2019-20 Applicants

Radford University


Please see our website for details about our information sessions on September 11, 2018 and March 29, 2019. 


Contact Information more...

Stephanie Coles
Administrative Assistant
Department of Physical Therapy
Radford University
101 Elm Ave
Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital
8th Floor
Roanoke VA, 24013
(540) 224-6657
(540) 224-6671
dpt@radford.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
05/26/2020
Social networking
Facebook Page for PT Program
Twitter Page for PT Program
 

Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
29
Anticipated size of next entering class
30
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
71%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
29%
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
0%

Sex

% Male
39%
% Female
61%

Race / Ethnicity

% Hispanic
3%
% Asian
7%
% African-American/Black (Non-Hispanic)
3%
% White (Not of Hispanic Origin)
87%

Program Description more...

***Department of Physical Therapy at Radford University 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: www.capteonline.org.***

Radford University's Department of Physical Therapy aspires to prepare responsive and engaged professionals who lead by example by providing best practice care. Our vision parallels the APTA’s 2020 vision that physical therapy will be provided by doctors of physical therapy. Physical therapists will be recognized by consumers and other health care professionals as practitioners of choice to whom consumers have direct access for the diagnosis of, interventions for, and prevention of impairments, functional limitations, and disabilities related to movement, function, and health.

Offering the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree is one example of Radford University’s commitment to educate highly competent practitioners to serve the needs of the Commonwealth of Virginia and the nation. This department strives to develop leading practitioners who will improve access and quality of care for aging and underserved populations.

If you are interested in our physical therapy program, we invite you to review the physical therapy prerequisite requirements, curriculum, and clinical education opportunities. Student learning and evidence based practice are emphasized throughout the DPT curriculum. Faculty research is tangible and supports evidence based practice by bringing the most current knowledge into the classroom as it evolves.

Radford University features strong partnerships with local and national businesses, hospitals, and public schools to offer a variety of experiential learning experiences. This diversity will prepare our students to provide quality physical therapy care throughout the lifespan of population and within areas of interest. Radford University interdepartmental associations also provide a multitude of positive on-campus learning opportunities.

Curriculum:

The curriculum for the Physical Therapy Program is designed to foster an intellectual and psychomotor teaching/learning environment that is student focused. The educational format engages students to develop and perfect decision-making skills, critical thinking, psychomotor skill development, and social skills integration. The curriculum is built on a simple to complex model beginning with an integration of foundational and clinical sciences and progressing to complex and diverse practical learning experiences. Participation and application of current research stimulates practitioners to be current in everyday practice and pursue life-long learning. These activities result in the development of diverse autonomous practitioners with the intellectual awareness, social skills, and psychomotor skills to positively impact their communities and the profession of physical therapy.

The program is designed to prepare students as entry-level, diverse, culturally sensitive autonomous practitioners of physical therapy. A variety of health care institutions, agencies, and practice settings are utilized for clinical educational experiences; both on a local and national level. Clinical Education is an integral component of the student’s educational experience.

Mission Statement:

The Mission of the Department of Physical Therapy is to develop culturally sensitive autonomous physical therapy practitioners. These practitioners will serve as advocates by meeting the physical therapy needs of their communities to improve the human experience. The development of autonomous practitioners will be facilitated through an engaging and challenging intellectual and psychomotor teaching/learning environment that is student focused. Research is considered a vital corollary to the educational process leading to lifelong learning and the creation of new knowledge to meet current and future healthcare needs.

Program Values:

- The teaching/ learning environment is student centered.

- The teaching/ learning environment is intellectually engaging and culturally sensitive.

- The educational process creates an autonomous physical therapy practitioner.

- The educational experience creates a lifelong learner.

Program Principles:

- The learning process is based on an integration of foundational and clinical sciences.

- Critical reasoning and use of evidence based practice are essential elements of the curriculum.

- Research is a vital corollary to the teaching/ learning process leading to the development of a lifelong learner and the creation of new knowledge.

- Practitioners of physical therapy advocate for the provision of physical therapy services for underserved and underrepresented populations.

Program Goals:

- Provide inter-professional collaboration opportunities.

- Encourage students to strive to meet the needs of underserved populations.

- Provide a student-focused teaching/learning environment.

- Facilitate the development of practitioners who demonstrate life-long learning.

- Provide an accredited education program in physical therapy that enables graduates to become autonomously licensed practitioners.

Meeting the program’s expected performance outcomes reflects the mastery and application of the goals of the physical therapy curriculum. Graduates who have met or exceeded the program’s outcome goals will have met the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective requirements of the curriculum. These performance outcomes are entry-level level qualifications for the practice of physical therapy and are required to sit for the national licensure examination in physical therapy.

http://www.radford.edu/content/wchs/home/pt/prospective/admissions.html

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
10/01/2019
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
No
Important dates

Please make sure that all supplemental materials (GRE, observation hours, letters of recommendation and Supplemental application with fee) are submitted by the firm deadline of October 15th, 2019. The PTCAS application deadline is October 1st, 2019. The supplemental application can be found here: https://www.applyweb.com/radg/index.ftl

Information Session:  Monday September 9th, 2019: 6:00-8:00 pm and March 2019

Onsite Interviews:  November 21st and 22nd, 2019

Note:  If you are enrolled in coursework for Summer 2019, particularly prerequisite courses, it is recommended that you submit the transcript from the institution in which you are enrolled for Summer 2019 to PTCAS after the final grades are processed.  All other official transcripts from other institutions should be submitted immediately.  All summer final grades are typically posted by the end of August.  By waiting to submit your official transcript for summer coursework with your final grades, Radford University will have these grades updated by our application deadline.


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
No

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$500.00
Additional Information about Deposit
Amount is subject to change. Applicants that are accepted into the program will be required by pay a $500 non-refundable deposit that will be applied towards the first semester of tuition.
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
3.25
3.61
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.00
3.56
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.25 (based on 4.0 scale) from an accredited 4 year institution.

A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (based on 4.0 scale) in the sciences prerequisites as defined previously on this page.

Radford's DPT program uses the highest grade earned when calculating the science prerequisite GPA, if any courses were repeated. Our program will accept community college coursework in addition to coursework completed at a 4 year institution.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
0373
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle
09/21/2019
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score
 
152
Quantitative reasoning scaled score
 
152
Analytical writing scaled score
 
4.0
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
Applicants must send ALL scores (Verbal, Quantitative, Analytical) from the most RECENT test.

Preferred GRE Scores:

New Testing method:
Verbal - 150
Quantitative - 150
Analytical - 3.5

Observation Hours

 
A minimum of 40 hours must be completed AND verified by PTCAS by the Application deadline.

**We recommend that you complete several hundred PT Observation hours across multiple 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
40
Total number of PT hours RECOMMENDED
>100
DEADLINE for completion of all PT hours
10/01/2019
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?
Yes
Description of supplemental requirements
The supplemental fee may be paid online with the supplemental application (see link below).
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Applicants who would like to qualify for Virginia in-state tuition must complete the “Application for In-state Tuition Rates” section of the supplemental application.
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All international applicants must submit the “Supplemental International Application” section of the supplemental application.
Supplemental Requirements
Supplemental application with $50 supplemental fee – select PTCAS Applicant on page one, Supplemental International Application portion of the online supplemental application. , Application for Virginia In-State Tuition Rates portion of the online supplemental application in order to be eligible for in-state tuition rates. ,
Deadline for supplemental materials
2019-10-15
Link to supplemental forms or instructions
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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
Additional information about program's reference requirements
Three (3) letters of recommendation:

* At least one (1) must be from a Physical Therapist
* At least one (1) must be from a Professor or instructor familiar with applicant's academic work.
* The third can be from any of the 'ACCEPTED' (3rd column) sources above.

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?
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
Note: If you are a non-native English speaker AND you have graduated from an accredited U.S. institution, then you DO NOT need to complete TOEFL.

English translation required for original foreign transcripts.

International applicants, must submit the Supplemental International Student Application:

https://www.applyweb.com/radg/pdf/SEVIS.pdf

Foreign applicants whose native language is not English must achieve an acceptable score on TOEFL examination and submit an approved credential report for coursework completed outside the United States. Minimal acceptable TOEFL scores are:

Paper Based - 575
Internet Based - 88-89
Computer Based - Please contact our program directly to inquire more about Computer based TOEFL Requirements.

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
* Anatomy and Physiology I and II with lab (8 credit hours)
* General Biology I or II with lab (4 credit hours)
* Chemistry I and II with labs (8 credit hours)
* Physics I and II with labs (8 credit hours)
* Statistics or Biostatistics (3 credit hours)
* Psychology (3 credit hours)

For full description of the coursework policies, please refer to:

http://www.radford.edu/content/dam/colleges/wchs/dpt/documents/Forms/RU%20DPT%20Coursework%20and%20Transcript%20Review%20Policies.pdf
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 & Physiology I
Must be taken in the Biology dept Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Mammalian
Anatomy & Physiology II
Must be taken in the Biology Department. Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Mammalian
Biology I
Program requires 4 semester hours of biology with lab. General Biology I, General Biology II, Cell Biology, or Advanced Biology will fulfill the prerequisite. Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Advanced
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: General I
  • Biology: General II
Chemistry I
Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Advanced
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
Chemistry II
Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Advanced
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry II
Physics I
Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
  • Physics: General
Physics II
Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Psychology
Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Child
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: General I
  • Psychology: General
  • Psychology: General II
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Human Behavior
  • Psychology: Rehabilitation
  • Psychology: Social
Statistics
Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Business: Statistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics