2019-20 Applicants

Mercer 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...

Laura Ellison
Director of Admissions and Student Affairs
DPT Admissions, Davis Building
Mercer University
3001 Mercer University Drive
Atlanta GA, 30341
(678) 547-6391
dpt@mercer.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
08/17/2020
Dual-degree programs offered in conjunction with PT degree
DPT/MPH: Please see the website for information about the DPT/MPH combined degree program.
DPT/MBA: Please see the website for information about the DPT/MBA combined degree program.
Institution's religious affiliation
Baptist
Social networking
Facebook Page for Parent University/College/School
 

Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
38
Anticipated size of next entering class
38
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
45%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
55%
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
0%

Sex

% Male
29%
% Female
71%

Race / Ethnicity

% Hispanic
10%
% Asian
21%
% African-American/Black (Non-Hispanic)
3%
% White (Not of Hispanic Origin)
37%
% Two or More Races
3%

Program Description more...

Mercer University offers an innovative, 8-semester professional program in physical therapy which awards the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. The program is offered on Mercer’s Cecil B. Day Graduate and Professional Campus in Atlanta, Georgia. Students benefit from low faculty-student ratios, opportunities to engage in educational and professional activities with physical therapist residents and fellows, and interaction with patients/clients in the on-campus physical therapy clinic. Mercer’s DPT Program provides a comprehensive entry-level professional education, including an integrated clinical education track that consists of service-learning, integrated clinical experiences, and full-time clinical education. Mercer DPT students are actively engaged in clinical education each semester.

Please review our vision, mission, core values, and program goals for an overview of the physical therapy program via our website (http://chp.mercer.edu/academics-departments/physical-therapy/). A review of the Profile of a Mercer University Doctor of Physical Therapy Graduate will allow potential applicants the opportunity to identify with our philosophical statements which we believe should personify a physical therapist. The abilities and attributes, curriculum, and course offerings are available for your review.

If you would like to attend an information session or would like more information about the program, please contact us at dpt@mercer.edu.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Mercer University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone 703-706-3245; email accreditation@apta.org). Mercer University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral degrees.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
11/01/2019
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
No
Important dates

Mercer's DPT Program participates in Early Decision.  Please refer to PTCAS for the Early Decision application deadline.



For regular applicants, the priority deadline for the Fall 2020 entering class is October 1, 2019; the final (firm) deadline for the Fall 2020 entering class is November 1, 2019.



Please note that interviews will be held in November and December. Students who submit a completed application by the priority deadline will be given priority consideration for the first interview date.


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
Yes

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$1500.00
Additional Information about Deposit
The first tuition deposit of $750 is due upon acceptance. The second tuition deposit of $750 is due 3/15/2020. $1,475 is applied to the first semester's tuition; $25 satisfies the university's matriculation fee.
Deposit Refundable?
No
Due Date of First Required Deposit
01/15/2020

Interviews

Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
Yes
Additional information about Interviews
The most qualified applicants will be invited to visit the Department of Physical Therapy for an interview.

GPA

GPA Scores
MINIMUM GPA Score
AVERAGE GPA score for accepted students
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative
3.00
3.70
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.00
3.81
Science GPA
3.00
3.59
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
Required overall cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale. Completion of all prerequisites prior to matriculation with GPA of 3.00 (using all grades) is required. Preferred Science GPA of 3.00. You must complete at least six (6) of the ten (10) prerequisites prior to application and include a plan for completing the outstanding prerequisites in your application. Entering class statistics are available on the program's website.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
7750
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle
10/12/2020
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle
10/12/2015
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score
150
156
Analytical writing scaled score
3.5
4.0
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
Required minimum combined (Verbal and Quantitative) score of 300 on GRE. Required minimum Verbal score of 150. Required Analytical Writing score of 3.5.

Observation Hours

 
Required Experiential Hours: Volunteer, observation, or work experience in physical therapy and service learning: A minimum of 60 hours total, divided among three settings with at least 20 hours in each setting. Experiences should be in at least two different types of physical therapy clinical practice settings. Examples of physical therapy settings include: outpatient orthopedics, pediatrics (outpatient, home health, inpatient, rehab), geriatrics (home health, skilled nursing facility, rehabilitation center), and acute care (hospital). Thirty (30) of these hours should be completed prior to application.

The third experience should be as an active participant in a service or community project. Examples of this service/volunteer experience include working in an after-school program, volunteering with a food bank or shelter, or engaging in community improvement projects (locally, nationally, or internationally). Ten (10) of these hours should be completed prior to application.
Program's PT hours requirement
PT hours are required - no verification by a physical therapist
Total number of PT hours REQUIRED
40
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Accepted/Considered
Outpatient
Accepted/Considered

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
Yes
Supplemental fee amount
$25.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
Yes
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
No
Supplemental Requirements
Supplemental essay,
Deadline for supplemental materials
2019-11-01
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
Number of references required by program
0

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
  • Send WES foreign evaluation for Canadian courses to PTCAS
Additional information about program's policy on foreign coursework
Please send foreign transcript evaluation from World Education Services (WES) to PTCAS.

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?
Varies
Anatomy and/or Physiology (A&P) course prerequisites MUST be completed in biology, neuroscience, anatomy, or integrated physiology department
No
Anatomy & Physiology I
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Human
Anatomy & Physiology II
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Human
Biology / Biological Science
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: Embryology
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Immunology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
  • Biology: Zoology
Chemistry I
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
Chemistry II
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
Physics I
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physics II
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Psychology
A psychology course with an emphasis on individual behavior is required.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Adolescent
  • Psychology: Child
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: General
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
Social/Behavioral Science
A behavioral science course with an emphasis on group behavior (sociology, cultural anthropology) is required.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Anthropology
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Sociology
Statistics
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics