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PROGRAM CONTACT INFORMATION 2014-15

Department of Physical Therapy
Pat Capps Covey College of Allied Health Professions
University of South Alabama
5721 USA Drive North - HAHN 2011
Mobile, AL  36688
251-445-9330
ptdept@southalabama.edu
http://www.southalabama.edu/alliedhealth/pt

APPLICATION DEADLINE

PTCAS application deadline12/15/2014
Deadline typeFirm
Program has rolling admissions process? No
Important dates

GRE GENERAL TEST For 2014-15 CYCLE: THE LAST ACCEPTED TEST DATE FOR THE GRE IS November 30, 2014. USA PT DEPT GRE COLLEGE PROGRAM CODE IS 7799.

Two Categories of Applicants are Considered for Admission:

1. Regular Graduate Applicants: These applicants must hold a bachelor's degree in any field from an accredited college or university and complete all prerequisites for regular graduate admission as listed below with a GPA > 3.00 by the time they would start the PT program. These applicants may apply by the deadline of December 16, or before, if they will complete their bachelor's degree before Fall semester.

2. Advanced Undergraduate Applicants: This special Advanced early-entry option is reserved for the highly motivated and academically strong student. Students with at least 96 semester or 144 quarter hours of specific college prerequisites listed and an overall GPA of > 3.50 may apply for entry to the program prior to completion of the bachelor's degree. The student applying with three years of prerequisites is then able to complete the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree with just six years of college. Applicants in this category should carefully review Additional Information for Advanced Undergraduates listed on our website.

Admissions rankings for both groups are determined using the same criteria. Acceptance will be based on the student's academic ability and aptitude for a career as a physical therapist including GPA emphasizing Science prerequisites, GRE score, and interview score.

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?Yes
Supplemental fee amount$75.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?Yes
Supplemental MATERIALS required?No
Description of supplemental requirementsWe accept check or money order. No credit payments.

Admission to the program is limited and selective. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all required forms are received by the deadline. Only completed applications will be considered for admission.
Supplemental requirement 1USA PT Supplemental Application required.
Deadline for supplemental materials12/15/2014
Link to supplemental forms or instructionshttp://www.southalabama.edu/alliedhealth/pt/files/AdmissionDPTapplication.pdf

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.   Have you submitted your Supplemental Application and Supplemental Application processing fee directly to USA PT Department of Physical Therapy? Without the Supplemental Application and Supplemental Application fee your application will not be processed.

COURSE PREREQUISITES

General informationAdditional requirements as of July 1, 2014 for applicants who will apply in 2014 and plan to start the program in 2015:

Applicants may have a maximum of 8 credits of science prerequisites remaining by the application deadline (December 15). The remaining prerequisites must be completed in the spring and summer prior to the start of the program.

All science prerequisites must have labs and must be courses a science major would take toward degree requirements. No Intro or Survey courses accepted. All applicants must have a minimum grade of "C" in each of the prerequisite courses.

For the Math requirement, you must have 1 Pre-Calculus Algebra/Pre-Calculus Trigonometry course, or Pre-Calculus Algebra and Pre-Calculus Trigonometry (2 courses), or higher math.

Communication/Speech/Public Speaking (3 cr),
Computer Science (3),
Literature I and II (American, Brit, or World) (6 cr),
Fine Arts (3 cr),
Microbiology or Infectious Disease (3 cr),
Humanities (3cr)
ARE ONLY REQUIRED FOR THE ADVANCED UNDERGRADUATE APPLICANT CATEGORY.
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 instructionshttp://www.southalabama.edu/alliedhealth/pt
 
Course subjectCourse level4-YearLab HoursAcceptable coursesCourse description
Biology / Biological ScienceGeneral or CollegeNoNot Req.  Biology: Microbiology
Biology: Infectious Disease
Will accept Infectious Disease in place of Microbiology. ONLY REQUIRED FOR THE ADVANCED UNDERGRADUATE APPLICANT CATEGORY.  
Biology IGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4
QH: 6
Biology: Cell
Biology: General
Biology: Genetics
Biology: Histology
Biology: Immunology
Biology: Microbiology
Biology: Zoology
All science prerequisites must have labs and must be courses a science major would take toward degree requirements. No Intro or Survey courses accepted. Complete one year of biology with lab in order to fulfill requirement (12 quarter or 8 semester units)  
Biology IIGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4
QH: 6
Biology: Cell
Biology: General
Biology: Genetics
Biology: Immunology
Biology: Microbiology
Biology: Zoology
See Biology I  
Chemistry IGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4
QH: 6
Chemistry: Biochemistry
Chemistry: Inorganic
Chemistry: Organic
Complete one year of chemistry with lab in order to fulfill requirement (12 quarter or 8 semester units).  
Chemistry IIGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4
QH: 6
Chemistry: Biochemistry
Chemistry: Inorganic
Chemistry: Organic
See Chemistry I  
Communication / Speech / Public SpeakingGeneral or CollegeNoNot Req.  Comm: Communication
Comm: Public Speaking
Comm: Speech
ONLY REQUIRED FOR THE ADVANCED UNDERGRADUATE APPLICANT CATEGORY.  
Computer ScienceGeneral or CollegeNoNot Req.  Computer Science
ONLY REQUIRED FOR THE ADVANCED UNDERGRADUATE APPLICANT CATEGORY.  
English Composition / WritingGeneral or CollegeNoN/A  English Composition II
2 of 2 english composition/writing courses required.  
English Composition / WritingGeneral or CollegeNoN/A  English Composition I
1 of 2 english composition/writing courses required.  
Fine ArtsGeneral or CollegeNoNot Req.  Fine Arts: Appreciation
Fine Arts: Drama
Fine Arts: History
ONLY REQUIRED FOR THE ADVANCED UNDERGRADUATE APPLICANT CATEGORY.  
HumanitiesGeneral or CollegeNoNot Req.  History of Civilization
History of U.S.
ONLY REQUIRED FOR THE ADVANCED UNDERGRADUATE APPLICANT CATEGORY.  
LiteratureGeneral or CollegeNoNot Req.  Literature I
Literature II
Must be a sequence in World, American or British Literature. ONLY REQUIRED FOR THE ADVANCED UNDERGRADUATE APPLICANT CATEGORY.  
MathGeneral or CollegeNoNot Req.  Mathematics: Calculus
Mathematics:  Pre-Calculus Algebra 
Pre-calculus Algebra
Pre-calculus Algebra & Trigonometry or higher mathematics.

1 of 2 math courses required.  
MathGeneral or CollegeNoNot Req.  Mathematics: Calculus
Mathematics: Trigonometry
Mathematics:  Pre-Calculus Trigonometry
Pre-calculus Trigonometry
Pre-calculus Algebra & Trigonometry or higher mathematics.

2 of 2 math courses required.  
Physics IGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4
QH: 6
Physics I
Complete one year of physics with lab in order to fulfill requirement (12 quarter or 8 semester units).  
Physics IIGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4
QH: 6
Physics II
See Physics I  
PhysiologyGeneral or CollegeNoReq.  A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
A&P: Human
A&P: Mammalian
A&P: SEPARATE courses
A&P: Vertebrate
A & P I & II are accepted as a substitute for Human Physiology.
 
PsychologyGeneral or CollegeNoN/A  Psychology: Abnormal
Psychology: Adolescent
Psychology: Child
Psychology: Death & Dying
Psychology: Developmental
Psychology: General
Psychology: Growth & Development
Psychology: Human Behavior
Psychology: Life Span Development
Psychology: Rehabilitation
Psychology: Social
1 of 2 psychology courses required.  
PsychologyGeneral or CollegeNoN/A  Psychology: Abnormal
Psychology: Adolescent
Psychology: Child
Psychology: Death & Dying
Psychology: Developmental
Psychology: General
Psychology: Growth & Development
Psychology: Human Behavior
Psychology: Life Span Development
Psychology: Rehabilitation
Psychology: Social
2 of 2 psychology courses required.  
Social/Behavioral ScienceGeneral or CollegeNoN/A  Psychology: Any
Social/Behavioral Science: Anthropology
Social/Behavioral Science: Sociology
Any Social Science course is acceptable.
 
StatisticsGeneral or CollegeNoNot Req.  Biology: Biostatistics
Business: Statistics
Mathematics: Statistics
Psychology: Statistics
 

GRADUATE RECORD EXAMINATION (GRE)

Is GRE required?Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code7799
 
GRE ScoresMINIMUM GRE score consideredAVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score  152  
Quantitative reasoning scaled score  152  
Analytical writing scaled score  4.0  
 
Additional information about program's GRE requirementsGRE scores must be submitted electronically using institution code 7799 by December 15.

Minimum Verbal + Quantitative score is 300. The Analytical Writing section is also required on each attempt. Scores cannot be combined from different exam attempts to achieve the required minimum score of 300.

REFERENCES

Number of references required by program0
Additional information about program's reference requirementsThe University of South Alabama Doctor of Physical Therapy program does not require letters of recommendation.

PT OBSERVATION HOURS

Program's PT hours requirementPT hours are required - a licensed physical therapist must verify hours with signed form
Total number of PT hours REQUIRED50
PAID experienceAccepted/Considered
VOLUNTEER experienceAccepted/Considered
INPATIENT experienceAccepted/Considered
OUTPATIENT experienceAccepted/Considered
Additional information about program's PT hours requirementObservation or work experience in Physical Therapy (50 hours minimum) under the supervision of a licensed Physical Therapist is required and must be submitted electronically through PTCAS by the December 15 deadline.

GPA REQUIREMENT

GPAMinimum GPAAverage GPA for accepted students
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative 3.00 3.80 
Program-specific Prerequisite 3.50 3.90 
Additional information about program's GPA requirementsIn addition to the Undergraduate Cumulative GPA, the program also considers the prerequisite science GPA in the ranking of applicants.

FOREIGN APPLICANTS & TRANSCRIPTS

Citizenship types eligible for admissionU.S. citizens
U.S. permanent residents
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 courseworkInternational Students:

International applicants must have a TOEFL score > 600, TSE > 60, and TWE > 4.5 and must submit the following to the Department of Physical Therapy by October 15 of the year prior to admission:

A. Completed USA PT Supplemental Application

B. TOEFL score

C. Official transcripts with certified translations of transcripts (Applicants accepted into the program will have to provide official transcripts and certified translations to the USAPT program prior to entering the program)

D. Non-refundable Supplemental Application processing fee of $75.00

E. Must submit the following by 5:00 p.m. on December 15. Materials being sent by mail carrier must be postmarked NO later than December 15:

* Submit a PTCAS Application

* Graduate Record Examination (GRE) official scores sent electronically to Institution code 7799

* Physical Therapy Experience = 50 hours completed and must be verified and submitted electronically to PTCAS.

PROGRAM INFORMATION

Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants$ 300.00
Additional Information about DepositIn order to secure enrollment, accepted applicants must submit a $300.00 non-refundable matriculation deposit. This deposit will be applied toward the first semester’s tuition.
Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?Yes
PT program start date for entering class8/17/2015
Dual-degree programs offered in conjunction with PT degreeBS/DPT
Size of most recent entering class40
Anticipated size of next entering class40
Percent of IN-STATE applicants accepted50%
Percent of WICHE applicants accepted0%
Percent of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted50%
Percent of CANADIAN applicants accepted0%
Percent of INTERNATIONAL (non-U.S./non-Canadian) applicants accepted0%

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Department of Physical Therapy has provided quality physical therapy education for over 30 years with continuous accreditation. A friendly faculty that is clinically and academically strong teaches the curriculum leading to the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree.

The department mission includes "education of physical therapists who provide the highest levels of professional care to diverse communities while maintaining a commitment to life-long learning." Upon graduation from this CAPTE-accredited DPT program, the student is eligible to take the national physical therapy examination for licensure.

The exciting and challenging DPT program is offered in eight-semester (32 continuous months) format, a new class entering each fall semester. The 121 credit curriculum includes a variety of professional training/educational experiences to prepare students to enter PT practice. Students benefit from significant hands-on clinical practical labs and formal lectures/discussions led by faculty with experience in each clinical practice area, clinical problem solving activities, clinical research, plus 33 weeks of full-time clinical internships supervised by licensed physical therapists. The clinical internships are available in over 250 affiliated hospitals, rehabilitation centers and various specialty practices spread across the United States, representing a wide variety of educational opportunities for the student.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the University of South Alabama prepares graduates for professional practice and is designed as an entry-level, first PT degree. Throughout the program, students develop necessary communication skills in addition to professional and manual skills and techniques. Strong emphasis is placed on gaining clinical reasoning/problem-solving skills and the ability to practice as an autonomous primary care provider for rehabilitation to maintain or restore human movement in any employment setting. Graduates will also have the ability to assume responsibilities in areas of administration, consultation and research in physical therapy.
Last Updated: 03/31/2014