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Welcome to our comprehensive selection process

Physical Therapy PTCAS
The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point participates in the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS). Applicants applying to UWSP physical therapist education program for the 2023 entering class will apply online using the PTCAS application beginning on June 15, 2022.

Admissions Requirements

Admission is competitive. Completing admissions requirements does not guarantee an offer to join the program.   

Applicants who do not meet the above requirements, but believe they have alternative evidence to demonstrate academic readiness may complete this survey. 

Prerequisite Coursework

The following are the required prerequisite courses:

General Chemistry – 2 semesters with a lab

UWSP Equivalent:

  • CHEM 105 – Fundamental Chemistry, 5 credits
  • CHEM 106 – Fundamental Chemistry, 5 credits
    • Organic chemistry or biochemistry are not substituted for the General Chemistry course

Physics – 2 semesters with a lab

UWSP Equivalent:

  • PHYS 203 – College Physics I, 5 credits
  • PHYS 204 – College Physics II, 5 credits

Animal Biology – 1 semester with a lab

UWSP Equivalent:

  • BIO 101 – General Biology, 5 credits
    OR
  • BIOL 110 and BIOL 111 Sequence – Principles of Biology I, II, 5 credits
    OR
  • BIOL 160 – Introduction to Animal Biology, 5 credits
    • Microbiology or plant-based biology courses will not be substituted for the Animal Biology course

Human Anatomy

UWSP Equivalent:

  • BIOL 287 – Essentials of Human Anatomy, 4 credits
    OR
  • BIOL 387 – Human Anatomy, 4 credits
    • Students may take a separate anatomy course and physiology course OR may take a 2 semester A & P I and II course

Human Physiology

UWSP Equivalent:

  • BIOL 385 – Human Physiology, 4 credits
    • Students may take a separate anatomy course and physiology course OR may take a 2 semester A & P I and II course

Introduction to Statistics

UWSP Equivalent:

  • HS 301 – Fundamentals of Biostatistics, 3 credits
    OR
  • MATH 255 – Elementary Statistical Methods, 3 credits
    OR
  • PSYCH 300 – Statistics for Psychologists, 4 credits

Introduction to Psychology

UWSP Equivalent

  • PSYCH 110 – Introduction to Psychology (SS), 3 credits
    • Abnormal or developmental psychology is not substituted for an introductory course

Note: Students may use AP courses that satisfy the requirements for any of the pre-requisite courses, however Pre-Requisite GPA will not be calculated using those credits. 

 

Use the checklist below to help determine if your coursework meets the requirements of the UW-Stevens Point DPT Program. 

    DPT Program Admissions Prerequisite Checklist

Use this checklist to help determine if you meet the prerequisites of the UW-Stevens Point DPT program. 

If you are applying from within the University of Wisconsin System, you should refer to the Transferology to evaluate courses for a fit with UWSP prerequisites. Watch these introductory how-to videos to learn more. 

Admissions Process and Timeline 

Comprehensive Selection 

The UWSP DPT program engages in a comprehensive selection process. We value students who bring more than just a strong academic record to the profession. Applications submitted via PTCAS are reviewed in two stages: 

Academic Readiness Review – Applications are screened to ensure that minimum academic requirements have been met. This includes GRE scores, cumulative GPA, prerequisite GPA, prerequisite course completion, earned bachelor’s degree (or progress toward earning a bachelor’s degree), and time since taking the GRE and completing prerequisite courses.   

Attributes Review – Reviewers are blinded to academic information reviewed in Tier 1. Applications are reviews based upon non-academic elements of the application. This includes the PTCAS essay, answer to the supplemental program question, and experiences. Competitive applicants will show characteristics of leadership, well-rounded preparation, results orientation, strong communication skills, adaptability, and intentionality in the desire to pursue a career in physical therapy. 

Timeline

UWSP will begin reviewing applications on August 15, and will continue reviewing applications until March 1, 2023, or until the class has been filled. Review will take place in groupings: 

Campus Visit

UWSP Policy

It is the policy of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point to foster an environment of respect for the dignity and worth of all students, employees, and guests of the university; provide an environment which is conducive to the free and open exchange of ideas; and strive to eliminate bias, prejudice, discrimination and harassment in all forms and manifestations.

Discrimination based on an individual’s age, race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, ancestry, marital status, pregnancy, parental status, sexual orientation, disability, political affiliation, arrest or conviction record, membership in the National Guard, state defense force or any other reserve component of the military forces of the United States or this state, or other protected class status is demeaning to all students, employees, and guests; impairs the process of education; and violates individual rights.