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Radford University

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Nicole Fillman
Administrative Assistant
Department of Physical Therapy
Radford University
101 Elm Ave
Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital
8th Floor
Roanoke, VA  24013


PTCAS application deadline10/15/2014
Deadline typeSoft
Application close date (for soft deadlines only)12/15/2014
Program has rolling admissions process? No
Important dates

We have a soft deadline of October 15, 2014 that will be used to select applicants for Fall 2014 interviews. Those applicants who have completed their applications* as of this date will be eligible for our initial review process. Please keep in mind that applications must be verified prior to electronic mailing to our institution. This process can take up to four weeks. Applications submitted to PTCAS between October 15th and our firm deadline of December 15, 2014 will be reviewed for Spring 2015 interviews.  In order to be considered for a fall interview date, all supplemental application materials must also be received by October 15, 2014.  

Please refer to program website for further specifics regarding interview dates:

*Completed applications include the submission of the RU Supplemental Application for Admission to the Graduate College for CAS Applicants and the $50 supplemental application fee.


Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?No


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

Supplemental FEE required?Yes
Supplemental fee amount$50.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?Yes
Supplemental MATERIALS required?Yes
Description of supplemental requirementsThe supplemental fee may be paid online with the supplemental application (see link below).

Applicants who would like to qualify for Virginia in-state tuition must complete the “Application for In-state Tuition Rates” section of the supplemental application.

All international applicants must submit the “Supplemental International Application” section of the supplemental application.
Supplemental requirement 1Supplemental application with $50 supplemental fee – select PTCAS Applicant on page one
Supplemental requirement 2Supplemental International Application portion of the online supplemental application.
Supplemental requirement 3Application for Virginia In-State Tuition Rates portion of the online supplemental application in order to be eligible for in-state tuition rates.
Deadline for supplemental materials12/15/2014
Link to supplemental forms or instructions


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.   If you have ever previously applied for admission for graduate study at Radford University, please indicate the year of application.
4.   Honor Code: I do hereby resolve to uphold the Honor Code of Radford University by refraining from lying, from the unauthorized possession of property, and from violating the Standards of Student Academic Integrity. I hereby certify that all entries and attachments are true and complete, and I agree and understand that any falsification and information herein, regardless of time of discovery, may cause forfeiture on my part of admission to Radford University. Information contained on the application will be provided to Virginia state agencies as required by law.
5.   Expected term of entry: Summer


General information- Anatomy and Physiology (4 credit hours)
- General Biology I and II with labs (8 credit hours)
- Chemistry I and II with labs (8 credit hours)
- Physics I and II with labs (8 credit hours)
- Statistics or Biostatistics (3 credit hours)

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 departmentYes
Link to program's prerequisite instructions
Course subjectCourse level4-YearLab HoursAcceptable coursesCourse description
Anatomy & Physiology IGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4A&P: Advanced
A&P: Animal
A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
A&P: SEPARATE courses
Biology IGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4Biology: General
Biology: General I
Biology IIGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
A&P: SEPARATE courses
Biology: Advanced
Biology: Cell
Biology: General
Biology: General II
Biology: Genetics
Chemistry IGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4Chemistry: Advanced
Chemistry: Inorganic
Chemistry IIGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4Chemistry: Advanced
Chemistry: Biochemistry
Chemistry: Inorganic
Chemistry: Organic
Physics IGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4Physics I
Physics: General
Physics IIGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4Physics II
StatisticsGeneral or CollegeNoNot Req.SH: 3Biology: Biostatistics
Business: Statistics
Mathematics: Statistics
Psychology: Statistics


Is GRE required?Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code0373
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle12/1/2014
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle10/15/2009
GRE ScoresMINIMUM GRE score consideredAVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score  152  
Quantitative reasoning scaled score  151  
Analytical writing scaled score  3.5  
Additional information about program's GRE requirementsApplicants must send ALL scores (Verbal, Quantitative, Analytical) from the most RECENT test.

Preferred GRE Scores:

New Testing method:
Verbal - 150
Quantitative - 146
Analytical - 3.5

Old Testing Method:
Verbal - 560
Math - 700
Analytical - 4.0


Number of references required by program3
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 
Professor   X 
Academic X  
Supervisor/Employer   X 
Teaching Assistant   X
Pre-PT Advisor   X 
Politician   X
Health Care Professional   X 
Friend   X
Family Member   X
Co-worker   X
Clergy   X
Other   X


Program's PT hours requirementPT hours are required - a licensed physical therapist must verify hours with signed form
Total number of PT hours REQUIRED40
Total number of PT hours RECOMMENDED>100
PAID experienceAccepted/Considered
VOLUNTEER experienceAccepted/Considered
INPATIENT experienceAccepted/Considered
OUTPATIENT experienceAccepted/Considered


GPAMinimum GPAAverage GPA for accepted students
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative  3.47 
Program-specific Prerequisite  3.40 
Additional information about program's GPA requirementsA minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.25 (based on 4.0 scale) from an accredited 4 year institution.

A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (based on 4.0 scale) in math and sciences prerequisites as defined previously on this page.

Radford's DPT program uses the highest grade earned when calculating the science prerequisite GPA, if any courses were repeated.


Citizenship types eligible for admissionU.S. citizens
U.S. permanent residents
Canadian citizens
Foreign (non-U.S.) citizens with a visa
Foreign (non-U.S.) citizens
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 foreign transcripts.

International applicants, must submit the Supplemental International Student Application:


Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants$ 500.00
Additional Information about DepositAmount is subject to change.
Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?Yes
PT program start date for entering class5/26/2015
Size of most recent entering class22
Anticipated size of next entering class28
Percent of IN-STATE applicants accepted59%
Percent of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted41%
Percent of INTERNATIONAL (non-U.S./non-Canadian) applicants accepted0%


**Department of Physical Therapy at Radford University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website:**

Radford University's Department of Physical Therapy aspires to prepare responsive and engaged professionals who lead by example by providing best practice care. Our vision parallels the APTA’s 2020 vision that physical therapy will be provided by doctors of physical therapy. Physical therapists will be recognized by consumers and other health care professionals as practitioners of choice to whom consumers have direct access for the diagnosis of, interventions for, and prevention of impairments, functional limitations, and disabilities related to movement, function, and health.

Offering the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree is one example of Radford University’s commitment to educate highly competent practitioners to serve the needs of the Commonwealth of Virginia and the nation. This department strives to develop leading practitioners who will improve access and quality of care for aging and underserved populations.

If you are interested in our physical therapy program, we invite you to review the physical therapy prerequisite requirements, curriculum, and clinical education opportunities. Student learning and evidence based practice are emphasized throughout the DPT curriculum. Faculty research is tangible and supports evidence based practice by bringing the most current knowledge into the classroom as it evolves.

Radford University features strong partnerships with local and national businesses, hospitals, and public schools to offer a variety of experiential learning experiences. This diversity will prepare our students to provide quality physical therapy care throughout the lifespan of population and within areas of interest. Radford University interdepartmental associations also provide a multitude of positive on-campus learning opportunities.


The curriculum for the Physical Therapy Program is designed to foster an intellectual and psychomotor teaching/learning environment that is student focused. The educational format engages students to develop and perfect decision-making skills, critical thinking, psychomotor skill development, and social skills integration. The curriculum is built on a simple to complex model beginning with an integration of foundational and clinical sciences and progressing to complex and diverse practical learning experiences. Participation and application of current research stimulates practitioners to be current in everyday practice and pursue life-long learning. These activities result in the development of diverse autonomous practitioners with the intellectual awareness, social skills, and psychomotor skills to positively impact their communities and the profession of physical therapy.

The program is designed to prepare students as entry-level, diverse, culturally sensitive autonomous practitioners of physical therapy. A variety of health care institutions, agencies, and practice settings are utilized for clinical educational experiences; both on a local and national level. Clinical Education is an integral component of the student’s educational experience.

Mission Statement:

Our mission is to develop culturally sensitive autonomous practitioners of physical therapy. These practitioners will serve the physical therapy needs of rural communities, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the region. The development of autonomous practitioners will be facilitated through an engaging and challenging intellectual and psychomotor teaching/ learning environment that is student focused. Research is considered a vital corollary to the teaching/ learning process leading to lifelong learning and the creation of new knowledge to meet current and future healthcare needs of society.

Program Values:

- The teaching/ learning environment is student centered.

- The teaching/ learning environment is intellectually engaging and culturally sensitive.

- The educational process creates an autonomous physical therapy practitioner.

- The educational experience creates a lifelong learner.

Program Principles:

- The learning process is based on an integration of foundational and clinical sciences.

- Critical reasoning and use of evidence based practice are essential elements of the curriculum.

- Research is a vital corollary to the teaching/ learning process leading to the development of a lifelong learner and the creation of new knowledge.

- Practitioners of physical therapy advocate for the provision of physical therapy services for underserved and underrepresented populations.

Program Goals:

- The program will facilitate the development of culturally sensitive autonomous practitioners.

- Core faculty, students and graduates will provide physical therapy services to rural communities, the Commonwealth, and the region.

- The program will provide a student focused teaching learning environment.

- The program and faculty will facilitate use of current research in the application of evidence-based practice.

- Graduates of the program will pursue lifelong learning.

Meeting the program’s expected performance outcomes reflects the mastery and application of the goals of the physical therapy curriculum. Graduates who have met or exceeded the program’s outcome goals will have met the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective requirements of the curriculum. These performance outcomes are entry-level level qualifications for the practice of physical therapy and are required to sit for the national licensure examination in physical therapy.
Last Updated: 08/11/2014