2019-20 Applicants

South College - January Cohort


South College is awaiting approval from the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) on a second cohort which would start in January each year.  If approved, the program will begin accepting applications through PTCAS later this fall.  Please refer back to this page for additional information.  


Contact Information more...

Sophie Thompson
South College
School of Physical Therapy
ATTN: DPT Admissions
400 Goody's Lane, Suite 101
Knoxville TN, 37922
(865) 293-4532
sthompson2@south.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
01/02/2020
Social networking
Twitter Page for PT Program
 

Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
100
Anticipated size of next entering class
65
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
7%

Program Description more...

MISSION
The mission of the South College Doctor of Physical Therapy program is to provide an innovative, career-focused education that develops Doctors of Physical Therapy who are highly skilled, mindful, and empathetic care providers.

They should also be passionate lifelong learners, servant leaders in their local community, and are highly engaged in their professional and broader health care communities. Graduates will be equipped to deliver exemplary care in a multidisciplinary, team-oriented, and value-based healthcare environment.

PHILOSOPHY
The School of Physical Therapy is committed to the development of future Doctors of Physical Therapy, ready to meet the demands of clinical practice in the 21st century with exemplary entry-level skills, marked professionalism, and compassion.

The DPT program is designed for the delivery of a contemporary and evidence-based curriculum using faculty and contributors that are dedicated educators, clinicians, researchers, and leaders in the physical therapy profession. Faculty and contributors facilitate student learning and professional growth with student-centered active learning experiences, modeled clinical and scholarly excellence and steadfast professionalism. Using a blended learning model, our curriculum combines the best aspects of online learning activities and interactions, hands-on laboratory intensive sessions, and collaborative clinical education experiences into an innovative and dynamic learning experience. In so doing, we will transform physical therapy education, improve scalability and access to DPT education, increase flexibility for traditional and nontraditional learners, increase the level of active learning in courses, and seek to achieve quality student experiences and outcomes. Our graduates will be prepared for skillful, mindful and compassionate clinical practice, lifelong learning and professional development, and selfless service to their community and profession.

PROGRAM GOALS
The South College School of Physical Therapy will deliver an accredited DPT program that embraces the core values of the profession. The program has the following goals:

Goal 1: Be a national leader in the development of contemporary blended learning content and strategies for DPT education.

Goal 2: Resource and deliver exceptional career-focused academic and clinical learning experiences to develop competent physical therapists.

Goal 3: Enroll a student body that results in graduates who support the demand for physical therapists and rehabilitation services at the local, regional, and national levels.

Goal 4: Create a learning environment that promotes critical inquiry and appropriate professional attitudes and behaviors and supports faculty scholarly activity and development.

Goal 5: Demonstrate a commitment to service and leadership in the community and profession.

FACULTY GOALS
In order to deliver instruction that prepares students to meet the mission of the DPT program, the DPT faculty goals are to:

Goal 1: Collectively and individually evidence academic and clinical preparation appropriate to the professional and institutional requirements.

Goal 2: Role model servant leadership and professional responsibility to the institution, the community, and professional organizations.

Goal 3: Develop, implement, and regularly evaluate the DPT curriculum including assessment and evaluation of outcomes data.

Goal 4: Integrate innovative teaching strategies and technologies that support the program’s mission, enhance student learning, and optimize outcomes.

Goal 5: Demonstrate commitment to excellence in teaching and/or clinical practice through ongoing professional development, use of relevant research, and maintenance of clinical expertise.

Goal 6: Engage in a scholarly agenda that promotes student learning, best practice patterns, and enriches the physical therapy profession.

Goal 7: Serve as advisors and role models for professional behavior.

STUDENT/GRADUATE GOALS
Goal 1: Demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary for the entry-level practice as a doctor of physical therapy and a valued member of the multidisciplinary healthcare team.

Goal 2: Provide evidence-based and outcomes-oriented prevention, health promotion and wellness, and injury/illness services and interventions for individual patients and the community.

Goal 3: Demonstrate a commitment to professional growth through lifelong learning, critical inquiry, and mindful practice.

Goal 4: Function in a professional, caring, ethical, and culturally competent manner, with a demonstrated advocacy towards the patient, community, and profession.

South College seeks to make available all online programs/courses to residents of Tennessee and other states, and to allow completion of required clinical or practical experiences in those states. We work through the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) process and with states directly to ensure that when authorization or licensure is necessary, required approvals are secured. Tennessee is a member of SARA and South College is an approved SARA institution. As such, we adhere to a set of national standards for interstate offering of post-secondary distance education courses and programs. SARA also covers all interstate placements in clinical or practical situations among SARA member states, no matter the nature of the main program. However, not all states are SARA members. While we do monitor the laws in each state, authorization of distance education is a dynamic environment and prospective students should check this site often for updates. It is the student’s responsibility to understand current circumstances or special requirements in their state of residence. Please click the following link for current information on authorization information for all states: https://www.southcollegetn.edu/about/accreditation-and-approvals/

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
02/03/2020
Deadline type
Soft
Application close date (for soft deadlines only)
02/17/2020
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
This non-refundable deposit will be applied directly toward your tuition and fees when matriculating into the program.
Due Date of First Required Deposit
07/05/2020

Interviews

Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
Yes
Additional information about Interviews
The Admissions Committee will select and invite the most qualified applicants for an interview. Web-based interviews will be conducted so travel to campus is not required. Applicants must have access to a computer with internet, webcam, and microphone capabilities for the interview process.

GPA

GPA Scores
MINIMUM GPA Score
AVERAGE GPA score for accepted students
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative
3.00
3.54
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.00
3.57
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
- Grades below “C-” in prerequisite courses will not be accepted.

- If a prerequisite course is repeated, the credit hours assigned to the course may be counted only once in fulfilling the required number of hours. The prerequisite GPA will be determined using the highest course grade achieved; however, both grades will be calculated into the cumulative GPA.

- If cumulative GPA is less than 3.00 on a 4.00 scale, an applicant may still be eligible for admission if a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or greater has been achieved over the last 60 semester or 90 quarter hour credits of coursework.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
7521
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle
10/15/2019
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle
10/15/2014
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
Exception: Applicants with a documented graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution may report earlier GRE scores. Transcripts of graduate education must also be provided.

Observation Hours

Program's PT hours requirement
PT hours are not required but are highly recommended
Total number of PT hours REQUIRED
50
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Accepted/Considered
Outpatient
Accepted/Considered

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
Yes
Supplemental fee amount
$60.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
Yes
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
Yes
Description of supplemental requirements
***ALL applicants are required to complete the supplemental application which can be found through the link provided below.***

This is SEPARATE from any supplemental materials (e.g., medical examination, immunization records, etc.) that the program will request from applicants selected for admission to the program.
Supplemental Requirements
Medical examination
Immunization records
Background check
Proof of health insurance
BLS for Healthcare Providers Certification Card
Deadline for supplemental materials
2020-02-17
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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

Foreign Applicants and Transcripts

Citizenship types eligible for admission U.S. citizens
  • U.S. citizens
  • U.S. permanent residents
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

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
No
Anatomy & Physiology I
Coursework older than 5 years not accepted. May request a waiver if ongoing work experiences demonstrate currency in this course content (e.g. physical therapist assistant, athletic trainer, etc.).
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Neuroanatomy
  • A&P: Neurophysiology
  • A&P: Pathophysiology
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Exercise Physiology
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Anatomy & Physiology II
Coursework older than 5 years not accepted. May request a waiver if ongoing work experiences demonstrate currency in this course content (e.g. physical therapist assistant, athletic trainer, etc.).
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Neuroanatomy
  • A&P: Neurophysiology
  • A&P: Pathophysiology
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Any
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Exercise Physiology
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Biology I
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
QH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: Neuroanatomy
  • A&P: Neurophysiology
  • A&P: Pathophysiology
  • A&P: Physiology
  • Biology: Advanced
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: Embryology
  • Biology: General I
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Immunology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
  • Biology: Zoology
Biology II
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
QH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: Neuroanatomy
  • A&P: Neurophysiology
  • A&P: Pathophysiology
  • A&P: Physiology
  • Biology: Advanced
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: Embryology
  • Biology: General II
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Immunology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
  • Biology: Zoology
Chemistry I
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry I
Chemistry II
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry II
English Composition / Writing
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
QH: 4.5
Acceptable Courses
  • English Composition I
  • English Composition
  • English Composition II
  • Technical Writing
  • Writing
Physics I
Calculus or non-calculus based physics courses accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physics II
Calculus or non-calculus based physics courses accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
QH: 6
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Psychology
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
QH: 4.5
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Any
Psychology
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
QH: 4.5
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Child
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
Statistics
A calculus or non-calculus based statistics course is accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
QH: 4.5
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Business: Statistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics