Junior Early Assurance Pathway

An Early Assurance Pathway into UC's Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program for juniors

High achieving health sciences students in the UC College of Allied Health Sciences are eligible to apply for early admission into the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program during their junior year via the Junior Early Assurance Pathway (JEAP). Students should be junior level standing in the Health Sciences program at UC and must have been a UC student (regardless of major or campus) as an entering first-year student. 

The major advantage of the Junior Early Assurance Pathway is that the successful applicant has a position in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program held for them. Other advantages to early admission are 1) early and direct communication with the doctor of physical therapy faculty, and 2) the opportunity to enjoy their senior year without the pressure of applying to multiple graduate schools.

Deadline: April 1st

Application Requirements

Admission in the Junior Early Assurance Pathway is based on the following:

The recommendation Letters are due on April 7th.  In order to ensure timely responses from your recommender, please fill out the online DPT Junior Early Assurance Pathway Recommender Form by March 15th.  An email will be sent to your recommender with details on how to complete their online recommendation.

  • Core Science Prerequisites
    • Anatomy & physiology (one year sequence)
    • Biology with lab (one year sequence)
    • General chemistry with lab (one year sequence)
    • General physics with lab (one year sequence)
  • Non-science Prerequisites
    • Introduction to psychology 
    • Statistics
    • Exercise physiology with lab (HLSC 3032C)
    • Medical terminology

Applicants can have no more than 2 prerequisites (i.e., one course in 2 of the subjects or two courses in one of the subjects) outstanding at time of application, and will have until May senior year to complete all remaining coursework.

Cumulative GPA and Science course GPA at or above 3.5. 

You letter of recommendation should be from a physical therapist that you have done your observation hours with or somone that can attest to your desire to become a PT) 

Please use the Junior Early Assurance Pathway Recommender Form below to indicate your recommender.  An email will be sent to each of your recommender with details on how to complete their online recommendation.


During the 2022 application cycle, the observation hours requirement will be delayed. Admitted students will still need to complete a minimum of 25 of their observation hours by the time they begin the DPT program or their offer will be rescinded. 

A total of 50 hours of observation/volunteer work is required in a physical therapy setting.

Half of work/volunteer hours must be completed by the application deadline and the rest by October 1st senior year, though rare exceptions have been granted on a case by case basis.

  • 25 hours are required to be completed in an inpatient care setting. Completing hours in an acute care setting is not required but highly encouraged. Acute care is defined as: "physical therapy is provided to individuals that are admitted to a hospital for short term patient care for reasons such as illness, surgery, accident, or recovery from a trauma. The goal in this setting is to discharge the person as soon as they are medically stable and have a safe place to go." Retrieved from PTCAS 
  • The remaining 25 hours can be completed in any other physical therapy practice setting.
  • The observation hours must occur in a clinical physical therapy setting. NO research observation hours will be considered in the required 50 hours. However, any research hours may serve to enrich your overall physical therapy experience.

Professional behavior and attire is expected of all applicants during their observation hours. The department and Physical Therapy program faculty and staff will not provide suggestions on facilities. To obtain volunteer experience, students can contact a physical therapy facility in their geographical area by mail, in person or by phone and inquire about opportunities for paid or volunteer work experience.

Applicants are reminded that a recommendation from someone in a supervisory role in the physical therapy clinic setting must also be submitted.

  • They previously volunteered or worked (in the physical therapy department or rehabilitation area).
  • They have a relative working in the physical therapy department or rehabilitation area.
  • They have already secured a post-graduation position.
  • They or a relative have ownership.
  • They know a person or persons with whom they have previously volunteered or worked will supervise them.

If applicants are accepted into UC's Doctor of Physical Therapy program, they cannot perform clinical rotations at a facility where they have a conflict of interest. This includes, but is not limited to facilities where:

A curriculum vitae is the academic version of a resume. In your curriculum vitae you should provide details on the following items:

  • extracurricular activities
  • work experience
  • volunteer work
  • honors and awards