2019-20 Applicants

Hardin-Simmons 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 more...

Janelle K. O'Connell, PT, Ph.D., DPT
Professor/Program Director/Director of Admissions
1325 Pine Street
Hardin-Simmons University- DPT Program
Abilene TX, 79601
(888) 820-0218
(325) 670-5860
ptoffice@hsutx.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
08/27/2020
Institution's religious affiliation
Baptist
Additional information about the class profile
Tuition for out-of-state students is the same as for in-state students.
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Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
28
Anticipated size of next entering class
40
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
79%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
21%
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
1%

Sex

% Male
29%
% Female
71%

Race / Ethnicity

% Hispanic
25%
% Asian
1%
% White (Not of Hispanic Origin)
74%

Program Description more...

Located in Abilene, Texas and founded in 1891 by a dedicated group of ministers, ranchers, and merchants, Hardin-Simmons University (HSU) continues its commitment to developing the minds and nurturing the spiritual lives of its students through its mission to provide “an education enlightened by faith.” The Department of Physical Therapy at HSU was founded in 1995 and became the first private school in the great state of Texas to offer the entry-level Physical Therapy program and the first program in the state to transition to the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program. The mission of the Hardin-Simmons University Physical Therapy program is "to prepare individuals who demonstrate excellence in the practice of physical therapy and are enlightened by Christian faith and values." The core value statement of the program is "exemplifying excellence and integrity through lifelong learning, service, and faith." These values are expected to be displayed in the classroom, clinic, and community and modeled by a faculty who are actively engaged in clinical research, practice, and professional service.

In the classroom, students receive an outstanding, personalized education guided by experienced and talented teaching faculty who mentor students both professionally and spiritually. All of the full-time faculty are licensed physical therapists. Qualified students must be motivated, dedicated, self-driven learners. In August 2018, the DPT program moved to a new 22,000 square foot facility with spacious classrooms, well-furnished laboratories and advanced technologies. The environment creates a collegial atmosphere where leaders are crafted who strive for distinction in the classroom, clinic, and community. The fast-paced 28 month curriculum includes 37 weeks of full-time clinical rotations in a variety of settings, as well as completion of a directed research project. Additionally, as the ONLY entry-level PT program in the country to work with the international organization of "Joni & Friends" (joniandfriends.org) students spend time in the first year summer semester immersed in hands-on experiences as Short Term Missionaries (STM's). At “Family Retreat,” held in Navasota, Texas, students are matched with a child/young adult with a chronic disability (and his/her family) and spend recreational time assisting, instructing and loving the individual. Students also have the opportunity to travel internationally (optional) as part of the "Wheels for the World" and Connect2Ministries program. During “Wheels for the World,” students and faculty customize wheelchairs for individuals with no previous means of mobility. Physical therapy treatments and patient education are provided to the families. The blessings of the Lord are shared.

Integrated clinical experiences begin the first week of the program in the PT Department’s Campus Clinic, the Abilene community Medical Mission (serving uninsured and underserved neighbors), or other medical facilities in the local area. Our individualized approach to clinical placements allows HSU-PT to match each student’s interests and needs with experienced clinical faculty at more than 500 health care facilities across the country. Students meet individually with the Director of Clinical Education to map out their personal clinical goals and to select sites based on housing availability or the opportunity to advance clinical skills. At the end of the first year, students complete a 3 week clinical rotation. The terminal clinical experiences are offered at the completion of on-campus didactic work and include an 8 week rotation in each of the following three areas: acute care, neuro/rehab and outpatient physical therapy. The culminating 10 week experience is an elective of the student's choice.

Multiple opportunities exist for students to participate in community service events, sponsored continuing education courses, and an annual mission trip (Wheels for the World), where their faith is put into action. As a result, our students leave with more than a degree – they also build an impressive resume! The HSU-PT program’s outcomes include graduation rates, licensure pass rates, and employment rates which consistently exceed the national average while maintaining tuition costs below many other private schools in the country. Come join us for an exemplary education that is built on integrity, ethics, excellence, and the prayerful support of our Christian community.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
02/17/2020
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
Yes
Important dates

If an applicant is extended an interview invitation, it is expected the candidate will interview on campus and participate in the "Preview/Interview Day." Early submission of applications are encouraged, as seats are offered following each interview (rolling admission).   Available slots are limited for each interview day. The Preview Days for 2019-2020 are: 

* September 20, 2019

* November 15, 2019

* January 24, 2020

* February 21, 2020

HSU-PT reserves the right to cancel/change any interview dates.


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
Yes
Special eligibility requirements for Early Decision candidates
Early decision candidates must interview in September, prior to the PTCAS early decision deadline. It is highly recommended that early decision candidates have a minimum prerequisite GPA of 3.5 and overall GPA of 3.6.

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$1200.00
Additional Information about Deposit
A non-refundable seat deposit of $1200 is applied to the first semester tuition. The deposit is paid after a seat offer to secure the seat of the applicant.
Additional Information about Refunds
A non-refundable seat deposit of $1200 is applied to the first semester tuition. The deposit is paid after a seat offer to secure the seat of the applicant.
Due Date of First Required Deposit
01/15/2020

Interviews

Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
Yes
Additional information about Interviews
On-campus interviews and attendance at the HSU PT Preview/Interview day are required. The tentative interview dates for 2019-2020 are on the following Fridays: September 20, 2019; November 15, 2019; January 24, 2020; February 21, 2020.

GPA

GPA Scores
MINIMUM GPA Score
AVERAGE GPA score for accepted students
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative
 
3.60
Program-specific Prerequisite
 
3.60
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
* In general, early decision candidates should have a 3.5 prerequisite GPA and a 3.6 overall GPA for early consideration.

* Program specific prerequisites are computed from the 6 science and 1 statistic prerequisite courses. * A competitive candidate should consider limiting the number of science/stat prerequisites completed at community college and take their sciences at a 4-year university.

*To ensure an easier transition from undergraduate to doctoral work, the HSU-PT Department HIGHLY recommends completion of at least one upper level (300-400) human biology course such as advanced anatomy, human physiology, pathophysiology, genetics, etc.

* In general, applicants must have 5 of 7 Science/Stats prerequisite courses completed before a seat in the class will be offered in order for the program to accurately assess the prerequisite GPA.

* Repeated course grades are averaged to determine the grade for a specific course.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
0966
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle
02/01/2020
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle
12/31/2015
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score
 
152
Verbal reasoning % score
 
51%
Quantitative reasoning scaled score
 
153
Quantitative reasoning % score
 
52%
Analytical writing scaled score
 
4.0
Analytical writing % score
 
59%
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
Accepted HSU-PT students average a ~152 on the verbal and quantitative sections and a 4.0 on the writing section of the GRE.

GRE scores are used as part of the admissions formula. The highest score in each section is used if the exam is taken more than one time.

Observation Hours

 
* Letters of recommendation must be submitted by two U.S. licensed Physical Therapists. Applicants may obtain a minimum of 40 hours of observation in each of 2 different PT settings (preferred), or a minimum of 100 hours in 1 PT setting.
* Observation under and references from PTAs are not acceptable.

* Letters of recommendation should not be submitted by the PT unless the minimal observation requirements have been completed.

* Examples of different practice settings include:
- outpatient clinics (including corporate health centers
- athletic facilities or fitness centers)
- hospitals (critical care, acute care, cardiac care)
- rehabilitation facilities
- skilled nursing or extended care or subacute facilities
- home health
- pediatrics (schools or outpatient)
- wound care
- hospice
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
100
Total number of PT hours RECOMMENDED
250
DEADLINE for completion of all PT hours
02/01/2020
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?
No
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
3
Additional information about program's reference requirements
* References must be submitted from two U.S. licensed Physical Therapists as well as an instructor in your major.
* Applicants may observe a minimum of 40 hours in two different PT facilities, preferably representing 2 different PT settings, or a minimum of 100 hours in 1 PT setting. Letters of recommendation should not be submitted unless this requirement is completed. Students admitted to the HSU-PT program average over 400 hours of shadowing as this aids in understanding the demands and versatility required of a physical therapy professional.

* Examples of different practice settings include:
- outpatient clinics (including corporate health centers, athletic facilities or fitness centers)
- hospitals (critical care, acute care, cardiac care, emergency department, SNF, wound care)
- rehabilitation facilities
- skilled nursing or extended care or subacute facilities
- home health
- pediatrics (schools or outpatient)
- hospice

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
English translation required for original foreign transcripts.

Foreign transcripts will be considered if all prerequisites are completed at time of application.

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
Applicants taking summer 2019 courses should request transcripts be sent to PTCAS after grades are posted. Those who apply before their summer 2019 semester is complete must submit an unofficial (student-issued) transcript or a scanned image of an unofficial (student-issued) transcript for the summer 2019 term directly to program (ptoffice@hsutx.edu) by September 1st.

Any acceptance offer made by the program will be contingent on the applicant’s successful completion of the PTCAS Academic Update in December.**

It is highly recommended that no more than 2 prerequisite science/stat courses be taken at a community college. Applicants must have5 of 7 Science/Stats prerequisites courses completed before a seat in the class may be offered.

It is also highly recommended that the applicant complete an upper level (300/400) human biology course prior to admission.
Bachelor's degree required prior to matriculation into PT program?
Varies
Anatomy and/or Physiology (A&P) course prerequisites MUST be completed in biology, neuroscience, anatomy, or integrated physiology department
Yes
Link to program's prerequisite instructions
Biology I
Biology I OR A & P I will fulfill the Biology I requirement. Other lower level or upper level human biology courses will be considered. If taking Biology I, then the applicant must also take Biology II to fulfill the sequence. If taking A & P 1,then the applicant must take A & P II to fulfill the sequence. 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: Physiology
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • Biology: Advanced
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: Embryology
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • Biology: General I
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Immunology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
  • Biology: Zoology
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Human
Biology II
Biology II or A & P II will fulfill the Biology II requirement. Other lower level or upper level human biology courses will be considered. If the applicant is using Biology II to fulfill this prerequisite, then Biology I is also needed to complete the sequence. If the applicant is using A & P II for this prerequisite, then A & P I is needed to complete the sequence. 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: Physiology
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • Biology: Advanced
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: Embryology
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • Biology: General II
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Immunology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
  • Biology: Zoology
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Chemistry I
General Chemistry I for science majors with its respective laboratory is the desired course for this requirement. Other chemistry courses will be considered. 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: Organic
  • Chemistry I
Chemistry II
General Chemistry II for science majors with its respective laboratory is the desired course for this requirement. Other chemistry courses will be considered. 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: Organic
  • Chemistry II
Physics I
General Physics I is the recommended course. Physics DOES NOT have to be calculus-based. 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 II
General Physics II is the recommended course for this requirement. The course DOES NOT have to be calculus based. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Psychology
Psychology courses should relate to human behavior. Recommended courses include Lifespan, Developmental or Abnormal Psychology. The Psychology course grades are not part of the prerequisite GPA. 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: Death & Dying
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: General I
  • Psychology: General
  • Psychology: General II
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Human Behavior
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
  • Psychology: Psychopathology
  • Psychology: Rehabilitation
  • Psychology: Social
  • Psychology: Sports
Psychology
Psychology courses should relate to human behavior. The psychology course grades are not part of the prerequisite GPA computation, but are required for admission. 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: Death & Dying
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: General I
  • Psychology: General
  • Psychology: General II
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Human Behavior
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
  • Psychology: Psychopathology
  • Psychology: Rehabilitation
  • Psychology: Social
  • Psychology: Sports
Statistics
Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses