2012-13 Applicants

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


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Contact Information more...

UNC-Chapel HIll Division of Physical Therapy
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
3000 Bondurant Hall
CB# 7135
Chapel Hill NC, 27559
(919) 966-4708
eDPTUNCadmit@med.unc.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
08/20/2013
Dual-degree programs offered in conjunction with PT degree
DPT/MSPH,DPT/PhD
Additional information about the class profile
Program gives preference to applicants who are residents of the state of North Carolina.
 

Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
30
Anticipated size of next entering class
30
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
70%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
30%

Program Description more...

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Division of Physical Therapy, has a rich history of education, research, clinical services, and the integration of all three. Our graduates and faculty have made significant contributions locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. We, the faculty, students, and staff of the Division are committed to this outstanding tradition and to carrying it into the 21st century.

We are administratively located within the Department of Allied Health Sciences within the School of Medicine. Our classrooms, offices, and laboratories are located in Bondurant Hall in the heart of the UNC Health Affairs campus and adjacent to the superb Health Sciences Library.

The UNC-Chapel Hill Division of Physical Therapy is dedicated to the advancement and dissemination of knowledge in Physical Therapy within the context of Physical Therapy professional education, direct clinical services to the public and interdisciplinary research. Our interdependent model of research, education, and clinical services prepares leaders who will improve the quality of life of individuals and their communities.

The Division of Physical Therapy values an organizational culture that balances team commitment and personal/professional autonomy. Faculty/student collegiality, respect for diverse contributions, interdisciplinary collaboration, open communication, entrepreneurial spirit, and excellence are all important to fostering this culture.

Physical Therapy started in Chapel Hill in April 1952, when the North Carolina Memorial Hospital opened. Dr. Margaret Moore developed the first physical therapy clinical program at the hospital, where she was chief of the department until 1954. It was in July 1957 that the physical therapy education program got underway, with Dr. Moore as the director of the Division of Physical Therapy—a viable combination of education and service commitments in the hospital and School of Medicine. Dr. Moore was director of the program until 1974. Shirley Cloninger Fisher was the first graduate in Physical Therapy at Chapel Hill in1959. The initial degree was a Bachelor’s in Physical Therapy and now is the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT).

UNC-Chapel Hill was one of the first institutions to offer post-professional training to physical therapists. Our Master’s program in Physical Therapy, established in 1975, offered a Master’s of Clinical Teaching (MACT) degree that focused on college teaching. As we developed a greater focus on research, we shifted to a MS program in PT and, in the early 1990s, the degree changed again from an MS in PT to an MS in Human Movement Science. This change and the need for more well trained PT researchers was the basis of our efforts to establish the PhD program in Human Movement Science in 1999. Our first DPT class matriculated in 2007, graduating in 2010. We now have several hundred PT graduates from our master’s and doctorate programs across the USA, Canada, Asia, India, and Europe. We are very fortunate that many maintain close ties with Carolina.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
10/15/2012
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
No
Important dates
  • In order that processing of your application not be delayed, all supporting documents (letters of recommendation, transcripts, and verified observation hours) must have arrived at PTCAS by the application deadline..
  • It is HIGHLY recommended that applicants submit materials early. Incomplete applications will not be evaluated.

Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
No

Deposits

Deposit Required
No
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$0.00
Deposit Refundable?
No

Interviews

Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
No
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GPA

GPA Scores
MINIMUM GPA Score
AVERAGE GPA score for accepted students
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative
3.00
3.63
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.20
3.65
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
UNC will use the last four semesters taken as a full-time student for the overall GPA. UNC uses only the highest course grade earned in calculating the program specific prerequisite GPA.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
7733
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle
10/13/2012
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning % score
20%
67%
Quantitative reasoning % score
20%
62%
Analytical writing scaled score
 
4.0
Analytical writing % score
20%
56%
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
Applicants MUST submit GRE scores through the PTCAS GRE code of 7733. Codes submitted to the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill GRE school code will not be accepted.

Observation Hours

 
All PT hours must be verified.

Exposure in a variety of settings is recommended. Your ability to reflect on and interpret what you've observed with each exposure is more important than the total number of hours.
Program's PT hours requirement
PT hours are not required but are highly recommended
Total number of PT hours RECOMMENDED
50-100
DEADLINE for completion of all PT hours
10/19/2012
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Accepted/Considered
Outpatient
Accepted/Considered

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
Yes
Supplemental fee amount
$85.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
No
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
No
Deadline for supplemental materials
2012-10-15
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
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
  • Other non-citizens (e.g., refugees)
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
Prerequisite courses must be completed at an accredited school in the United States and/or Canada. This includes community colleges. Please see the UNC website for a list of course descriptions we have found to be acceptable.

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
1. All courses must be completed by the end of the Fall semester of the year in which you apply. At least seven (7) prerequisite
courses must be completed before the Fall semester begins (e.g., only two (2)or fewer may be in progress during that Fall semester.)

2. Must be mathematically possible to obtain or maintain a cumulative prerequisite GPA of 3.2 if you have courses in progress.
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
Link to program's prerequisite instructions
Anatomy
A combination Anatomy and Physiology course with a minimum of 4 credit hours and lab will be accepted. If applicant takes a 2-part course, both parts must be taken.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4.0
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Human
Biology / Biological Science
Class and lab must be a minimum of 4 combined credit hours
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4.0
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: General
Chemistry
Class and lab must be a minimum of 4 combined credit hours; Organic Chemistry will not be accepted.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4.0
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
Exercise Physiology
Exercise Physiology is the only course that will be accepted for this prerequisite.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
SH: 3.0
Acceptable Courses
  • Exercise Physiology
Physics I
Class and lab must be a minimum of 4 combined credit hours; Algebra-based is preferred.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4.0
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physics II
Class and lab must be a minimum of 4 combined credit hours; Algebra-based is preferred.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4.0
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Physiology
A combination Anatomy and Physiology course with a minimum of 4 credit hours and lab will be accepted. If applicant takes a 2-part course, both parts must be taken.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
SH: 3.0
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Human
Psychology
Higher level Psychology courses will not be accepted.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3.0
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: General
Statistics
Departmental research courses covering statistics fundamentals will be accepted (eg Research in Exercise and Sport Science or Statistical Principles of Psychological Research
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3.0
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Business: Statistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics