LEAP: Launch to PT, Early Assurance Program

The “Launch to PT: Early Assurance Program” (LEAP) is designed for high school seniors admitted to Bellarmine University who intend to pursue admission to the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program (DPT) immediately following their undergraduate pursuit. Students admitted to the LEAP program matriculate as undergraduate students at Bellarmine University and can apply for the DPT program either the summer prior to Junior year or the summer prior to Senior year of undergraduate coursework. Upon completion of all application requirements and meeting all standards for DPT admission, students are enrolled in the DPT program. In order to be eligible to apply for the program, students must first be admitted to Bellarmine University. The average student accepted for this program has a cumulative un-weighted GPA of at least 3.75 and an ACT of 28 (or SAT of 1250). If your ability to take the ACT or SAT has been affected by COVID-19, you may apply test optional for LEAP. Your application will receive full consideration and will be reviewed holistically. Please be sure to designate if you will be applying with or without a test score on your LEAP application.

A committee will review all applications and students that qualify will be selected to participate in an interview.

The annual deadline for LEAP applications is February 15 (EXTENDED TO FEBRUARY 22, 2021). Students selected to participate in the interview process will be notified by March 5, 2021 of the committee’s decision.

If accepted, requirements for undergraduate students to apply and be accepted into the graduate DPT program will be provided in the official LEAP admission letter, which will outline all academic qualifications, application requirements, and program expectations.

The following is expected:

  • Pre-Physical Therapy Club membership and active participation
  • Consultation with the Career Development Center re: interview preparation, including participation in mock interview.

Contact Information

Please direct LEAP admission questions to Chris Kircher at 502.272.8127 or ckircher@bellarmine.edu.

Please direct Doctor of Physical Therapy program admission questions to Jordan Wiehebrink at 502.272.8245 or jwiehebrink@bellarmine.edu.