2019-20 Applicants

Northern Arizona 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...

Courtney Blakesley
Program Coordinator
PO Box 15105
Northern Arizona University
208 E. Pine Knoll Dr
Building 66 Room 102
Flagstaff AZ, 86011
(928) 523-2170
(602) 827-2450
Courtney.Blakesley@nau.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
08/24/2020
Social networking
Facebook Page for PT Program
Twitter Page for PT Program
 

Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
98
Anticipated size of next entering class
98
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
65%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
35%
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
0%

Program Description more...

Northern Arizona University (NAU) with an enrollment of 31,057 students is one of three state universities and offers the DPT in both Flagstaff and Phoenix. The Flagstaff campus is situated in a rural mountain community, known for its quality of life, superb beauty and variety of outdoor activities. The Phoenix campus is situated in an urban environment, known for its cultural opportunities and proximity to a variety of sporting and outdoor activities. NAU graduated its first class of physical therapy students in 1981. Those graduates received a Bachelor of Science degree. In 1988, NAU moved to a Master of Science degree. Because the physical therapy faculty fully embraced the movement to doctoral education as the entry-level degree for the profession, NAU transitioned to the doctor of physical therapy (DPT) degree in 2000.

With a curriculum centered upon the four principle practice patterns of the Musculoskeletal, Neuromuscular, Cardiopulmonary, and Integumentary systems and with a faculty that is nationally and internationally recognized for their individual expertise, students are mentored to be life-long learners, critical thinkers, and clinically competent practitioners who function autonomously within a complex health care system.

The Physical Therapy Program at NAU embraces the primary mission of preparing exemplary and professionally engaged Doctors of Physical Therapy through innovative, collaborative, and experiential instruction provided by nationally recognized faculty scholars and leaders across a successful two-campus model. Students gain clinical practice competencies via teaching and mentoring opportunities with the core faculty, clinical adjunct faculty, and clinical educators.

Application Deadlines

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

October 1, 2019: Deadline for completing PTCAS/NAU Graduate College Application (11:59 pm ET)

October 31, 2019: Deadline by which PTCAS application and all application materials verified by PTCAS to be considered for admission (11:59 pm ET)  - NOTE that to allow time for PTCAS to verify your transcripts, we recommend all documents be uploaded by September 15th

November 4, 2019: Deadline by which applicants will be notified of interview invitation

November 22, 2019: Open House (an opportunity to visit the campus that the applicant is not interviewing at)

November 23, 2019: Interview Date

December 16, 2019: Date by which all applicants will be notified of decision whether, accepted, wait listed, or denied

June 30, 2020: The date by which all undergraduate coursework, prerequisites, and degrees must be completed


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
No

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$600.00
Additional Information about Deposit
The deposit is non-refundable. It is applied to the first semester tuition for students who enroll.
Deposit Refundable?
No
Due Date of First Required Deposit
01/17/2020

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
3.00
3.70
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.00
3.50
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
If a program-specific prerequisite course is repeated, the Program will use the highest grade earned when calculating the GPA for that category of courses.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
7668
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle
10/01/2019
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle
10/01/2014
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score
149
155
Quantitative reasoning scaled score
146
155
Analytical writing scaled score
3.5
4.0
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
Official GRE scores MUST be submitted to PTCAS for their validation prior to review by the program. Self-submitted GRE scores are INELIGIBLE. Official GRE scores MUST be validated by PTCAS before 10/31/2019 to be considered for the admissions process.

Observation Hours

 
We recommend a breadth of experiences and settings rather than a depth of one experience.
Program's PT hours requirement
PT hours are not required but are highly recommended
Total number of PT hours REQUIRED
Other
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
$65.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
Yes
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
No
Description of supplemental requirements
Visit the below link to complete the supplemental application.
Deadline for supplemental materials
2019-10-01
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

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
Applications with less than 3 references from the required types of evaluators will not be considered.

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
  • Send original Canadian transcript to institution
Additional information about program's policy on foreign coursework
English translation required for original foreign transcripts. Non-US citizens must attend the Flagstaff campus. Transcripts must also be submitted with supplemental application to Northern Arizona University Graduate College. Do not send transcripts to the Physical Therapy Program unless directed to do so.

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
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
Anatomy & Physiology I
Must be Lab and Lecture-Based. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Human
Anatomy & Physiology II
Must be Lab and Lecture-Based. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Human
Chemistry I
Must be Lab and Lecture-Based. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Advanced
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry I
Chemistry II
Must be Lab and Lecture-Based. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Advanced
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry II
Exercise Physiology
Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
SH: 3
QH: 4.5
Acceptable Courses
  • Exercise Physiology
Physics I
General college physics, either algebra or calculus based. Must be Lab and Lecture-Based. 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 II
General college physics, either algebra or calculus based. Must be Lab and Lecture-Based. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Psychology
General Psychology Accepted. 1 or 2 psychology courses required. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
QH: 4.5
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: General
Psychology
Abnormal or Developmental Psychology required. Second of 2 psychology courses required. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
QH: 4.5
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Developmental
Statistics
Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
QH: 5
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Business: Statistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics