FAQ

Application Process

1. What documents are required to apply to the Baylor DPT program?
2. What is the deadline for the PTCAS application and the Baylor DPT supplemental application?
3. What are the fees for the PTCAS application and the Baylor DPT supplemental application?
4. Where should I send my original transcripts and GRE scores?
5. How many letters of recommendation are required?
6. Is there an interview required?
7. Does the Baylor DPT program participate in the early decision option provided by PTCAS?
8. If I am accepted into the Baylor DPT program, is a deposit required?

General Information

1. What type of PT degree is offered at Baylor?
2. How can I reach the PT Admissions Office?
3. Is the Baylor DPT Program accredited?
4. Is the Baylor 2-year hybrid DPT program the same as the Army-Baylor program?

Prerequisite Courses

1. What are the minimum requirements for admission?
2. Do GRE scores have an expiration date?
3. Is volunteer or work experience in physical therapy required in order to apply?
4. What prerequisites are required to enter the program?
5. Can I substitute a similar course for one or more of these prerequisites?
6. Can I have outstanding prerequisite courses when I apply to the Baylor DPT program?
7. If a prerequisite course is repeated, how are the two grades considered?
8. Do you accept advanced placement (AP) credits in lieu of a letter grade to fulfill prerequisite courses?
9. Do you accept introductory level coursework to satisfy prerequisite requirements?
10. Do you accept Pass/Fail grades for prerequisite coursework?
11. Do prerequisite courses have an expiration date?
12. Can Baylor DPT accept international students?

Program Specific Information

1. How can your DPT program be completed in 2 years while others typically require 3 years of study?
2. What is meant by hybrid-model or blended-learning program?
3. How much of the program is completed in distance learning versus onsite?
4. How are blended-learning classes conducted?
5. What can I expect from online classes?
6. What are onsite lab immersions and where are they conducted?
7. What is the minimum GPA for successful completion of the DPT program?
8. How much time is spent in clinical education?
9. What types of clinical settings will I be exposed to during my clinical education experiences?
10. Can I complete my clinical experiences close to where I live?
11. What makes your clinical education program so unique?
12. Can I work while in the program?
13. Are there research opportunities within the DPT program?
14. Are there scholarships available for this program through Baylor
15. Where can I learn more?




Application Process

1. What documents are required to apply to the Baylor DPT program?
Completion of the Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) Application and the Baylor DPT Supplemental Application are both required. Your application will not be reviewed until both applications are received. Please submit your supplemental application only AFTER you have submitted your PTCAS application.

2. What is the deadline for the PTCAS application and the Baylor DPT supplemental application?
The deadline for submitting all required application materials through PTCAS is October 1, 2021 at 12:00AM EST. This includes all official transcripts, GRE scores and letters of recommendation.

The Baylor supplemental application processing fee of $50.00 must also be submitted as part of the application process. Your application will be considered incomplete until the processing fee is paid. The Baylor supplemental application fee must be paid by October 8, 2021 at 12:00AM EST. Late payments will not be accepted.

The Baylor DPT program will make offers of admission on a rolling basis so applicants are encouraged to apply early within the application cycle.

3. What are the fees for the PTCAS application and the Baylor DPT supplemental application?
The fee for the PTCAS Application depends on the number of schools you apply to as well as your application submission date. Please see the PTCAS website for information.

In addition to the PTCAS application, the Baylor University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program requires that a supplemental application processing fee of $50 be submitted directly to Baylor.

Applicants must complete and submit the PTCAS application before submitting the supplemental application processing fee. Applicants will receive an email from the Baylor Graduate School with individualized instructions for fee submission 1-3 business days after submitting the PTCAS application.

4. Where should I send my original transcripts and GRE scores?
All original transcripts should be sent to PTCAS. You will be able to self-report your GRE score on the PTCAS application. Official GRE score reports must also be sent to PTCAS. The Baylor DPT Program GRE code is 2219. After sending these items to PTCAS you will NOT need to submit them to Baylor as well.

5. How many letters of recommendation are required?
The DPT program requires two letters of recommendation. One must be from a licensed physical therapist. The second may be from someone of the applicant's choosing (e.g., professor, physical therapist, employer/supervisor, advisor, mentor, etc.). We will not accept letters from family members, friends, clergy, or politicians.

Applicants must arrange for references to be submitted electronically through PTCAS. Each evaluator providing a reference will be contacted using the email address provided in PTCAS by the applicant.

6. Is there an interview required?
Yes. The Admissions Committee will select and invite the most qualified applicants for an interview. All interviews are conducted using a video-based platform called Kira Talent. Students record their responses to a series of interview questions for review by the Admissions Committee. Additionally, students will complete a timed writing sample and various assessments investigating non-cognitive skills and strengths. Students must have a computer with webcam and internet service to complete this interview.

7. Does the Baylor DPT program participate in the early decision option provided by PTCAS?
No. However, the Baylor DPT program will make offers of admission on a rolling basis so applicants are encouraged to apply early within the application cycle.

8. If I am accepted into the Baylor DPT program, is a deposit required?
Yes. A $1500 non-refundable tuition deposit is required to guarantee your spot in the program. The entirety of this deposit will be applied to your tuition in the first semester of the program.

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General Information

1. What type of PT degree is offered at Baylor?
Baylor offers a full-time, entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy degree (DPT). The program curriculum is completed in 2 years and consists of 126 credits across six academic semesters, which includes 31 weeks of clinical practice.

2. How can I reach the PT Admissions Office?
For questions related to admission to the program, please contact the DPT Admissions Coordinator, Ms. Amanda Singh, by email at amanda_singh@baylor.edu or by telephone at (254) 710-2640.

3. Is the Baylor DPT Program accredited?
Graduation from a physical therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; Phone: (703) 706-3245; accreditation@apta.org is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program, at Baylor University, is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org.

If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please contact Dr. Casey Unverzagt, DPT Director of Admissions, at casey_unverzagt@baylor.edu.

4. Is the Baylor 2-year hybrid DPT program the same as the Army-Baylor program?
No. While both programs share the Baylor name and heritage, they are separate programs. For more information on the Army-Baylor program please see their website: https://www.baylor.edu/graduate/pt/.

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Prerequisite Courses

1. What are the minimum requirements for admission?
Please click here for a full and detailed list of admissions requirements.

2. Do GRE scores have an expiration date?
Applicants must complete the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) within 5 years of when they would begin in the DPT program if admitted. However, applicants with a documented graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution may report earlier GRE scores. Transcripts of graduate education must be provided.

3. Is volunteer or work experience in physical therapy required in order to apply?
No. The DPT program does not require a minimum number of work or volunteer hours for admission. We recommend the completion of a minimum of 100 hours of observation, volunteer, or work experience with a licensed physical therapist in at least two practice settings. Examples of different practice settings include: outpatient clinics; acute care hospitals; inpatient rehabilitation facilities; skilled nursing, extended care, or subacute facilities; home health; pediatrics (community-based, inpatient, or outpatient); wound care; and hospice care.

4. What prerequisites are required to enter the program?
Please click here for a full and detailed list of program prerequisites.

5. Can I substitute a similar course for one or more of these prerequisites?
A list of courses accepted for program prerequisites can be downloaded here.

The DPT Admissions Committee may also consider requests for course substitutions on a case- by-case basis. The applicant must submit the course description and syllabus for review. This information can be emailed to Amanda Singh at Amanda_Singh@baylor.edu. The Admissions Committee will make the final decision as to whether the course substitution is accepted.

6. Can I have outstanding prerequisite courses when I apply to the Baylor DPT program?
Yes. Applicants may submit an application that includes in-progress courses and still be considered by the Admissions Committee for the current admission cycle. However, it is recommended that you have no more than 3 prerequisite courses to complete when submitting your application. Additionally, if offered admission, all prerequisites must be completed prior to the program start date.

7. If a prerequisite course is repeated, how are the two grades considered?
If a prerequisite course is repeated, the credit hours assigned to the course may be counted only once in fulfilling the required number of hours. The prerequisite GPA will be determined using the highest course grade achieved; however, both grades will be calculated into the cumulative GPA.

8. Do you accept advanced placement (AP) credits in lieu of a letter grade to fulfill prerequisite courses?
Yes. The DPT program accepts all AP courses that were counted toward a student's undergraduate degree as fulfilling prerequisite requirements. These must be documented on official transcripts.

9. Do you accept introductory level coursework to satisfy prerequisite requirements?
We recommend you take general or college level coursework as opposed to introductory level courses. While we do accept introductory level coursework, the Admissions Committee looks more favorably upon general or college level courses since they better align with the level of preparation needed to succeed in the DPT program. Additionally, we recommend that your coursework be sequential. In other words, taking an Intro to Physics course followed by Physics I is not recommended; instead, we recommend applicants complete a standard sequence of Physics I and Physics II.

10. Do you accept Pass/Fail grades for prerequisite coursework?
Baylor DPT will accept passing (P) coursework for the Spring 2020 semester in instances where Pass/Fail grades were given due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

11. Do prerequisite courses have an expiration date?
All prerequisite coursework is acceptable no matter when the coursework was completed. However, we strongly recommend that applicants take refresher courses (especially for Anatomy and Physiology) to fully prepare themselves for our accelerated DPT program.

12. Can Baylor DPT accept international students?
At this time, we can only accept U.S. Permanent Residents and U.S. Citizens. We cannot accept international students due to the hybrid nature of our program and the many restrictions placed on student visas.

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Program Specific Information

1. How can your DPT program be completed in 2 years while others typically require 3 years of study?
Program accreditation standards require the professional curriculum to consist of at least 90 semester credit hours and to be completed in no less than 6 semesters. The clinical education component of the curriculum must include a minimum of 30 weeks of full-time clinical education experiences.

Our curriculum consists of 126 semester credits and is completed in 6 consecutive academic semesters. The program length includes 66 weeks of didactic instruction and 31 weeks of clinical education for a total of 97 weeks of instruction. Accordingly, the instructional time provided by this program is the equivalent of three (3) academic years. Our accelerated curriculum contains all of the elements required of DPT education but uses a blended learning model to improve the efficiency of its delivery.

2. What is meant by hybrid-model or blended-learning program?
Blended learning refers to an educational model in which the student learns through a combination of online and onsite delivery platforms. Using this format, our curriculum combines the best aspects of online learning activities and interactions, hands-on laboratory sessions, and collaborative clinical education into an innovative and dynamic professional learning experience.

3. How much of the program is completed in distance learning versus onsite?
Based on our 126-credit program, approximately 50% of the program is completed as distance education using a variety of online learning platforms, 20% is conducted as onsite hands-on lab immersion sessions, and 30% is completed as clinical education experiences. Essentially, 50% of the overall curriculum is delivered as distance education and 50% is completed as traditional face-to-face lab instruction and clinical education.

4. How are blended-learning classes conducted?
Blended learning courses consist of both online, distance learning activities and onsite, hands-on lab instruction. Generally speaking, each academic semester consists of two minimesters to allow proper sequencing of didactic courses. Students will begin each minimester with approximately 6-8 weeks of online learning to establish a knowledge base within each content area. Psychomotor skill development and refinement is accomplished during onsite lab immersions conducted in Dallas, TX during the final 1-2 weeks of each minimester. Therefore, lab immersion sessions are held twice each semester and last between 6 to 14 days, depending on the content.

5. What can I expect from online classes?
Course faculty use the Canvas Learning Management System (LMS) to create and deliver a wide variety of online teaching and learning activities. Distance learning within each course include both asynchronous and synchronous learning activities. Asynchronous activities such as recorded lectures, required and optional readings, and individual and group assignments, provide students with considerable flexibility in creating and managing their weekly schedule. Synchronous live classes are held each week using the WebEx learning platform to create an online virtual classroom. Faculty use a variety of synchronous learning activities during these class periods such as live discussions, faculty demonstrations, case studies, and group projects, to deepen student understanding and develop critical clinical reasoning skills. For a first-hand view of life as a Baylor DPT student, see here. Examples of our synchronous and asynchronous learning activities can also be found here.

6. What are onsite lab immersions and where are they conducted?
Physical therapy is a hands-on profession that requires extensive training and practice to develop critical patient management skills. Psychomotor skills for the patient examination, intervention, and effective human interaction are taught and practiced during these onsite lab immersion sessions. In total, students spend approximately 80 days in dedicated laboratory instruction with program faculty and practicing clinicians. Each onsite lab immersion session is scheduled at a strategic time in the academic semester to facilitate learning and skill development. Depending on the course, students also spend time in human simulation labs and cadaver labs. These lab sessions are conducted in Waco, TX. For more details on lab immersions, please see here.

7. What is the minimum GPA for successful completion of the DPT program?
Students are required to maintain an overall 3.00 GPA to successfully complete the program.

8. How much time is spent in clinical education?
Students complete 31 weeks of full-time clinical education during the second year of the curriculum. This includes an 8-week clinical experience during semester 4, an 8-week clinical experience in semester 5 and a15-week clinical experience in semester 6. The majority of students elect to combine the final two experiences into a terminal 23-week clinical internship.

9. What types of clinical settings will I be exposed to during my clinical education experiences?
Students receive exposure to a variety of practice settings that demonstrate the breadth, depth and continuum of physical therapy practice. To the maximum extent possible, students are exposed to a minimum of two clinical practice settings including general outpatient physical therapy practice and a second setting within the continuum of care (i.e., inpatient acute, post- acute, rehabilitation, skilled nursing, home health, etc.). Also, students are generally exposed to a minimum of two specialty practice areas. Types of specialty area exposures include: orthopaedics, neurologic, pediatrics, geriatrics, sports medicine, aquatics, women's health, cardiovascular and pulmonary, and wound care. Clinical placements for the first 8-week experience will typically consist of inpatient facilities that offer acute, post-acute, or long-term rehabilitation services. Clinical placements for terminal internship experiences will typically consist of general outpatient facilities that provide interns with exposures to a variety of patient presentations and caseloads. Follow-on residency options are also considered for those students desiring to transition into a post professional clinical residency upon graduation.

10. Can I complete my clinical experiences close to where I live?
We have vast network of clinical sites available for these experiences across the country. While we strive to keep students close to their geographical location, we factor in many other considerations when placing students into their clinical sites (e.g. professional and personal needs, specialty exposures, site availability, etc.). The optimal location to improve a student's clinical skills is always paramount when determining their clinical education placement. The Director of Clinical Education (DCE) works with each student to determine optimal clinical placement.

11. What makes your clinical education program so unique?
Most students follow our typical clinical education plan that includes an 8-week inpatient or home health experience followed by a 23-week terminal outpatient experience, both of which occur in the final year of the program.

Because the majority of our students are participating in similar settings for each clinical experience, we are able to tightly integrate didactic and clinical education into a structured and sequenced curricular plan. For example, students entering inpatient settings for the first clinical rotation will all have recently completed the foundational courses in musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, acute care, and cardiopulmonary practice that prepare students for patient exposures in this early clinical experience. During this clinical experience, students complete concurrent coursework in Complex Patient Management, thereby allowing them to integrate this learning into their clinical experience and vice versa. In this way, we "bring the classroom into the clinic and the clinic into the classroom".

For the final clinical rotations, the vast majority of students are placed in outpatient clinical sites or specialty settings with residency- or fellowship-trained clinical faculty to improve the quality of the learning experience. These experienced clinicians exemplify professional growth and model professional behaviors and evidence-based practice patterns for our students. Concurrent coursework in Primary Care Physical Therapy further reinforces the combined clinical and didactic education of our students. These terminal placements also set the stage for students desiring to pursue residency opportunities upon graduation.

12. Can I work while in the program?
We recognize that some students may desire to maintain some level of employment while enrolled in a DPT program with a flexible blended-learning format. However, our students are full-time students in every sense of the term with course loads ranging from 16-24 credits per academic semester. The academic demands of this accelerated curriculum and the travel requirements for onsite lab immersions and clinical education will make employment virtually impossible for the majority of students. In fact, working more than a few hours per week would almost surely negatively affect your academic performance and is strongly discouraged.

13. Are there research opportunities within the DPT program?
Considering the accelerated nature of the curriculum, research opportunities while in the DPT program are limited. However, many of our academic and clinical faculty are among the leading researchers in physical therapy. Accordingly, our program may provide interested students with the opportunity to participate in clinical research being conducted by our academic or clinical faculty. This is particularly true of students completing a terminal internship and post-professional residency following graduation.

14. Are there scholarships available for this program through Baylor
There are no scholarships available for the DPT program from Baylor University; however, our Student Financial Services department will help each student find the student loans that they need. Additional information related to Student Financial Service can be found here.

15. Where can I learn more?
Please join us for one of our upcoming informational webinars. See here for schedule and registration details.

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