Physical Therapy Pre-Admission

Freshman Pre-Admission (Starting in Fall 2022)

Exceptional students may be awarded a freshman pre-admission guarantee based on a combination of ACT (superscore) or SAT scores, high school grades, class rank and letters of recommendation. Those awarded freshman pre-admission are still required to follow the same application and interview process as required for all students.

Eligibility for pre-admission in Rockhurst University’s Physical Therapy Program:

  • A minimum high school grade point average of 3.5 on a scale of 4.0
  • Three units of college preparatory mathematics courses
  • Three units of college preparatory science courses
  • Four units of English courses
  • A minimum SAT score of 1200 (Critical Reading and Math scores) or a minimum ACT score of 26 (superscore)

Test Optional Eligibility

  • A minimum high school grade point average of 3.8 on a scale of 4.0
  • Three units of college preparatory mathematics courses
  • Three units of college preparatory science courses
  • Four units of English courses

Requirements for maintaining pre-admission status in the Physical Therapy Program:
Freshman Year through Senior Year

  • Maintain at least a 3.5 science prerequisite GPA and a 3.5 cumulative GPA.
  • Transcripts are checked annually at the end of each academic calendar year. PT Pre-admit students must provide the PT Department a copy of their transcript following the completion of each spring semester,
  • Meet once annually with a DPT Program representative,
  • Complete all prerequisite classes as specified by the Department of Physical Therapy Education
  • Complete a total of 32 hours of observation: 16 hours in an acute care setting and 16 hours in another area of physical therapy,
  • Demonstrate progression toward the completion of a baccalaureate degree by the end of the fourth year (before entry into the Physical Therapy Program), and
  • Recommendation: Maintain active membership in the PURPOSE (pre-health student club)1 by attending, at a minimum, 2-3 meetings per year

No later than end of Junior Year

  • Take the GRE examination

No later than September 1 of Senior Year:

  • ​Complete the application process as required by PTCAS which includes:
    • Submitting three letters of recommendation 
    • Completing a written essay
    • Submitting scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
    • Completing a personal interview with a member of the PT faculty (interview dates are announced annually)

 

PT Scholars Pre-Admission

Rockhurst students who demonstrate outstanding academic work after the completion of two years at RU may be offered a pre-admission guarantee with a PT Scholars award. Those awarded a PT Scholars pre-admission award are still required to follow the same application and interview process as required for all students.

Eligibility for PT Scholars pre-admission in Rockhurst University's Physical Therapy Program:

  • Achieve a cumulative GPA of at least 3.65 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Achieve a science grade point average of 3.65 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Submit a letter of intent and copies of all transcripts to the Graduate Admissions Office before the start of the student's junior year (summer following sophomore year).

Requirements for maintaining PT Scholars pre-admission in Rockhurst University's Physical Therapy Program:
Through Senior Year

  • Maintain at least a 3.5 science prerequisite GPA and a 3.5 cumulative GPA.
  • Transcripts are checked annually at the end of each academic calendar year. PT Scholars Pre-admit students must provide the PT Department a copy of their transcript following the completion of each spring semester.
  • Meet once annually with a DPT Program representative
  • Complete all prerequisite classes as specified by the Department of Physical Therapy Education
  • Complete a total of 32 hours of observation: 16 hours in an acute care setting and 16 hours in another area of physical therapy
  • Demonstrate progression toward the completion of a baccalaureate degree by the end of the fourth year (before entry into the Physical Therapy Program)
  • Recommendation: Maintain active membership in PURPOSE (pre-health student club)1 by attending, at a minimum, 2-3 meetings per year

No later than end of Junior Year

  • Take the GRE examination

No later than September 1 of Senior Year:

  • ​Complete the application process as required by PTCAS which includes:
    • Submitting three letters of recommendation 
    • Completing a written essay
    • Submitting scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
    • Completing a personal interview with a member of the PT faculty (interview dates are announced annually)

 

Transfer Student Pre-Admission

If you have completed between 48 - 60 hours of undergraduate coursework, or have been awarded an associate of arts degree, and have attained cumulative and science prerequisite GPAs of at least 3.65 (on a 4.0 scale), you may be awarded a transfer student pre-admission guarantee. Those awarded transfer student pre-admission are still required to follow the same application and interview process as required for all students.

Eligibility for transfer student pre-admission in Rockhurst University’s Physical Therapy Program:

  • Have completed at least two years of undergraduate coursework.
  • Have attained cumulative and science prerequisite GPAs of at least 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale).

Requirements for maintaining transfer student pre-admission status in the Physical Therapy Program:
Junior Year through Senior Year

  • Maintain at least a 3.5 science prerequisite GPA and a 3.5 cumulative GPA annually.
  • Transcripts are checked annually at the end of each academic calendar year. PT Transfer Pre-admit students must provide the PT Department a copy of their transcript following the completion of each spring semester.
  • Meet once annually with a DPT Program representative
  • Complete all prerequisite classes as specified by the Department of Physical Therapy Education
  • Complete a total of 32 hours of observation: 16 hours in an acute care setting and 16 hours in another area of physical therapy
  • Demonstrate progression toward the completion of a baccalaureate degree by the end of the fourth year (before entry into the Physical Therapy Program)
  • Recommendation: Maintain active membership in PURPOSE (pre-health student club)1 by attending, at a minimum, 2-3 meetings per year

No later than end of Junior Year

  • Take the GRE examination

No later than September 1 of Senior Year:

  • ​Complete the application process as required by PTCAS which includes:
    • Submitting three letters of recommendation 
    • Completing a written essay
    • Submitting scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
    • Completing a personal interview with a member of the PT faculty (interview dates are announced annually)

To learn more about undergraduate majors for Pre-PT students and how to transfer to Rockhurst University, please contact Russell Shoemaker, Transfer Admissions Counselor at 816-501-4891 or russell.shoemaker@rockhurst.edu.

 

Articulation Agreements

Rockhurst University Department of Physical Therapy Education & Avila University
Rockhurst University Department of Physical Therapy Education & Truman State University
Rockhurst University Department of Physical Therapy Education & Missouri Western State University
Rockhurst University Department of Physical Therapy Education & University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC)