University of Vermont

Information about Physical Therapist program at University of Vermont




University of Vermont (A2, A4, D6, F1, PU)

Last Updated by Program: 08/24/2005
Address:   Department of Rehabilitation and Movement Science
College of Nursing and Health Sciences
University of Vermont
305 Rowell Building
104 Carrigan Ave
Burlington, VT 05405-0068
Phone:   (802)656-3252
Fax:   (802)656-6586
Financial Aid Phone:   (802)656-3156
Web Address:
Program E-mail:
Diane U Jette, PT, MS, DSc
  Accreditor:   New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc./Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
  Carnegie Classification:   Research Universities (high research activity)
  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Bachelor's degree, August 1973 (no longer offered) Master's degree, May 2000 Doctor of Physical Therapy, March 2005
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2008
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Master of Physical Therapy, (no longer admitting students) Doctor of Physical Therapy
First-year students will participate in a one-week, full-time clinical experience prior to the start of the spring semester followed by one day per week throughout the spring semester. They will complete 6-weeks at the same facility at the end of the first year. In the third year, students will complete three 8-week full-time clinical experiences. Clinical sites are located at more than 180 facilities throughout the United States, but concentrated mostly in the Northeast.
There are eight full-time and five part-time faculty members. Of the full-time faculty, 5 hold post-professional doctoral degrees, one holds a DPT, one is a Clinical Specialist and five are engaged in clinical practice. Over the past 3 years, the faculty has averaged two publications per person in peer-reviewed journals. The faculty-to-student ratio is approximately 1:4.4.
More than 7,300 undergraduate students and 1200 graduate students are enrolled at the University of Vermont. The physical therapy program will accept 22 students each year.
Post-baccalaureate and high school graduates are encouraged to apply to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. The DPT program is open to applicants who have completed baccalaureate, masters or doctoral degrees in other disciplines prior to enrollment. Their course of study will be three academic years in length. A limited number of excellent high school students entering the University of Vermont as first-year undergraduates may be guaranteed a space in the 3+3 or baccalaureate +3 DPT program following completion of prerequisite courses and the requirements for the undergraduate major and minor. For more information on these options visit the program’s webpage at and click on “Applying to the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program” and then “Requirements” from the menu. Students not receiving guaranteed admission status may still pursue the DPT by applying to the program upon completion of their undergraduate degree. Applications for the DPT program are reviewed on a rolling basis beginning January 15 until the class is filled or April 15th, whichever occurs sooner. Prerequisites include: 2 semesters of chemistry with labs, including introduction to organic chemistry; 2 semesters of physics with labs; and 2 semesters of anatomy/physiology, 1 semester of statistics; 1 semester of biology; and 1 semester of psychology. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 is required. Those individuals who are applying and currently hold a baccalaureate degree or higher also need to meet the following criteria: minimum GRE scores of 500 on the verbal, 500 on the quantitative, and 3.5 on the written analytical sections. 75% of qualified applicants are admitted to the program (2-year average).
70% of admitted students graduate from the program (2-year average); 100% of the graduates passed the licensure exam. and 100% of those program graduates responding to surveys are employed (3-year average).
Estimated tuition and fees will be $12,370 per year for residents and $29,410 per year for nonresidents. Financial aid for graduate study will be primarily in the form of state and federal loans. Students enrolled in the 3+3 program are still considered undergraduates in their fourth year of study for the purposes of financial aid, and may therefore qualify for grants as well as loans during that year.
The University offers a variety of housing opportunities, including single dormitory rooms, and a limited number of apartments. Graduate students may participate in a variety of meal plans. Rents in the Burlington area vary from approximately $75 per week for a single furnished room to $600 or more per month for a two-bedroom apartment. A single student should expect minimum overall living expenses of approximately $850 per month. Montreal is the nearest metropolitan city, 100 miles from the campus. The campus is served by a mass transit bus system. The airport is three miles from campus; the passenger rail service is eight miles from campus.