2019-20 Applicants

Marshall 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...

Yi-Po Chiu, PT, PhD
Director of Admissions
School of Physical Therapy
Marshall University
2847 5th Avenue
Huntington WV, 25702
(304) 696-5611
(304) 696-5610
physicaltherapy@marshall.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
05/18/2020
Additional information about the class profile
Admission decisions are based on a variety of factors. The primary factor in all admission decisions is prior academic achievement (overall, science, and/or prerequisite grade point average – GPA and GRE scores) and the potential for an applicant to be successful in a rigorous PT curriculum.

An applicant’s volunteer experience, letters of recommendation, and interview performance are reviewed by members of the Admissions Committee.

The Admission’s Committee will also consider additional factors in the final admissions review process (e.g., undergraduate attendance at Marshall University or West Virginia state residency, veteran of the US military, and certain economic, environmental, or geographic indicators contained in the PTCAS application.)
Social networking
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Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
42
Anticipated size of next entering class
40
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
21%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
79%
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
8%

Sex

% Male
48%
% Female
52%

Race / Ethnicity

% Asian
7%
% African-American/Black (Non-Hispanic)
7%
% White (Not of Hispanic Origin)
81%
% Declining to State
5%

Program Description more...

The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program offered by the School of Physical Therapy at Marshall University is a full-time, three-year, nine-semester graduate program for students who wish to pursue a career as a physical therapist practitioner. Our inaugural class matriculated on May 21, 2012.

The curricular model of Marshall University's DPT program is a modified case-based model, designed in a “builds on, leads to” manner which is delivered in a full time, in-house format utilizing lecture, labs, small group discussion, case seminars, and clinical visits and internships, starting with education in the basic foundational sciences that inform the content of the field. Faculty teaching the foundational sciences facilitates discussion drawing on research, clinical experiences, and personal/professional activities to model professional behaviors, elucidates psychosocial and ethical issues, and presents a broad application of course content to practice settings. Through clinical cases intermingled within basic science didactic content, students are challenged to apply basic science information to solve clinical problems. Instruction in these basic science areas builds the foundation for the clinical coursework.

Within any given semester, we utilize team-taught, integrated course classes to encourage synthesis of material presented. Case Application Seminars and Experiences (CASE) courses provide students the opportunity to learn collaboratively in faculty-facilitated small groups. Most semesters, students attend laboratory sessions in local physical therapy/rehab clinics for hands-on experiences interspersed within the didactic coursework.

Early in the curriculum, students are introduced to the basic tools of investigation in PT (Evidence Based Practice course series). Starting with the clinical decision making process, they learn to utilize literature review and scientific method to support evidence based practice, and the process for utilizing and creating evidence to improve upon the body of knowledge that informs the profession. Basic clinical skills coursework forms the foundation for more advanced clinical courses in diagnosis and management.

Faculty emphasizes utilization of current, evidence-based practices that are built on the foundational sciences and are consistent with published research and clinical outcomes in the diagnosis and management process. Knowledge of the professional aspects of practice is integral to successful hands-on practice, and necessary to become a competent practitioner. Therefore, a series of professional practice courses inculcate a working knowledge of communications, educational methodology and process, culture, ethics, law, health care delivery systems, administration, and the political aspects that influence the field of physical therapy.

Clinical education exposure/experiences are integrated into the first two years of the curriculum though case-based courses and seminars, and through clinic visits to local physical therapy facilities spread within the didactic course work, with the first full time clinical rotation/internship (8 weeks) occurring early in the second year of the program. These rotations continue in the 3rd year with two full-time clinical internships, for 27 weeks in the last two semesters of the program, totaling 35 weeks of long-term clinical rotations/internship in the entire DPT program. This series of clinical experiences assures that the graduate has the opportunity to develop skills in a variety of practice settings, working within a team approach to patient management, under the direct supervision of a clinical instructor who is a licensed physical therapist.

Our 22600 sq ft space includes three classrooms/laboratories and eight seminar rooms for teaching purposes, a research laboratory (about 2000 sq ft), faculty and administrative offices, student locker rooms, restrooms and kitchen/lounge areas and specialized equipment necessary to teach the content taught in a physical therapy professional program. There is sufficient free parking to accommodate students, faculty, staff, patients and visitors.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
10/15/2019
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
No
Important dates

  • Interviews are held during the first two weeks of January 2020.  Due to the large number of applicants, a limited numbers of qualified applicants are selected and invited to the interview.  

  • The Orientation Session (mandatory) is scheduled on Friday, May 15, 2020 and classes will commence on May 18, 2020.  


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
Yes
Special eligibility requirements for Early Decision candidates
Early decision candidates to the program must meet all of the following requirements:
1) a minimum overall GPA of 3.5
2) a minimum total GRE score (verbal + quantitative) of 300
3) a minimum GRE analytical writing score of 3.5
4) no more than two outstanding science prerequisite courses at the time of application.

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$500.00
Additional Information about Deposit
The deposit is non-refundable. Upon matriculation in the program, this money will be applied to the initial tuition installment.
Due Date of First Required Deposit
01/15/2020

Interviews

Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
Yes
Additional information about Interviews
Interviews are held during the first two weeks of January 2020. Due to the large number of applicants, a limited numbers of qualified applicants are selected and invited to the interview.

GPA

GPA Scores
MINIMUM GPA Score
AVERAGE GPA score for accepted students
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative
3.00
3.57
Prerequisite sciences
3.00
3.45
All prerequisites combined
3.00
3.52
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
GPA calculation policy change for repeated courses:

• If a student retakes the same science course at the same institution and earns a higher grade on the second attempt, we will use the higher grade to calculate GPAs.

• In other situations (i.e. taking the same science course more than two times at the same institution; retaking the same or equivalent course at a different institution), if a science course is repeated, we will use all grades earned for that course to calculate GPAs.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
0323
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
 
150
Verbal reasoning % score
 
41%
Quantitative reasoning scaled score
 
150
Quantitative reasoning % score
 
48%
Analytical writing scaled score
3.0
 
Analytical writing % score
 
52%

Observation Hours

 
Complete at least 60 clinical observation hours, preferably from two different settings, under the direct supervision of a licensed physical therapist by the time of application. All PT observation hours need to be completed no later than October 1, 2019.

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
60
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 - for selected applicants only
Supplemental fee amount
$40.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
Yes - for selected applicants only
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
Yes
Description of supplemental requirements
All applicants are required to take the CASPer test (https://takecasper.com/). For PTCAS General applicants, CASPer needs to be completed by November 3, 2019. For PTCAS Early Decision applicants, CASPer needs to be completed by August 20, 2019.

There is no supplemental application form and fee required when you apply on PTCAS. Supplemental application form will be completed at our onsite interview. When we offer you a seat (February – Mid-May) and you accept it, you will be asked to pay the $40 supplemental application fee along with the $500 seat deposit."
Supplemental Requirements
CASPer test score report
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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
One reference must be from a licensed physical therapist and the other can be from either another licensed physical therapist, a faculty member, or an employer (someone who can speak to your work ethic/professional behavior and/or potential ability to perform well in a graduate program).

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
International applicants will be required to submit an official TOEFL score report to PTCAS in addition to the other requirements described for consideration. TOEFL iBT score must be consistent with the standards established by the Foreign Credentialing Commission on Physical Therapy (FCCPT) as acceptable for physical therapists desiring to enter practice in the U.S. from a foreign country. The minimum scores to be considered for admission must be a Total Score of 89 with the minimum section requirement of “Speaking” of 26. TOEFL requirement is waived for applicants who hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States.

International applicants who hold a bachelor’s degree from a college or university outside of the United States will have to complete their credential evaluation [WES International Credential Advantage Package (ICAP)] (http://www.wes.org/educators/icap.asp) or from the World Education Services (WES) (http://www.wes.org/) to prove that their education is equivalent to the US undergraduate education and have the report sent to PTCAS.

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
All science prerequisites courses must be for science majors. (science coursework older than 10 years is not accepted) Courses with a grade of C- or lower will not be accepted for prerequisites. Anatomy and physiology courses should preferably be completed with a grade of B or better. Note that students will be allowed to have one or two courses in progress at the time of interview (early January); however, outstanding course(s) must be completed with the appropriate minimal grade, prior to commencing the DPT program in May of the year for which students are applying.

Provisional Admission: A student who possesses a baccalaureate degree from an accepted, regionally accredited college/university and has submitted all other application materials, but still has 1-2 prerequisite courses in progress at the time of interview (early January) may be provisionally admitted. However, outstanding course(s) must be completed with the appropriate minimal grade prior to commencing the DPT program in May of the year for which the student is applying.

Conditional Admission: A student who does not already possess a baccalaureate degree from an accepted, regionally accredited institute, and/or has 1-2 prerequisite courses in progress at the time of interview (early January), but has submitted all other require application materials, may be conditionally admitted. However, the bachelor’s degree must be earned, and outstanding course(s) must be completed with the appropriate minimal grade prior to commencing the DPT program in May of the year for which the student is applying.
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
All science prerequisites courses must be for science majors. Applicants must document 6 hours of anatomy and physiology regardless of how the courses are offered. Anatomy and physiology courses should preferably be completed with a B or better. A qualified course shall cover all major human body systems. Functional/Applied anatomy with a main emphasis on the musculoskeletal system is not accepted. Courses with a grade of C- or lower will not be accepted for prerequisites. 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
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Human
Biology I
All science prerequisites courses must be for science majors. Courses with a grade of C- or lower will not be accepted for prerequisites. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted. Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: Embryology
  • Biology: General I
  • Biology: General II
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Immunology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
  • Biology: Zoology
Biology II
All science prerequisites courses must be for science majors. Courses with a grade of C- or lower will not be accepted for prerequisites. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted. Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: Embryology
  • Biology: General II
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Immunology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
  • Biology: Zoology
Chemistry I
All science prerequisites courses must be for science majors. Courses with a grade of C- or lower will not be accepted for prerequisites. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted. Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry I
Chemistry II
All science prerequisites courses must be for science majors. Courses with a grade of C- or lower will not be accepted for prerequisites. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted. Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry II
Physics I
All science prerequisites courses must be for science majors. Courses with a grade of C- or lower will not be accepted for prerequisites. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted. 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
All science prerequisites courses must be for science majors. Courses with a grade of C- or lower will not be accepted for prerequisites. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted. Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics: General
  • Physics II
Physiology
All science prerequisites courses must be for science majors. Applicants must document 6 hours of anatomy and physiology regardless of how the courses are offered. Anatomy and physiology courses should preferably be completed with a B or better. A qualified course shall cover all major human body systems. Exercise physiology is not accepted. Courses with a grade of C- or lower will not be accepted for prerequisites. 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
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Psychology I
Courses with a grade of C- or lower will not be accepted for prerequisites.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Adolescent
  • Psychology: Child
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: General
  • Psychology: General I
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Human Behavior
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
  • Psychology: Rehabilitation
  • Psychology: Social
Psychology II
Courses with a grade of C- or lower will not be accepted for prerequisites.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Adolescent
  • Psychology: Child
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: General
  • Psychology: General II
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Human Behavior
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
  • Psychology: Rehabilitation
  • Psychology: Social
Statistics
All science prerequisites courses must be for science majors. If the statistics course is taken from the Mathematics Department, it can only meet the requirement of statistics prerequisite. (i.e. Another 3-credit course of mathematics is still needed.) Courses with a grade of C- or lower will not be accepted for prerequisites. 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
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Business: Statistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics