2019-20 Applicants

Mount Saint Mary’s University


Contact Information more...

Albert Ramos
Director of Graduate Admissions
Graduate Admissions Office
Mount Saint. Mary's University
10 Chester Place
Los Angeles CA, 90007
(213) 477-2800
(213) 477-2799
GradPrograms@msmu.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
08/17/2020
Institution's religious affiliation
Catholic
Social networking
Facebook Page for Graduate Admissions Office
 

Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
35
Anticipated size of next entering class
35
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
90%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
10%
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
20%

Sex

% Male
45%
% Female
55%

Race / Ethnicity

% Hispanic
17%
% Asian
35%
% White (Not of Hispanic Origin)
43%
% Two or More Races
5%

Program Description more...

Mount Saint Mary's University provides doctoral education to a diverse student body culminating in physical therapist with sound clinical reasoning in a variety of settings who are committed to professional and personal development, social citizenship and ethical, compassionate care. This post-baccalaureate degree program offers professional education based on a foundation of liberal arts and sciences. It is a three-year (9 semester) program of academic rigor requiring full time study throughout the curriculum. Concentration on the basic and clinical sciences is integrated with physical therapy patient/client management principles and procedures. The total educational experience of the student involves life-long learning, and the physical therapy curriculum facilitates this value throughout the student's acquisition of knowledge and development of intellectual skills, professional behaviors, cognitive abilities, and practice competencies. The program design provides early and continual integration of clinical experiences that foster maximum development of the student's clinical thought processes, and provides opportunities for mastery of the personal and skill-based competencies requisite for entry-level practice. The Physical Therapy Department is committed to providing an education that enables graduates to be generalist practitioners of the highest quality. The learning environment nurtures students to become skilled professional practitioners, possessing the skills of clinical reasoning and effective communication. Students experience and discover the personal and service-oriented aspects of health care including:

* An understanding of the holistic nature of health, integrating body, mind, spirit and emotion
* An understanding of human beings their inherent dignity, diverse cultures, and ethnicity
* A respect for the role of compassion and communication in health and healing
* A respect for the role of mutual trust and responsibility in patient relationships
* An ethical basis for decision making

As integral members of the health care team, graduates impart their knowledge and skill through competent and compassionate patient care, enlightened education, scholarly activity, quality consultation and a commitment to life-long learning and professional development.

The curriculum is a sequential 3-year, 9-semester design based on a foundation of hierarchical and adult learning theory. The curriculum design incorporates values, content and process components. In the domain of values, seven values serve as a core for the program and are based on the mission and philosophy of the University and Department. These values are integrity, empathy, social citizenship, diversity, knowledge, leadership, and effectiveness.

Seven themes serve as the conceptual framework around which the curriculum is organized. They are Foundational and Basic Sciences, Medical Sciences, Critical Thinking/Research, Patient/Client Management, Practice Management, Integration Seminar, and Clinical Experiences. The program includes a total of 36 weeks of clinical experiences, culminating with two 12-week terminal full-time clinical education experiences.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). Mount Saint Mary’s DPT graduates are eligible to sit for the National Physical Therapy Exam in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Licenses are granted by the licensing authority in individual states and those licensing boards might require an additional exam on laws and regulations specific to that state. The Physical Therapy Board of California is the licensing authority for California and requires an exam on the laws and regulations for practice of physical therapy in California. Contact information and licensure requirements for the licensing authorities in other jurisdictions can be found on the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy website.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
12/02/2019
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
Yes
Important dates

Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
Yes
Special eligibility requirements for Early Decision candidates
Early decision applicants must take the GRE and arrange for official scores to be sent to code 7606 by no later than July 15. Early decision applicants can have no more than two outstanding prerequisites in Fall 2019. They must have 50% of their outpatient and inpatient observation hours completed and a plan to complete the remaining required hours at the time of application.

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$500.00
Additional Information about Deposit
Admission deposit is nonrefundable. It is applied to the cost of the program for the first semester.
Due Date of First Required Deposit
01/17/2020

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
3.00
3.37
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.00
3.35
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
Prerequisite courses with grades of C- or lower are not accepted and must be retaken.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
7606
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score
150
154
Quantitative reasoning scaled score
150
154
Analytical writing scaled score
4.0
4.0
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
Applications will not be reviewed if official GRE scores are not posted on PTCAS. Applicants must submit their GRE scores to Mount Saint Mary's University PTCAS site using the 7606 GRE code.

Observation Hours

 
Inpatient and outpatient experiences are required. Inpatient physical therapy observation hours can be obtained in a hospital or skilled nursing facility.

Observation hours must be in progress at the time of application. All hours must be verified by April 30th, 2020.
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
80
Total number of PT hours RECOMMENDED
120
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Required
Outpatient
Required

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
We require three letters of reference: one from an academic instructor with direct knowledge of the applicant's academic ability; one from a physical therapist who can address the applicant's clinical potential and communication skills and supervised the applicant during their observation hours; and one from an individual who can address the applicant's communication/problem solving skills.

An application is considered incomplete if it does not contain three references submitted by the application deadline.

Foreign Applicants and Transcripts

Citizenship types eligible for admission U.S. citizens
  • U.S. citizens
  • U.S. permanent residents
  • 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
English translation required for original foreign transcripts.

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
Varies
Link to program's prerequisite instructions
Anatomy
Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Human
Biology I
Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Advanced
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: Embryology
  • Biology: General I
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Immunology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
  • Biology: Zoology
Biology II
Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Advanced
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: Embryology
  • Biology: General II
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Immunology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
  • Biology: Zoology
Chemistry I
Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Advanced
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry I
Chemistry II
Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Advanced
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry II
Communication / Speech / Public Speaking
Oral Communication or Public Speaking. Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Comm: Public Speaking
  • Comm: Speech
English Composition / Writing
Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • English Composition I
  • English Composition
  • English Composition II
  • English Department Course
  • Technical Writing
Physics I
Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physics II
Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Physiology
Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Pathophysiology
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Human
Psychology
We require three psychology prerequisites. One must be General Psychology. There are many options for the other two required courses. Please review the list of acceptable courses. Contact Graduate Admissions if you have taken a course not on the list to determine if it is acceptable. Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Adolescent
  • Psychology: Advanced
  • Psychology: Child
  • Psychology: Death & Dying
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: General I
  • Psychology: General
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Human Behavior
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
  • Psychology: Psychopathology
  • Psychology: Rehabilitation
  • Psychology: Social
  • Psychology: Sports
Psychology
We require three psychology prerequisites. One must be General Psychology. There are many options for the other two required courses. Please review the list of acceptable courses. Contact Graduate Admissions if you have taken a course not on the list to determine if it is acceptable. Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Adolescent
  • 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
  • Kinesiology
Psychology
We require three psychology prerequisites. One must be General Psychology. There are many options for the other two required courses. Please review the list of acceptable courses. Contact Graduate Admissions if you have taken a course not on the list to determine if it is acceptable. Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Adolescent
  • Psychology: Advanced
  • Psychology: Child
  • Psychology: Death & Dying
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: General
  • Psychology: General I
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Human Behavior
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
  • Psychology: Psychopathology
  • Psychology: Rehabilitation
  • Psychology: Social
  • Psychology: Sports
  • Kinesiology
Statistics
Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Business: Statistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics
  • Kinesiology: Statistics
Upper Division Science
Any upper division science is acceptable. Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
Upper Division
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Exercise Physiology
  • A&P: Neuroanatomy
  • A&P: Neurophysiology
  • A&P: Pathophysiology
  • Biology: Advanced
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: Embryology
  • Biology: Immunology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
  • Biology: Zoology
  • Chemistry: Advanced
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Mathematics: Calculus
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Advanced
  • Kinesiology