2019-20 Applicants

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine - Suwanee - Doctor of Physical Therapy 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...

Phillip B. Palmer, PT, PhD
Professor & Department Chair
625 Old Peachtree Road NW
Suwanee GA, 30024
(866) 282-4544 (Toll Fr
(678) 225-7500 (Local)
PTinfo@pcom.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
06/03/2020
Social networking
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Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
39
Anticipated size of next entering class
40
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
83%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
17%
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
0%

Sex

% Male
43%
% Female
57%

Race / Ethnicity

% Asian
12%
% African-American/Black (Non-Hispanic)
21%
% White (Not of Hispanic Origin)
59%
% Two or More Races
3%
% Declining to State
5%

Program Description more...

The mission of the developing physical therapy program at PCOM is to prepare individuals who demonstrate excellence in the practice of physical therapy, emphasize a "whole person" approach to patient management, commit to the advancement of knowledge and intellectual growth, and engage in the well-being of the community.

The DPT program equips students with the technical skills and knowledge needed to work in a variety of health care settings. Critical thinking and evidence-based practice are primary focuses of the program. Pairing these emphases with a variety of opportunities for clinical learning provides the experience necessary to practice care on the front lines of health. PCOM's collaborative environment, family atmosphere and academic support nurture student success.

The program's location at the Georgia Campus in Suwanee is also home to osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, physician's assistant and biomedical sciences education programs. This provides the opportunity for interaction of the physical therapy students with other health care providers, fostering development of a collaborative approach to care that is required in today's health care arena. The osteopathic tradition complements the physical therapy program by further emphasizing a campus-wide focus on wellness-oriented, whole-person care at every stage of life.
The DPT program is designed to be completed in three years, and includes both coursework and experiential learning in a variety of settings. As part of the 140 credit hours, students gain "real-world" experience through participation in 36 weeks of full-time clinical education. Students may also enhance their learning of physical therapy practice through participation in elective courses.

The DPT program's emphasis on holistic admissions supports the vision of cultivating an inclusive learning environment that is diverse, inquisitive, dignified and respectful and that will inspire caring graduates who advocate for all individuals in our changing healthcare environment. Construction of a new 12,000 square foot facility dedicated to the physical therapy program demonstrates the program's commitment to providing a state-of-the-art learning environment. PCOM has supported the hiring of faculty members who are qualified both as educators and clinicians.

Students in the PT program at PCOM are encouraged to engage in community service, following the example of students in other programs on campus. PCOM was awarded a Gwinnett Impact Award in 2017, recognizing the 9,000+ hours spent in community service by students, faculty, and staff.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
03/16/2020
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
Yes
Important dates

Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
No

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$1500.00
Additional Information about Deposit
Accepted applicants are asked to send a $500 non-refundable deposit by January 15. An additional deposit of $1,000 is required by April 16 from all confirmed students. This fee is non-refundable and, along with the initial deposit, will be credited to the student’s tuition account.
Due Date of First Required Deposit
01/15/2020

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
 
3.42
Program-specific Prerequisite
 
3.41
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
Although the PT program at PCOM-GA does not require minimum GPAs, competition for admission is competitive and selective. Higher GPAs will enhance the chances of being selected for an interview. The program uses the average of grades in all repeated courses.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
4281
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score
 
148
Verbal reasoning % score
 
39%
Quantitative reasoning scaled score
 
150
Quantitative reasoning % score
 
38%
Analytical writing scaled score
 
3.5
Analytical writing % score
 
42%
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
The Physical Therapy Program at PCOM Georgia does not require minimum GRE scores. Recognize, however, that admission is competitive and selective and higher scores will enhance the chances of being accepted for an interview.

Observation Hours

 
Applicants should be able to demonstrate breadth and depth of knowledge about the practice of physical therapy through meaningful exposures as demonstrated through a completed application for admission. Any volunteer work or paid work in a clinical setting wherein candidates are either providing hands-on care or witnessing care first hand is valued. Health care shadowing experiences are also highly recommended. Exposure to the practice of physical therapy in settings across the continuum of care is recommended.
Program's PT hours requirement
Other
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Accepted/Considered
Outpatient
Accepted/Considered

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
Yes
Supplemental fee amount
$75.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
No
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
Yes - for selected applicants only
Description of supplemental requirements
Instructions on how to submit your supplemental payment and materials will be forwarded via email once your application has been e-submitted, completed and verified by PTCAS as well as processed by PCOM Admissions.
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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
To the extent appropriate, each letter should address the applicant's character, leadership abilities, commitment to service, ability to be self-directed, communication skills, and ability to work as a member of a team. Recommendation letters must be on letterhead and preferably signed.

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
Other
Program policy for CANADIAN coursework
  • Do not send any Canadian documentation
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
Applicants may choose to take the two-course sequence in Anatomy & Physiology or a two-course sequence in Biology. If the applicant chooses to take the A&P courses, an additional course in Biology must be taken. If the General Biology route is taken, applicants must also take another Biology (preferably advanced) to satisfy the prerequisite course requirements.
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
Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • Biology: Any
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Human
Anatomy & Physiology II
Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Physiology
  • Biology: Any
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Human
Biology I
Biology courses must be approved for science majors. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • Biology: Advanced
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • Biology: General I
  • Biology: General II
  • A&P: Advanced
Biology II
Biology courses must be approved for science majors. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • Biology: Advanced
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • Biology: General II
  • A&P: Advanced
Chemistry I
Chemistry courses must be approved for science majors. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry I
Chemistry II
Chemistry courses must be approved for science majors. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry II
Physics I
Physics courses must be approved for science majors. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physics II
Physics courses must be approved for science majors. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Psychology
Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Any
Social/Behavioral Science
Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Anthropology
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Sociology
Statistics
Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics