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Physical Therapy Early Assurance Pathway

University of Mount Union (BA or BS) to the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

(Effective date Fall 2022)

The Department of Physical Therapy (DPT) will offer early assurance of eight future seats in its program each year to currently enrolled students at the University of Mount Union. Early assurance is not admission to the DPT program. Early assurance reserves a future seat should a candidate meet certain specified DPT admission standards at the time of application.

There is a two-step process to admission as a first-year physical therapy student as part of this pathway. Students from any major are eligible, as long as they successfully complete necessary prerequisite coursework at an acceptable GPA performance level, generally with overall GPA and pre-requisite GPA above a 3.3 prior to matriculation into the UMU Physical Therapy Program.

STEP 1 (Typically Fall Semester of Second Year)

1). The first step consists of an undergraduate student applying to UMU Physical Therapy to attain an offer of early assurance to reserve a future seat. This first step does not constitute an offer of admission to UMU Physical Therapy. In general, the Early Assurance Undergraduate pathway is designed for second year UMU students (academic sophomores) to apply. However, any student who has completed at least 32 credit hours is eligible to apply.

2.) Applying for Early Assurance – Interested candidates must consult with UMU’s pre-health professions advisor (Dr. Robert Woodward, Department of Biochemistry, Chemistry and Physics) and review the DPT admission website for important application requirements and related deadlines during their first year of college enrollment, or well in advance of the application cycle.

3.) In order to be eligible for early assurance application consideration, students must meet all of the following application eligibility guidelines:

  • Complete at least one year of full-time coursework in a degree granting program of study in academic residence at UMU (any combination of fall and spring prior to application).
  • Be enrolled at UMU throughout the period of application consideration.
  • Show successful completion of 24 semester hours of coursework in the subject areas of Psychology, Social/Behavioral Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Anatomy & Physiology, and/or Statistics at the time of early assurance consideration. All graded courses must be completed with grades of “B-” or higher to count toward the 24-semester hour minimum.
  • Psychology, Social/Behavioral Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Anatomy & Physiology, and/or Statistics coursework completed at another institution may count toward the 24 semester hours if posted as transfer credit to your Mount Union transcripts.
  • Advanced Placement and CLEP (testing by exam) credit earned may count toward the 24 semester hours if posted as Psychology, Social/Behavioral Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Anatomy & Physiology, and/or Statistics course equivalent credit to your Mount Union transcripts.
  • Possess a minimum overall/cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher for all post-secondary coursework at the time of early assurance consideration.
  • Possess a minimum overall/cumulative Psychology, Social/Behavioral Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Anatomy & Physiology, and/or Statistics coursework GPA of 3.3 or higher for all post-secondary coursework in the subject areas of PT pre-requisites at the time of early assurance consideration. All Psychology, Social/Behavioral Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Anatomy & Physiology, and/or Statistics coursework GPA’s are calculated.

5.) Interested candidates must apply using the UMU PT early assurance application which may be located TBD. Applicants must complete the entire application and submit all required credentials by the deadline (December 20th each year) for verification (including official transcripts from all previously attended colleges other than UMU).

  • Interviews will be granted by invitation-only following application review. A successful in-person interview is required with the PT Admissions committee prior to offer of early assurance.
  • Selection into the Early Assurance Undergraduate pathway is via an annual selective process. Early assurance offers will be made in April with a student response due in early May. Students should review additional application information, including application deadlines, by visiting mountunion.edu.

STEP 2 – Fall prior to final undergraduate year

1). The second step allows a student who has been granted early assurance to the UMU DPT program the opportunity to claim that reserved seat. This second step is the actual process of obtaining admission to DPT program.

All students enrolling in early assurance pathways should do so with the clear understanding that they must meet all pre-requisite requirements and possess a baccalaureate degree prior to matriculation into the UMU Doctor of Physical Therapy degree program.

Students granted acceptance into the Early Assurance Undergraduate Pathway may elect to utilize their status of early assurance to apply for admission to UMU DPT for up to two years following their acceptance of the early assurance offer in the spring. The two years of eligibility is defined as the two immediately subsequent admission cycles following acceptance of early assurance. At the conclusion of two academic cycles the offer of early assurance is null and void if either unused or the candidate did not meet admission standards.

2.) Candidates granted early assurance through the Early Assurance Undergraduate pathway are required to complete the following to receive admission to the UMU DPT program:

  • Students must follow all PTCAS application procedures and deadlines.
  • Early Assurance students must be on track to successfully complete all required pre-requisite courses with the necessary 3.3 GPA. GPA data used for admission decisions will reflect applicable course work through the prior spring semester, as available in October.
  • Early Assurance Undergraduate students must submit scores for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), unless their GPA at the time of PTCAS submission is greater than 3.6, in which case the GRE requirement is waived.
  • Candidates denied admission due to failing to reach GPA and or PT prerequisite GPA minimum requirements in October will be re-reviewed for admission consideration using fall semester grades available in January. Once a candidate meets the GPA thresholds at the time of admission, the GPA and PT prerequisite GPA will not be re-reviewed for a rescission of admission unless there is a significant decline or failure to complete prerequisite requirements.
  • Complete all required pre-requisite courses with a grade of “C ” or better. These required pre-requisite courses include: 
    • Two semesters of General Chemistry & Labs
    • Two semesters of Physics & Labs
    • Two semesters of Anatomy & Physiology with Labs
    • One semester of Statistics
    • Eight hours of Psychology
    • Eight hours of Social Science and Humanities
  • 80 hours of observation in PT settings
  • A Letter of reference should be included in the PTCAS application from one or more physical therapists you have shadowed; faculty letters of recommendation are waived for Early Assurance candidates.