2019-20 Applicants

Howard University


Contact Information more...

Pamela D. Brown-White
Admissions Chair
Department of Physical Therapy
Howard University
2041 Georgia Avenue, NW
Towers Bldg, 6th floor
Washington DC, 20060
(202) 806-7615
(202) 806-7614
dptadmissions@howard.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
05/20/2020
 

Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
25
Anticipated size of next entering class
25
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
46%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
54%
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
0%

Program Description more...

Howard University is an urban campus located in the heart of Washington, DC. The campus includes a hospital and has close access to public transportation (i.e., airport, bus, subway, train). Housing is available both on and off campus. Consistent with the mission of Howard University, the mission of the program is: "to recruit and prepare promising African Americans and underserved minority populations with leadership potential to become compassionate, and competent physical therapists, with expertise in clinical decision making, problem solving and research. The program is committed to attracting and sustaining a cadre of faculty who promote critical thinking, self inquiry, active learning, community service, cultural sensitivity, and ethical behavior in their students and contribute to the practice and enhancement of the profession on national and international levels."

The program consists of 109 credit hours of post-baccalaureate work that is completed in two and a half years. Students begin the program in May, and graduate in December of their third year. The professional program is developmental and begins with foundational courses in semester 1, and culminates in integrated didactic and clinical experiences in semester 7. The program is designed around the four pillars of the APTA's Guide to Physical Therapist Practice: 1) Cardiopulmonary, 2) Integumentary, 3) Musculoskeletal, and 4) Neuromuscular. Strong emphasis is also placed on communication, diverse communities, ethics, law and practice management.

Students begin their clinical experiences through observation and by taking foundational summer online courses with concentration on basic physical therapy concepts of development, movement and physical therapy management. They also begin to delve into clinical medicine and a basic understanding of pathology. During the second semester, students continue to build on their skills regarding physical therapy concepts through clinical experiences and observations, while also focusing on enhancing skills and understanding of musculoskeletal and neurological anatomy. Students complete monthly observation/participation experiences in environments representing diverse practice areas and also complete a community-based health promotion project during the third semester. Additional musculoskeletal and neuromuscular clinical experiences are introduced in the fourth semester, when students complete an 8-week full-time clinical experience. The fifth semester allows advanced learning and clinical exposure in each of the four pillars. While weekly rotations in diverse practice environments highlight experiences in the 6th semester. Additionally, students participate in clinical experiences related to spinal dysfunction. The seventh semester includes two 7-week or one 14-week full-time clinical experience. In the final semester, students participate in a 12-week specialty rotation that allows them to experience a specialized area of interest. Other clinical exposures include observation of wellness practice and mentorship through a practice management experience.

The program has seven full-time faculty members, and numerous adjunct and associate faculty members. Each of the core faculty members hold a doctoral degree (1 EdD, 1 DrPH, 2 PhD, 1 DSc), and five also have DPT degrees. Three of the full-time faculty members are board certified specialists in Geriatrics or Orthopedics. Over the past four years, the faculty has averaged approximately 6-8 publications in peer-reviewed journals. The faculty-to-student ratio is currently 1:8.1

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
12/16/2019
Deadline type
Soft
Application close date (for soft deadlines only)
01/15/2020
Program has rolling admissions process?
No
Important dates

Howard University will conduct interviews with candidates that have met initial application requirements.  Interviews will take place in late February and early to mid March. 

All application materials should be submitted electronically - NO PAPER OR PACKAGE DELIVERIES - Visit the website for information on the graduate school application and supplemental application materials.  Any questions, contact us at dptadmissions@howard.edu.


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
No

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$300.00
Additional Information about Deposit
A one time $300.00 enrollment fee is required for each student once the letter of intent is returned to the school. Students will have to pay this fee online prior to beginning summer courses.
Due Date of First Required Deposit
03/15/2020

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
3.40
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.00
3.40
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
Course-work is acceptable from either a two-year or four-year college or institution.

Course work seven years old or greater will NOT be accepted.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
0542
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score
150
 
Quantitative reasoning scaled score
150
 
Analytical writing scaled score
3.0
 
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
The new PTCAS GRE code for the DPT program at Howard University is 0542.

Observation Hours

 
Minimum 20 hours in inpatient acute hospital facility.

Experience in a minimum of 2 types of PT practice settings.
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
100
Total number of PT hours RECOMMENDED
over 100
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Required
Outpatient
Accepted/Considered

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
No
Supplemental fee amount
$0.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
Yes
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
Yes
Description of supplemental requirements
Students should visit the Howard University Physical Therapy website for specific information (https://cnahs.howard.edu/programs/physical-therapy/graduate-physical-therapy)

Carefully read information under the following tabs: APPLY NOW, PLAN OF STUDY, PREREQUISITES, ADMISSIONS CHECKLIST

Upload a personal video of yourself to youtube and include the link to the video at the top of each document and where requested on the checklist form. Refer to the PTCAS application for supplemental video questions.

Students should submit the entire supplemental application package to : dptadmissions@howard.edu
Supplemental Requirements
Video presentation to be loaded through YouTube link
Deadline for supplemental materials
2020-01-15
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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

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 WES foreign evaluation for Canadian courses to PTCAS
Additional information about program's policy on foreign coursework

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 applicants are required to review the Howard University DPT Prerequisite Course Form. This form can be found on the Department of Physical Therapy website.

Courses taken seven or more years ago will NOT be accepted . These courses must be taken again to meet prerequisite requirements. Any questions should be forwarded to Pamela Brown-White - Admissions Chair at pamela.brownwhite@howard.edu.
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
Human Anatomy & General Physiology; or Anatomy & Physiology I & II. Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Human
Biology I
Students who have taken Biology I and II seven (7) or more years ago will be required to only repeat Biology II within seven (7) years to meet the prerequisite requirement for these courses. Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: General I
Biology II
Students who have taken Biology I and II seven (7) or more years ago will be required to only repeat Biology II within seven (7) years to meet the prerequisite requirement for these courses. Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: General II
Chemistry I
Students who have taken Chemistry I and II seven (7) or more years ago will be required to only repeat Chemistry II within seven (7) years to meet the prerequisite requirement for these courses. Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
Chemistry II
Students who have taken Chemistry I and II seven (7) or more years ago will be required to only repeat Chemistry II within seven (7) years to meet the prerequisite requirement for these courses. Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
First Aid / CPR
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • First Aid
  • CPR
Math
Algebra II or Pre-Calculus.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
Acceptable Courses
Medical Terminology
Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Medical Terminology
Nutrition, Health, Wellness
Nutrition.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
Physics I
Students who have taken Physics I and II seven (7) or more years ago will be required to only repeat Physics II within seven (7) years to meet the prerequisite requirement for these courses.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physics II
Students who have taken Physics I and II seven (7) or more years ago will be required to only repeat Physics II within seven (7) years to meet the prerequisite requirement for these courses.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Physiology
Human Anatomy & General Physiology; or Anatomy & Physiology I & II. Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Human
Psychology
Introduction to Psychology. Coursework older than 7 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: General
Psychology
Abnormal or Behavioral Psychology. Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Human Behavior
Statistics
Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
Technical Writing
Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
Acceptable Courses