Admission Requirements


Process

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The Department of Physical Therapy at Augusta University participates in the Physical Therapist Centralized Application System (PTCAS). To learn more about the PTCAS application process and apply online, please visit the the PTCAS website.

Students Doing Lab Work A new class of Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) students enters in May of each year and graduates after 36 months of continuous full-time study. To be considered, applications must include:

  • Complete PTCAS application including the Augusta University supplemental section
  • Official transcripts from every regionally accredited US college and university attended
  • Correct PTCAS application fee
  • Correct Augusta University supplemental application fee
  • Completed reference forms
  • Official Graduate Record Examination score reports

Enrollment is limited to 40 students per class. On-site interviews are conducted in the Fall. It is likely that the incoming class will be filled by 15th December. Thereafter, qualified candidates will be placed on an alternate list as they are ranked. It is in the prospective student’s best interest to complete and submit all application materials early, before October 1st, including the University required non-refundable supplemental fee of $25 that is sent directly to Augusta University Admissions. Please refer to the link on the PTCAS website to pay this fee online. Please note that the application is not complete until receipt of the non-refundable $25 supplemental fee is received. Your application will not be processed without this fee.


Applications

Regular Application

Please visit the Frequently Asked Questions page for information about the average overall GPA, last 40-hour GPA, prerequisite courses GPA, and GRE percentiles for the most recently admitted cohort of students.

The following minimum requirements must be met before an application will be considered. Applicants should understand that the selection process is competitive and that satisfying these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program.

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 in the prerequisite science/statistics courses
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA (out of 4.0) or 3.4 GPA over the last 40 hours of completed coursework
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores equivalent to the 40th percentile on the verbal and quantitative sections and 45th percentile on the analytical section are required for admission (50th percentile or higher preferred). GRE scores must be from the same sitting.
  • At least 100 hours of observational, volunteer or other work experiences in physical therapy settings is expected. We strongly recommend experiences in both inpatient and outpatient environments in order to appreciate the differences in physical therapists' responsibilities in each setting
  • Three recommendations that focus on the applicant’s aptitude for clinical work, academic ability and responsibility in work or community settings. One needs to come from a physical therapist and one from a professor in the candidates major.
  • A ½ day on-site interview is required. Interviews are by invitation only and include an assessment of the candidate's personality, motivation and ability to adapt successfully to the demands of physical therapy school.
  • Basic understanding of medical terminology is required as part of the physical therapy. This requirement can be met by taking a course prior to enrollment or by completion of a self-paced text during the first semester of enrollment. 

Early Decision Application

Beginning on July 1, 2018, our program will offer an “early decision” process for applicants who meet the criteria listed under “early decision application.” Early decision applicants are those who have decided that they only wish to attend Augusta University. In this case, applicants initially can only apply to Augusta University via PTCAS.

Applicants accepted as part of the “early decision” process are prohibited from applying to any other program until the next PTCAS application cycle. Applicants not accepted as part of the “early decision” process will be allowed to apply to other programs via PTCAS after the “early acceptance” deadline (in accordance with PTCAS guidelines) as a regular applicant in the current cycle. Refer to the PTCAS website for important deadlines and additional information.

If applicants are not sure of their intent to attend Augusta University, they should apply as a regular applicant in PTCAS.


Prerequisites

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Candidates for the DPT degree must hold a bachelors degree in a discipline other than physical therapy prior to enrollment, from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. In addition, prospective students must have earned a grade of C or higher in all of the following prerequisite courses.

Candidates may apply before completing all of the prerequisite courses but must have a reasonable chance of completing all the requirements by the time of enrollment in the DPT program.

Basic understanding of medical terminology is required as part of the physical therapy program. This requirement can be met by taking a course prior to enrollment or by completion of a self-paced text during the first semester of enrollment.

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COURSE SUBJECT

COURSE LEVEL

4-YR 

LAB

SEM HRS

ACCEPTABLE COURSES

COURSE DESCRIPTION

1

Anatomy

General or College

YES

REQ

4

A&P: COMBINED courses
A&P: SEPARATE courses
A&P: Comparative
A&P: Human
A&P: Mammalian

The anatomy and physiology requirement may be met by a one-semester course in human anatomy and one-semester course in human physiology. A two-semester sequence of combined human anatomy and physiology courses is also acceptable.

2

Physiology

General or College

YES

REQ

4

3

Biology / Biological Science

Introductory

REC

REQ

4

Biology: Cell
Biology: GENERAL

Class and lab must be a minimum of 4 combined credit hours

4

Chemistry I

General or College

REC

REQ

4

Chemistry: General Chemistry: Biochemistry Chemistry: Inorganic Chemistry: Organic

 

5

Chemistry II

General or College

REC

REQ

4

6

Physics I

General or College

REC

REQ

4

 

Courses must include mechanics, electricity, heat, sound, and light.

7

Physics II

General or College

REC

REQ

4

 

8

Statistics

General or College

REC

NO

3

Math: Statistics
Psychology: Statistics Biology: Biostatistics
Business: Statistics
Exercise Science: Statistics / Research

Departmental research courses covering statistics fundamentals will be accepted (e.g. Research in Exercise and Sport Science or Statistical Principles of Psychological Research)

9

Psychology

General or College

REC

NO

6

 

Two courses are required in Psychology. General Psychology is required and the second course must be an upper division course with the preferred course being Developmental Psychology. Both Psychology courses must be from the Psychology Department.

We will accept AP credit for the above pre-requisite courses.

 


Technical Requirements

Allied health studentIn addition to specific academic requirements, candidates for admission to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program must have adequate aptitude, abilities, and skills to meet the full requirements of the program.

The faculty of the Department of Physical Therapy acknowledge Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and PL 103-336, the Americans with Disabilities Act and will consider for admission, promotion and graduation candidates who demonstrate the ability to perform the essential skills listed in the department’s technical standards document. These standards are admission guidelines and are subject to continuing revision and improvement.

In accordance with Board of Regents Policy 4.1.6, all applicants for admission to Augusta University for Summer 2014 or any academic semester thereafter will be required to provide validation of lawful presence in the United States. Acceptance to the Augusta University is conditional until lawful presence is verified.


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