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.

The annual deadline for LEAP applications is March 1, 2022.

A committee will then review all applications. 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.

Membership and active participation in the Pre-Physical Therapy Club is expected.

Contact Information

Please direct LEAP admission questions to Kiana Pashmforosh at 502.272.8423 or kpashmforosh@bellarmine.edu.