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Physical Therapy, D.P.T.

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University rank #161 (BCR) Iowa City, IA, United States
The Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) is the entry-level professional degree for physical therapists. Based on the number of outstanding applicants, 40 students are annually enrolled in the D.P.T. program.
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Doctor of Physical Therapy graduates must possess and demonstrate the physical and cognitive skills and character attributes required to provide physical therapy services in a broad variety of clinical situations and environments. All D.P.T. candidates must perform, with or without reasonable accommodation, the following skills safely, effectively, efficiently, and in compliance with the legal and ethical standards set by the American Physical Therapy Association Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice:

  • communicate effectively through appropriate verbal, nonverbal, and written communication with patients, families, and others;
  • demonstrate ability to apply universal precautions;
  • utilize appropriate tests and measures in order to perform a physical therapy examination; examples include, but are not limited to, examination and evaluation of cognitive/mental status, vital signs, skin and vascular integrity, wound status, endurance, segmental length, girth, volume, sensation, strength, tone, reflexes, movement patterns, coordination, balance, developmental stage, soft tissue, joint motion/play, cranial and peripheral nerve function, posture, gait, functional abilities, assistive devices fit/use, psychosocial needs, and the pulmonary system;
  • demonstrate the ability to reach diagnostic and therapeutic judgments through analysis and synthesis of data gathered during patient/client examination in order to develop an appropriate plan of care;
  • perform fully, or in a reasonably independent manner, physical therapy interventions appropriate to the patient's status and desired goals;

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Professional Issues and Ethics
  • Principles of Physical Therapy II
  • Interprofessional Education I: Team-Based Approach to Health Care
  • Surface Anatomy
  • Kinesiology and Pathomechanics
  • Case-Based Learning I
  • Integrated Clinical Education in Physical Therapy I

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

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  • Three letters of recommendation
  • An application for graduate funding
  • A master’s degree from a Regionally Accredited American College or University
  • A minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00, or the foreign equivalent as determined by the Office of Admissions
  • English Proficiency Requirements: International applicants whose first language is not English must submit results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) for admission to the university

Tuition Fee

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    33216 USD/year
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  • National

    34572 USD/year
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  • In-State

    17272 USD/year
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Living costs for Iowa City

  • 1187 - 1850 USD/month
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