University of Jamestown offers pre-professional preparation for a number of health-related fields including physical therapy.

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. Incoming freshmen who have displayed superior academic performance in high school and have been officially admitted to an undergraduate program in a pre-physical therapy track major (e.g. biology, biochemistry, chemistry, exercise science, or nursing) may apply for Direct Entry to the University of Jamestown’s 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 for the physical therapy program are met. Most University of Jamestown pre-physical therapy students traditionally have majored in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, exercise science, or nursing.

In addition to University of Jamestown’s own Doctor of Physical Therapy program, your undergraduate 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 incoming freshmen who have displayed superior academic performance in high school and have been officially admitted to University of Jamestown may apply for Direct Entry to the University of Jamestown’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program. The most common majors for pre-physical therapy or direct entry students are biology, biochemistry, chemistry, exercise science, or nursing; however, other majors will be considered provided prerequisite requirements are met.

Criteria to apply for the Direct Entry program for the University of Jamestown Doctor of Physical Therapy Program:

  1. Acceptance to the University of Jamestown
  2. A minimum cumulative GPA of a 3.00 on 4.00 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 the Direct Entry program for the University of Jamestown Doctor of Physical Therapy Program:

  1. Application for Direct Entry into the Doctor of Physical Therapy program
  2. Official transcript(s) submitted to the address below or faxed 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 conducted by a University of Jamestown Doctor of Physical Therapy Program admissions 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.

Prerequisites

You must have nine of the thirteen prerequisite classes completed by the end of the fall semester prior to beginning the program. All coursework and a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution must be completed by the end of spring semester prior to beginning the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. Any coursework completed after the fall semester will not count toward cumulative or prerequisite GPA calculations but will need to be completed and meet minimum requirements prior to matriculation.

Following successful completion of your undergraduate degree and all doctoral program pre-requisites, direct entry candidates will be guaranteed a position in that year’s starting doctoral class.

For more information, see the:

University of Jamestown Physical Therapy Bulletin

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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

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