2019-20 Applicants

Southwest Baptist 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...

Julie Mpofu
Admissions and Alumni Coordinator for Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
Department of Physical Therapy
Southwest Baptist University
1600 University Ave.
Bolivar MO, 65613
(417) 328-1690
(417) 328-1672
jmpofu@sbuniv.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
08/17/2020
Dual-degree programs offered in conjunction with PT degree
DPT/MBA
Institution's religious affiliation
Southern Baptist
Additional information about the class profile
The program gives preference points to applicants who will graduate with a bachelor's degree and maintain the articulation requirements from the following undergraduate institutions:

* Anderson University (IN)
* Avila University
* Belhaven University
* Bethel University (IN)
* Central Methodist University
* College of the Ozarks
* Drury University
* Evangel University
* Grace College (IN)
* Hannibal-LaGrange University
* Indiana Wesleyan University
* John Brown University
* MidAmerican Nazarene University
* Missouri Baptist University
* Oklahoma Baptist University
* Oklahoma Wesleyan University
* Oral Roberts University
* Ouachita Baptist University
* Pensacola Christian College
* Southern Nazarene University
* Sterling College
* Tabor College
* Union University
* William Jewell College
* Williams Baptist University
Social networking
Facebook Page for PT Program
Facebook Page for Parent University/College/School
 

Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
80
Anticipated size of next entering class
80
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
39%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
60%
% of INTERNATIONAL (non-U.S./non-Canadian)
1%
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
1%

Sex

% Male
50%
% Female
50%

Race / Ethnicity

% Hispanic
1%
% American Indian/Alaskan Native
3%
% Asian
3%
% African-American/Black (Non-Hispanic)
3%
% White (Not of Hispanic Origin)
89%
% Two or More Races
1%

Program Description more...

General
The physical therapy department at Southwest Baptist University is dedicated to providing society with physical therapists who engage in the art and science of physical therapy with a Christian worldview. The graduate will be a clinician generalist who is prepared to provide physical therapy services for a diverse population in an evolving society and health care environment. Students enter the Doctor of Physical Therapy program in August of each year and continue through the program for 33 months straight until graduation in May of the third year.

The curriculum starts with and builds upon the foundational sciences progressing to clinical application in order to achieve the mission and goals of the program. The program generally follows the traditional semester calendar of the University with some deviations during the winter and summer months to accommodate program needs. The sequencing of courses and clinical experiences are arranged to challenge and develop independent, critical thinkers who recognize the value of physical therapy and who can communicate effectively to a variety of stakeholders. Students engage in the professional practice expectations on a diverse patient and client population throughout the lifespan. The faculty nurture and mentor students promoting personal, professional and spiritual growth.

Clinical Experience
Students will complete four different terminal clinical rotations totaling 34 weeks in the final year of their educational experience. Clinical rotations, at the minimum, will include one acute care hospital based experience, one outpatient orthopedic experience, and one adult neuro-rehabilitation experience. SBU has over 650 clinical sites nationwide. In addition to the terminal clinical rotations, the program has recently developed an interdisciplinary integrated clinical experience approach that includes faculty-led pro bono practice, international service learning, and directed observations. This integration begins at the onset of the curriculum and lasts for the first two years of the program.

Faculty
There are thirteen full-time faculty positions currently filled. Nine of the core and part-time faculty are certified as clinical specialists by ABPTS (4 Orthopaedic, 1 Sports, 1 Neurology, 1 Geriatric, 1 Pediatric, 1 Cardiopulmonary) with one holding a prestigious fellow status by AAOMPT. Eight are engaged in clinical practice to some degree. The full time faculty to student ratio is 1:20.

Enrollment
The program accepts up to 80 physical therapy students in each class for a maximum total of 240 students.

Tuition, Fees & Aid
As of June 1st, 2016, tuition for the Doctor of physical therapy program, August through July, is $32,000 per year paid in two installments. Two non-refundable $500 deposits, applied toward tuition, are due upon acceptance into the program. See a full listing of tuition and fees on our website.

Student Life
SBU is located in Bolivar, Missouri, a town of 10,500 people with a low crime rate, low cost of living and strong community values. Located in the heart of southwest Missouri, Bolivar is just 30 minutes north of Springfield, 2 1/2 hours south of Kansas City, and 3 1/2 hours west of St. Louis.

Outcomes
Our 3 year Graduation Rate is 99% and our 3 year ultimate board pass rate is 96%. Employment rate within six months for those passing the licensure examination is 100%.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
03/02/2020
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
$1000.00
Additional Information about Deposit
Two non-refundable $500 deposits, applied toward tuition, are due upon acceptance into the program and June 1st.
Due Date of First Required Deposit
01/20/2020

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
2.75
3.46
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.00
3.42
Overall GPA for articulation school preference points
3.00
 
Overall program-specific prerequisite GPA fro articulation school preference points
3.25
 
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
The program uses the highest grade earned in a prerequisite GPA calculation, if course was repeated. The applicant must earn a minimum of a "C" for each individual prerequisite course required. A separate repeated prerequisite course penalty will be applied.

The program uses a "worst-case scenario" calculation for the prerequisite GPA in which a "C" grade is use for any current and/or uncompleted prerequisite courses needed by an applicant until each course is completed and updated.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
8344
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score
 
149
Verbal reasoning % score
 
45%
Quantitative reasoning scaled score
 
150
Quantitative reasoning % score
 
38%
Analytical writing scaled score
 
3.5
Analytical writing % score
 
41%

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
40
Total number of PT hours RECOMMENDED
40
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Required
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
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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
The program requires three references: one from a Physical Therapist, one from a Professor, and a third reference is preferred from a member of clergy, but may also be another healthcare-related or academic reference.

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
International students are required on the TOEFL to earn a 79 on the internet-based test (IBT) or a 213 on the computer-based test (CBT) to meet SBU 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
The program requires that all prerequisite course are completed before August 1st of the entering year and entrance to the program.

It should be noted that Exercise Physiology is strongly encouraged and may become a prerequisite in future cycles. Students who do not take Exercise Physiology with a B or higher prior to entering SBU’s program will be required to take the course as part of their graduate education.
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 & Physiology I
Anatomy and Physiology must be taken in sequence (Anatomy and Physiology I & II) or one semester each of Anatomy and Physiology from a Science-based department, each with lab. Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • Biology: Any
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Exercise Physiology
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Anatomy & Physiology II
Anatomy and Physiology must be taken in sequence (Anatomy and Physiology I & II) or one semester each of Anatomy and Physiology from a Science-based department, each with lab. Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Pathophysiology
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • Biology: Any
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Exercise Physiology
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Biology I
General Biology I or II. Must have lab component. General Zoology may also be substituted (prior approval not required). Upper level human- or animal-based biology course(s) containing appropriate content for PT may be substituted pending approval. Older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: General I
  • Biology: General II
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: Zoology
Chemistry I
Chemistry I and II must be taken in sequence, each with a lab component. 8 hour minimum requirement. Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry I
Chemistry II
Chemistry I and II must be taken in sequence, each with a lab component. 8 hour minimum requirement. Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry II
Medical Terminology
One medical terminology course is required with a B or higher. NOTE: This course is NOT included in the prerequisite GPA calculation.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 1
Acceptable Courses
  • Medical Terminology
Physics I
Physics I and II must be taken in sequence, each with a lab component. 8 hour minimum requirement. Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
  • Physics: General
Physics II
Physics I and II must be taken in sequence, each with a lab component. 8 hour minimum requirement. Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Psychology
General or Introductory Psychology course required.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: General I
  • Psychology: General
  • Psychology: General II
Psychology
One course. Either Abnormal Psychology or Life Span Developmental Psychology (emphasis on development over full human life span) Required. In the future (2021-2022 cycle), both of these courses will be required.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
Statistics
The program does not accept statistics from an exercise science / kinesiology department.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Business: Statistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics