2019-20 Applicants

Georgia Southern University


This institution was formerly known as Armstrong State University and merged with Georgia Southern University in 2018 to become Georgia Southern University-Armstrong Campus. The Doctor of Physical Therapy program will continue to be offered at the Armstrong Campus in Savannah. 


Contact Information more...

Elizabeth Varner
Administrative Assistant: Admissions and Clinical Education
Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
Georgia Southern University-Armstrong Campus
11935 Abercorn Street
Savannah GA, 31419
(912) 344-3220
pt_dept@georgiasouthern.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
05/18/2020
Institution's religious affiliation
none
Additional information about the class profile
There is no fixed percentage of in-state or out-of-state students.

There is no fixed percentage of applicants chosen via the Early Decision Process.
 

Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
36
Anticipated size of next entering class
36
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
89%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
11%
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
86%

Sex

% Male
28%
% Female
72%

Race / Ethnicity

% Hispanic
3%
% Asian
3%
% African-American/Black (Non-Hispanic)
8%
% White (Not of Hispanic Origin)
78%
% Two or More Races
3%
% Declining to State
5%

Program Description more...

Thank you for considering the Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy at Georgia Southern University. Georgia Southern University is the state’s largest and most comprehensive center of higher education south of Atlanta. With 141 degree programs at the associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels, Georgia Southern is designated a Carnegie Doctoral/Research university and serves more than 27,000 students on three vibrant campuses—the Armstrong campus in Savannah (formerly Armstrong State University), the Statesboro campus, and the Liberty campus in Hinesville. The DPT Program is part of the Waters College of Health Professions and is offered on the Armstrong campus in Savannah. The mission of the DPT Program is to educate individuals whose physical therapy skills and knowledge meet the challenges of the rapidly changing healthcare system and the expanding need for physical therapy services. The program works collaboratively with the physical therapy community to improve the quality of physical therapy care and enhance the scientific basis of professional practice.

The Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy at Georgia Southern University-Armstrong Campus is a full-time program. The program consists of nine semesters of academic course work, including three full-time clinical affiliations (with a minimum of 31 weeks of full-time clinical practice) and several additional clinical experiences. Upon completion of the program, all students are awarded a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. All program graduates are eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Examination and apply for state licensure in all jurisdictions.

The professional curriculum is designed in two phases: systems and lifespan. Courses introduced during the first year use a systems approach with cases in musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary, neuromuscular, and integumentary physical therapy. As closely as possible, courses are coordinated so that students are instructed in the anatomy, pathology and diagnosis related to specific joints or systems of the body at the same time. During the third semester, students are given the opportunity to practice and integrate their professional skills in a simulated clinic course, Case Management. Following the completion of the first year, students have an 8-week full-time clinical experience, allowing them to further solidify and integrate the classroom material in a clinical setting.

During the second year and early third year of study, students explore practice topics in greater depth within the context of a lifespan approach, covering content from diseases of children to impairments associated with aging. These advanced courses are followed by two final full-time 11-week clinical experiences, with a return to campus for final coursework at the end of the program.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
10/01/2019
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
No
Important dates

Information Sessions: Information Sessions are led by faculty in the DPT program during the spring and summer. Please visit our website for dates and registration instructions: http://chp.georgiasouthern.edu/rehabilitation/graduate-programs/doctor-of-physical-therapy/information-sessions/

Interviews: A half-day, in-person interview is required for admission. Interviews are scheduled by invitation only. Early Decision interviews will take place in September. Regular Decision interviews will be scheduled between November-January. 

Decision Timeline: 

* Early Decision: Applicants will be notified of admissions decisions by late September.

* Regular Decision: Applicants will be notified of admissions decisions by mid-January.


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
Yes
Special eligibility requirements for Early Decision candidates
Early Decision deadline of August 15: Your application must be submitted and complete in PTCAS by this deadline. An application status of Complete means that your application has been submitted, PTCAS has received all of your official transcripts and your GRE scores have been received by school code 7813. Early Decision applications that are not Complete in PTCAS by August 15 will be moved to Regular Decision.

All applicants, including those applying in the Early Decision process, must have completed five of the eight required science and mathematics prerequisite courses prior to submitting the application. They must show evidence of being able to complete all prerequisite courses (8 science and mathematics courses and 2 behavioral science courses) prior to matriculating into the DPT Program.

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$500.00
Additional Information about Deposit
The seat deposit is fully refunded to admitted students upon matriculation into the program. Please contact the DPT Program if additional information is needed.
Due Date of First Required Deposit
01/15/2020

Interviews

Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
Yes
Additional information about Interviews
An on-campus, in-person interview is required for admission. Interviews are scheduled by invitation only.

GPA

GPA Scores
MINIMUM GPA Score
AVERAGE GPA score for accepted students
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative
3.00
3.70
Science Courses (PTCAS Science GPA)
3.00
3.50
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
Applicants must have no less than a 3.0 grade point average in all PTCAS science courses (the PTCAS Science GPA) and an overall grade point average of no less than 3.0 as calculated by PTCAS.

No grade of D or F will be acceptable in any of the prerequisite courses. If a grade of D or F is earned in a prerequisite course, that course cannot be repeated more than one time. Only two prerequisite courses may be repeated. All grades earned, including those from repeated courses, will be included in the calculation of the applicable GPA.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
7813
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle
09/21/2019
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle
09/21/2014
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score
146
152
Quantitative reasoning scaled score
144
152
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
All candidates applying for Early Decision must take the GRE and request scores by July 30, 2019.

All candidates applying for Regular Decision must take the GRE and request scores by September 21, 2019.

To be considered for acceptance, applicants must achieve a score on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) of no less than 146 on the Verbal Reasoning section and 144 on the Quantitative Reasoning section. Scores must be submitted to school code 7813 in order to be included in the PTCAS application. Scores submitted to any other school code will not be included in the application. If scores from more than one test date are submitted, the highest Verbal and the highest Quantitative score (even if from different test dates) will be considered.

Observation Hours

 
Applicants should have an understanding of the scope of physical therapy practice. This understanding is best developed through observation of physical therapists in multiple types of clinical practice. Applicants are required to demonstrate a minimum of 75 hours of observation under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist. These hours must be completed by the application deadline (Early Decision: August 15, 2019 or Regular Decision: October 1, 2019).

It is strongly recommended that the observation hours be completed in more than one setting, with at least 10 hours in each different setting. It is also recommended that applicants demonstrate additional hours beyond the required 75. Setting types include but are not limited to: acute care, fitness/wellness, general adult outpatient, inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient adult orthopedics/sports, pediatric inpatient, pediatric outpatient, school systems, skilled nursing facilities, and wound care. Receiving physical therapy treatment or being a caregiver for someone with a physical disability can count toward one setting for the purposes of this requirement.
Program's PT hours requirement
PT hours are required - a licensed PT must verify hours w/ signed form uploaded or online via PTCAS
Total number of PT hours REQUIRED
75
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
Description of supplemental requirements
1. All applicants are required to take the CASPer test (https://takecasper.com/) online and submit their score to Georgia Southern University prior to the application deadline. Instructions with available test dates are on the program website.

2. All potential and enrolled students in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program must meet intellectual, physical, and social competencies in order to provide safe patient care and successfully complete the program. Applicants must review the Core Performance Standards posted on the program website and answer a question about this in the Supplemental Questions section of the application.
Supplemental Requirements
CASPer test
Core Performance Standards
Deadline for supplemental materials
2019-10-01
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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
3
Additional information about program's reference requirements
Applicants must have one reference from a physical therapist who has observed or supervised the applicant in a clinical setting.

Applicants are encouraged to ask their references to upload a narrative reference (recommendation letter) to their application.

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
Program policy for CANADIAN coursework
  • Send original Canadian transcript to PTCAS
Additional information about program's policy on foreign coursework
Non-native English speakers may submit TOEFL or GRE verbal scores. For students whose second language is English, a TOEFL score of at least 600 paper-based, 250 computer-based or 80 internet-web based may be substituted for the minimal verbal GRE score. The TOEFL score is not used in calculating a final application score during review of the applications as there is no mechanism for converting a TOEFL score into a GRE verbal score. As a result, the applicant's application score may be lower than those of applicants who took the entire GRE. English translation required for original foreign 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
NOTE: Five (5) of the eight (8) science and mathematics courses must be completed prior to submitting the application, and evidence must be shown in the application that all prerequisite courses (eight science and mathematics courses and two behavioral science courses) will be completed prior to matriculation.

There is not an expiration date for prerequisite courses. AP courses that are listed on a college transcript for credit may be accepted as fulfillment of appropriate prerequisite courses.
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
Anatomy & Physiology I
Course should be part of a sequence of anatomy and physiology with laboratories; may be human or upper division vertebrate anatomy and physiology, or combination of comparative or developmental anatomy and physiology.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Anatomy & Physiology II
See course description for A&P I
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Biology I
One general biology course with laboratory (not botany, ecology, or environmental science)
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: Zoology
Chemistry I
This course should be part of a one-year sequence of basic (general, inorganic) chemistry with laboratories which are designed for science or health professions majors.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
Chemistry II
See course description for Chemistry I
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
Physics I
Part of a one­-year sequence of general physics with laboratories (either calculus or non­-calculus physics) for science or health professions majors and include mechanics, electricity, magnetism and light.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physics II
See course description for Physics I
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Social/Behavioral Science
1 of 2 social science courses required. Two courses in the social sciences are required for admission. Psychology courses, including abnormal psychology, and a course in human development are recommended.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3-4
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Any
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Any
Social/Behavioral Science
2 of 2 social science courses required. Two courses in the social sciences are required for admission. Psychology courses, including abnormal psychology, and a course in human development are recommended.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3-4
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Any
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Any
Statistics
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Mathematics: Statistics