Program Profile

Marshall University

PROGRAM CONTACT INFORMATION 2017-18

Yi-Po Chiu, PT, PhD
Chair of Admissions Committee
School of Physical Therapy
Marshall University
2847 5th Avenue
Huntington, WV  25702
(304) 696-5610
(304) 696-5611
physicaltherapy@marshall.edu
https://www.marshall.edu/physical-therapy/

APPLICATION DEADLINE

PTCAS application deadline10/16/2017
Deadline typeFirm
Program has rolling admissions process? No
Important dates
  • Interviews are held during the first two weeks of January 2018.  Due to the large number of applicants, a limited numbers of qualified applicants are selected and invited to the interview.  
  • The Orientation Session (mandatory) is scheduled on Friday, May 18, 2018 and classes will commence on May 21, 2018.  

EARLY DECISION

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?No

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?Yes - for selected applicants only
Supplemental fee amount$40.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?Yes - for selected applicants only
Supplemental MATERIALS required?No
Description of supplemental requirementsThere is no supplemental application form and fee required when you apply on PTCAS. Supplemental application form will be completed at the onsite interview. When we offer you a seat (February – MidMay) and you accept it, you will be asked to pay the $40 supplemental application fee along with the $500 seat deposit."
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 informationAll science prerequisites courses must be for science majors. (science coursework older than 10 years is not accepted) Courses with a grade of C- or lower will not be accepted for prerequisites. Anatomy and physiology courses should preferably be completed with a grade of B or better. Note that students will be allowed to have one or two courses in progress at the time of interview (early January); however, outstanding course(s) must be completed with the appropriate minimal grade, prior to commencing the DPT program in May of the year for which students are applying.

Provisional Admission: A student who possesses a baccalaureate degree from an accepted, regionally accredited college/university and has submitted all other application materials, but still has 1-2 prerequisite courses in progress at the time of interview (early January) may be provisionally admitted. However, outstanding course(s) must be completed with the appropriate minimal grade prior to commencing the DPT program in May of the year for which the student is applying.

Conditional Admission: A student who does not already possess a baccalaureate degree from an accepted, regionally accredited institute, and/or has 1-2 prerequisite courses in progress at the time of interview (early January), but has submitted all other require application materials, may be conditionally admitted. However, the bachelor’s degree must be earned, and outstanding course(s) must be completed with the appropriate minimal grade prior to commencing the DPT program in May of the year for which the student is applying.
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.marshall.edu/physical-therapy/doctor-of-physical-therapy-program/admissions/admission-requirements/
 
Course subjectCourse level4-YearLab HoursAcceptable coursesCourse description
AnatomyGeneral or CollegeNoNot Req.SH: 3A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
A&P: Comparative
A&P: Human
A&P: SEPARATE courses
A&P: Vertebrate
All science prerequisites courses must be for science majors. Applicants must document 6 hours of anatomy and physiology regardless of how the courses are offered. Anatomy and physiology courses should preferably be completed with a B or better. A qualified course shall cover all major human body systems. Functional/Applied anatomy with a main emphasis on the musculoskeletal system is not accepted. Courses with a grade of C- or lower will not be accepted for prerequisites.

Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Biology IGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4Biology: Cell
Biology: Embryology
Biology: General
Biology: General I
Biology: General II
Biology: Genetics
Biology: Histology
Biology: Immunology
Biology: Microbiology
Biology: Molecular
Biology: Zoology
All science prerequisites courses must be for science majors. Courses with a grade of C- or lower will not be accepted for prerequisites.

Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Biology IIGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4Biology: Cell
Biology: Embryology
Biology: General
Biology: General II
Biology: Genetics
Biology: Histology
Biology: Immunology
Biology: Microbiology
Biology: Molecular
Biology: Zoology
All science prerequisites courses must be for science majors. Courses with a grade of C- or lower will not be accepted for prerequisites.

Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Chemistry IGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4Chemistry I
Chemistry: Biochemistry
Chemistry: Inorganic
Chemistry: Organic
All science prerequisites courses must be for science majors. Courses with a grade of C- or lower will not be accepted for prerequisites.

Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Chemistry IIGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4Chemistry II
Chemistry: Biochemistry
Chemistry: Inorganic
Chemistry: Organic
All science prerequisites courses must be for science majors. Courses with a grade of C- or lower will not be accepted for prerequisites.

Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
English Composition / Writing IGeneral or CollegeNoNot Req.SH: 3English Composition
English Composition I
Technical Writing
Writing
Other courses that are writing intensive will be considered. However, "writing intensive" must be clearly designed as such in the course description or syllabus. Courses with a grade of C- or lower will not be accepted for prerequisites.  
English Composition / Writing IIGeneral or CollegeNoNot Req.SH: 3English Composition
English Composition II
Technical Writing
Writing
Other courses that are writing intensive will be considered. However, "writing intensive" must be clearly designed as such in the course description or syllabus. Courses with a grade of C- or lower will not be accepted for prerequisites.  
MathGeneral or CollegeNoNot Req.SH: 3Mathematics: Algebra
Mathematics: Calculus
Mathematics: Geometry
Mathematics: Pre-Calculus
Mathematics: Trigonometry
All science prerequisites courses must be for science majors. Courses with a grade of C- or lower will not be accepted for prerequisites.

Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Physics IGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4Physics I
Physics: General
All science prerequisites courses must be for science majors. Courses with a grade of C- or lower will not be accepted for prerequisites.

Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Physics IIGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4Physics II
Physics: General
All science prerequisites courses must be for science majors. Courses with a grade of C- or lower will not be accepted for prerequisites.

Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
PhysiologyGeneral or CollegeNoNot Req.SH: 3A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
A&P: Human
A&P: Mammalian
A&P: Physiology
A&P: SEPARATE courses
All science prerequisites courses must be for science majors. Applicants must document 6 hours of anatomy and physiology regardless of how the courses are offered. Anatomy and physiology courses should preferably be completed with a B or better. A qualified course shall cover all major human body systems. Exercise physiology is not accepted. Courses with a grade of C- or lower will not be accepted for prerequisites.

Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Psychology IGeneral or CollegeNoNot Req.SH: 3Psychology: Abnormal
Psychology: Adolescent
Psychology: Child
Psychology: Developmental
Psychology: General
Psychology: General I
Psychology: Growth & Development
Psychology: Human Behavior
Psychology: Life Span Development
Psychology: Rehabilitation
Psychology: Social
Courses with a grade of C- or lower will not be accepted for prerequisites.  
Psychology IIGeneral or CollegeNoNot Req.SH: 3Psychology: Abnormal
Psychology: Adolescent
Psychology: Child
Psychology: Developmental
Psychology: General
Psychology: General II
Psychology: Growth & Development
Psychology: Human Behavior
Psychology: Life Span Development
Psychology: Rehabilitation
Psychology: Social
Courses with a grade of C- or lower will not be accepted for prerequisites.  
StatisticsGeneral or CollegeNoNot Req.SH: 3Biology: Biostatistics
Business: Statistics
Mathematics: Statistics
Psychology: Statistics
All science prerequisites courses must be for science majors. If the statistics course is taken from the Mathematics Department, it can only meet the requirement of statistics prerequisite. (i.e. Another 3-credit course of mathematics is still needed.) Courses with a grade of C- or lower will not be accepted for prerequisites.

Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.

GRADUATE RECORD EXAMINATION (GRE)

Is GRE required?Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code0323
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle10/1/2017
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle10/1/2012
 
GRE ScoresMINIMUM GRE score consideredAVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score  150  
Quantitative reasoning scaled score  151  
 

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 
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 requirementsOne reference must be from a licensed physical therapist and the other can be from either another licensed physical therapist, or a faculty member or an employer (someone who can speak to your work ethic/professional behavior and/or potential ability to perform well in a graduate program).

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 REQUIRED60
DEADLINE for completion of all PT hours10/1/2017
PAID experienceAccepted/Considered
VOLUNTEER experienceAccepted/Considered
INPATIENT experienceAccepted/Considered
OUTPATIENT experienceAccepted/Considered
Additional information about program's PT hours requirementComplete at least 60 clinical observation hours, preferably from two different settings, under the direct supervision of a licensed physical therapist by the time of application. All PT observation hours need to be completed no later than October 1, 2017.

GPA REQUIREMENT

GPAMinimum GPAAverage GPA for accepted students
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative 3.00 3.59 
Prerequisite sciences 3.00 3.60 
All prerequisites combined 3.00 3.64 
Additional information about program's GPA requirementsGPA calculation policy change for repeated courses:
-- For the 2017-2018 application cycle (class start date: May 21, 2018) & afterwards:
• If a student retakes the same science course at the same institution and earns a higher grade on the second attempt, we will use the higher grade to calculate GPAs.
• In other situation (i.e. taking the same science course more than two times at the same institution; retaking the same or equivalent course at a different institution), if a science course is repeated, we will use all grades earned for that course to calculate GPAs.

FOREIGN APPLICANTS & TRANSCRIPTS

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 WES foreign transcript evaluation to PTCAS
Program policy for CANADIAN courseworkSend original Canadian transcript to PTCAS
Additional information about program's policy on foreign courseworkInternational applicants will be required to submit an official TOEFL score in addition to the other requirements described for consideration. TOEFL iBT score must be consistent with the standards established by the Foreign Credentialing Commission on Physical Therapy (FCCPT) as acceptable for physical therapists desiring to enter practice in the U.S. from a foreign country. The minimum scores to be considered for admission must be a Total Score of 89 with the minimum section requirement of “Speaking” of 26.

International applicants will have to complete their credential evaluation (WES International Credential Advantage Package; http://www.wes.org/educators/icap.asp) from the World Education Services (WES) to prove that their education is equivalent to the US undergraduate education and have the report sent to PTCAS.

PROGRAM INFORMATION

Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants$ 500.00
Additional Information about DepositThe deposit is non-refundable. Upon matriculation in the program, this money will be applied to the initial tuition installment.
Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?Yes
PT program start date for entering class5/21/2018
Size of most recent entering class40
Anticipated size of next entering class40
Percent of IN-STATE applicants accepted20%
Percent of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted80%

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program offered by the School of Physical Therapy at Marshall University is a full-time, three-year, nine-semester graduate program for students who wish to pursue a career as a physical therapist practitioner. Our inaugural class matriculated on May 21, 2012.

The curricular model of Marshall University's DPT program is a modified case-based model, designed in a “builds on, leads to” manner which is delivered in a full time, in-house format utilizing lecture, labs, small group discussion, case seminars, and clinical visits and internships, starting with education in the basic foundational sciences that inform the content of the field. Faculty teaching the foundational sciences facilitates discussion drawing on research, clinical experiences, and personal/professional activities to model professional behaviors, elucidates psychosocial and ethical issues, and presents a broad application of course content to practice settings. Through clinical cases intermingled within basic science didactic content, students are challenged to apply basic science information to solve clinical problems. Instruction in these basic science areas builds the foundation for the clinical coursework.

Within any given semester, we utilize team-taught, integrated course classes to encourage synthesis of material presented. Case Application Seminars and Experiences (CASE) courses provide students the opportunity to learn collaboratively in faculty-facilitated small groups. Most semesters, students attend laboratory sessions in local physical therapy/rehab clinics for hands-on experiences interspersed within the didactic coursework.

Early in the curriculum, students are introduced to the basic tools of investigation in PT (Evidence Based Practice course series). Starting with the clinical decision making process, they learn to utilize literature review and scientific method to support evidence based practice, and the process for utilizing and creating evidence to improve upon the body of knowledge that informs the profession. Basic clinical skills coursework forms the foundation for more advanced clinical courses in diagnosis and management.

Faculty emphasizes utilization of current, evidence-based practices that are built on the foundational sciences and are consistent with published research and clinical outcomes in the diagnosis and management process. Knowledge of the professional aspects of practice is integral to successful hands-on practice, and necessary to become a competent practitioner. Therefore, a series of professional practice courses inculcate a working knowledge of communications, educational methodology and process, culture, ethics, law, health care delivery systems, administration, and the political aspects that influence the field of physical therapy.

Clinical education exposure/experiences are integrated into the first two years of the curriculum though case-based courses and seminars, and through clinic visits to local physical therapy facilities spread within the didactic course work, with the first full time clinical rotation/internship (8 weeks) occurring early in the second year of the program. These rotations continue in the 3rd year with two full-time clinical internships, for 27 weeks in the last two semesters of the program, totaling 35 weeks of long-term clinical rotations/internship in the entire DPT program. This series of clinical experiences assures that the graduate has the opportunity to develop skills in a variety of practice settings, working within a team approach to patient management, under the direct supervision of a clinical instructor who is a licensed physical therapist.

Our 22600 sq ft space includes three classrooms/laboratories and eight seminar rooms for teaching purposes, a research laboratory (about 2000 sq ft), faculty and administrative offices, student locker rooms, restrooms and kitchen/lounge areas and specialized equipment necessary to teach the content taught in a physical therapy professional program. There is sufficient free parking to accommodate students, faculty, staff, patients and visitors.
Last Updated: 05/17/2017




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