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University of Colorado Denver College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Health Careers

Health Career Options

Information specific to the following careers is compiled and maintained by Dr. Charles Ferguson as a resource to UC Denver students

Allopathic Medicine (M.D.)
Chiropractic (D.C.)
Dentistry (D.D.S.)
Dental Hygiene (B.S.)
Dental Hygiene Careers
Emergency Medical Technician Programs
Forensic Science Careers
Forensic Science - Criminalistics (M.S.)
Massage Therapy (C.M.T.)
Medical Assistant Programs
Medical Doctor - Alopathic Medicine
Medical Doctor - Osteopathic Medicine
Medical Technology
Naturopathic Medicine
Nursing Careers
Nursing (BSN and RN)
Nutrition (M.S., M.A.)
Occupational Therapy (O.T.)
Occupational Therapy Assistant Programs
Optometry (O.D.)
Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.)*
Paramedic Programs
Pharmaceutical Careers:
Physical Therapy (P.T.)

Because there are so many physical therapy programs in the United States, it is not feasible to list them all here. However there is a link that lists them by geographical region within the United States. Please see Physical Therapy,

The one program within the State of Colorado is:

General Information and Pre-requisites

The Physical Therapy Program at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center will award the M.S. in Physical Therapy to all students who complete the program. This means for admission, you must have a B.A. or B.S. degree in any field other than physical therapy prior to matriculation. The Physical Therapy program begins each June and lasts 2 1/2 years. Each class is limited to 60 persons.

Required Courses

While earning your B.A. or B.S. degree, you must complete the courses listed below. You must have a letter grade in all pre-requisite courses (pass/fail not accepted) and you must receive a C (2.0) or better in all required courses.

Pre-Requisite Coursework with a Seven (7) Year Limit Defined as 7 years from your MATRICULATION date NOT APPLICATION date.

  • One year of General Biology with Lab - Minimum of 8 semester hours
  • One year of General Chemistry with Lab - Minimum of 10 semester hours
  • One Semester of Anatomy with lab - 4 semester hours
  • One Semester of Physiology with lab - 4 semester hours
  • One Semester of Exercise Physiology - 3 semester hours
  • One year of College Physics with lab - 10 semester hours
  • One semester of Statistics - 3 semester hours

Pre-Requisite Coursework with No Time Limit

  • One Semester of English Composition - 3 semester hours
  • One Semester of Trigonometry - 3-4 semester hours
  • One Semester of Developmental Psychology - 3 semester hours
  • One Semester of Abnormal Psychology - 3 semester hours

Strongly Recommended Pre-Requisite Courses

  • One Semester of Microbiology - 4 semester hours
  • One Semester of Kinesiology or Biomechanics - 3-4 semester hours

Some Important Restrictions

  • Courses should be taken at the upper division level where possible
  • CLEP, Advanced Placement, and Pass/Fail courses will NOT fulfill pre-requisites
  • All course work must be completed by June 1 of the year of matriculation into the Physical Therapy Program
  • Correspondence courses will NOT fulfill pre-requisite requirements.

Students are responsible for having current knowledge of all pre-requisites, and for knowing any specific pre-requisites not listed here for a specific school.

Application Process

Because of the large of applicants to the Physical Therapy Program, you should plan on applying to other programs and you should have alternate career plans. A listing of Accredited Schools of Physical Therapy can be obtained by clicking here or by contacting the American Physical Therapy Association.

The following requirements are currently specific to the Physical Therapy program at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.

  • You must have a GPA of 3.0 or better and have completed a B.S. or B.A. at the time you enter the Physical Therapy Program
  • Proof of CPR certification.
  • You must take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) by December of the year before you expect to be accepted into the program. A minimum score to be considered for admission is a total of 1600 on the verbal, quantitative, and analytical portions, with no single section score less than 500. Scores older than 5 years will not be accepted. Again, this is from the date of matriculation, not application. Applicants should request that scores be sent directly to the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.
  • It is STRONGLY recommended that you be computer literate.
  • A very important factor in the selection is your knowledge and understanding of the field of physical therapy and the current trends. You are expected to be able to demonstrate that you have had a minimum of 200 hours of paid and/or volunteer experience in Physical Therapy. Many applicants far exceed this time. Cooperative Education/Internship credit can be obtained for this. Your volunteer experience should be in more than one setting; these settings can include private practice, hospitals, and rehabilitation centers.
  • Application materials may be obtained after August 1 each year and must be received or postmarked by November 1 for consideration for admission the following June. December 15 is the deadline for submitting credential documents such as transcripts and official GRE scores.
  • Application materials may be obtained by contacting the program directly. Their address is University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Box C-244, 4200 E. 9th Ave, Denver, Colorado, 80262

Selection Process

The admissions commitee will evalute ALL applicants on the following:

  • Scholastic achievement in the required courses completed at the time of application
  • GRE scores
  • Experience in a physical therapy setting, either volunteer OR paid
  • References - four references are required

Applicants who appear to be best qualified may be invited for a personal interview. Final selection will be made from the group of candidate interviewed. All applicants will be notified in writing whether or not they have been accepted.

Physician Assistant (P.A.)
Podiatry (D.P.M.)
Public Health (M.A., M.S.)
Radiologic Technology Programs
Respiratory Therapy Technology
Surgical Technology
Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.)
Veterinary Technology/Asst.