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Frequently Asked Questions


 Is it possible to complete my prerequisite courses at your campus?

No. Anschutz Medical Campus offers only graduate level courses; however, the University of Colorado Denver downtown campus offers the prerequisite courses.

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 When is the Physical Therapy Program start date?

Orientation begins the final Wednesday and Thursday of May, and class begins the first Monday in June. The program is year-round, and the only start date is in summer.

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 What additional requirements could exist for international applicants?

International applicants for whom English is a foreign language must score a minimum of 80 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Internet-Based Test. Visit www.ets.org/TOEFL for more details.

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 Are scholarships available?

Yes. Some scholarships are available to an applicant who has been invited to interview. Other scholarships are available to an individual once he or she is accepted to the program. More information regarding CU Physical Therapy scholarships.

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 Are there out-of-state sites available for clinical experiences?

The Physical Therapy Program partners with over 280 clinical sites. While many of the sites are local in the greater Denver area and surrounding cities in Colorado, there are also out-of-state sites as far west as Hawaii and Alaska.

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 Will qualified applicants receive an invitation to interview?

Qualified applicants are invited for mandatory interviews, which take place in late January or early February.

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 What housing options are available?

There are many residential opportunities near Anschutz Medical Campus, located in Aurora, Colorado. Students live in Aurora, closer to downtown Denver and as far as Boulder. There are endless housing options! The Student Services department has a complete housing list.(You might check with Lia for accurate wording.)

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 What percentage of Physical Therapy Program graduates secure a job within the first six months of graduation?

100% of our graduates seeking employment have secured a job within the first six months.

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 How does an applicant know if the PT Program has received the completed and verified application from PTCAS?

It is the responsibility of the applicant to make sure that all documents have been received by PTCAS. An applicant should occasionally check the status of their application, by accessing PTCAS. Please note that incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

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 Are students able to work?

Due to the academic rigor of the Physical Therapy Program, it is strongly encouraged that students secure sufficient financial aid, so they do not have to work. This is particularly important during the first year. There are work-study part-time jobs on our campus.

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 Do anatomy and physiology need to be taken separately?

Yes, unless a combined anatomy and physiology course has been approved by the Director of Admissions.

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 Can I take all of my prerequisites at a community college?

All prerequisites may be completed at a community college, except for Human or Vertebrate Anatomy with lab, Human or Mammalian Physiology with lab and upper-division basic science. Please contact Betti Krapfl at betti.krapfl@ucdenver.edu with questions about specific courses. Please note that an applicant is seen as more competitive if the prerequisites are all taken at a 4-yr. university.

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 Regarding references, may I use a letter of recommendation instead of your form?

No, the PTCAS form must be completed by all references

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 Do you have suggestions regarding physical therapists to “shadow,” to obtain this experience?

Yes, for suggestions regarding physical therapists to “shadow,” contact Betti Krapfl at betti.krapfl@ucdenver.edu.

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