2019-20 Applicants

Nova Southeastern University - Tampa (Hybrid 4-Year Program)


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...

Reyhan Lyles
Admissions Counselor
3400 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd
Clearwater FL, 33759
(813) 574-5271
(813) 574-5311
rlyles0@nova.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
05/18/2020
Additional information about the class profile
This program does not require students to relocate to the Tampa area. The blended format requires that students be in Tampa Bay for only four days/month. Students are not required to be in Tampa during Clinical Internships.
Social networking
Twitter Page for PT Program
 

Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
45
Anticipated size of next entering class
43
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
6%

Program Description more...

Overview:
The Professional DPT Program at NSU-Tampa is a 4-year DPT program designed for educationally mature individuals seeking flexibility in attaining their DPT degree because of financial, geographical, or personal reasons. Effective August, 2019, we are moving to a brand-new Tampa Bay Campus at 3400 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd, Clearwater, FL. The new campus will feature state-of-the-art PT facilities and equipment, including a simulation lab. The DPT-Tampa program has dynamic, experienced physical therapy faculty with recent clinical experience and intensive training in on-line education. The program received 10-year CAPTE* approval as an expansion of the NSU-Ft. Lauderdale DPT Program. One cohort of 43 students is accepted yearly with classes beginning in the summer term (late May) each year.

Delivery:
The program uses interactive online classes for 3 weeks followed by a 4-day on-campus institute each month. Students learn online through high quality demonstration videos teaching clinical skills, lectures, online class meetings, and discussions. On-campus institutes are held every fourth week throughout the semester on our Tampa Bay campus, located only miles from the beautiful west coast beaches of Florida. The on-campus institutes are intensive, 8- 10 hour days, Thursday through Sunday. During the institutes, students practice hands-on skills with intensive faculty feedback, apply learning to clinical case studies, interact with real patients, and participate in review sessions and group activities. The blend of online and on-campus instruction allows more flexibility so that students can work or attend to other issues in their lives, however the program is rigorous. Students in the blended program must be engaged and self-directed learners who enjoy interaction both online and in the classroom. The rigor of this program requires strong study and organizational skills.

Clinical Education:
Clinical education experiences begin at the start of the 2nd semester by integrating actual patient experiences into lab classes so that students can apply what they are learning to real patients each semester. In the 3rd year, students spend 1 week in an out-patient clinic or participate in an outreach mission. The 4th year of the program consists of full-time clinical experiences (35 weeks) in geographic locations chosen by the student with input from the program and based on availability of clinical sites. This blended model allows students to continue working until they start their clinical experiences.

Application Process:
After completing the PTCAS application, selected applicants will be invited to a face-to-face interview on our campus in January or February. During the interview day, applicants tour the classrooms and peek inside the online classrooms through presentations by current students, and participate in an interview.

*The Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
12/02/2019
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
No
Important dates

Open houses typically occur in February and October. Qualified applicants will be invited to Tampa for an in person interview at the discretion of the committee on admissions. 

* Applicants being considered for general admissions will be invited to interview on one of the following days: Friday, January 17, 2020 or Friday, February 7, 2020.


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
Yes
Special eligibility requirements for Early Decision candidates
For applicants to be considered for early admission to the professional DPT program in Tampa they must meet the following criteria:

1. All prerequisite course work must be completed
2. Minimum GPA's of 3.4 (cumulative, science/math and prerequisite)

Applications for early decision due August 15, 2019
Candidates for early decision will be notified of their interview by September 23, 2019
Decisions on Early Decision applicants will be made by September 25, 2019

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$1000.00
Additional Information about Deposit
This deposit is applied to the first semester's tuition. It is due 2 weeks after notification of acceptance. This deposit is nonrefundable.
Due Date of First Required Deposit
02/24/2020

Interviews

Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
Yes
Additional information about Interviews
After completing the PTCAS application, selected applicants will be invited to a face-to-face interview on our campus in January or February. During the interview day, applicants tour the classrooms and peek inside the online classrooms through presentations by current students, and participate in an interview.

GPA

GPA Scores
MINIMUM GPA Score
AVERAGE GPA score for accepted students
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative
3.00
3.37
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.00
3.46
Math and Science Combined GPA
3.00
3.33
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
The program uses the mathematical average of repeated courses in GPA calculations.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
7741
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
GRE scores must be no more than 5 years old. The GRE is considered along with all other application requirements including GPA, volunteer experience, educational maturity, and interview. Both the GRE General Test and the GRE revised General Test will be accepted. Applicants with a Master's degree or PhD are not required to have a GRE for consideration.

Observation Hours

 
While no documentation is required for PT observation hours, we strongly recommend exposure to a variety of PT settings.
Program's PT hours requirement
PT hours are not required but are highly recommended
Total number of PT hours RECOMMENDED
150
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Accepted/Considered
Outpatient
Accepted/Considered

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
Yes
Supplemental fee amount
$50.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
Yes
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
No
Description of supplemental requirements
Once the PTCAS application has been received by Nova Southeastern University, a link to the supplemental application will be made available to the applicant.
Deadline for supplemental materials
2019-12-16
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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
Three letters of recommendation required from non-family members (i.e. employers past or present, professors, physical therapists).

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
  • Other non-citizens (e.g., refugees)
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
PTCAS will only accept foreign evaluations from WES. Send foreign evaluations for other agencies directly to the program.

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
NOTE: applied sciences are not acceptable for admission.

* Psychology/Sociology- 2 semesters (one general psychology and an additional psychology or sociology)
* Statistics - 1 semester
* Biology - 1 semester
* Anatomy and Physiology - 2 semesters of Anatomy and
* Physiology or 1 semester of Anatomy and 1 semester of Physiology
* Chemistry - 2 semesters with lab
* Physics - 2 semesters with lab
* English -1 semester of composition or writing

While not required, the following courses are strongly recommended:
* Exercise physiology
* Biomechanics/kinesiology
* Motor control
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
Combined Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II can be accepted for Human Anatomy and Human Physiology course; must be taken in the biology/anatomy department; cannot be "applied" course.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Human
Biology I
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: Embryology
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
  • Biology: Zoology
Chemistry I
Must be taken in the chemistry department; cannot be "applied" course.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Any
  • Chemistry I
Chemistry II
Must be taken in the chemistry department; cannot be "applied" course.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Any
  • Chemistry II
English Composition / Writing
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • English Composition
Physics I
Must be taken in the physics department; cannot be "applied" course.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physics II
Must be taken in the physics department; cannot be "applied" course.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Physiology
Combined Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II can be accepted for Human Anatomy and Human Physiology course; must be taken in the biology/anatomy department; cannot be "applied" course.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Human
Psychology
Must be taken in their respective department; cannot be "applied" course.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: General
  • Psychology: Human Behavior
Social/Behavioral Science
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Adolescent
  • Psychology: Child
  • Psychology: Death & Dying
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Human Behavior
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
  • Psychology: Rehabilitation
  • Psychology: Social
  • Psychology: Sports
Statistics
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Business: Statistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics