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Students are admitted into physical therapy on a competitive basis. Resident and Non-resident admissions is open to both residents and non-residents of North Dakota. WICHE admission is for WICHE-certified students eligible for admission through the WICHE process. Wyoming and Hawaii currently offer support for physical therapy WICHE students. Alaska may provide support (more information is below).
Resident and Non-resident Student Admissions
Students eligible to apply for the professional program must complete:
- Application. Apply through PTCAS and submit a UND School of Graduate Studies application form. Applications are available online starting in July through December 15.
- Transcripts. Refer to PTCAS for transcript requirements.
- Three letters of reference. Follow PTCAS directions.
- Interview. Interview dates and times are established in February. Applicants are scheduled during the spring semester. Each applicant is expected to be available for a personal interview.
- Experience hours. Required by all candidates, experience hours may come in the form of observation, volunteer work, or work for pay. It is recommended that prospective applicants spend at least 60 hours in a health care setting, 40 hours of which must be in a physical therapy setting under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist.
- GRE scores. Use the GRE Designated Institution Code of 0541 U North Dakota PTCAS when indicating UND Physical Therapy as a score recipient.
WICHE-eligible Student Admissions
Students eligible for admissions under the WICHE process complete the same application form as resident and non-resident students (see above). Interested WICHE-certified students applying to the program must satisfy the following process first:
- WICHE applicants must be certified by their respective State and should contact their respective WICHE certifying officer for details of the certification process.
- Following certification, WICHE sends out a list of certified students to the UND Physical Therapy program.
- Alaska students should contact the Department of Physical Therapy directly for application information. Although the State of Alaska has not been funding Alaska WICHE students, UND-PT strives to continue admitting Alaskan students. Alaska students who would otherwise be WICHE-eligible should contact UND-PT regarding Alaska student admissions. Alaska WICHE program offers loan support for Alaska students. Eligible students should contact the Alaska WICHE office for details.
- Students must apply through PTCAS and submit a UND School of Graduate Studies application form.
- Once the completed application, transcripts, and reference letters are received from PTCAS, UND-PT will verify that applicants have fulfilled all course requirements for the program. Applicants from each state are ranked based on science and overall grade point averages, GRE scores, references, and experience. Applicants with the highest rankings will be contacted by the UND Department of Physical Therapy Chair and arrangements made for a personal interview either at UND or by phone.
- Applicants are selected by the UND-PT Chair in consultation with the other Physical Therapy faculty. Applicants determined the most qualified are offered admission into the program.
- Following admission into the program, UND-PT faculty and staff work with the student to finalize the transition process including admissions, registration, housing, and financial aid.
Early Decision Process
The University of North Dakota Department of Physical Therapy does participate in the early decision process through the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS). Applications for admission are available beginning early July on the the PTCAS applicant portal. All materials must be received by PTCAS before the deadline of mid-August each year. Early decision applicants are limited to only one school for early acceptance decisions. The UND Department of Physical Therapy will report acceptance through the early decision process by late September.
NOTE: Early decision candidates to UND PT must be ND residents or have completed all college coursework at the University of North Dakota. To be eligible, the applicant must have a program specific, prerequisite science GPA of 3.8 or higher. The prerequisite science GPA must include completion of all prerequisite science courses required by the program. In addition, applicants must have a complete application including GRE scores, references, transcripts, etc. before the applicant will be contacted for an interview.
For more information on the early decision process, please see the PTCAS FAQs or contact the UND Department of Physical Therapy.