2018-19 Applicants

Shenandoah University


This page is intended for college transfer students and graduates ONLY. High school students MUST contact the institution directly for information about the guaranteed freshman-entry program. Do not apply using PTCAS.

Contact Information

Linda Burrow
Admissions Coordinator for the Doctorate in Physical Therapy Program
Division of Physical Therapy
Shenandoah University
1775 North Sector Court
Winchester VA, 22601
(540) 665-5559
lburrow@su.edu

General Information

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$500.00
Additional Information about Deposit
The deposit must be paid by the deadline indicated on acceptance letters from the Graduate Admissions Office to reserve a seat in the upcoming class. Applicants who fail to pay the deposit by their deadline date forfeit their offer of acceptance. Security deposits are credited toward the first semester tuition, but are non-refundable if an applicant declines an offer of acceptance after paying the deposit.
Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
Yes
PT program start date for entering class
08/26/2019
Dual-degree programs offered in conjunction with PT degree
DPT/MSAT (Doctorate in Physical Therapy/Master of Science in Athletic Training)
Institution's religious affiliation
United Methodist
Size of most recent entering class
61
Anticipated size of next entering class
60
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
52%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
48%
Additional information about the class profile
The program maintains articulation agreements with Bridgewater College (Va.), Ferrum College, James Madison University, Shenandoah University, Virginia Tech University, and West Virginia Wesleyan College and gives preference to applicants who meet the criteria of those agreements. Details of the articulation agreements with each School can be found on the Shenandoah University, Division of Physical Therapy website (www.su.edu/pt).
Social networking
Facebook Page for PT Program
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Program Description

Physical Therapy (PT) is a challenging and satisfying profession - one with many career pathways from which to choose. The wide range of clinical settings, the diversity of the patient populations, and the variety of specialty areas provide a vast array of employment and professional growth opportunities for the new graduate. Shenandoah University's (entry-level) Doctor of Physical Therapy professional degree program prepares students for the challenges of the profession and provides an superior foundation for aspiring clinicians and for continued professional development. The Physical Therapy Program at Shenandoah University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) through December 31st, 2018.

Applicants to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program must have demonstrated success in academics and have a strong background in the sciences. A demonstration of well-developed problem-solving skills, interpersonal skills and commitment to service is necessary. Those applying to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program should be prepared to work closely with other students in the program, make contributions to the learning process of others and contribute to the enrichment of the curriculum and the profession. The Physical Therapy program is closely affiliated with Valley Health System and has recently developed an affiliation with INOVA Health System as part of the expansion of the program to our Scholar Plaza site in Loudoun County, with the first cohort having entered in the Fall 2014. Both relationships provide extensive clinical opportunities, equipment, space and adjunct faculty.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
10/01/2018
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
No
Important dates

Prospective students are strongly encouraged to submit their application as early as possible in the admissions cycle so that all materials can be verified by PTCAS in time to meet our deadline for selection of applicants for on-site interviews.


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
No

GPA

GPA Scores
MINIMUM GPA Score
AVERAGE GPA score for accepted students
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative
2.80
3.61
Program-specific Prerequisite
2.80
3.59
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
Program uses the highest grade earned in prerequisite GPA calculations, if course was repeated.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
1741
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle
10/01/2018
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle
10/01/2015
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score
 
148
Verbal reasoning % score
 
55%
Quantitative reasoning scaled score
 
146
Quantitative reasoning % score
 
49%
Analytical writing scaled score
 
4.5
Analytical writing % score
 
58%
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
The program does not have minimum scores necessary for admission. However, higher GRE scores do improve an applicant's admission profile.

Observation Hours

 
The required observation hours (40hrs) must be completed at the time of application. The program recommends observation hours in multiple settings to include both out-patient and in-patient populations.
Program's PT hours requirement
PT hours are required - no verification by a physical therapist
Total number of PT hours REQUIRED
40
DEADLINE for completion of all PT hours
10/01/2018
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Accepted/Considered
Outpatient
Accepted/Considered

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
No
Supplemental fee amount
$0.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
No
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
Yes - for selected applicants only
Description of supplemental requirements
***ONLY ACCEPTED APPLICANTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO SUBMIT SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS.***

Admitted applicants will be required to supply official copies of all college transcripts to the Shenandoah University Graduate Admissions Office, after payment of security deposit and prior to matriculation.
Supplemental Requirements
Official copies of all college transcripts, GRE scores sent to code 1741,
Deadline for supplemental materials
2019-08-01
Legend
Applicant must send one reference from this SPECIFIC type of evaluator
Applicant must send reference from ONE OR MORE evaluators in category to fulfill program's requirements
Evaluator type ACCEPTED
Evaluator type NOT accepted

Evaluator Types

Physical Therapist
Physical Therapist (additional)
Professor in Major
Professor
Academic
Supervisor/Employer
Teaching Assistant
PTA
Pre-PT Advisor
Politician
Health Care Professional
Friend
Family Member
Co-worker
Clergy
Other
Number of references required by program
2
Additional information about program's reference requirements
The program requires two references, one from a Physical Therapist that has supervised the applicant and the second from a professor.

The program prefers that the professor reference come from a professor that has taught the applicant and is either a science professor or a professor within the applicant's major.

Foreign Applicants and Transcripts

Citizenship types eligible for admission U.S. citizens
  • U.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) coursework
Send WES foreign transcript evaluation to PTCAS (recommended)
Program policy for CANADIAN coursework
  • Send original Canadian transcript to PTCAS (recommended)
Additional information about program's policy on foreign coursework
English translation required for all original transcripts.

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
All prerequisite courses must be completed with a C or better (2.0 on 4.0 scale) to be accepted toward fulfilling the requirement. CLEP hours/credits are not accepted for any prerequisite course work.
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 department
No
Link to program's prerequisite instructions
Anatomy
An introductory course sequence of human anatomy and physiology I & II is preferred. An on-site laboratory must be completed to fulfill the lab requirement for anatomy coursework. Comparative, vertebrate and other animal anatomy courses do NOT fulfill this requirement. Advanced placement (AP) credits are NOT acceptable toward fulfilling this requirement. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Neuroanatomy
  • A&P: Neurophysiology
  • A&P: Pathophysiology
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • Biology: Any
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Exercise Physiology
  • A&P: Human
Biology / Biological Science
An 8 credit course sequence that provides an introduction to the chemical basis of life, cell biology, heredity and basic animal anatomy and physiology. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted. Exceptions are made at the discretion of the PT admissions committee, if the applicant is able to provide documentation of functional use of the material. 1 of 2 biology/biological science courses required.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: Neuroanatomy
  • A&P: Neurophysiology
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • Biology: Advanced
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: Embryology
  • Biology: General I
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: General II
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Immunology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
  • Biology: Zoology
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Mammalian
Biology / Biological Science
See description above. 2 of 2 biology/biological science courses required. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: Neuroanatomy
  • A&P: Neurophysiology
  • A&P: Pathophysiology
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • Biology: Advanced
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: Embryology
  • Biology: General I
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: General II
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Immunology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
  • Biology: Zoology
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Mammalian
Chemistry
An introductory course sequence that provides a combination of inorganic, organic and biochemistry is acceptable. Advanced Placement (AP) hours are NOT accepted toward fulfilling this requirement. 1 of 2 chemistry courses required. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Advanced
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
Chemistry
See description above. Advanced Placement (AP) hours are NOT accepted toward fulfilling this requirement. 2 of 2 chemistry courses required. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Advanced
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
Physics
An introductory course sequence of non-calculus based physics with an emphasis on mechanics, electricity, heat, light and sound is required. Advanced Placement (AP) hours are NOT accepted. Kinesiology and Biomechanics do NOT fulfill this requirement. 1 of 2 physics courses required. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
  • Physics: General
Physics
See description above. Advanced Placement (AP) hours are NOT accepted. Kinesiology and Biomechanics do NOT fulfill this requirement. 2 of 2 physics courses required. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics: General
  • Physics II
Physiology
An introductory course sequence of human anatomy and physiology I & II is preferred. An on-site laboratory must be completed to fulfill the lab requirement for physiology coursework. Exercise physiology does NOT fulfill this requirement. Advanced placement (AP) hours are NOT accepted toward fulfilling this requirement. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Neuroanatomy
  • A&P: Neurophysiology
  • A&P: Pathophysiology
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • Biology: Any
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Exercise Physiology
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Psychology
Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Adolescent
  • Psychology: Advanced
  • Psychology: Child
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: General
  • Psychology: General I
  • Psychology: General II
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Human Behavior
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
  • Psychology: Rehabilitation
  • Psychology: Social
Social/Behavioral Science
Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
Upper Division
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Adolescent
  • Psychology: Advanced
  • Psychology: Child
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: General
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Human Behavior
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
  • Psychology: Rehabilitation
  • Psychology: Social
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Anthropology
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Community Health
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Cultural Geography
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Ethnic Studies
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Personal Health
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Social Science
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Social Work
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Sociology
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Women’s Studies
Statistics
An introduction to statistics course is acceptable. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Business: Statistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics