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Shenandoah University

This page is intended for college graduates ONLY. High school students MUST contact the institution directly for information about the guaranteed freshman-entry program. Do not apply using PTCAS.

PROGRAM CONTACT INFORMATION 2014-15

Linda Burrow
Admissions Coordinator for Doctorate in Physical Therapy Program
Division of Physical Therapy
Shenandoah University
333 West Cork Street
Suite 40
Winchester, VA  22601
540-665-5559
lburrow@su.edu
http://www.su.edu/pt

APPLICATION DEADLINE

PTCAS application deadline10/01/2014
Deadline typeFirm
Program has rolling admissions process? No
Important dates

Prospective students are strongly encouraged to submit their application as early as possible in the admissions cycle so that all materials can be verified by PTCAS in time to meet our deadline for selection of applicants for on-site interviews.

EARLY DECISION

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?No

SUPPLEMENTAL REQUIREMENTS

If supplemental materials are required, send directly to the PT program.

Supplemental FEE required?No
Supplemental fee amount$0.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?No
Supplemental MATERIALS required?Yes - for selected applicants only
Description of supplemental requirementsOnly applicants admitted to the program are required to supply official copies of all college transcripts and GRE Scores (Shenandoah University GRE Code 5613) to the Graduate Admissions Office of the University.
Supplemental requirement 1Official copies of all college transcripts
Supplemental requirement 2GRE scores sent to code 5613
Deadline for supplemental materials8/1/2015

SCHOOL-SPECIFIC QUESTIONS

Custom (program-specific) questions on the PTCAS application
1.   Have you previously applied to this PT education program?
2.   If you are reapplying to this program, how have you strengthened your application?
3.   For which Shenandoah University Division of Physical Therapy campus are you willing to accept a seat: (Please note that campus transfers are not granted once offers for admission are accepted by applicants).
4.   If you are willing to accept a seat at either campus, please indicate your preference

COURSE PREREQUISITES

General informationAll prerequisite courses must be completed with a C or better (2.0 on 4.0 scale) to be accepted toward fulfilling the requirement.
Bachelor's degree required prior to matriculation into PT program?Yes
Anatomy and/or Physiology (A&P) course prerequisites MUST be completed in biology, neuroscience, anatomy, or integrated physiology departmentNo
 
Course subjectCourse level4-YearLab HoursAcceptable coursesCourse description
AnatomyGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4
QH: 6
A&P: Advanced
A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
A&P: Human*
A&P: SEPARATE courses
An introductory course sequence of human anatomy and physiology I & II is acceptable. An on-site laboratory must be completed to fulfill the lab requirement for anatomy coursework. Comparative, vertebrate and other animal anatomy courses do NOT fulfill this requirement. Advanced placement credits are not acceptable toward fulfilling this requirement.


Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Biology / Biological ScienceGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4
QH: 6
A&P: Animal
A&P: Comparative
A&P: Mammalian
A&P: Neuroanatomy
A&P: Neurophysiology
A&P: Vertebrate
Biology: Advanced
Biology: Cell
Biology: Embryology
Biology: General
Biology: General I
Biology: General II
Biology: Genetics
Biology: Histology
Biology: Immunology
Biology: Microbiology
Biology: Molecular
Biology: Zoology
An 8 credit course sequence that provides an introduction to the chemical basis of life, cell biology, heredity and basic animal anatomy and physiology. Courses must be less than or equal to 10 years old at the time of application. Exceptions are made at the discretion of the PT admissions committee, if the applicant is able to provide documentation of functional use of the material.

1 of 2 biology/biological science courses required.


Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Biology / Biological ScienceGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4
QH: 6
A&P: Animal
A&P: Comparative
A&P: Mammalian
A&P: Neuroanatomy
A&P: Neurophysiology
A&P: Pathophysiology
A&P: Vertebrate
Biology: Advanced
Biology: Cell
Biology: Embryology
Biology: General
Biology: General I
Biology: General II
Biology: Genetics
Biology: Histology
Biology: Immunology
Biology: Microbiology
Biology: Molecular
Biology: Zoology
See description above.

2 of 2 biology/biological science courses required.

Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
ChemistryGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4
QH: 6
Chemistry: Advanced
Chemistry: Biochemistry
Chemistry: Inorganic
Chemistry: Organic
An introductory course sequence that provides a combination of inorganic, organic and biochemistry is acceptable. Advanced Placement (AP) hours are NOT accepted toward fulfilling this requirement.

1 of 2 chemistry courses required.

Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
ChemistryGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4
QH: 6
Chemistry: Advanced
Chemistry: Biochemistry
Chemistry: Inorganic
Chemistry: Organic
See description above. Advanced Placement (AP) hours are NOT accepted toward fulfilling this requirement.

2 of 2 chemistry courses required.

Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
PhysicsGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4
QH: 6
Physics I
Physics: General
An introductory course sequence of non-calculus based physics with an emphasis on mechanics, electricity, heat, light and sound is required. Advanced Placement (AP) hours are NOT accepted. Kinesiology and Biomechanics do NOT fulfill this requirement.

1 of 2 physics courses required.

Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
PhysicsGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4
QH: 6
Physics II
Physics: General
See description above. Advanced Placement (AP) hours are NOT accepted. Kinesiology and Biomechanics do NOT fulfill this requirement.

2 of 2 physics courses required.

Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
PhysiologyGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4
QH: 6
A&P: Advanced
A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
A&P: Human
A&P: Mammalian
A&P: Physiology
A&P: SEPARATE courses
An introductory course sequence of human anatomy and physiology I & II is acceptable. An on-site laboratory must be completed to fulfill the lab requirement for physiology coursework. Exercise physiology does NOT fulfill this requirement. Advanced placement (AP) hours are not accepted toward fulfilling this requirement.


Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
PsychologyGeneral or CollegeNoNot Req.SH: 3
QH: 5
Psychology: Abnormal
Psychology: Adolescent
Psychology: Advanced
Psychology: Child
Psychology: Developmental
Psychology: General
Psychology: General I
Psychology: General II
Psychology: Growth & Development
Psychology: Human Behavior
Psychology: Life Span Development
Psychology: Rehabilitation
Psychology: Social
Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Social/Behavioral ScienceUpper DivisionNoNot Req.SH: 3
QH: 5
Psychology: Abnormal
Psychology: Adolescent
Psychology: Advanced
Psychology: Child
Psychology: Developmental
Psychology: General
Psychology: Growth & Development
Psychology: Human Behavior
Psychology: Life Span Development
Psychology: Rehabilitation
Psychology: Social
Social/Behavioral Science: Anthropology
Social/Behavioral Science: Community Health
Social/Behavioral Science: Cultural Geography
Social/Behavioral Science: Ethnic Studies
Social/Behavioral Science: Personal Health
Social/Behavioral Science: Social Science
Social/Behavioral Science: Social Work
Social/Behavioral Science: Sociology
Social/Behavioral Science: Women’s Studies
Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
StatisticsGeneral or CollegeNoNot Req.SH: 3
QH: 5
Biology: Biostatistics
Business: Statistics
Mathematics: Statistics
Psychology: Statistics
An introduction to statistics course is acceptable.


Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.

GRADUATE RECORD EXAMINATION (GRE)

Is GRE required?Yes
University GRE Code5613
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle10/1/2014
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle10/1/2009
 
GRE ScoresMINIMUM GRE score consideredAVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score  152  
Verbal reasoning % score  54%  
Quantitative reasoning scaled score  153  
Quantitative reasoning % score  56%  
Analytical writing scaled score  4.0  
Analytical writing % score  55%  
 
Additional information about program's GRE requirementsThe program does not have minimum scores necessary for admission. However, higher GRE scores do improve an applicant's admission profile.

REFERENCES

Number of references required by program2
Evaluator typeApplicant must send one reference from this SPECIFIC type of evaluatorApplicant must send reference from ONE OR MORE evaluators in category to fulfill program's requirementsEvaluator type ACCEPTEDEvaluator type NOT accepted
Physical Therapist-1X   
Physical Therapist-2   X 
Professor in Major   X 
ProfessorX   
Academic   X
Supervisor/Employer   X
Teaching Assistant   X
PTA   X
Pre-PT Advisor   X
Politician   X
Health Care Professional   X
Friend   X
Family Member   X
Co-worker   X
Clergy   X
Other   X
Additional information about program's reference requirementsThe program requires two references, one from a Physical Therapist that has supervised the applicant and the second from a professor. The program prefers that the professor reference come from a professor that has taught the applicant and is either a science professor or a professor within the applicant's major.

PT OBSERVATION HOURS

Program's PT hours requirementPT hours are required - no verification by a physical therapist
Total number of PT hours REQUIRED40
DEADLINE for completion of all PT hours10/1/2014
PAID experienceAccepted/Considered
VOLUNTEER experienceAccepted/Considered
INPATIENT experienceAccepted/Considered
OUTPATIENT experienceAccepted/Considered
Additional information about program's PT hours requirementThe required observation hours (40hrs) must be completed at the time of application. The program recommends observation hours in multiple settings to include both out-patient and in-patient populations.

GPA REQUIREMENT

GPAMinimum GPAAverage GPA for accepted students
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative 2.80 3.55 
Program-specific Prerequisite 2.80 3.52 

FOREIGN APPLICANTS & TRANSCRIPTS

Citizenship types eligible for admissionU.S. citizens
U.S. permanent residents
Canadian citizens
Foreign (non-U.S.) citizens with a visa
Non-native speakers must submit official TOEFL scores?Yes
Program policy for non-U.S. (foreign/international) courseworkSend foreign transcript evaluation to PTCAS
Program policy for CANADIAN courseworkSend original Canadian transcript to PTCAS
Additional information about program's policy on foreign courseworkEnglish translation required for original transcripts.

PROGRAM INFORMATION

Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants$ 500.00
Additional Information about DepositThe deposit must be paid by the deadline indicated on acceptance letters from the Graduate Admissions Office to reserve a seat in the upcoming class. Applicants who fail to pay the deposit by their deadline date forfeit their offer of acceptance.
Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?Yes
PT program start date for entering class8/24/2015
Dual-degree programs offered in conjunction with PT degreeDPT/MSAT (Doctorate in Physical Therapy/Master of Science in Athletic Training)
Institution's religious affiliationUnited Methodist
Size of most recent entering class55
Anticipated size of next entering class55
Percent of IN-STATE applicants accepted55%
Percent of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted45%
Additional information about the class profileThe program maintains articulation agreements with Bridgewater College (Va.), Ferrum College, James Madison University, Shenandoah University, Virginia Tech University, and West Virginia Wesleyan College and gives preference to applicants who meet the criteria of those agreements. Details of the articulation agreements with each School can be found on the Shenandoah University, Division of Physical Therapy website (www.su.edu/pt).
Social networking
Facebook Page for PT Programhttp://www.facebook.com/suptdpt
Facebook Page for Parent University/College/Schoolhttp://www.facebook.com/ShenandoahUniversity

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Physical Therapy (PT) is a challenging and satisfying profession - one with many career pathways from which to choose. The wide range of clinical settings, the diversity of the patient populations, and the variety of specialty areas provide a vast array of employment and professional growth opportunities for the new graduate. Shenandoah University's (entry-level) Doctor of Physical Therapy professional degree program prepares students for the challenges of the profession and provides an excellent foundation for further graduate study. The Physical Therapy Program at Shenandoah University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) through December 31st, 2018.

Applicants to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program must have demonstrated success in academics and have a strong background in the sciences. A demonstration of well-developed problem-solving skills, interpersonal skills and commitment to service is necessary. Those applying to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program should be prepared to work closely with other students in the program, make contributions to the learning process of others and contribute to the enrichment of the curriculum and the profession. The Physical Therapy program is closely affiliated with Valley Health System and has recently developed an affiliation with INOVA Health System as part of the expansion of the program to the Northern Virginia Campus in Loudoun County (Ashburn, Virginia), with the first class beginning in the Fall 2014. Both relationships provide extensive clinical opportunities, equipment, space and human resources.
Last Updated: 08/28/2014