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University of Massachusetts Lowell

Lowell , Massachusetts ,United States

Doctor of Physical Therapy

The UMass Lowell Doctor of Physical Therapy program prepares students to diagnose and treat movement dysfunction to help people live healthier lives. Supporting the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) core values as demonstrated throughout the curriculum, our program aligns with the vision of the APTA to transform society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience. 

The curriculum includes 95 credits of coursework and 34 weeks of clinical education experience. It provides a comprehensive foundation in the art and science of physical therapy. Methods of instruction include classroom lecture and discussion, small group/problem-based learning, and skill development during laboratory and clinical experiences. Emphasis is placed on the development of clinical decision-making and critical inquiry skills across the curriculum.

Campus Information

Lowell

UMass Lowell is located in historic mill city of Lowell, Mass., 45-minutes north of Boston, at the intersections of Routes 495, 93 and 3. The birthplace of Jack Kerouac and the Industrial Revolution, Lowell's history echoes all around you. Former mill buildings and cobblestone streets now add charm to a bustling downtown, steps away from the UMass Lowell campus, which boasts a thriving arts scene, a population rich in cultural diversity, and a flair for festivals.

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Application Processing Time in Days: 30

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

PSW Opportunity

3 Years of PSW

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Baccalaureate Degree from an accredited university or college within the past 10 years.
  • Undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater.
  • Prerequisite Science GPA of 3.0 or greater.
  • Graduate Record Examination, within the last 5 years: > 290 combined. (quantitative + verbal) (GRE Code = 3911)
  • Documented personal experience in a physical therapy setting (volunteer or paid). Minimum of 35 hours
  • Statement of Purpose (essay)
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation, one (1) of which must be submitted by a licensed physical therapist.
  • Computer literacy in word, excel, PowerPoint, etc., is expected.
  • Required prerequisites coursework:
    • General
    • Pharmacology (200 level course > 2 credits
    • Psychology
    • Statistics
  • Science
    • Anatomy and Physiology with labs, 2 semesters ***
    • Chemistry with labs, 2 semesters ***
    • Physics with labs, 2 semesters ***
    • Exercise Physiology (upper-level [300+] course)
    • Kinesiology / Biomechanics (upper-level [300+] course)

*** Must be taken in a traditional (on-campus/classroom) setting.