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University of Jamestown offers pre-professional preparation for a number of health-related fields including physical therapy, a field expected to grow well into the future. Select University of Jamestown new freshmen each year have the opportunity to secure a spot in our new Doctor of Physical Therapy program.

Pre-Physical Therapy Factsheet

University of Jamestown provides a strong background for students pursuing careers in physical therapy. For entry into a Doctor of Physical Therapy program, any undergraduate major is acceptable provided the prerequisites are met. Most University of Jamestown pre-physical therapy students traditionally have majored in biology, chemistry, or exercise science.

In addition to University of Jamestown's own Doctor of Physical Therapy program, your education will prepare you for professional school around the country. Recent graduates have continued their education at Mayo Clinic, University of Mary, University of North Dakota and University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse.

As a pre-physical therapy or Freshman Direct Entry student at University of Jamestown, you will benefit from:

  • undergraduate faculty whose main focus is teaching, not research
  • small class sizes assuring personal attention from instructors
  • advisers who are informed about the requirements and opportunities in pre-professional areas
  • a strong emphasis on the liberal arts, which will prepare you for professional school
  • many organizations and activities providing opportunities to develop non-academic skills while pursuing your professional goals

 

mckenna thielsch center

University of Jamestown’s new McKenna-Thielsch Center opened in the Fall of 2013 and is a state-of-the art laboratory building. The 20,500 square foot facility includes six science labs, two nursing labs, a student research lab, and a greenhouse.

 

 

 

University of Jamestown provides a remarkably unique opportunity for incoming freshmen who plan to pursue a doctoral degree in physical therapy after completing their undergraduate degree.

Select new freshmen who have displayed superior academic performance in high school and have been officially admitted to an undergraduate major may apply for Direct Entry to the University of Jamestown’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program. The most common majors are biology, biochemistry, chemistry, and exercise science; however, other majors can be considered.

Criteria to apply for the Direct Entry program into the University of Jamestown’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program.

  1. Accepted to the University of Jamestown
  2. Cumulative GPA must be a minimum of a 3.0 on 4.0 scale
  3. ACT composite score of 25 or greater, or SAT score of 1200

The following items must be submitted in order to be considered for Freshman Direct Entry Admission to the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program:

  1. Application for Direct Entry into the Doctor of Physical Therapy program
  2. Submit your official transcript(s) to the address below or fax to 701-253-4318.

    Office of Admissions
    6081 College Lane
    Jamestown, ND 58405


  3. Essential Function Requirements
    (will also be completed at the end of Senior year)


  4. Personal Essay


  5. Complete a FERPA form that indicates who can have access to your student records.
    Student Records Release Form


  6. An interview to be conducted by a University of Jamestown doctoral program admission representative


The first deadline for completed applications to the Direct Entry program is January 1, year of freshman entry. Ten slots will be filled within this first deadline period. Successful applicants will be notified by February 1.

The second deadline for completed applications to the Direct Entry program is April 1, year of freshman entry. Five slots will be filled within this second deadline period. Successful applicants will be notified by May 1.

Please visit with your Admissions Counselor for additional information.

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

You must have 9 of the 13 prerequisite classes completed by the end of the fall semester prior to beginning the program. All¬†coursework¬†and a bachelor’s degree must be completed by the end of the spring semester prior to beginning the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. Any coursework completed after the fall semester will not count towards core or prerequisite GPA calculations but will need to be completed and meet minimum requirements prior to matriculation.

Minimum Required Semester Hours Prerequisite Acceptable Courses (see prerequisite for lab requirement) University of Jamestown Equivalents
8 Total Semester Hours Human Anatomy and Physiology I with LabOR Human Anatomy with Lab Human Anatomy and Physiology IOR Human Anatomy

*Either option MUST be completed in biology, neuroscience, anatomy, or integrated physiology department

Biol 208
Human Anatomy and Physiology II with LabOR Human Physiology with Lab Human Anatomy and Physiology IIOR Human Physiology

*Either option MUST be completed in biology, neuroscience, anatomy, or integrated physiology department

Biol 209
8 Total Semester Hours General Biology I with Lab Cell Biology or General Biology I Biol 150
General Biology II with Lab Cell, Embryology, General Biology II, Genetics, Histology, Immunology, Microbiology, Molecular, Zoology*Botany not accepted Biol 151
8 Total Semester Hours General Chemistry I with Lab General Chemistry I Chem 133
General Chemistry II with Lab General Chemistry II, Biochemistry, Inorganic, Organic Chem 134
4 Semester Hours Physics I with Lab Physics I Math 143 or 203
4 Semester Hours Physics II with Lab Physics II Math 144 or 204
3 Semester Hours General Psychology General Psychology Psyc 101
3 Semester Hours Lifespan Development Developmental Psychology Psyc 203
3 Semester Hours Abnormal Psychology Abnormal Psychology Psyc 302
3 Semester Hours Statistics Business Statistics, Math Statistics, Psychology Statistics Psyc 202 or Math 105
1 Semester Hour Medical Terminology Medical Terminology Biol 210

*See special instructions in the above table

DEPARTMENT CHAIRJensen-Bruce
Bruce Jensen, PhDProfessor

Certifications/Degrees: PhD, Developmental Biology, University of Wisconsin; BS, Biology, University of North Dakota
Teaches: Introduction to Biology, Cell Biology, Genetics, Evolution, and Molecular Biology

Email:jensen@uj.edu
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Certifications/Degrees: PhD, University of California, Davis
Teaches: Biochemistry and Organic Chemistry

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Certifications/Degrees: MS, University of North Dakota
Teaches: Microbiology, Medical Terminology, Human Parasitology, Immunology, and Chemistry for Health Science

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Certifications/Degrees: BS, North Dakota State University; BA, Jamestown College
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Teaches: Introductory Psychology, Psychology in Context, Social Psychology, Health Psychology, Motivation and Emotion, Human Sexuality, Biological Psychology, Industrial Organizational Psychology, Judgment and Decision Making, and History and Systems

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Teaches: Biology 1 and 2, Ecology, Vertebrate Zoology, Field Ecology of the Arctic and Environmental Science

Email:Kathleen.Uvino@uj.edu

Certifications/Degrees: BA, University of Arizona; MS, University of Arizona
Teaches: Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology, Exercise Physiology, Kinesiology of Exercise, Methods in Aerobic and Resistance Training, Phys Education and Recreation, Exercise Mgmt (persons with chronic disease & disabilities)

Email:mwalter@uj.edu

Certifications/Degrees: MS, University of Dallas; PhD, Alliant International University
Teaches: Marketing, Global Marketing, Marketing Research, Strategic Marketing, and Hospitality/Tourism Management

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Certifications/Degrees: MS, Northern State University
Teaches: Technology Integration, Curriculum/Standards & Assessment, Elementary Methods, PE Methods, Teaching Fitness Education, MS & HS Activities & Materials, PE Seminar, Adapted PE, Social Dance

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Teaches: Intro to Kinesiology

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Teaches: Human Anatomy and Physiology, Invertebrate Zoology, Animal Behavior, Field Ecology, and The Human Body.

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Teaches: Nutrition, Child/Adult Health II & III, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Pathophysiologic Basis for Pharmacology, Professional Character and Ethics

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  • Bruce Jensen, PhD Professor

    jensen@uj.edu | PH: 701-252-3467 ext. 5473

  • Marla J. Walter, MS Instructor

    mwalter@uj.edu | PH: 701-252-3467 ext. 5712

  • Jackie Madsen, PT, DPT, NCS, GCS Assistant Professor, Admission/PTCAS

    Jackie.Madsen@uj.edu | PH: 701-252-3467 ext. 5902

  • Tim “Mic” McCrory Graduate Admission Coordinator

    TMcCrory@uj.edu | PH: 701-252-3467 ext. 5904