2019-20 Applicants

Tennessee State University


Contact Information more...

Dorothy Fisher
Administrative Assistant
Department of Physical Therapy
Tennessee State University
3500 John A Merritt Boulevard
Nashville TN, 37209
(615) 963-5881
(615) 963-5946
dfisher9@tnstate.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
06/01/2020
Additional information about the class profile
Tennessee State University offers tuition discounts through the 250-mile radius program (link: http://www.tnstate.edu/bursar/radius.aspx).

Additionally, qualifying students who have been accepted into the program may also avail of the POTUS (Preparing Our Tomorrows Uniquely in STEM) Fellows program (link: http://www.tnstate.edu/potus/).

NOTE: It is very possible that we will fill our class with Early Decision applicants.

Our program offers the Early Decision (ED) option. We highly encourage all applicants who rank TSU Physical Therapy as their top choice of programs to utilize the Early Decision option.

After the Early Decision process is complete, if there is space still available, we will utilize a rolling admission process based on application COMPLETION date to determine which General applications to review.

All applicants (ED and General) will be ranked based on pre-req GPA and GRE score in order to determine who will be invited for the interview and onsite essay.

Acceptance into the program will be based on an an objective ranking system that includes the pre-req GPA, GRE score, interview score, onsite essay score, and recommendations.
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Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
36
Anticipated size of next entering class
36
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
60%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
40%
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
85%

Program Description more...

Dear Prospective Student,

Thank you for interest in our Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program at Tennessee State University.

Our program’s mission is to graduate competent entry-level physical therapists who demonstrate cultural competence, apply research evidence to practice, uphold the code of ethics, value lifelong learning, and engage in socially responsible community leadership.

Our program has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) since 2005. We have been graduating doctorally prepared physical therapists since 2009.

We have an excellent program with well qualified faculty members who offer a wealth of academic and clinical experience. I invite you to visit our website at http://www.tnstate.edu/pt to learn more about our university, our program, the faculty, and the application/admission process.

We have attempted to make our application process and admission requirements explicitly clear. We expect you to read each section of this application closely and carefully before submitting your application information.

Our application process and admission requirements are very clear on the PTCAS webpage and on our website. Please read all information carefully before submitting questions.

If after reading the PTCAS and website information, you still have a question, PLEASE feel comfortable contacting us and we will do all we can to help you. We pride ourselves in the customer service and individual attention we give applicants. So, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Please call our main office and speak with our Administrative Assistant, Dorothy Fisher.

Dorothy Fisher
dfisher9@tnstate.edu
615-963-5881.

If she cannot answer your question(s), she will forward you to a member of our Admissions Committee to help you further.

Again, thank you for considering our program. I wish you the best in your endeavors.

Peace,

David A. Lehman, PT, PhD
Professor
Chair, Admissions Committee
Tennessee State University
Department of Physical Therapy
3500 John A Merritt Boulevard
Nashville TN 37209
Phone: (615) 963-5946
Fax: (615) 963-5935
Email: dlehman@tnstate.edu

Application Deadlines

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

NOTE:  It is very possible that we will fill our class with Early Decision applicants. We highly encourage all applicants who rank TSU Physical Therapy as their top choice of programs to utilize the Early Decision option. 


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
Yes
Special eligibility requirements for Early Decision candidates
Requirements for Early Decision option:

1. ALL BUT FOUR (4) pre-requisite courses must be completed at time of Early Decision application (ONLY 2 may be remaining for Spring semester before the summer semester the program starts).

2. Completion of Pre-requisite Course Calculation Chart: You are REQUIRED to complete and submit the "Pre-requisite Course and Calculation Table" referred to in the Supplemental Materials section.

Pre-requisite Course Calculation Chart: Be sure to download the chart from Dropbox link ,complete, and upload the "Pre-requisite Course Calculation Chart" into the Upload Section of PTCAS application. Be sure to enter course yet to be taken, or retaken, but, do not include them in calculating Pre-requisite GPA.

Link to Pre-requisite Course Calculation Chart:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/8rpnfvs63kpxwb8/Pre-Req%20GPA%20Calculation%20Chart%20with%20Formulas%20-%20updated%20012819.xlsx?dl=0


3. COMPLETION of the GRE with qualifying scores. We do accept highest score on each section (Super Score). Our program requires a score of 150 for the Verbal section and 150 for the Quantitative section; we do not consider the combined score. Applicants who meet the minimum GRE score for one section (but not the other) may still apply. However, preference will be given to candidates who meet the minimum scores for both sections.

4. Payment of application fee to School of Graduate Studies and Research: http://www.tnstate.edu/graduate/pay.aspx/#top

NOTE of CONDITIONAL ACCEPTANCE: If accepted for Early Decision (or General Admission), and you still have pre-requisites to complete, and/or a bachelor degree to complete, you may be accepted under CONDITIONAL status. Prior to enrollment, you will have to show that you meet the pre-requisite GPA requirement of a 3.0 or greater and/or complete a bachelor's degree. If you fail to do so, we will not be able to honor your acceptance as UNCONDITIONAL and thus you will not be admitted into the program and allowed to register for classes.

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$250.00
Additional Information about Deposit
Once you have been accepted and choose to attend our program, we will give you two weeks to secure your space by paying a deposit. Information about the deposit will be sent with your acceptance email. Your deposit is Non-refundable. Your deposit will be credited toward your tuition if you enroll and register for classes. If you do not enroll, you will forfeit your deposit.
Due Date of First Required Deposit
01/15/2020

Interviews

Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
Yes
Additional information about Interviews
Early Decision Interviews occur during first or second week of September. General Admissions interviews will occur as needed. Applications must be complete to be considered for an interview.

GPA

GPA Scores
MINIMUM GPA Score
AVERAGE GPA score for accepted students
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.00
3.57
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
A minimum of a 3.0 pre-requisite GPA is required for your application to be considered. The pre-requisite GPA will be based on the highest grade earned for repeated course(s).

Pre-requisite Course Calculation Chart: Be sure to download the chart from Dropbox link ,complete, and upload the "Pre-requisite Course Calculation Chart" into the Upload Section of PTCAS application. Be sure to enter course(s) yet to be taken, or retaken, but, do not include them in calculating Pre-requisite GPA.

Link to chart: https://www.dropbox.com/s/fqrmqdf2kkje8z8/Pre-Req%20GPA%20Calculation%20Chart-%20Admissions%20-%20revised%202018.xlsx?dl=0

If you are not sure that a course will be accepted as a pre-requisite or substitution, please email Dr. David A. Lehman at dlehman@tnstate.edu. Questionable pre-requisite courses will be either approved or denied by the Admissions Committee.

It is recommended that science courses be considered by the institution as courses acceptable for Science majors, Health Science majors, or pre-PT (pre-Med) majors. If your institution only offers Introduction courses, you will be required to have them approved as being equivalent to the General course (i.e. Introduction to Biology is equivalent to General Biology I). If your university offers General Science courses and Introductory Science courses, take the General Science courses as pre-requisites.

Pre-requisites from regionally accredited community colleges and 4-year universities. Online courses ARE accepted

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
7759
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle
10/15/2014
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score
150
153
Quantitative reasoning scaled score
150
152
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
Although we do not require a "Last acceptable GRE test date," a qualifying GRE score is required for an application to be considered complete. We do not review applications without a GRE score.

Our program requires a score of 150 for the Verbal section and 150 for the Quantitative section; we do not consider the combined score. Applicants who meet the minimum GRE score for one section (but not the other) may still apply. However, preference will be given to candidates who meet the minimum scores for both sections.

We will accept the highest score for each section (Super Score) if the GRE is taken more than once. The number of times you have taken the GRE will not be held against you.

Submit your official GRE scores to code #7759 for the "Tennessee St U Phys Therapy". GRE scores for code #7759 will automatically be sent to PTCAS. Do NOT send your GRE scores to the main university or graduate admissions code.

Observation Hours

 
Documented observation in at least two different physical therapy clinical settings. A combined total of 40 hours is required. Settings may include acute, long-term rehabilitation, outpatient, skilled nursing facility, and/or home health. Your observation hours must be documented in your PTCAS application.

Required Observation Hours MUST be completed by application date!

Any combination of hours in the settings is acceptable (i.e. 30 inpatient, 10 home health). It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that you get more than the required amount of exposure, in as many settings as possible, and to interview Physical Therapists (PT) to learn as much as possible about the profession and the health care system. This will be of great benefit to you in making the decision to be a physical therapist. Knowledge of the profession from numerous experiences may also help your performance in the interview process, if you are invited for an interview.

Required Observation Hours MUST be completed by application date!
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
As many hours in as many settings as possible
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Accepted/Considered
Outpatient
Accepted/Considered

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
Yes
Supplemental fee amount
$35.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
Yes
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
Yes
Description of supplemental requirements
There are TWO Supplemental Materials REQUIRED: We will NOT review your application until these materials are submitted as described below:

1. Must pay $35 TSU Graduate School fee: pay at this link: http://www.tnstate.edu/graduate/pay.aspx/#top

2. You are REQUIRED to complete and submit the "Pre-requisite Course and Calculation Table".

Pre-requisite Course Calculation Chart: Be sure to download the chart from Dropbox link ,complete, and upload the "Pre-requisite Course Calculation Chart" into the Upload Section of PTCAS application. Be sure to enter course yet to be taken, or retaken, but, do not include them in calculating Pre-requisite GPA.

Link to Pre-requisite Course Calculation Chart: https://www.dropbox.com/s/8rpnfvs63kpxwb8/Pre-Req%20GPA%20Calculation%20Chart%20with%20Formulas%20-%20updated%20012819.xlsx?dl=0
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When responding to TSU's school-specific question #6, as shown below and found in the PTCAS application, please copy and paste the link into your browser and be sure to read pages 181-182 (Essential Functions) as instructed.

http://www.tnstate.edu/graduate/2013-2015_FINAL%20COPY%20GRADUATE%20CATALOG-PUBLISH%20v2.pdf
Description of Supplemental and Document Upload Requirements
The "Pre-requisite Course Calculation Chart" must be uploaded with your application prior to submission. Please visit the document section of the program's application to upload the completed chart.

Link to Pre-requisite Course Calculation Chart:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/8rpnfvs63kpxwb8/Pre-Req%20GPA%20Calculation%20Chart%20with%20Formulas%20-%20updated%20012819.xlsx?dl=0

In addition, students are required to pay the TSU Graduate Fee of $35.00: http://www.tnstate.edu/graduate/pay.aspx/#top in order to complete the application process.
Supplemental Requirements
Pre-requisite Course Calculation Chart: https://www.dropbox.com/s/8rpnfvs63kpxwb8/Pre-Req%20GPA%20Calculation%20Chart%20with%20Formulas%20-%20updated%20012819.xlsx?dl=0
Payment of Graduate School Application Fee: http://www.tnstate.edu/graduate/pay.aspx/#top
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
2
Additional information about program's reference requirements
- TWO References are REQUIRED.

- One Reference must be from a Physical Therapist.

- References must be submitted prior for application to be considered complete

- References MUST be from someone who can speak to the following qualities of the candidate. Persons providing a recommendation must honestly score the following qualities on the PTCAS Reference Page. If the reference cannot score a particular quality, he/she must select N/A.

* Commitment to Learning
* Interpersonal Skills
* Communication Skills
* Effective Use of Time
* Use of Constructive Feedback
* Ethical and Professional Behavior
* Responsibility
* Critical Thinking
* Stress Management
* Problem Solving
* Leadership

- It is REQUIRED that the person submitting a reference do so via the PTCAS system.

- We will not accept letters of support sent directly to our department.

- References must be submitted prior for application to be considered complete

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
Applicants with international undergraduate degrees should consult the appropriate sections of the TSU Graduate Catalog for International Admission Procedures.

Information may be found at:
http://www.tnstate.edu/graduate/internationalstudentadmission.aspx

Once the TSU Graduate School approves your undergraduate degree, you must submit your WES course evaluation to the Physical Therapy department if you wish for any courses taken outside the US to be approved as pre-requisite courses.

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
A minimum of a 3.0 pre-requisite GPA is required for your application to be considered. The pre-requisite GPA will be based on the highest grade earned for repeated course(s).

You are REQUIRED to complete and submit the "Pre-requisite Course and Calculation Table" referred to in the Supplemental Application section.

Pre-requisite Course Calculation Chart: Be sure to download the chart from Dropbox link ,complete, and upload the "Pre-requisite Course Calculation Chart" into the Upload Section of PTCAS application. Be sure to enter course yet to be taken, or retaken, but, do not include them in calculating Pre-requisite GPA.

Link to Pre-requisite Course Calculation Chart: https://www.dropbox.com/s/8rpnfvs63kpxwb8/Pre-Req%20GPA%20Calculation%20Chart%20with%20Formulas%20-%20updated%20012819.xlsx?dl=0


If you are not sure that a course will be accepted as a pre-requisite or substitution, please email the title of the course, credit hours, and the course description to Dr. David A. Lehman at dlehman@tnstate.edu. Questionable pre-requisite courses will be either approved or denied by the Admissions Committee.

It is recommended your science courses be considered by the institution as courses acceptable for Science majors, Health Science majors, or pre-Physical Therapy (pre-Medical) majors. If your institution only offers Introduction courses, you will be required to have them approved as being equivalent to the General course (i.e. Introduction to Biology is equivalent to General Biology I).

We accept pre-requisites from regionally accredited Community College and 4-year Universities.
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
Varies
Link to program's prerequisite instructions
Anatomy
ANATOMY must be a STAND ALONE course to complement PHYSIOLOGY as a stand alone course. Otherwise,claim Anatomy and Physiology I and II as the Anatomy/Physiology pre-requisites. You cannot claim an A and P I or II course to compliment a stand alone Anatomy or Physiology course.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
SH: at least 3
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Any
  • A&P: Human
  • Human Anatomy
  • Human Anatomy for Health Professionals (HLSC 4210)
Biology I
General or Upper Level Biology related course. If the institution you took Science course at has "Introductory" in title, you must show it is equivalent to a General or Upper level science course.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Any
Biology II
General or Upper Level Biology related course. If the institution you took Science course at has "Introductory" in title, you must show it is equivalent to a General or Upper level science course.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Any
Chemistry I
The Chemistry prerequisite requirements can be fulfilled by almost any General or Upper Level Chemistry related course. If the institution you took Science course at has "Introductory" in title, you must show it is equivalent to a General or Upper level science course.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Advanced
  • Chemistry: Any
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry I
Chemistry II
The Chemistry prerequisite requirements can be fulfilled by almost any General or Upper Level Chemistry related course. If the institution you took Science course at has "Introductory" in title, you must show it is equivalent to a General or Upper level science course.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Advanced
  • Chemistry: Any
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry II
Math
Any college level math that satisfies the pre­ requisite requirement to take Physics I.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Mathematics: Any
PHYSICS OPTION #1
PHYSICS OPTION #1. In addition to Physics I with lab, applicants must take either (a) Physics II with lab or (b) a Movement Science course. If you substitute a Movement Science course for Physics II, a Lab is NOT required.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
  • Physics II
  • Biomechanics
  • Kinesiology
  • Motor Learning or Motor Control
  • Movement Science
PHYSICS OPTION #2
PHYSICS OPTION #2. In addition to Physics I with lab, applicants must take either (a) Physics II with lab or (b) a Movement Science course. If you substitute a Movement Science course for Physics II, a Lab is NOT required.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
  • Biomechanics
  • Kinesiology
  • Motor Learning or Motor Control
  • Movement Science
Physiology
PHYSIOLOGY must be a STAND ALONE course to complement Anatomy as a stand alone course. Otherwise,claim Anatomy and Physiology I and II as the Anatomy/Physiology pre-requisites. You cannot claim an A and P I or II course to compliment a stand alone Anatomy or Physiology course.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
SH: at least 3
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Neurophysiology
  • A&P: Pathophysiology
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Any
  • A&P: Exercise Physiology
  • A&P: Human
PSYCHOLOGY OPTION #1
PSYCHOLOGY OPTION #1: In addition to a Psychology course, (a) a second Psychology course or (b) a Philosophy/Logic (or equivalent) course is required.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Any
  • Philosophy/ Logic
PSYCHOLOGY OPTION #2
PSYCHOLOGY OPTION #2: In addition to a Psychology course, program requires (a) a second Psychology course or (b) a Philosophy/Logic (or equivalent) course. In addition to a Psychology course, (a) a second Psychology course or (b) a Philosophy/Logic (or equivalent) course is required.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Any
  • Philosophy/ Logic
Statistics
Any elementary, general or specialized statistics course will be considered. A "Research" course that has an introduction to statistical methods may be considered.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics
  • Elementary Statistics
  • General Statistics
  • Research