2019-20 Applicants

Governors State University


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Contact Information more...

David Diers
Admission Chairperson
Department of Physical Therapy
Governors State University
1 University Parkway
University Park IL, 60484
(708) 235-2232
(708) 534-7290
ddiers@govst.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
05/18/2020
Additional information about the class profile
Program gives slight preference to applicants whose permanant residence is Illinois.
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Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
36
Anticipated size of next entering class
36
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
90%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
10%
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
0%

Program Description more...

The program runs 6 semesters with 3 summer semesters consecutively, or 36 months with the first term of the program beginning with the summer semester. The graduate completes a minimum of 119 credit hours. The first year focuses largely on the foundational sciences of human anatomy, physiology of disease, and biomechanics/kinesiology. Course work in patient care is also introduced during the first year. During the last five weeks of the fourth semester students participate in a five-week clinical experience. An increased emphasis on clinical sciences occurs during the second year. During the last half of the seventh semester, part of the eighth and ninth semesters the student participates in the four full time clinical experiences,each 7 or 8 weeks in length, and applied research and elective courses. Students must complete a Clinical Case Research Project prior to graduation from the program.

CLINICAL EXPERIENCES:

The students have a total of 34 weeks of full-time clinical experiences. The first full-time clinical experience is a 5-week clinical experience that occurs at the end of the fourth semester during the second summer term. The remaining 29 weeks of full-time clinical experiences consist of four clinical experiences of 7 or 8 weeks each. The first two clinical experiences run consecutively beginning after the completion of 6 weeks of classes during the seventh semester. The final two clinical internships occur during the final semester of the program. Every student is required to have a clinical experience in an orthopedic setting, a neurological setting, an inpatient setting, and an outpatient setting. The program has contracts with more than 150 different clinical settings.

FACULTY:

There are 8 full-time and 2 part-time core faculty members. Of the full-time core faculty, 87% hold post-professional doctoral degrees. Over the past 3 years, the faculty has averaged 1:5.5 publications in peer-reviewed journals. The faculty to student ratio is 1:11.

ENROLLMENT:

There are approximately 2,500 undergraduate students and 1,500 graduate students enrolled at Governors State University. The Department of Physical Therapy admits new students into the Program during the Summer Semester. The Program has a maximum capacity of 36 students per class.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
10/15/2019
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
No
Important dates

The application must be complete at PTCAS by the program's October 15 deadline, including ALL transcripts and materials.

If the application is not complete by October 15, including delivery of all transcripts, the program will consider the application late and it will not be reviewed.

Due to the amount of time needed for PTCAS to verify applications, it is highly recommended that applicants submit their completed application prior to the October 15th deadline and arrange for PTCAS to receive official transcripts from EVERY regionally accredited U.S. college and university attended in a timely manner.  If an application is not verified by the time interviews are conducted, it will be considered late and will not be reviewed.


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
No

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$1500.00
Additional Information about Deposit
This non-refundable deposit is a true tuition deposit. If you attend GSU the deposit will be applied to your tuition bill. However, if you decided not to attend GSU after paying the deposit, you will forfeit the deposit.
Deposit Refundable?
No
Due Date of First Required Deposit
01/15/2020

Interviews

Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
Yes
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GPA

GPA Scores
MINIMUM GPA Score
AVERAGE GPA score for accepted students
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative
3.50
3.50
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.60
3.60
 
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
7604
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score
 
150
Quantitative reasoning scaled score
 
150

Observation Hours

Program's PT hours requirement
PT hours are not required or considered
Paid
Not accepted
Volunteer
Not accepted
Inpatient
Not accepted
Outpatient
Not accepted

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
No
Supplemental fee amount
$0.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
No
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
Yes - for selected applicants only
Supplemental Requirements
Transcripts will be required at the end of the Spring 2020 semester for the applicants accepted to the program.,
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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

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
  • Foreign (non-U.S.) citizens
Non-native speakers must submit official TOEFL scores?
No
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
TOEFL scores are not required for non-native English speakers, if they have an undergraduate degree from a US institution.

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
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 & Physiology I
May substitute upper division anatomy only course.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Anatomy & Physiology II
May substitute upper division anatomy only course.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Biology / Biological Science
An additional biology course with a lab (excluding ecology or botany) or chemistry course with a lab.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Any
  • Chemistry: Any
  • A&P: Any
Biology I
Any general biology course with a lab excluding botany, ecology.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: Embryology
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Immunology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
  • Biology: Zoology
Biology II
Any general biology course with a lab excluding botany, ecology.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: Embryology
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Immunology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
  • Biology: Zoology
Chemistry I
Chemistry courses must have a lab. "Survey" chemistry courses are not acceptable.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
Chemistry II
Chemistry courses must have a lab. "Survey" chemistry courses are not acceptable.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
Medical Terminology
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 1
Acceptable Courses
  • Medical Terminology
Orientation to Physical Therapy
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 2
Acceptable Courses
Physics I
One general physics course with topics including mechanics, heat, light or forces, levers and electricity. Must have a lab. Must have at least advanced algebra-trigonometry as a pre-requisite.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physics II
One general physics course with topics including mechanics, heat, light or forces, levers and electricity. Must have a lab. Must have at least advanced algebra-trigonometry as a pre-requisite.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Psychology
1 of 3 psychology courses required.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: General
Psychology
2 of 3 psychology courses required.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
Psychology
3 of 3 psychology courses required.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Adolescent
  • Psychology: Child
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
Statistics
Any statistics course which covers descriptive, regressions, and ANOVA.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 1
Acceptable Courses
  • Business: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics