Admission requirements

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Compliance:

The University of Wisconsin- La Crosse  Physical Therapy Program and its admission procedures comply with all federal and state laws and University Policies including Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity.
 
 

Admission and Application Requirements

It is the policy of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Physical Therapy Program that all students who desire admission to the program must meet the requirements and complete the admission process by the posted deadlines. All applications will be carefully reviewed, adhering to the procedure detailed below. All applicants, regardless of professional or academic background, must meet the following requirements for admission.

PTCAS Application expanding section

The program participates in the Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS).  PTCAS is scheduled to open on approx. June 17.  As of March 2020, PTCAS will no longer have an Early Decision application cycle.  For an applicant to be considered, all required application materials must be submitted to PTCAS by the program's November 1 deadline.  However, the UW-La Crosse Admissions Committee will begin reviewing applications after August 15 when the admission cycle opens.  PTCAS application will include the program's narratives and applicants are to submit two recommendations/references via PTCAS.  To learn more about PTCAS please visit - PTCAS

Program Application Fee expanding section

A non-refundable $50 program application fee is required of all applicants. Please include a completed copy of the PT Program Application Fee Form with your payment. Payment instructions are included on the form.

Supplemental Application expanding section

The program no longer provides or requires submission of a Supplemental Application. (Note: a program application fee of $50 is still required. See Program Application Fee.) Once the applicant designates our program to receive their PTCAS application the applicant will be prompted to complete the program-specific narratives. Completed narratives will be included in the final PTCAS application forwarded to the program.

Interview expanding section

The program requires all applicants complete an online asynchronous interview process. All interviews are conducted using a video-based platform called YouSeeU Bongo where students record their responses to a series of interview questions for review by the program's Admissions Committee.  An application will not be considered until the asynchronous interview is complete.  The deadline for completing this required process for general admission is November 1 but may be completed sooner if you wish your application to be considered prior to the deadline.  YouSeeU Interview Instructions (2020-21)

Degree expanding section

All students must earn a Bachelor's degree prior to entering the PT Program. Students may complete their degree while applying, but they must complete their degree before matriculating in the program. Accepted students completing a Bachelor's degree will need to submit a final transcript demonstrating the issuance of their degree. The program does not require the Bachelor's degree be completed in any particular major or discipline, nor does the program have any bias toward a particular major or discipline. Students enrolled in either of UWL's Dual Degree Programs are exempt from this requirement.

Prerequisite Coursework expanding section

All ten prerequisite courses must be completed prior to beginning the program.  Students may apply with outstanding courses so long as they demonstrate a plan to complete those courses before matriculating in the program.  For further information on prerequisite course requirements please visit - Prerequisite Coursework

Grade Point Average (GPA) expanding section

A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00, calculated on a 4-point scale by PTCAS, is required of all applicants.  A minimum GPA of 3.00 is also required in the program's ten prereq courses.  Applicants not meeting the stated 3.00 GPA requirement will be ineligible for admission and removed from consideration.  For further information regarding the GPA requirement please visit - Grade Point Average (GPA)

Graduate Review Exam (GRE) expanding section

Submission of official Graduate Review Exam (GRE) scores directly from ETS is required of all applicants.  For further information regarding the GRE requirement please visit - Graduate Review Exam (GRE)

PT Clinical Observation Hours expanding section

In light of the COVID-19 outbreak and the stress it has created on the health care system, the UWL Admissions Committee will waive the required 40 hours of physical therapy observation for the 2020-21 Admissions Cycle.

Forty (40) hours of either paid or volunteer patient care experience in two (2) distinctly different physical therapy patient care settings under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist are required for admission.  For further information regarding the observation requirement please visit - PT Clinical Observation Hours

References expanding section

Submission of at least two references.  For further information please visit - References

Special Consideration expanding section

 

Applicants who do not meet the minimum GPA or GRE scores may request special consideration to apply to the Program of Physical Therapy Admission Committee.  This request should be received electronically and should describe the following:

  • Your experiences and factors believed to justify the candidate’s admission, despite the lack of meeting the minimum requirements listed above.

  • Your current cumulative GPA, prerequisite GPA and GRE scores.

  • If you are still in college, what is your current college and major.  If you have already graduated from which college did you graduate and what was your major.

The letter requesting special consideration is to be received prior to receiving the completed application.  The committee will consider each request on a case-by-case basis.  Once the committee has considered the request, the members of the committee will vote on whether to allow the applicant to apply to the program.  The applicant will then be notified of the committee's decision.  Please submit your letter for consideration to Paul Reuteman, Chair of the Admission Committee, at preuteman@uwlax.edu.

 

Additional Requirements for International Applicants expanding section
  • Transcript information - As noted above, official, certified or attested transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended must be submitted. Additionally, documents issued in languages other than English must be accompanied by a certified English translation.
  • Course-by-Course Evaluations – This program requires a WES or ECE evaluation to be submitted as part of the application process.
  • Proof of English language proficiency: Non-native English speakers must submit evidence of one the following language proficiency requirements for admission:
    • TOEFL score (within last 2 years) of at least 100 iBT or 600 pBT, or IELTS score of at least 7.0 - Institution Code: 1914
  • Proof of funding: Submit a bank statement and completed Affidavit of Support form.
    • Applicants who require F-2 visas for dependents (spouse and/or children) must submit additional proof of funding and passport copies for each dependent.
  • Passport information: Submit a photocopy of the photo page of your passport. 

Please contact International Admissions at  intladmissions@uwlax.edu if you have questions.  Each of the items listed in this section "Additional requirements for international applicants" can be sent directly to the UWL Admissions Office.

UWL Admissions Office
1725 State Street
La Crosse, WI 54601
USA

Transfer & Placement expanding section

Applicants who wish to transfer credit from a CAPTE accredited program may make a written request to the Program of Physical Therapy Admission Committee. This request is to be submitted electronically and should describe the extenuating circumstances and a copy of their PT program transcript. The committee will consider each request on a case-by-case basis. Once the committee has considered the request, the members of the committee will vote on whether to allow the applicant to transfer credits and be granted advanced placement into the PT program. The applicant will then be notified of the committee's decision via email and a formal plan will be developed between the Chair of Admissions and the student. Please submit your letter for consideration to pt@uwlax.edu

Professional Licensure Disclosure expanding section

If you plan to apply for licensure in a state other than Wisconsin after completion of this program, you should contact that state's appropriate licensing board and refer to the Professional Licensure Disclosure to determine whether this UWL program meets licensure requirements in a specific state.

Application Review and Selection

Timeline expanding section

June 17 - PTCAS Opens

Candidates may begin the online application process via PTCAS.

August 15 - Review of completed application will begin

The Admissions Committee will begin reviewing applications during the application cycle which begins on August 15 and continues through the November 1 deadline.  To be considered early during the application cycle, the applicant must complete the following:

  • PTCAS application (this includes having all official US transcripts submitted to PTCAS)
  • Asynchronous interview
  • Verification of GRE scores (this means the applicant must take the GRE and request scores no later than July 31)
  • UW-La Crosse Program Fee Form and application fee paid

If the applicant's application is considered before the November 1 deadline, admission may be offered or denied, or deferred to be considered at a later date.

If the applicant accepts admission, they are then responsible for completing and submitting the UW System application and the associated application fee by a specified date.

Late September - Notifications of Admission status will begin to be sent

Applicants will be notified of admission into the program on an ongoing basis beginning in late September.

November 1 - Firm Application Deadline

The Admissions Committee will only review applications that have completed following prior to or on the November 1 deadline:

  • PTCAS application (this includes having all official US transcripts submitted to PTCAS)
  • Asynchronous interview
  • Verification of GRE scores (this means the applicant must take the GRE and request scores no later than October 1)
  • UW-La Crosse Program Fee Form and application fee paid

If the applicant's application, transcripts, or fee arrive after the deadline, PTCAS will automatically consider the application incomplete.

The applicant is also responsible for completing and submitting the program's supplemental application and program fee by this date.

Mid-December - Applicants Notified

The program will notify applicants of their final admission status before winter break.

Selection Criteria expanding section

It is the policy of the University of Wisconsin Physical Therapy Consortium that all students who desire admission to the program must meet the requirements and complete the admission process by the posted deadlines.  Applicants should be aware that admission to the professional program is competitive (45 selected for admission) and not all that apply can be accommodated.

The admission selection process includes the following:

  • Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA)
  • Prerequisite GPA
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores
  • Review of the PTCAS application as a whole, including the following:
    • Responses to narratives
    • Past life experiences (ex:  employment, research, study abroad, etc.)
    • Feedback from clinical observation/shadow experiences
    • Feedback from letters of reference
Admissions Data expanding section

Class of

Applications Received

Students Admitted

Acceptance Rate

Average Cumulative GPA
(Range)

Average 
Prereq GPA
(Range)

Average 
GRE Section Scores

2023 343 45

13.1%

3.77

(4.00 - 3.22)

3.69

(4.00 - 3.03)

154 - Verbal

156 - Quant.

4.3 - Written

2022 391 45

11.5%

3.68

(4.00 - 3.05)

3.61

(4.00 - 3.01)

153 - Verbal

154 - Quant.

4.1 - Written

2021 467 45

9.6%

3.77

(4.00 - 3.17)

3.71

(4.00 - 3.16)

154 - Verbal

155 - Quant.

4.1 - Written

2020 560 45

8.0%

3.80

(4.00 - 3.49)

3.72

(4.00 - 3.34)
 
153 - Verbal
155 - Quant.
4.2 - Written 
2019 619 45 7.3% 3.80

(4.00 - 3.43)
3.75

(4.00 - 3.21)
152 - Verbal
155 - Quant.
4.2 - Written
2018 596 45 7.6% 3.79

(3.99 - 3.25)
3.74

(4.00 - 3.21)
152 - Verbal
153 - Quant.
4.1 - Written

2017

604

45

7.5%

3.77

(4.00 - 3.41)

3.75

(4.00 - 3.10)

153 - Verbal
153 - Quant.
4.2 - Written

2016

564

45

8.0%

3.77

(4.00 - 3.26)

3.75

(4.00 - 3.22)

152 - Verbal
155 - Quant.
4.0 - Written

The program began participating in PTCAS with the Class of 2016 application cycle.

2015

286

45

 

3.74

(4.00 - 3.22)

3.75

(4.00 - 3.08)

510 - Verbal
680 - Quant.
4.1 - Written

2014

234

45

 

3.71

(4.00 - 3.17)

3.65

(4.00 - 3.00)

460 - Verbal
660 - Quant.
4.1 - Written

2013

265

45

 

3.70

(3.98 - 3.16)

3.64

(4.00 - 3.05)

495 - Verbal
675 - Quant.
4.2 - Written

2012

230

45

 

3.65

(4.00 - 3.18)

3.54

(4.00 - 2.71)

470 - Verbal
660 - Quant.
4.3 - Written

2011

228

45

 

3.62

(4.00 - 3.02)

3.56

(4.00 - 2.64)

1140

2010

201

45

 

3.74

(4.00 - 3.22)

3.73

(4.00 - 3.22)

1100

Candidates who do not meet the minimum requirements and do not request special consideration will not be considered for admission.

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