2019-20 Applicants

University of South Alabama


Contact Information more...

Department of Physical Therapy
Pat Capps Covey College of Allied Health Professions
University of South Alabama
HAHN 2011/ 5721 USA Drive North
Mobile AL, 36688-0002
(251) 445-9330
ptdept@southalabama.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
08/15/2020
Dual-degree programs offered in conjunction with PT degree
BS/DPT
 

Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
40
Anticipated size of next entering class
40
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
65%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
35%
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
0%

Sex

% Male
25%
% Female
75%

Race / Ethnicity

% American Indian/Alaskan Native
2%
% White (Not of Hispanic Origin)
88%
% Two or More Races
10%

Program Description more...

The Department of Physical Therapy has provided quality Physical Therapy education for 40 years with continuous accreditation. A friendly faculty that is clinically and academically strong teaches the curriculum leading to the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree.

The department mission includes "education of Physical Therapists who provide the highest levels of professional care to diverse communities while maintaining a commitment to life-long learning." Upon graduation from this CAPTE-accredited DPT program, the student is eligible to take the national Physical Therapy examination for licensure.

The exciting and challenging DPT program is offered in eight-semester (32 continuous months) format, a new class entering each fall semester. The 121 credit curriculum includes a variety of professional training/educational experiences to prepare students to enter PT practice. Students benefit from significant hands-on clinical practical labs and formal lectures/discussions led by faculty with experience in each clinical practice area, clinical problem solving activities, clinical research, plus 33 weeks of full-time clinical internships supervised by licensed Physical Therapists. The clinical internships are available in over 250 affiliated hospitals, rehabilitation centers and various specialty practices spread across the United States, representing a wide variety of educational opportunities for the student.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the University of South Alabama prepares graduates for professional practice and is designed as an entry-level, first PT degree. Throughout the program, students develop necessary communication skills in addition to professional and manual skills and techniques. Strong emphasis is placed on gaining clinical reasoning/problem-solving skills and the ability to practice as an autonomous primary care provider for rehabilitation to maintain or restore human movement in any employment setting. Graduates will also have the ability to assume responsibilities in areas of administration, consultation and research in Physical Therapy.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
12/02/2019
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
No
Important dates

USA PT DEPT GRE COLLEGE PROGRAM CODE IS 7799.

Applicants for the DPT program must hold a Bachelor's Degree in any field from an accredited College or University and complete all prerequisites for Graduate admission with a GPA > 3.00 by the time they would start the DPT program. These applicants may apply by the deadline of December 1st, or before, if they will complete their Bachelor's Degree before fall semester.

Acceptance will be based on the student's academic ability and aptitude for a career as a Physical Therapist including GPA emphasizing Science prerequisites, and GRE score.

Admission to the program is limited and selective. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all required forms are received by the deadline and that all minimum requirements have been met. Only completed applications will be considered for admission. 


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
No

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$300.00
Additional Information about Deposit
In order to secure enrollment, accepted applicants must submit a $300.00 non-refundable matriculation deposit. This deposit will be applied toward the first semester’s tuition.
Due Date of First Required Deposit
02/08/2020

Interviews

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

Additional information about program's GPA requirements
In addition to the Undergraduate Cumulative GPA, the program also considers the prerequisite science GPA in the ranking of applicants.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
7799
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle
12/01/2014
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
GRE scores must be submitted electronically using institution code 7799 by December 1.

Minimum Verbal + Quantitative score is 290. The Analytical Writing section is also required on each attempt. Scores cannot be combined from different exam attempts to achieve the required minimum score of 290.

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
DEADLINE for completion of all PT hours
12/01/2019
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Accepted/Considered
Outpatient
Accepted/Considered

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
Yes
Supplemental fee amount
$75.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
Yes
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
No
Description of supplemental requirements
USA PT Supplemental Application and Supplemental Application fee are required.
Deadline for supplemental materials
2019-12-01
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
Number of references required by program
0
Additional information about program's reference requirements
The University of South Alabama Doctor of Physical Therapy program does not require letters of recommendation.

Foreign Applicants and Transcripts

Citizenship types eligible for admission U.S. citizens
  • U.S. citizens
  • U.S. permanent residents
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
Additional information about program's policy on foreign coursework: International applicants must have a TOEFL (internet) score =100, or IELTS =7.5.

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
Applicants may have a maximum of 2 Science prerequisite courses remaining by the application deadline (December 1). The remaining prerequisites must be completed in the spring and summer prior to the start of the program.

If your institution only has a one-semester general Biology for Science majors, one of the following upper division Biology courses, upon approval, may be used for substitution: Cell, Genetics, Histology, Immunology, Microbiology, Zoology (Plant/Botany related courses are not acceptable.) All Science prerequisites must have labs and must be courses a Science major would take toward degree requirements.

For the Math requirement, you must have 1 Pre-­Calculus Algebra/Trigonometry combined course, or Pre­-Calculus Algebra and Pre­Calculus Trigonometry (2 separarate courses), or a higher math i.e. Calculus.

All applicants must have a minimum grade of "C" in each of the prerequisite courses.
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
No
Link to program's prerequisite instructions
Biology I
All Science prerequisites must have labs and must be courses a Science major would take toward degree requirements. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: General I
  • Biology: General
Biology II
If your institution only has a one-semester general Biology for Science majors, one of the following upper division animal Biology courses, upon approval, may be used for substitution: Cell, Genetics, Histology, Immunology, Microbiology, Zoology (Plant/Botany related courses are not acceptable.) All Science prerequisites must have labs and must be courses a Science major would take toward degree requirements. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: General II
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Immunology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Zoology
Chemistry I
Complete one year of Chemistry with lab in order to fulfill requirement (12 quarter or 8 semester units). Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry I
Chemistry II
See Chemistry I. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry II
English Composition / Writing
1 of 2 English Composition/writing courses required. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • English Composition I
English Composition / Writing
2 of 2 English Composition/writing courses required. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • English Composition II
Math
Pre­Calculus Algebra and Pre-Calculus Trigonometry, or Pre- Calculus Algebra/Trigonometry combined, or a higher Math (i.e. Calculus). Coursework older than 10 years not accepted. Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Mathematics: Algebra
  • Mathematics: Calculus
  • Mathematics: Pre-Algebra
  • Mathematics: Pre-Calculus
  • Mathematics: Trigonometry
  • Mathematics: Pre-Calculus Algebra
  • Mathematics: Pre-Calculus Trigonometry
Physics I
Complete one year of Physics with lab in order to fulfill requirement (12 quarter or 8 semester units). Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
  • Physics: General
Physics II
See Physics I. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics: General
  • Physics II
Physiology
A & P I & II are accepted as a substitute for Human Physiology. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Human
Psychology
3 Social Science courses are required. 2 of them must be Psychology electives. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Any
Psychology
3 Social Science courses are required. 2 of them must be Psychology electives. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Advanced
  • Psychology: Child
  • Psychology: Death & Dying
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: General
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Human Behavior
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
  • Psychology: Psychopathology
  • Psychology: Rehabilitation
  • Psychology: Social
  • Psychology: Sports
  • Psychology: Statistics
Social/Behavioral Science
3 Social Science courses are required. 2 of them must be Psychology electives. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Any
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Anthropology
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Community Health
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Criminal Justice
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Cultural Geography
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Ethnic Studies
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Human Sexuality
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Marriage/Family
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Personal Health
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Social Science
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Social Work
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Sociology
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Women’s Studies
Statistics
Acceptable Courses are: Statistical Reasoning, Applied Business Statistics, Applied Health Science Statistics. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Business: Statistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Health Science: Statistics