Program Profile

Hardin-Simmons University

PROGRAM CONTACT INFORMATION 2017-18

Janelle K. O'Connell, PT, Ph.D., DPT
Program Director/Director of Admissions
2200 HIckory; HSU Box 16065
Hardin-Simmons University
Abilene, TX  79698
888-820-0218
325-670-5860
ptoffice@hsutx.edu
http://www.hsutx.edu/academics/holland/graduate/physicaltherapy/#

APPLICATION DEADLINE

PTCAS application deadline11/01/2017
Deadline typeFirm
Program has rolling admissions process? Yes
Important dates

* Seats are offered after each Interview/Preview Day; early applications are encouraged.
* The number of seats available at each interview session are limited.

EARLY DECISION

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?Yes
Special eligibility requirements for Early Decision candidatesEarly decision candidates must interview in September and have a minimum prerequisite GPA of 3.5 and overall GPA of 3.6.

SUPPLEMENTAL/UPLOAD REQUIREMENTS

If a document upload is required, submit through the "Program Materials" section of the application. Document uploads must be submitted by the program's application deadline.

Supplemental FEE required?No
Supplemental fee amount$0.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?No
Supplemental MATERIALS required?No
Deadline for supplemental materials 

SCHOOL-SPECIFIC QUESTIONS

Custom (program-specific) questions on the PTCAS application
To view the school-specific (custom) questions, select the program on the "Program Selection" screen of the application, go to the "Program Materials" section, and select "Questions". Not all programs have school-specific questions.

COURSE PREREQUISITES

After you select the program and enter your coursework on the application, you may be required to match your courses to the program's course prerequisites in the "Prerequisites" tab of the "Program Materials" section.
General information**Applicants who apply before their summer 2017 grades are available must submit an un-official (student-issued) transcript or a scanned image of an unofficial (student-issued) transcript for the summer 2017 term directly to program (ptoffice@hsutx.edu) by September 1st. Any acceptance offer made by the program will be contingent on the applicant’s successful completion of the PTCAS Academic Update in December.**

Only 2 prerequisite science courses may be taken at a community college. Applicants must have 6 of 9 Science/Stats prerequisites courses completed before a seat in the class may be offered.
Bachelor's degree required prior to matriculation into PT program?Varies
Nearly all students enter the program with a Bachelor's degree. Hardin-Simmons University does hold articulation agreements with a few select schools allowing students in their last semester of their undergraduate education to enter the physical therapy program if all requirements are met.
Anatomy and/or Physiology (A&P) course prerequisites MUST be completed in biology, neuroscience, anatomy, or integrated physiology departmentYes
Link to program's prerequisite instructionshttp://www.hsutx.edu/academics/holland/graduate/physicaltherapy/dpt/
 
Course subjectCourse level4-YearLab HoursAcceptable coursesCourse description
AnatomyUpper DivisionYesRecommendedSH: 3-4A&P: Advanced
A&P: Comparative
A&P: Human
A&P: Mammalian
A&P: Neuroanatomy
A&P: Neurophysiology
A&P: Pathophysiology
A&P: Physiology
A&P: Vertebrate
Biology: Advanced
Biology: Cell
Biology: Embryology
Biology: Genetics
Biology: Histology
Biology: Immunology
Biology: Microbiology
Biology: Molecular
Biology: Zoology
Biology: Nutrition
Preference is a 4 hour upper level Human Anatomy course with lab. Other upper level human biology courses (3-4 credit hours) will be accepted. Special Topic courses and coursework older than 10 years are not acceptable.
 
Biology IGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4Biology: Cell
Biology: Embryology
Biology: General
Biology: General I
Biology: Microbiology
Biology: Zoology
The A & P I & II sequence may be substituted for Biology I & II. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.  
Biology IIGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4Biology: Cell
Biology: Embryology
Biology: General II
Biology: Genetics
Biology: Histology
Biology: Immunology
Biology: Microbiology
Biology: Molecular
Biology: Zoology
The A & P I & II sequence may be substituted for Biology I & II. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.  
Chemistry IGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4Chemistry I
Chemistry: Biochemistry
Chemistry: Organic
Minimum requirement of General Chemistry I & II for science majors with respective laboratories. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.  
Chemistry IIGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4Chemistry II
Chemistry: Biochemistry
Chemistry: Organic
Minimum requirement of General Chemistry I & II for science majors with respective laboratories. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.  
Physics IGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4Physics I
Course is not required to be calculus-based. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.  
Physics IIGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4Physics II
Course is not required to be calculus-based. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.  
PhysiologyUpper DivisionNoRecommendedSH: 3-4A&P: Advanced
A&P: Human
A&P: Neurophysiology
A&P: Pathophysiology
A&P: Physiology
Biology: Advanced
Biology: Cell
Biology: Embryology
Biology: Genetics
Biology: Histology
Biology: Immunology
Biology: Microbiology
Biology: Molecular
Biology: Nutrition
Preference is a 4 hour upper level Human Physiology course with lab. Other upper level human biology courses (3-4 credit hours) will be accepted. Special Topic courses and coursework older than 10 years are not acceptable.  
PsychologyGeneral or CollegeNoNot Req.SH: 3Psychology: Abnormal
Psychology: Adolescent
Psychology: Advanced
Psychology: Child
Psychology: Death & Dying
Psychology: Developmental
Psychology: General
Psychology: General I
Psychology: General II
Psychology: Growth & Development
Psychology: Human Behavior
Psychology: Life Span Development
Psychology: Rehabilitation
Psychology courses should relate to human behavior. Recommended courses include Lifespan, Developmental or Abnormal Psychology. The Psychology course grades are not part of the prerequisite GPA. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.  
PsychologyGeneral or CollegeNoNot Req.SH: 3Psychology: Abnormal
Psychology: Adolescent
Psychology: Advanced
Psychology: Child
Psychology: Death & Dying
Psychology: Developmental
Psychology: General
Psychology: General I
Psychology: General II
Psychology: Growth & Development
Psychology: Human Behavior
Psychology: Life Span Development
Psychology: Rehabilitation
Psychology courses should relate to human behavior. Recommended courses include Lifespan, Developmental or Abnormal Psychology. The Psychology course grades are not part of the prerequisite GPA. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.  
StatisticsGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 3Any: Statistics
Biology: Biostatistics
Business: Statistics
Mathematics: Statistics
Psychology: Statistics
Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.  

GRADUATE RECORD EXAMINATION (GRE)

Is GRE required?Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code0966
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle10/15/2017
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle1/1/2013
 
GRE ScoresMINIMUM GRE score consideredAVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score147  151  
Verbal reasoning % score34%  51%  
Quantitative reasoning scaled score147  153  
Quantitative reasoning % score34%  52%  
Analytical writing scaled score3.5  4.0  
Analytical writing % score42%  59%  
 
Additional information about program's GRE requirementsPreferred scores should meet or exceed 150 on the verbal and quantitative sections and 4 on the writing. Minimal scores on the Verbal (147) and Quantitative (147) sections and a 3.5 on writing are required to move forward to the interview stage of admission. All GRE section scores are used in the selection formula.

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-1 X  
Physical Therapist-2 X  
Professor in Major   X
Professor   X
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 requirements* References must be submitted from two different licensed Physical Therapists working in two different practice settings from two different facilities.

* A minimum of 40 hours of observation under EACH PT is required and should be completed prior to submission of application.

* Examples of different practice settings include:
- outpatient clinics (including corporate health centers, athletic facilities or fitness centers)
- hospitals (critical care, acute care, cardiac care, emergency department, SNF, wound care)
- rehabilitation facilities
- skilled nursing or extended care or subacute facilities
- home health
- pediatrics (schools or outpatient)
- wound care
- hospice

PT OBSERVATION HOURS

Program's PT hours requirementPT hours are required - a licensed PT must verify hours w/ signed form uploaded or online via PTCAS
Total number of PT hours REQUIRED80
Total number of PT hours RECOMMENDED300
DEADLINE for completion of all PT hours11/1/2017
PAID experienceAccepted/Considered
VOLUNTEER experienceAccepted/Considered
INPATIENT experienceAccepted/Considered
OUTPATIENT experienceAccepted/Considered
Additional information about program's PT hours requirement* References must be submitted from two different licensed Physical Therapists working in two different practice settings from two different facilities. PT must verify completed hours. Observation and references from PTAs are not acceptable.

* A minimum of 40 hours of observation under EACH PT is required.

* Examples of different practice settings include:
- outpatient clinics (including corporate health centers,
- athletic facilities or fitness centers),
- hospitals (critical care, acute care, cardiac care),
- rehabilitation facilities,
- skilled nursing or extended care or subacute facilities,
- home health,
- pediatrics (schools or outpatient),
- wound care,
- hospices.

GPA REQUIREMENT

GPAMinimum GPAAverage GPA for accepted students
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative 3.20 3.65 
Program-specific Prerequisite 3.10 3.69 
Additional information about program's GPA requirementsProgram specific prerequisites are computed from the 8 science and 1 statistic prerequisite courses. Only 2 science courses may be taken at a community college. Applicants must have 6 of 9 Science/Stats prerequisite courses completed before a seat in the class will be offered. Repeated course grades are averaged to determine the GPA. Early decision candidates must have a 3.5 prerequisite GPA and a 3.6 overall GPA for early consideration.

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 WES 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 foreign transcripts.

PROGRAM INFORMATION

Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants$ 1200.00
Additional Information about DepositA non-refundable seat deposit of $1200 is applied to the first semester tuition. The deposit is paid after a seat offer to secure the seat.
Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?Yes
PT program start date for entering class8/29/2018
Institution's religious affiliationBaptist
Size of most recent entering class28
Anticipated size of next entering class28
Percent of IN-STATE applicants accepted75%
Percent of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted25%
Additional information about the class profileTuition for out-of-state students is the same as for in-state students.
Social networking
Facebook Page for PT Programhttp://www.facebook.com/HSUphysicaltherapy
Facebook Page for Parent University/College/Schoolhttp://www.facebook.com/hardin-simmonsuniversity
Twitter Page for PT Programhttp://www.twitter.com/@hsudpt
Twitter Page for Parent University/College/Schoolhttp://www.twitter.com/@hardinsimmons

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Located in Abilene, Texas and founded in 1891 by a dedicated group of ministers, ranchers, and merchants, Hardin-Simmons University continues its commitment to developing the minds and nurturing the spiritual lives of its students through its mission to provide “an education enlightened by faith.” The Department of Physical Therapy at HSU was founded in 1995 and became the first private school in the great state of Texas to offer the entry-level Physical Therapy program and the first to offer the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program. The core value statement of the program is "Exemplifying excellence and integrity through lifelong learning, service, and faith." These values are displayed in the classroom, clinic, and community and modeled by a faculty who are actively engaged in clinical research, practice, and professional service.

In the classroom, students receive an outstanding, personalized education guided by experienced and talented teaching faculty who mentor students both professionally and spiritually. Qualified students must be motivated, dedicated, self-driven learners. The small class size of 28 students (7:1 student:faculty ratio) creates a collegial environment where leaders are crafted who strive for distinction in the classroom, clinic, and community. The fast-paced 28 month curriculum includes 37 weeks of full-time clinical rotations in a variety of settings as well as completion of a directed research project. Additionally, as the ONLY entry-level PT program in the country to work with the international organization of "Joni & Friends" (joniandfriends.org) students spend up to 3 weeks in the summer immersed in hands-on experiences as Short Term Missionaries (STM's) at Family Retreat in Texas and in Lima, Peru as part of the "Wheels for the World" and Connect2Ministries program. Students may earn a special certification in "Beyond Suffering" as a result of this involvement.

Integrated clinical experiences begin the first week of the program through the PT Department’s Campus Clinic, the Abilene community Medical Mission (serving homeless and under served neighbors), and other medical facilities in the local area. Our individualized approach to clinical placements allows HSU PT to match each student’s interests and needs with experienced clinical faculty at more than 400 health care facilities across the country.

Multiple opportunities exist for students to participate in community service events, sponsored continuing education courses, and an annual mission trip where their faith is put into action. As a result, our students leave with more than a degree – they also build an impressive resume! The HSU PT program’s outcomes include graduation rates, licensure pass rates, and employment rates which consistently exceed the national average while maintaining tuition costs below many other private schools in the country. Come join us for an exemplary education that is built on integrity, ethics, excellence, and the prayerful support of our Christian community.
Last Updated: 05/15/2017




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