requirements may still apply to the PT Program.
Interaction with the Physical Therapy Program
Students will be required to meet with:
- Joe Palmer, PT, DPT once per semester to discuss goals, progress in coursework, etc.
- A PT mentor/counselor at least once per semester to discuss goals, learn about PT course work and mechanisms for success within the PT program.
- Students are expected to use this support, as well as the pre-health advising opportunities at CU Denver, to create a seamless path for achieving successful matriculation into the Physical Therapy Program.
Phase II Clinical Experience
Once admitted to Phase II of the EAP students will be financially supported and expected to work for the equivalent of 8 full-time weeks as a rehab aide/technician (320 hrs).
PROFESSIONAL BEHAVIORS (Phase I and Phase II)
Professional behavior is an ongoing expectation of applicants, students and Doctors of Physical Therapy. Therefore, the ability to demonstrate professional behavior is necessary for acceptance into the Early Admission Program. Professional behavior is exhibited through responsibility for self and during interactions with others (e.g. peers and faculty) by actions, appearances and integrity. Each semester, students will be required to have all current CU Denver Faculty complete a mid-semester evaluation of their class and professional behaviors performance. Students must achieve a “meets expectations level” on all indicators.
General Program Email (preferred contact method)
Ms. Trishia Vasquez (Director, University of Colorado Denver Health Professions Program)
R. Joe Palmer, PT, DPT (CU Anschutz Early Admissions Program Coordinator, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus)
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