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+-Information for Fall 2013 Applicants

 Important Dates and Deadlines

  • August 15, 2013 - Early decision application deadline.
  • September 24,  2013 - Early decision offers awarded.
  • November 15, 2013 - Application firm deadline (applications will not be accepted after this date).
  • November 16, 2013 - Deadline to take the GRE Exam.
  • December 9, 2013 - Deadline to submit official GRE scores.
  • January 15, 2014- Deadline to submit transcripts reflecting fall 2013 grades.
  • June 2, 2014 - Deadline to complete outstanding prerequisite coursework and submit transcripts reflecting spring 2014 grades.
  • August 5, 2014 - Deadline to submit observation hours.
  • Enrollment Deposit Deadline: A deposit must be received within two weeks of admission notification or until the class is full.
  • Admission Decision - Decisions for all applicants (excluding early decision) are determined beginning in December and continuing until the class is filled.


Admission Requirements (All Applicants)

  • Completed PTCAS application
  • An earned BA or BS degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Prerequisite GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Official GRE scores
  • 40 hours of physical therapy observation/experience


A complete list of admission requirements may also be found on the PTCAS website.


Admission Instructions 

The Department of Physical Therapy accepts approximately 50 students in the fall class which begins in August. Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university by the time of matriculation into the DPT program in late August. Chapman University offers early decision and regular admission. Early decision admission requires higher grade point averages (GPAs) and a higher Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score (see below). Preference for admissions is given to applicants with the highest GPA and GRE scores.  Admission decisions are determined beginning in December and continuing until the class is filled. 

International applicants must have course work evaluated by an appropriate agency and must hold a degree equivalent to a baccalaureate degree earned in the United States. International applicants also must submit TOEFL scores and financial certification. Contact the International Admissions Officer at Chapman University for specific requirements and additional information.


Application Process

Chapman University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program will be using the Physical Therapy Centralized Application System (PTCAS). Applications may be obtained from PTCAS and will be available beginning July 2, 2013, and will be due November 15, 2013 (except for early decision applicants, see below). Chapman University does not require a supplemental application, but it is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all necessary materials have been received by PTCAS and the Department of Physical Therapy.


Transcripts

Applicants are required to submit official transcripts from every regionally accredited U.S. postsecondary institution attended.  Transcripts need to be submitted directly to PTCAS using the Transcript Request Form. Applicants must also update their application and submit transcripts to PTCAS reflecting fall 2013 grades no later than January 15, 2014.  Transcripts reflecting spring grades must be submitted directly to the Department of Physical Therapy no later than June 2, 2014.


Prerequisite Coursework
 

Acceptance into the program is contingent upon satisfactory completion of the following prerequisite course work with a required cumulative and prerequisite GPA of at least 3.0 and no grade below "C".  Chapman University's prerequisite course work is in accordance with the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

Course Subject               

Course Level

4-Year

Lab 

Hours Acceptable courses Course Description
Anatomy General
or
College
No req. A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
A&P: Human
A&P: SEPERATE courses* 
Mammalian anatomy is NOT acceptable. If a combined anatomy/physiology course is taken, two semester or three quarter courses are required.

Coursework older than 5 years not accepted
Biology I General
or
College
No req. Biology: Advanced
Biology: Cell 
Biology: Embryology
Biology: General
Biology: General I
Biology: General II
Biology: Genetics
Biology: Histology
Biology: Immunology
Biology: Microbiology
Biology: Molecular
Biology: Zoology
Two biology courses with labs. Botany unacceptable. Sequential courses not required.

Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Biology II General
or
College
No req. Biology: Advanced
Biology: Cell 
Biology: Embryology
Biology: General
Biology: General I
Biology: General II
Biology: Genetics
Biology: Histology
Biology: Immunology
Biology: Microbiology
Biology: Molecular
Biology: Zoology

Two biology courses with labs. Botany unacceptable. Sequential courses not required.


Coursework older than 10 years not accepted. 

Chemistry I

General
or 
College

No

req.

Chemistry: Inorganic
Chemistry: Organic 

One year sequence of General Chemistry with labs. Introductory course is not acceptable.

Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.  

Chemistry II

General
or 
College

No

req.

Chemistry: Inorganic
Chemistry: Organic 

One year sequence of General Chemistry with labs. Introductory course is not acceptable.

Coursework older than 10 years not accepted. 

Physics I

General
or 
College

No

req.

Physics I
Physics: General 

One year sequence of General Physics with labs (calculus or algebra based). Introductory course is not acceptable.

Coursework older than 10 years not accepted. 

Physics II

General
or
College 

No

req.

Physics II
Physics: General 

One year sequence of General Physics with labs (calculus or algebra based). Introductory course is not acceptable.

Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.

Physiology

General
or
College 

No

req.

A&P: Advanced
A&P: COMBINED course
(eg, A&P)
A&P: Human*
A&P: Physiology
A&P: SEPARATE courses 

Human Physiology with lab. If a combined anatomy/physiology course is taken, two semester or three quarter courses are required. Exercise physiology not acceptable.

Coursework older than 5 years not accepted. 

Social Behavioral Science

Intro

No

Not req.

Psychology: Abnormal
Psychology: Adolescent
Psychology: Advanced
Psychology: Any
Psychology: Child
Psychology: Death & Dying
Psychology: Developmental
Psychology: General
Psychology: General I
Psychology: General II
Psychology: Growth & Development
Psychology: Human Behavior 
Psychology: Life Span Development
Psychology: Psychopathology
Psychology: Social
Social/Behavioral Science: Anthropology
Social/Behavioral Science: Any
Social/Behavioral Science: Community Health
Social/Behavioral Science: Cultural Geography
Social/Behavioral Science: Human Sexuality
Social/Behavioral Science: Marriage/Family
Social/Behavioral Science: Personal Health
Social/Behavioral Science: Social Science
Social/Behavioral Science:Sociology
Social/Behavioral Science:Women's Studies

 

One Social/Behavioral Science course required.

Coursework older than 10 years not accepted. 

* "Req" = required course;  "Rec" = recommended course;  "Crq" = conditionally required course

Additional Information

  • All science prerequisite courses must be courses for science majors (general education or introductory sciences courses are not acceptable).

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology must be completed within 5 years of the application deadline.

  • All other prerequisite courses must be completed within 10 years of the application deadline.

  • Prerequisite courses may be repeated only once.
  • Pass/Credit grades for prerequisite courses will be converted to a C if letter grading options are not available.

  • Courses which received advanced placement credit (AP or CLEP) may fulfill prerequisite requirements. The credit hours and grade points will not be computed in the PGPA calculation.

  • No more than two science prerequisite courses and one human behavior or statistics prerequisite course (a total of three prerequisite courses) may be remaining after the fall semester in which the application is submitted.

  • All remaining prerequisite course work must be completed by the end of the spring semester and the awarding of a baccalaureate degree must occur before the student matriculates in August.
  • Students must satisfactorily complete all remaining prerequisite course requirements in accordance with the admission requirements.

Early Decision Admission 

Early Decision (ED) is a binding option for applicants with demonstrated high academic performance and who desire and early decision from Chapman University.  Applicants will be able to apply to only one ED program in PTCAS.  In addition to the PTCAS application, applicants must arrange for PTCAS to receive all official U.S. transcripts and fee payment by the ED deadline.  If the application, transcripts, or fee arrive after the ED deadline, PTCAS will automatically change the applicant’s file from early decision status to “regular” status.  ED applicants will be given priority in the PTCAS verification process.  Preference for admissions is given to applicants with the highest GPA and GRE scores.  Early decision candidates are required to meet the following minimum grade point averages (GPAs) and General Record Examination (GRE) requirements.

REGULAR:

Cumulative GPA

3.5

Prerequisite

3.5

GRE:

Revised Exam

Verbal

152

Quantitative

148

Analytical

4.0

Original Exam

Verbal

480

Quantitative

600

Analytical

4.0

The deadline for early decision admission is August 15, 2013 for enrollment in fall 2014.

Applicants eligible for early decision admission will receive a decision by September 24, 2013, prior to all other applicants, and will have priority consideration for scholarship money.


Regular Admission
 

Applicants are required to meet the following minimum grade point average (GPAs) and General Record Exam (GRE) requirements. 

REGULAR:

Cumulative GPA

3.0

Prerequisite

3.0

GRE:

Revised Exam

Verbal

146

Quantitative

144

Analytical

3.5

Original Exam

Verbal

400

Quantitative

500

Analytical

3.5

Deadline for regular admission is November 15, 2013 for enrollment in fall 2014.

Admission decisions are determined on beginning in December and continuing until the class is filled.


GPA Expectations

Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA): The Department will use the CGPA calculated by PTCAS.  The CPGA will be calculated based on all courses completed, including the fall 2013 semester. Any courses remaining to meet degree or other requirements must be completed with a grade of C or better, and a CGPA of 3.0 or better must be maintained until the matriculation date in August of 2014.

Prerequisite Grade Point Average (PGPA): The Department will use the PGPA calculated by PTCAS.  The PGPA will be updated based on all prerequisite courses completed, including the fall 2013 semester. No more than two science courses and a total of three prerequisite courses may be remaining after the fall semester in which the application is submitted. Applicants with the least remaining prerequisite course work may be given preference over other applicants. Prerequisite course work must be completed with a grade of C or better, and a PGPA of 3.0 or better must be maintained until the matriculation date in August of 2014.  Prerequisite coursework may be repeated only once.


Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
 

A GRE score is required for admission. The GRE revised General Test was launched in August 2011. Applicants must submit GRE test results for all examination attempts. It is recommended that the GRE examination be taken six weeks prior to the application deadline. GRE results must be submitted no later than December 9, 2013. The exam must be taken within 5 years of the application deadline and scores from various test dates are not combined. Scores will be considered relative to the scores of other applicants and the GPAs. Test results should be sent directly to PTCAS, program code 7669. The following website or phone number may be convenient in registering for the GRE (www.ets.org/gre) or (866) 473-4373.

 

Observation/Experience 

Applicants are required to satisfactorily complete at least 40 hours of observation (or paid work) to ensure at least minimal knowledge of the practice of physical therapy.  Observation hours must be supervised by a licensed physical therapist and must be completed by August 5, 2014.  Applicants are required to report their hours on the PTCAS application; verification forms are not required.

 

Exceptions or Appeals 

Applicants who do not meet the requirements or the time frame for specific courses may seek an exception.  A written request stating the extenuating circumstances should be submitted to the PT Admissions Coordinator by the application deadline or within ten days of notification that the requirements are not met.  Students who feel they were denied admission arbitrarily or capriciously should appeal to the Department of Physical Therapy Chairperson. 


 

International Application Requirements 

In addition to completing the application for admission, international students must submit the following:

TOEFL/IELTS Scores: International applicants whose native language is not English must submit results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). TOEFL scores must be a minimum of 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based) or 80 (internet-based) and must have been taken within 2 years of the date of application for admission to Chapman. Scores must be sent directly to PTCAS. The ETS recording code for Chapman University is 4047. IELTS scores of 6.5 or higher are acceptable. International students who have completed their undergraduate degrees at a regionally accredited U.S. college or university do not need to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. 


Academic Documentation. Submit official transcripts, diplomas, and certificates from all post-secondary institutions. Please note that official transcripts submitted in languages other than English must be accompanied by a certified translation. Documents will not be returned, so please send a notarized photocopy if only one transcript can be issued from the school. 


Financial Certification. A Financial Certification form provided by Chapman University certifying that you have sufficient financial funding to cover the expenses of your first year of study. Please note that appropriate documentation (U.S. Immigration I-20) will not be issued without this certification.


Additional Requirements (All Applicants) 

  • Chapman University does NOT require a supplemental application.

  • Letters of recommendation are NOT required.

  • Chapman University does not require a custom essay for the admission requirement. However, PTCAS requires submission of an essay in order to complete your application.

  • Transcripts reflecting fall 2013 grades and GRE scores must be officially submitted by January 15, 2014, and are required for an admission decision.

  • All remaining prerequisite course work must be completed by the end of the spring semester and the awarding of a baccalaureate degree must occur before the student matriculates in August.

  • Chapman University considers all applicants without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, special needs, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable state or federal civil rights laws. Some information requested in the application is requested for federal or accreditation reporting and will not be used in a discriminatory manner.

  • Persons who have been dismissed from another physical therapy program are not eligible for consideration for admission to Chapman University.

  • Applicants who decline or are denied admission may reapply in any subsequent year.  Admission requirements are subject to change, and admission in one year does not guarantee admission in any subsequent year.


Prospective Student Reception 

This reception is an opportunity for applicants to acquaint themselves with members of the faculty and staff, tour the physical therapy facilities, speak with current students and review specific information regarding the program and the application process.

When: October 26, 103

Time:
 9 a.m. - Noon

Location:
 Crean Hall (#8 on the campus map)

501 W. Palm Avenue

Orange, CA 92866

RSVP:
 Contact Serena Healey or (714) 744-7620


Accepted Students 

  • Acceptance into the program is contingent upon satisfactory completion of all prerequisite coursework with required CGPA and PGPA of at least 3.0 and no grade below C.
  • Persons who have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor may not be eligible for licensure in any or some states even after successful completion of a physical therapy program.  Contact the appropriate state licensing board for additional information.
  • Students who are offered admission are required to financially commit an enrollment deposit of $500. Generally, the deposit must be received within two weeks of notification of admission.
  • Accepted students are required to meet technical standards and specific health requirements (such as physical examinations and vaccinations).
  • Matriculated students may be required to complete a background check if scheduled for clinical experiences at facilities that require such checks.

 

Campus Visits 

Students are encouraged to visit the Department of Physical Therapy facilities and our campus in Historic Old Towne Orange. You may arrange a visit by contacting the Department of Physical Therapy office. Students are strongly encouraged to contact the Department of Physical Therapy at least one to two weeks prior to the anticipated visit. 

Contact:
Serena Healey
PT Admissions Coordinator
(714) 744-7620
cudptadmissions@chapman.edu 

Address:
Crean Hall (#8 on the campus map)
501 W. Palm Avenue
Orange, CA  92866

Parking:
A limited number of visitor parking spaces are available in the Palm Avenue Lot
(P9 on the campus map)

 

Tuition & Financial Aid 

Tuition

Tuition for the 2014-2015 academic year is $34,908 ($11,636 per semester). Please contact the Business Office for more information regarding expenses and tuition.

Financial Aid

online or drop by:

Location: Bhathal Student Services Center
              150 West Sycamore Street
              (behind Kennedy Hall, law school)

Office Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday

Phone Number:  (714) 997-6741
                        Toll Free: 888-CU-APPLY or
                        (888) 282-7759

Federal Student Aid

A FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form is needed each year in order to be evaluated for financial aid eligibility. (for U.S. citizens only)

  •  Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form at www.fafsa.edu.gov. The Federal government can be contacted for information about completing the FAFSA at 1-800-4FED-AID.
  • When completing the FAFSA, please list “Chapman University, Orange, CA” under school information.  The Title IV School Code is 001164.
  • The preferential filing date for mailing the FAFSA is March 2nd; however, applications received after this date will still be considered depending on the availability of funds.  For more information, please contact Chapman University’s Office of Financial Aid (see above for contact information).


Ethical and Professional Standards 

Students enrolled in the professional curriculum must sign a statement to agree to abide by the APTA Code of Ethics, APTA Guide for Professional Conduct, and Chapman University's Standards of Academic Integrity (see Handbook for Physical Therapy Students). Students also must acknowledge their ability to carry out the technical standards and essential functions of the physical therapy curriculum at the time of matriculation into the program.

The DPT program involves preparing people to work with the public. The faculty assume the responsibility for reasonably assuring that individuals who complete the program are not only academically competent but also aware and capable of functioning within the established ethical and professional standards of the profession. The Department has both the right and obligation to continually evaluate students, and if necessary, to dismiss students based on these standards as well as academic performance expectations. This philosophy is consistent with other physical therapy programs, which are engaged explicitly or implicitly in certifying that their graduates are competent to engage in the practice of physical therapy.

+-Information for Spring 2014 Applicants

 Important Dates and Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline - 3/17/2014
Deadline type - Firm
Program has rolling admissions process? - No 

  • August 15, 2013 - Early decision application deadline.
  • September 24,  2013 - Early decision offers awarded.
  • March 17, 2014 - Application firm deadline (applications will not be accepted after this date).
  • March 17, 2014 - Deadline to take the GRE Exam.
  • April 7, 2014 - Deadline to submit official GRE scores.
  • June 16, 2014- Deadline to submit transcripts reflecting spring 2014 grades.
  • September 1, 2014 - Deadline to complete outstanding prerequisite coursework and submit transcripts reflecting spring 2014 grades.
  • December 5, 2014 - Deadline to submit observation hours.
  • Enrollment Deposit Deadline: A deposit must be received within two weeks of admission notification or until the class is full.
  • Admission Decision - Decisions for all applicants (excluding early decision) are determined beginning in June and continuing until the class is filled.

The Department of Physical Therapy accepts up to 30 students into the spring class which begins in January. Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university before matriculation into the DPT program in January.


Admission Requirements (All Applicants)

  • Completed PTCAS application
  • An earned BA or BS degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Prerequisite GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Official GRE scores
  • 40 hours of physical therapy observation/experience


A complete list of admission requirements may also be found on the PTCAS website.


Admission Instructions 

The Department of Physical Therapy accepts approximately 30 students in the fall class which begins in January. Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university by the time of matriculation into the DPT program in the beginning of January. Chapman University offers early decision and regular admission. Early decision admission requires higher grade point averages (GPAs) and a higher Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score (see below). Preference for admissions is given to applicants with the highest GPA and GRE scores.  Admission decisions are determined beginning in December and continuing until the class is filled. 

International applicants must have course work evaluated by an appropriate agency and must hold a degree equivalent to a baccalaureate degree earned in the United States. International applicants also must submit TOEFL scores and financial certification. Contact the International Admissions Officer at Chapman University for specific requirements and additional information.


Application Process

Chapman University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program will be using the Physical Therapy Centralized Application System (PTCAS). Applications may be obtained from PTCAS and will be available beginning July 2, 2012, and will be due March 14, 2013 (except for early decision applicants, see below). Chapman University does not require a supplemental application, but it is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all necessary materials have been received by PTCAS and the Department of Physical Therapy.


Transcripts

Applicants are required to submit official transcripts from every regionally accredited U.S. postsecondary institution attended.  Transcripts need to be submitted directly to PTCAS using the Transcript Request Form. Applicants must also update their application and submit transcripts to PTCAS reflecting Spring 2014 grades no later than June 16, 2014.  Transcripts reflecting summer 2014 grades must be submitted directly to the Department of Physical Therapy no later than September 1, 2014.


Prerequisite Coursework
 

Acceptance into the program is contingent upon satisfactory completion of the following prerequisite course work with a required cumulative and prerequisite GPA of at least 3.0 and no grade below "C".  Chapman University's prerequisite course work is in accordance with the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

Course Subject               

Course Level

4-Year

Lab 

Hours Acceptable courses Course Description
Anatomy General 
or 
College
No req. A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
A&P: Human
A&P: SEPERATE courses* 
Mammalian anatomy is NOT acceptable. If a combined anatomy/physiology course is taken, two semester or three quarter courses are required. 

Coursework older than 5 years not accepted
Biology I General 
or 
College
No req. Biology: Advanced
Biology: Cell 
Biology: Embryology
Biology: General
Biology: General I
Biology: General II
Biology: Genetics
Biology: Histology
Biology: Immunology
Biology: Microbiology
Biology: Molecular
Biology: Zoology
Two biology courses with labs. Botany unacceptable. Sequential courses not required. 

Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Biology II General
or 
College
No req. Biology: Advanced
Biology: Cell 
Biology: Embryology
Biology: General
Biology: General I
Biology: General II
Biology: Genetics
Biology: Histology
Biology: Immunology
Biology: Microbiology
Biology: Molecular
Biology: Zoology

Two biology courses with labs. Botany unacceptable. Sequential courses not required.


Coursework older than 10 years not accepted. 

Chemistry I

General
or 
College

No

req.

Chemistry: Inorganic
Chemistry: Organic 

One year sequence of General Chemistry with labs. Introductory course is not acceptable.

Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.  

Chemistry II

General
or 
College

No

req.

Chemistry: Inorganic
Chemistry: Organic 

One year sequence of General Chemistry with labs. Introductory course is not acceptable.

Coursework older than 10 years not accepted. 

Physics I

General
or 
College

No

req.

Physics I
Physics: General 

One year sequence of General Physics with labs (calculus or algebra based). Introductory course is not acceptable.

Coursework older than 10 years not accepted. 

Physics II

General
or
College 

No

req.

Physics II
Physics: General 

One year sequence of General Physics with labs (calculus or algebra based). Introductory course is not acceptable.

Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.

Physiology

General
or
College 

No

req.

A&P: Advanced
A&P: COMBINED course
(eg, A&P)
A&P: Human*
A&P: Physiology
A&P: SEPARATE courses 

Human Physiology with lab. If a combined anatomy/physiology course is taken, two semester or three quarter courses are required. Exercise physiology not acceptable.

Coursework older than 5 years not accepted. 

Social Behavioral Science

Intro

No

Not req.

Psychology: Abnormal
Psychology: Adolescent
Psychology: Advanced
Psychology: Any
Psychology: Child
Psychology: Death & Dying
Psychology: Developmental
Psychology: General
Psychology: General I
Psychology: General II
Psychology: Growth & Development
Psychology: Human Behavior 
Psychology: Life Span Development
Psychology: Psychopathology
Psychology: Social
Social/Behavioral Science: Anthropology
Social/Behavioral Science: Any
Social/Behavioral Science: Community Health
Social/Behavioral Science: Cultural Geography
Social/Behavioral Science: Human Sexuality
Social/Behavioral Science: Marriage/Family
Social/Behavioral Science: Personal Health
Social/Behavioral Science:  Social Science
Social/Behavioral Science: Sociology
Social/Behavioral Science: Women's Studies 

 

 

One Social/Behavioral Science course required.

Coursework older than 10 years not accepted. 

Statistics Intro No Not req.

Biology: Biostatistics
Business: Statistics
Mathematics: Statistics
Psychology: Statistics 

One statistics course. 

Coursework older than 10 years not accepted. 

* "Req" = required course;  "Rec" = recommended course;  "Crq" = conditionally required course

Additional Information

  • All science prerequisite courses must be courses for science majors (general education or introductory sciences courses are not acceptable).

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology must be completed within 5 years of the application deadline.

  • All other prerequisite courses must be completed within 10 years of the application deadline.

  • Prerequisite courses may be repeated only once.
  • Pass/Credit grades for prerequisite courses will be converted to a C if letter grading options are not available.

  • Courses which received advanced placement credit (AP or CLEP) may fulfill prerequisite requirements. The credit hours and grade points will not be computed in the PGPA calculation.

  • No more than two science prerequisite courses and one human behavior or statistics prerequisite course (a total of three prerequisite courses) may be remaining after spring semester in which the application is submitted.

  • All remaining prerequisite course work must be completed by the end of the summer semester and the awarding of a baccalaureate degree must occur before the student matriculates in January.
  • Students must satisfactorily complete all remaining prerequisite course requirements in accordance with the admission requirements.

Early Decision Admission 

Early Decision (ED) is a binding option for applicants with demonstrated high academic performance and who desire and early decision from Chapman University.  Applicants will be able to apply to only one ED program in PTCAS.  In addition to the PTCAS application, applicants must arrange for PTCAS to receive all official U.S. transcripts and fee payment by the ED deadline.  If the application, transcripts, or fee arrive after the ED deadline, PTCAS will automatically change the applicant’s file from early decision status to “regular” status.  ED applicants will be given priority in the PTCAS verification process.  Preference for admissions is given to applicants with the highest GPA and GRE scores.  Early decision candidates are required to meet the following minimum grade point averages (GPAs) and General Record Examination (GRE) requirements.

REGULAR:

Cumulative GPA

3.5

Prerequisite

3.5

GRE:

Revised Exam

Verbal

152

Quantitative

148

Analytical

4.0

Original Exam

Verbal

480

Quantitative

600

Analytical

4.0

The deadline for early decision admission is August 15, 2013 for enrollment in spring 2014.

Applicants eligible for early decision admission will receive a decision by September 24, 2013, prior to all other applicants, and will have priority consideration for scholarship money.


Regular Admission
 

Applicants are required to meet the following minimum grade point average (GPAs) and General Record Exam (GRE) requirements. 

REGULAR:

Cumulative GPA

3.0

Prerequisite

3.0

GRE:

Revised Exam

Verbal

146

Quantitative

144

Analytical

3.5

Original Exam

Verbal

400

Quantitative

500

Analytical

3.5

Deadline for regular admission is March 17, 2014 for enrollment in spring 2014.

Admission decisions are determined beginning in June and continuing until the class is filled.


GPA Expectations

Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA): The Department will use the CGPA calculated by PTCAS.  The CPGA will be calculated based on all courses completed, including the spring 2014 semester. Any courses remaining to meet degree or other requirements must be completed with a grade of C or better, and a CGPA of 3.0 or better must be maintained until the matriculation date in January of 2015.

Prerequisite Grade Point Average (PGPA): The Department will use the PGPA calculated by PTCAS.  The PGPA will be updated based on all prerequisite courses completed, including the spring 2014 semester. No more than two science courses and a total of three prerequisite courses may be remaining after the fall semester in which the application is submitted. Applicants with the least remaining prerequisite course work may be given preference over other applicants. Prerequisite course work must be completed with a grade of C or better, and a PGPA of 3.0 or better must be maintained until the matriculation date in January of 2015.  Prerequisite coursework may be repeated only once.


Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
 

A GRE score is required for admission. The GRE revised General Test was launched in August 2011. Applicants must submit GRE test results for all examination attempts. It is recommended that the GRE examination be taken six weeks prior to the application deadline. GRE results must be submitted no later than April 7, 2014. The exam must be taken within 5 years of the application deadline and scores from various test dates are not combined. Scores will be considered relative to the scores of other applicants and the GPAs. Test results should be sent directly to PTCAS, program code 7669. The following website or phone number may be convenient in registering for the GRE (www.ets.org/gre) or (866) 473-4373.

 

Observation/Experience 

Applicants are required to satisfactorily complete at least 40 hours of observation (or paid work) to ensure at least minimal knowledge of the practice of physical therapy. Observation hours must be supervised by a licensed physical therapist and must be completed by December 5, 2014.  Applicants are required to report their hours on the PTCAS application; verification forms are not required.

 

Exceptions or Appeals 

Applicants who do not meet the requirements or the time frame for specific courses may seek an exception. A written request stating the extenuating circumstances should be submitted to the PT Admissions Coordinator by the application deadline or within ten days of notification that the requirements are not met.  Students who feel they were denied admission arbitrarily or capriciously should appeal to the Department of Physical Therapy Chairperson. 


 

International Application Requirements 

In addition to completing the application for admission, international students must submit the following:

TOEFL/IELTS Scores: International applicants whose native language is not English must submit results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). TOEFL scores must be a minimum of 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based) or 80 (internet-based) and must have been taken within 2 years of the date of application for admission to Chapman. Scores must be sent directly to PTCAS. The ETS recording code for Chapman University is 4047. IELTS scores of 6.5 or higher are acceptable. International students who have completed their undergraduate degrees at a regionally accredited U.S. college or university do not need to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. 


Academic Documentation. Submit official transcripts, diplomas, and certificates from all post-secondary institutions. Please note that official transcripts submitted in languages other than English must be accompanied by a certified translation. Documents will not be returned, so please send a notarized photocopy if only one transcript can be issued from the school. 


Financial Certification. A Financial Certification form provided by Chapman University certifying that you have sufficient financial funding to cover the expenses of your first year of study. Please note that appropriate documentation (U.S. Immigration I-20) will not be issued without this certification.


Additional Requirements (All Applicants) 

  • Chapman University does NOT require a supplemental application.

  • Letters of recommendation are NOT required.

  • Chapman University does not require a custom essay for the admission requirement. However, PTCAS requires submission of an essay in order to complete your application.

  • Transcripts reflecting spring 2014 grades and GRE scores must be officially submitted and are required for an admission decision.

  • All remaining prerequisite course work must be completed by the end of the summer semester and the awarding of a baccalaureate degree must occur before the student matriculates in January.
  • Chapman University considers all applicants without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, special needs, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable state or federal civil rights laws. Some information requested in the application is requested for federal or accreditation reporting and will not be used in a discriminatory manner.

  • Persons who have been dismissed from another physical therapy program are not eligible for consideration for admission to Chapman University.

  • Applicants who decline or are denied admission may reapply in any subsequent year.  Admission requirements are subject to change, and admission in one year does not guarantee admission in any subsequent year.


Prospective Student Reception 

This reception is an opportunity for applicants to acquaint themselves with members of the faculty and staff, tour the physical therapy facilities, speak with current students and review specific information regarding the program and the application process.

When: February 22, 2014

Time:
 9 a.m. - Noon

Location:
 Crean Hall (#8 on the campus map)

501 W. Palm Avenue

Orange, CA 92866

RSVP:
 Contact Serena Healey or (714) 744-7620


Accepted Students 

  • Acceptance into the program is contingent upon satisfactory completion of all prerequisite coursework with required CGPA and PGPA of at least 3.0 and no grade below C.
  • Persons who have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor may not be eligible for licensure in any or some states even after successful completion of a physical therapy program.  Contact the appropriate state licensing board for additional information.
  • Students who are offered admission are required to financially commit an enrollment deposit of $500. Generally, the deposit must be received within two weeks of notification of admission.
  • Accepted students are required to meet technical standards and specific health requirements (such as physical examinations and vaccinations).
  • Matriculated students may be required to complete a background check if scheduled for clinical experiences at facilities that require such checks.

 

Campus Visits 

Students are encouraged to visit the Department of Physical Therapy facilities and our campus in Historic Old Towne Orange. You may arrange a visit by contacting the Department of Physical Therapy office. Students are strongly encouraged to contact the Department of Physical Therapy at least one to two weeks prior to the anticipated visit. 

Contact:
Serena Healey
PT Admissions and Special Events Coordinator
(714) 744-7620
cudptadmissions@chapman.edu 

Address:
Crean Hall (#8 on the campus map)
501 W. Palm Avenue
Orange, CA  92866

Parking:
A limited number of visitor parking spaces are available in the Palm Avenue Lot
(P9 on the campus map)

 

Tuition & Financial Aid 

Tuition

Tuition for the 2014-2015 academic year is $34,908 ($11,636 per semester). Please contact the Business Office for more information regarding expenses and tuition.

Financial Aid

online or drop by:

Location: Bhathal Student Services Center
              150 West Sycamore Street
              (behind Kennedy Hall, law school)

Office Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday

Phone Number:  (714) 997-6741
                        Toll Free: 888-CU-APPLY or
                        (888) 282-7759

Federal Student Aid

A FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form is needed each year in order to be evaluated for financial aid eligibility. (for U.S. citizens only)

  •  Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form at www.fafsa.edu.gov. The Federal government can be contacted for information about completing the FAFSA at 1-800-4FED-AID.
  • When completing the FAFSA, please list “Chapman University, Orange, CA” under school information.  The Title IV School Code is 001164.
  • The preferential filing date for mailing the FAFSA is March 2nd; however, applications received after this date will still be considered depending on the availability of funds.  For more information, please contact Chapman University’s Office of Financial Aid (see above for contact information).


Ethical and Professional Standards 

Students enrolled in the professional curriculum must sign a statement to agree to abide by the APTA Code of Ethics, APTA Guide for Professional Conduct, and Chapman University's Standards of Academic Integrity (see Handbook for Physical Therapy Students). Students also must acknowledge their ability to carry out the technical standards and essential functions of the physical therapy curriculum at the time of matriculation into the program.

The DPT program involves preparing people to work with the public. The faculty assume the responsibility for reasonably assuring that individuals who complete the program are not only academically competent but also aware and capable of functioning within the established ethical and professional standards of the profession. The Department has both the right and obligation to continually evaluate students, and if necessary, to dismiss students based on these standards as well as academic performance expectations. This philosophy is consistent with other physical therapy programs, which are engaged explicitly or implicitly in certifying that their graduates are competent to engage in the practice of physical therapy.

+-Health Science/DPT Bridge Program

This program guarantees excellent Health Science students a seat in Chapman University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program and makes them eligible for scholarship money awarded to outstanding, incoming DPT students.

Students eligible for early, guaranteed admission into Chapman University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program must meet the following criteria.

  • B.S. in Health Sciences core courses (BIOL 204, BIOL 210, BIOL 365, BIOL 366, CHEM 140, CHEM 150, PHYS 107, PHYS 108, and PSY 203):

    • Must be taken at Chapman University
    • May only be taken once
    • Must be taken for a letter grade
    • Must be completed by the end of the spring semester junior year
    • Must compute to a core GPA > 3.6
  • Before October 1 of the junior year, the student seeking guaranteed, early admission must schedule an interview with Serena Healy (healey@chapman.edu), DPT Admissions Coordinator, to review requirements and establish a plan to complete successfully the requirements for early, guaranteed admission.
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) must be taken before the beginning of the senior year with the following minimum scores earned:
              

    • Verbal                 153
    • Quantitative         148
    • Writing Sample     5.0
  • Students meeting the stated requirements will be admitted to the DPT program in the early fall of their senior year on a conditional basis until the following criteria for admission are complete:


    • 40 physical therapy observational/experience hours are completed and documented
    • All B.S. Health Science degree requirements are completed and degree bestowed by the University                                 
    • Cumulative GPA at graduation > 3.4
  • Students admitted on a conditional basis will be considered for scholarship awards.

+-Information Sessions

LEARN MORE. MEET DPT FACULTY. INTERACT WITH CURRENT STUDENTS.

Attend one of our upcoming information sessions:

Saturday, October 26th from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Chapman University's Crean Hall
501 West Palm Avenue
Orange, CA

or

Saturday, February 22nd from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Chapman University's Crean Hall
501 West Palm Avenue
Orange, CA

RSVP to Serena Healey at healey@chapman.edu.

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