2019-20 Applicants

Missouri State University


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Contact Information more...

Marie Sellers
Accounting Specialist
Department of Physical Therapy
Missouri State University
901 South National Avenue
Springfield MO, 65897
(417) 836-3070
(417) 836-4514
swallentine@missouristate.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
05/28/2020
 

Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
40
Anticipated size of next entering class
40
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
60%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
40%
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
0%

Program Description more...

GENERAL PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:
The program requires approximately three years (36 months) of didactic classroom/laboratory work and clinical learning experiences. In keeping with the public affairs mission of the university, (recognized as a model program in the State of Missouri), our students also participate in service learning and integrated clinical activities. Faculty members are committed to educating students through the use of a mixture of traditional, case-based, and problem-solving strategies in an educational environment that is both friendly and challenging. The program is designed to produce excellent general practitioners who can function in a caring and professional manner, possess the skills and self-confidence to assume leadership and primary care positions within the profession, and become civic-minded practitioners in their communities. Research projects and clinical case reports are completed in the second and third year. Students enter the program after having completed a baccalaureate degree. The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree is conferred in May of the third year, upon successful completion of the program.

CLINICAL EXPERIENCES:
Students participate in part-time supervised clinical experiences in the Missouri State Physical Therapy Clinic and at the Jordan Valley Community Health Center beginning in the first year. Additionally, each student completes a total of 38 weeks of full-time clinical internships ranging in length from 4-8 weeks each. Missouri State has over 400 affiliated clinical sites, which are located in Missouri and across the United States.

FACULTY:
The program has nine full-time (core) faculty members, nine adjunct/associated faculty members, and various guest lecturers/lab assistants. All core faculty are licensed physical therapists. Five of the core faculty members also hold academic doctoral degrees (PhD, DHSc), and four hold clinical doctoral degrees (DPT). The mix of faculty include clinical specialists certified through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (Neuro, Orthopedics, and Geriatrics), as well as other clinical specializations such as lymphedema, exercise, and dry-needling. Seven core faculty are engaged in significant clinical practice. The core faculty to student ratio is 1 to 13.

ENROLLMENT:
Missouri State University has a total enrollment of approximately 22,000 students. The physical therapy program accepts up to 40 new students each year.

OUTCOMES:
100% of our students who graduated in the last 3 years passed the national physical therapy licensure exam. All graduates have been employed before or shortly after graduation, with many receiving multiple offers.

TUITION, FEES AND FINANCIAL AID:
For the 2018-2019 academic year, tuition and fees is approximately $5,598.11 per semester or $16,794 per year for residents of Missouri and $9,602 per semester or $28,806 per year for non-residents. A majority of students receive financial aid in the form of student loans. Limited competitive scholarship funds are available from the Missouri State University Graduate College and the Department of Physical Therapy. For specific information regarding financial aid, contact the Missouri State University Office of Financial Aid ([800] 283-4243) or Graduate College ([866] 767-4723).

STUDENT LIFE:
Graduate students obtain off-campus housing, which is conveniently located and reasonably priced. The campus is located in Springfield, the third largest city in Missouri. Springfield and the surrounding area offer multiple cultural, entertainment, sporting, and outdoor activities including the Springfield Symphony, Springfield Cardinal Baseball, Branson Missouri, and multiple lake and river recreational attractions. Two major medical and several academic institutions serve the greater Springfield region.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
10/01/2019
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
Yes
Important dates

Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
Yes

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$535.00
Additional Information about Deposit
Individuals offered and accepting a position in the DPT program are required to pay two fees: 1) a non-refundable $35.00 Graduate College activation and processing fee 2) a non-refundable $500.00 DPT Program deposit (which will be credited toward tuition upon matriculation to the Program)
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
3.00
3.70
 

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
7672
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score
 
154
Verbal reasoning % score
 
64%
Quantitative reasoning scaled score
 
146
Quantitative reasoning % score
 
26%
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
Average composite GRE (verbal and quantitative) scaled score is 310.

Observation Hours

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
50
Total number of PT hours RECOMMENDED
50
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Accepted/Considered
Outpatient
Accepted/Considered

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
Yes - for selected applicants only
Supplemental fee amount
$35.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
No
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
No
Description of supplemental requirements
Applicants accepted into the Physical Therapy Program are required to submit a final transcript verifying their undergraduate degree and completion of all prerequisite course work.

Students accepted into the program will pay:
1) a non-refundable $35.00 Graduate College activation/processing fee, and
2) a non-refundable confirmation deposit of $500.00 to the DPT Program by the deadline specified in the acceptance letter to reserve a place in the program.

The deposit will be applied toward tuition for the first semester of enrollment following the end of the first week of that semester. Students who do not enroll will forfeit the deposit.
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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
2
Additional information about program's reference requirements
We require two letters of recommendation: One from a licensed physical therapist, and one from an academic advisor or professor.

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

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
Yes
Anatomy
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Human
Biology I
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
SH: 3-4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: General I
  • Biology: General
Biology II
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
SH: 3-4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: Embryology
  • Biology: General II
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Immunology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
  • Biology: Zoology
Chemistry I
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
SH: 3-4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry I
Chemistry II
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 3-4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry II
English Composition / Writing
2 of 2 english composition/writing courses required.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • English Composition I
  • English Composition
English Composition / Writing
1 of 2 english composition/writing courses required.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • English Composition II
  • English Department Course
  • Literature
  • Technical Writing
  • Writing
Math
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Mathematics: Algebra
  • Mathematics: Calculus
  • Mathematics: Geometry
  • Mathematics: Pre-Calculus
  • Mathematics: Trigonometry
Physics I
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 3-4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physics II
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 3-4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Physiology
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Human
Psychology
2 of 2 psychology courses required.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Death & Dying
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Human Behavior
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
  • Psychology: Rehabilitation
Psychology
1 of 2 psychology courses required.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: General I
  • Psychology: General
Statistics
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Business: Statistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics