2019-20 Applicants

Nova Southeastern University - Fort Lauderdale


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Contact Information more...

Britny Compton
Admissions Counselor
Physical Therapy Program
Nova Southeastern University
3200 S. University Dr.
Fort Lauderdale FL, 33328
(954) 262-1114
bcompton@nova.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
05/20/2020
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Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
48
Anticipated size of next entering class
50
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
45%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
55%
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
2%

Program Description more...

The Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program is a campus-based program located in the Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) in Ft. Lauderdale.

The 3-year program includes 41 weeks of full time clinical training. Student-learning experiences occur in a combination of traditional instruction, case-based interactive learning, and clinical lab skills training. Clinical education training begins in the fall semester of year one. Students are admitted in the summer semester and graduates are awarded a DPT degree upon satisfactory completion of all requirements.

Faculty and students are committed to active participation in the profession, scholarship and service. Students are exposed to serving community populations, including the medically under-served and uninsured, through service learning and clinical education experiences.

NSU’s entry-level DPT program in Fort Lauderdale offers the following:

* A fully accredited PT program
* A low faculty to student ratio
* Qualified and experienced PT faculty
* A multicultural faculty
* Clinical education experiences throughout the curriculum
* An opportunity for interdisciplinary collaboration
* Modern, state-of-the-art, and technologically advanced facilities
* Located on a beautiful campus in sunny Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

The Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE),1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
12/16/2019
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
Yes
Important dates

The admission committee will begin accepting applicants by October, therefore applicants are highly recommended to apply early. 

The Professional DPT program holds Open Houses at the Fort Lauderdale campus monthly during the admission cycle. Please visit the website below for inforamtion on dates, times, and to register.


https://healthsciences.nova.edu/pt/orientation/open_house.html


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
Yes
Special eligibility requirements for Early Decision candidates
Early decision will begin on July 3, 2019 and will end on August 15, 2019.

* Minimum GPA of 3.5 (cumulative, science/math and prerequisites)
* Combined GRE Verbal and Quantitative test score of 305, with a writing score of 4.0
* 100 hours of PT observation
* 3 Letters of recommendation with 1 from a Physical Therapist
* All prerequisites must be completed
* $1000 non-refundable deposit
* Applicant will be notified of early accept by October 1st
* Must have evidence of volunteered community service

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$1000.00
Additional Information about Deposit
This deposit is applied to the first semester's tuition. This deposit is non-refundable.
Due Date of First Required Deposit
01/15/2020

Interviews

Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
No
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GPA

GPA Scores
MINIMUM GPA Score
AVERAGE GPA score for accepted students
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative
3.00
3.40
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.00
3.40
Science and Math GPA
3.00
 
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
Science and Math GPA: 3.0

The program uses the mathematical average of repeated courses for the Overall Undergraduate Cumulative GPA and Science and Math GPA calculations. The program will take the highest grade of a repeated course for the Prerequisites courses in the GPA calculation.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
7741
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle
01/31/2020
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle
08/01/2015
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
Both the GRE General Test and the GRE revised General Test will be accepted. GRE scores must be no more than 5 years old. The GRE is considered along with all other application requirements including GPA, PT exposure, volunteer experience, educational maturity.

Observation Hours

 
Number of observation hours and variety of experience will be taken into consideration for admission. We strongly recommend exposure to a variety of PT settings.
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
100
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Accepted/Considered
Outpatient
Accepted/Considered

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
Yes
Supplemental fee amount
$50.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
Yes
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
No
Description of supplemental requirements
Once the PTCAS application has been verified, instructions on how to submit a supplemental application will be e-mailed to the potential applicant.

The Nova Southeastern University supplemental application is due by January 31, 2020.

*If you do not receive an e-mail containing instructions about the supplemental application after your file has been verified by PTCAS, please click on the link below, create an account, and submit the supplemental application by January 31, 2020.

Both a verified PTCAS application and a supplemental application must be submitted by their respective due dates in order to be considered for review.
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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
  • Other non-citizens (e.g., refugees)
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
Foreign applicants must have their credentials evaluated by World Educational Services, Inc.

World Education Services, Inc.
Bowling Green Station
PO box 5087
NY, NY, 10274
212-966-6311
www.wes.org

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: applied sciences are not acceptable for admission.

- Psychology/Sociology- 2 semesters (Choose two of the following: Introduction/General Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Developmental Psychology or Introduction to Sociology)

- Statistics - 1 semester

- Biology - 1 semester

- Anatomy and Physiology - 2 semesters of Anatomy and Physiology OR 1 semester of Anatomy and 1 semester of Physiology

- Chemistry - 2 semesters with lab

- Physics - 2 semesters with lab

- English -1 semester of composition or writing

While not required, the following courses are strongly recommended:
* Exercise physiology
* Biomechanics/kinesiology
* Motor control
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
Link to program's prerequisite instructions
Anatomy
Combined Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II can be accepted for Human Anatomy and Human Physiology course; must be taken in the biology/anatomy department; cannot be "applied" course.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Human
Biology I
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: Embryology
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
  • Biology: Zoology
Chemistry I
Must be taken in the chemistry department; cannot be "applied" course.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Any
  • Chemistry I
Chemistry II
Must be taken in the chemistry department; cannot be "applied" course.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Any
  • Chemistry II
English Composition / Writing
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • English Composition
Physics I
Must be taken in the physics department; cannot be "applied" course.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physics II
Must be taken in the physics department; cannot be "applied" course.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Physiology
Combined Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II can be accepted for Human Anatomy and Human Physiology course; must be taken in the biology/anatomy department; cannot be "applied" course.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Human
Psychology
Must be taken in their respective department; cannot be "applied" course.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: General
  • Psychology: Human Behavior
Social/Behavioral Science
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Adolescent
  • Psychology: Child
  • Psychology: Death & Dying
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Human Behavior
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
  • Psychology: Rehabilitation
  • Psychology: Social
  • Psychology: Sports
Statistics
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Business: Statistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics