2019-20 Applicants

Georgia State University


Contact Information more...

Misha F. Williams
Admissions Coordinator - Admissions and Recruiting
Physical Therapy Department
Georgia State University
P.O. Box 4019
Atlanta GA, 30302
(404) 413-1252
mwilliams170@gsu.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
06/08/2020
Social networking
Facebook Page for PT Program
Facebook Page for Parent University/College/School
 

Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
44
Anticipated size of next entering class
44
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
89%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
11%
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
20%

Sex

% Male
34%
% Female
66%

Race / Ethnicity

% Asian
16%
% African-American/Black (Non-Hispanic)
11%
% White (Not of Hispanic Origin)
64%
% Two or More Races
9%

Program Description more...

We are pleased to have the opportunity to introduce to you some of what makes Georgia State University’s Department of Physical Therapy such an exciting and progressive place. As the first public institution in the state of Georgia to receive approval to grant the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree, we invite you to consider our curriculum, our students, our faculty, our research, and our location as you investigate various programs of study.

Located in the heart of Atlanta and within the largest urban university in Georgia, we are within blocks of some of the finest healthcare facilities in the country.

Our mission is to prepare doctors of physical therapy who are committed to clinical excellence, professional distinction, and the pursuit of scholarly activities that contribute to the body of scientific and clinical knowledge. A major feature that distinguishes our program is the depth and breadth of our faculty. Known for their foundational and clinical knowledge, the faculty are leaders in their professions. Emeritus faculty, clinical adjunct faculty and part-time instructors enhance our clinical and academic instruction.

The physical therapy faculty are nationally recognized teachers and clinicians, and most are involved in clinical research. Clinical research interests of our faculty focus on topics such as exercise-induced and traumatic muscle injuries and the functional relationship between muscle and bone, wheelchair locomotion and skill trainings, Tai Chi for individuals with disability, diabetes, motor learning and older adults, mobility methods for children with cerebral palsy, virtual reality for enhancing rehabilitation, and fall prevention.

Our faculty collaborate with renowned experts in the metro area as well as around the country. The clinical research projects conducted by our faculty have been funded by the Department of Defense, by the National Institutes of Health, by National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, by Paralyzed Veterans of America, and by American Association of Retired Persons.

We welcome students to our program from diverse backgrounds and locations, majors and interests. We value that diversity. Our students are simply the best.

Exceptional learning opportunities await each student, whether on campus, or at one of our clinical affiliation sites. We have affiliations with over 200 different healthcare facilities, many within the metro Atlanta area, but also, across the country, including Maine, New York, and Wisconsin. Unique opportunities await students as they partner with faculty members and conduct student research projects, contributing to the evidence themselves. Students have the opportunity to present their research at local, state, and national meetings.

Application Deadlines

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

Please do NOT submit any admission materials to PTCAS before the PTCAS application portal opens July 2019. The Early Decision deadline is TBD. The HARD deadline is October 15, 2019. A date for the early decision and general interviews will be announced to those invited.

For your application to meet the Early Decision or HARD deadline:

Your PTCAS application must be received, complete, and verified by the appropriate deadline. Your application will not be reviewed if it is missing any components or isn't complete and verified by the deadline.

Two references and 40 out of the required 80 observation hours must be included on the PTCAS application, at the time of application.

GRE scores received and showing in Banner (Please have ETS send your official GRE scores to GSU directly, using university code 5251. Please self-report your GRE scores on the PTCAS application.)

Supplemental GSU Graduate Application and fee received and showing in Banner: (https://gradapply.gsu.edu/apply/)

Q&A Session(s) and Open House(s) will be announced here, on our website, and Facebook page.

*Q&A Session - March 8, 2019 - RSVP Here:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PFFLZ9N

*Q&A Session - April 17, 2019 - RSVP Here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9WM2QH5


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
Yes
Special eligibility requirements for Early Decision candidates
Early decision is a binding option for applicants who have decided that Georgia State's DPT program is their first choice, and they will enroll if accepted. As an early decision applicant, you can apply to only 1 PTCAS program until a decision on your application has been made by your early decision program.

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$500.00
Additional Information about Deposit
This deposit is non-refundable, and goes toward your tuition.
Due Date of First Required Deposit
01/16/2020

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
3.64
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
For any course that is repeated the average of the scores will be used to calculate the GPA. No grade of C-, D, or F for any pre-requisite course will be accepted. A minimum of 3.0 prerequisite and overall GPA are required. Applicants are required to maintain a minimum of 3.0 prerequisite GPA until completion of their undergraduate degree and all prerequisites.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
University GRE code
5251
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle
09/03/2019
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle
09/01/2014
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score
150
155
Quantitative reasoning scaled score
145
156
Analytical writing scaled score
4.0
4.0
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
It is your responsibility to take the GRE exam in sufficient time in order to meet the appropriate deadline. Allow for processing time.

We suggest that you allow 4-6 weeks from your test date for GRE scores to be sent, received, and processed. Please take this into consideration when deciding when to take the GRE.

We prefer/recommend the following GRE scores:
Quantitative- 145, Verbal- 150, Analytical/Written- 4

Note: The preferred scores are NOT required for your application to be reviewed. However, if your scores do not at least meet these recommendations, you will not be as competitive as other applicants. To be truly competitive, aim to exceed the recommended scores.

Observation Hours

 
* An applicant must complete a minimum of 80 hours of volunteer/observation experience in at least 2 different types of clinical settings including outpatient, pediatric, hospital, rehab, or skilled nursing facility.

* Forty (40) of the hours must be completed prior to submitting the application. Any remaining hours must be completed before matriculation into the program, (June 1).
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
80
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Required
Outpatient
Required

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
Yes
Supplemental fee amount
$50.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
Yes
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
Yes
Description of supplemental requirements
Send all official transcripts to PTCAS.

Supplemental GSU Graduate Application - Link: https://gradapply.gsu.edu/apply/
*The supplemental GSU Graduate application and fee is required to apply. It is your responsibility to submit the application and fee in sufficient time to meet the deadline.

Tuition Classification - Residency: Also, proof of residency may be required only upon acceptance into the program if you have attended a college or university within the last year outside of the state of Georgia. We must have the most current information to evaluate your residency; therefore, we cannot accept any information before acceptance into the program.

FAQ's about Residency- http://sfs.gsu.edu/tuition-fees/tuition-classification/tuition-classification-faq/

You may complete the residency quiz if you have questions by selecting the following link: http://sfs.gsu.edu/tuition-fees/tuition-classification/.
Supplemental Requirements
Supplemental GSU Graduate Application - Link: https://gradapply.gsu.edu/apply/
Proof of Residency (may be required, once accepted)
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
At least one of the applicants letters of recommendation must be from a licensed physical therapist who has observed or supervised the applicant in the clinical setting.

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
Other
Program policy for CANADIAN coursework
  • Send original Canadian transcript to PTCAS
Additional information about program's policy on foreign coursework
An applicant who has completed all or part of his/her education outside the United States is required to have his/her foreign credentials evaluated by an independent evaluation service. It is recommended that you use World Education Services.

Please allow sufficient time to have your credentials assessed to assure that the evaluating service has enough time to send their evaluation to PTCAS/the Office of Academic Assistance by the application deadline. On average, it takes 4 weeks from the time the evaluation agency receives your materials until we receive the evaluation.

Applicants with credentials from international schools are required to submit transcripts by the appropriate deadline to PTCAS/the Office of Academic Assistance. These transcripts must be official copies and are in addition to the transcripts submitted to the independent evaluation service.

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
SIX of the nine prerequisites must be completed at the time of application.*All nine must be completed before the start of the program. Students seeking admission require a strong science background. When calculating GPA, averages will be taken of all course attempts.

Note: Effective 2019-2020 admissions cycle, all pre-requisites must be taken within 10 years of the application.

For Georgia State University Students Only:
Georgia State University Exercise Science students who have taken KH 2220 (Musculoskeletal Function and Human
Performance I) and KH 2230 (Musculoskeletal Function and Human Performance II) can use these courses in place of
BIOL 1110K/1120K. KH 3550 (Evaluation and Instrumentation in Physical Education) can be used in place of MATH 1070 (Statistics).

No AP credit courses are accepted for Psychology, Statistics, or Biology. AP credit courses may be considered for Chem I and Phys I, if Chem II and Phys II were taken at an accredited institution. Anatomy & Physiology and Biology courses must have a BIO prefix. Psychology courses must have a PSY prefix. If you have questions on whether or not a course you have taken fulfills the pre-requisite requirements please contact the Office of Academic Assistance at 404-413-1000.
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
Link to program's prerequisite instructions
Anatomy & Physiology I
Can take Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II or 1 semester of Human Anatomy & 1 semester of Human Physiology. Labs are not required but preferred. Courses in Vertebrate or Mammalian Anatomy and Exercise Physiology DO NOT fulfill this requirement.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Human
Anatomy & Physiology II
Can take Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II or 1 semester of Human Anatomy & 1 semester of Human Physiology. Labs are not required but preferred.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Human
Biology / Biological Science
We accept any level Biology with a lab. The course MUST have a Biology prefix. Prefix meaning BIO 2300 not ENV 2200 (Enviromental Biology) or any other prefix. Botany (plant biology) DOES NOT fill this requirement.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: General I
  • Biology: General II
  • Biology: General
Chemistry I
Can take General Chemistry I & II or Principles of Chemistry I & II with labs. Introductory Chemistry, Chemistry Calculation and Survey Chemistry courses DO NOT fulfill this requirement.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry I
Chemistry II
Can take General Chemistry I & II or Principles of Chemistry I & II with labs. Introductory Chemistry, Chemistry Calculation and Survey Chemistry courses DO NOT fulfill this requirement.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry II
Physics I
This course should be part of a one-year sequence in physics with laboratories. Biomechanics and Musculoskeletal courses DO NOT fulfill this requirement.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physics II
Biomechanics and Musculoskeletal courses DO NOT fulfill this requirement.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Psychology
We accept any level Psychology. The course must have a PSY prefix…no exceptions
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Any
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: General
Statistics
In addition to Introduction to Statistics we will accept Biological Statistics, Business Statistics and/or Psychological Statistics
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Business: Statistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics