Allen College

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Frequently Asked Questions

Admissions Requirements and Materials

Can I apply to the DPT program prior to achieving candidacy?

    Yes, students can apply immediately; however, admittance does not guarantee Candidacy will be achieved. If Candidacy is not achieved students will not be able to enroll. 

May I apply to the DPT program if all prerequisites are not complete?

    Yes, students can apply before all prerequisites are completed. We recommend that no more than three prerequisites are outstanding at the time of application. Students may retake prerequisites and the admissions committee will look at the overall record of each student. Courses over 10 years old cannot be used to meet prerequisite requirements. 

Is there a minimum GRE score required?

    No, GRE scores are evaluated along with overall academic records for each applicant. However, higher GRE percentile ranks are more competitive. Students may retake and submit more than one GRE report, scores do not expire. The Allen College code is 6065.

Is there an interview for students who apply to the program?

    Yes, an interview is required to complete a full application. Interviews are online using an audio video communication program. However, students are encouraged to visit the scenic campus.

Are observation experiences required to be admitted in the program?

    Due to COVID-19 observation experiences are not required for the spring 2021 cohort. In the future, observation experiences will most likely be a requirement.  Students are encouraged to observe a physical therapist prior to applying.

How competitive is the program?

    As a new and developing program, data is not available to provide average GPA or GRE scores for students admitted to Allen College. Students must meet the minimum admission requirements for consideration. Earning a 3.5 GPA as well as verbal and quantitative GRE scores of 150 are common for accepted DPT students. However, scores will be reviewed on an individual basis.

When is the application deadline?

    For the spring 2021 start, all application materials must be received by October 15, 2020.

What is the cost of the program?

    The estimated cost of the program is outlined on the Allen College Website. It is an estimate due to individual costs for travel and associated costs of lodging. The program is making efforts to provide preferred pricing at hotels in Waterloo, IA during lab immersions. 

After application submission, how soon will I receive an admission decision?

    Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Admissions responses typically take four weeks. The time frame may change depending on the volume of applicants.

Lab and Clinical Education

How often are immersion labs scheduled?

    Immersion labs are required, intensive, focused face to face interactions improving skills and knowledge on a specific topic. The immersion labs are highly organized and structured to maximize faculty and student time to learn and improve skill acquisition. Immersion labs are typically scheduled twice per term for eight days. During the first semester, students will travel to Saint Louis for the Anatomy immersion labs three times in addition to two immersion labs in Waterloo Iowa. However, no travel to Waterloo, IA will be required for two semesters. There are roughly 90 days of immersion labs throughout the three-year program. Students are responsible for travel, housing, and food expenses, and any costs associated with emergency or other health care.

Will I be able to work while I am in the program?

    The DPT program is a rigorous, full-time program. Generally, faculty recommend students do not work to ensure success. Students must be available for immersive skills labs, online synchronous learning sessions, and all clinical education experiences. If students are considering working, faculty recommend discussing this with their faculty advisor.

Can I work during my clinical rotations?

    It is unlikely a student can meet the clinical expectations and work. Rotations are 40+ hours per week, requiring attendance each clinical working day. Students are not allowed to schedule clinical rotations around a work schedule.

Accreditation

Is the Allen College DPT program accredited?

    Allen College is seeking Candidacy the first phase in achieving full accreditation and will apply by June 1, 2020. If Candidacy is granted, students will be allowed to enroll in the program January 11, 2021 and the program would apply for full accreditation in 2023. 

Please read the following on accreditation:

Accreditation and Status:

    Graduation from a physical therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; accreditation@apta.org is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.

    Allen College is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist education program from CAPTE. The program will apply for candidacy on June 1, 2020. Submission does not assure the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the professional phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in professional courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure the program will be granted accreditation.

When will Allen College be notified if Candidacy is achieved?

    Allen College will be notified November 2020 if Candidacy is granted. Admitted students will be notified as soon as possible following the decision.

Program Structure

What is the structure of the DPT program?

    The program is a blended model including online learning and onsite lab immersions. Asynchronous learning occurs when students listen or view short lectures, view demonstrates, read articles or textbooks, and provide peer feedback. Synchronous activities occur when students meet online to discuss lectures, patient cases, and other activities as a whole class or small group. Asynchronous learning allows students to familiarize themselves with specific content, synchronous learning allows students to synthesize the content, and lab immersions allow students to apply knowledge.

What is a Blended or Hybrid format program?

    A blended or hybrid program combines online and onsite learning activities, taking advantage of distance/online education with best practices in onsite interactions. Necessary computer skills and technology requirements are outlined on the website: https://www.allencollege.edu/computer-skills.aspx.

What is clinical education?

    During clinical education students work alongside licensed physical therapists in a variety of settings to gain experience applying knowledge and skills with patients. Students complete four clinical experiences totaling 32 weeks throughout the program. Students are responsible for travel, housing expenses, and additional emergency or needed healthcare during clinical education experiences.

May I do my clinical rotations where I live?

    The clinical coordinator develops clinical partnerships with facilities all over the country. The top priority is securing placements which allows students to gain practical experience caring for patients across the lifespan and with diagnoses representative of those typically seen in physical therapy practice, in settings across the continuum of care. Placement at a site is dependent upon multiple factors including which sites are available for a specified experience along with the patient populations or settings the student needs to create a well-rounded clinical education before graduation. Students have the opportunity to review available clinical sites and submit a list of preferences. This "wish list" is considered in the placement process. Assignments may require relocation for the duration of the experience and may involve additional costs. Students should not assume that appropriate clinical sites are available in their geographic area of residence. Likewise, students are not allowed to negotiate or find their own clinical sites at any time.  Allen College observes restrictions on placements at sites which may pose a conflict of interest.

How long is the program?

    The curriculum is nine semesters, including three summer sessions, and is completed in under three years. The length of the program and the hybrid model provides the best experience to learn without becoming overwhelmed.

Do I need to move to Waterloo to complete the program?

    No, students can live wherever they desire, traveling to Saint Louis, MO for the Human Anatomy lab immersion sessions and to Waterloo, IA for the onsite skills labs. All labs are required.

Where does Human Anatomy take place?

Will there be mandatory online classes I must attend?

    Students have access to recorded lectures, videos, and reading content online, accessible at student's convenience. Students may access digital content as often as they desire. There may be occasions that synchronous sessions take place during the week at the discretion of the instructor. Students may also be assigned group projects requiring meetings in addition to regular course assignments.

Events and Contact Information

Where can I learn more about the physical therapy program at Allen College?

Where do I send my official transcripts?

    Electronic official transcripts are often sent through a third party.  If the institution mails the transcript use the address below:

Allen College Admissions
1825 Logan Ave
Waterloo, IA 50703