2014-15 Applicants

Marshall University


Contact Information more...

Yi-Po Chiu, PT, MHS, PhD, CEEAA
Chair of Admissions Committee
School of Physical Therapy
Marshall University
2847 5th Avenue
Huntington WV, 25702
(304) 696-5611
physicaltherapy@marshall.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
05/18/2015
 

Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
40
Anticipated size of next entering class
40
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
13%
% of WICHE applicants accepted
0%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
87%
% of CANADIAN applicants accepted
0%
% of INTERNATIONAL (non-U.S./non-Canadian)
0%

Program Description more...

The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program offered by the School of Physical Therapy at Marshall University is a full-time, three-year, nine-semester graduate program for students who wish to pursue a career as a physical therapist practitioner. Our inaugural class matriculated on May 21, 2012.

The curricular model of Marshall University's DPT program is a modified case-based model, designed in a “builds on, leads to” manner which is delivered in a full time, in-house format utilizing lecture, labs, small group discussion, case seminars, and clinical visits and internships, starting with education in the basic foundational sciences that inform the content of the field. Faculty teaching the foundational sciences facilitates discussion drawing on research, clinical experiences, and personal/professional activities to model professional behaviors, elucidates psychosocial and ethical issues, and presents a broad application of course content to practice settings. Through clinical cases intermingled within basic science didactic content, students are challenged to apply basic science information to solve clinical problems. Instruction in these basic science areas builds the foundation for the clinical coursework.

Within any given semester, we utilize team-taught, integrated course classes to encourage synthesis of material presented. Case Application Seminars and Experiences (CASE) courses provide students the opportunity to learn collaboratively in faculty-facilitated small groups. Most semesters, students attend laboratory sessions in local physical therapy/rehab clinics for hands-on experiences interspersed within the didactic coursework.

Early in the curriculum, students are introduced to the basic tools of investigation in PT (Evidence Based Practice course series). Starting with the clinical decision making process, they learn to utilize literature review and scientific method to support evidence based practice, and the process for utilizing and creating evidence to improve upon the body of knowledge that informs the profession. Basic clinical skills coursework forms the foundation for more advanced clinical courses in diagnosis and management.

Faculty emphasizes utilization of current, evidence-based practices that are built on the foundational sciences and are consistent with published research and clinical outcomes in the diagnosis and management process. Knowledge of the professional aspects of practice is integral to successful hands-on practice, and necessary to become a competent practitioner. Therefore, a series of professional practice courses inculcate a working knowledge of communications, educational methodology and process, culture, ethics, law, health care delivery systems, administration, and the political aspects that influence the field of physical therapy.

Clinical education exposure/experiences are integrated into the first two years of the curriculum though case-based courses and seminars, and through clinic visits to local physical therapy facilities spread within the didactic course work, with the first full time clinical rotation/internship (8 weeks) occurring early in the second year of the program. These rotations continue in the 3rd year with two full-time clinical internships, for 27 weeks in the last two semesters of the program, totaling 35 weeks of long-term clinical rotations/internship in the entire DPT program. This series of clinical experiences assures that the graduate has the opportunity to develop skills in a variety of practice settings, working within a team approach to patient management, under the direct supervision of a clinical instructor who is a licensed physical therapist.

Our 22600 sq ft space includes three classrooms/laboratories and eight seminar rooms for teaching purposes, a research laboratory (about 2000 sq ft), faculty and administrative offices, student locker rooms, restrooms and kitchen/lounge areas and specialized equipment necessary to teach the content taught in a physical therapy professional program. There is sufficient free parking to accommodate students, faculty, staff, patients and visitors.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
10/15/2014
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
No
Important dates

Interviews are held during the first two weeks of January 2015.  Due to the large number of applicants, a limited numbers of qualified applicants are selected and invited to the interview.  


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
No

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$500.00

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
3.46
Prerequisite sciences
3.00
3.52
All prerequisites combined
3.00
3.58
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
Program uses the highest grade earned in GPA calculations, if a course was repeated.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
0323
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle
10/01/2014
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle
10/01/2009
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score
 
150
Quantitative reasoning scaled score
 
152

Observation Hours

 
Complete at least 60 observation hours in a PT clinic with observation hours, preferably in two different settings under the direct supervision of a licensed physical therapist by the time of application.

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
60
DEADLINE for completion of all PT hours
10/01/2014
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Accepted/Considered
Outpatient
Accepted/Considered

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
Yes - for selected applicants only
Supplemental fee amount
$40.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
Yes - for selected applicants only
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
No
Description of supplemental requirements
Supplemental application form will be completed at the interview. A supplemental fee of $40 is due at the time an applicant accepts a position in the program, not at the point of application to PTCAS.
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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
Additional information about program's reference requirements
One from a physical therapist and the other from either another physical therapist, or a faculty member or an employer (someone who can speak to your work ethic/professional behavior and/or potential ability to perform well in a graduate program).

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 original Canadian transcript to PTCAS
Additional information about program's policy on foreign coursework
International applicants will be required to submit an official TOEFL score in addition to the other requirements described for consideration. TOEFL iBT score must be consistent with the standards established by the Foreign Credentialing Commission on Physical Therapy (FCCPT) as acceptable for physical therapists desiring to enter practice in the U.S. from a foreign country. The minimum scores to be considered for admission must be a Total Score of 89 with the minimum section requirement of “Speaking” of 26.

International applicants will have to complete their credential evaluation at an approved agency to prove that their education is equivalent to the US undergraduate education. Please visit http://www.marshall.edu/admissions/credential_eval_services.asp for more information and follow the instructions on the website of Marshall University Graduate College (http://www.marshall.edu/graduate/admissions/international-admission/).

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 science prerequisites courses must be for science majors. Courses with a grade of C- or lower will not be accepted for prerequisites. Anatomy and physiology courses should preferably be completed with a grade of B or better. Note that students will be allowed to have one or two courses in progress at the time of interview (early January); however, each course must be completed with the appropriate minimal grade, and the bachelor’s degree earned, prior to commencing the DPT program in May of the year for which students are applying.
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
All science prerequisites courses must be for science majors. Applicants must document 6 hours of anatomy and physiology regardless of how the courses are offered. Anatomy and physiology courses should preferably be completed with a B or better. Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Human
Biology I
All science prerequisites courses must be for science majors. Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: Embryology
  • Biology: General I
  • Biology: General II
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Immunology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
  • Biology: Zoology
Biology II
All science prerequisites courses must be for science majors. Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: Embryology
  • Biology: General II
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Immunology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
  • Biology: Zoology
Chemistry I
All science prerequisites courses must be for science majors. Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry I
Chemistry II
All science prerequisites courses must be for science majors. Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry II
English Composition / Writing I
Other courses that are writing intensive will be considered. However, "writing intensive" must be clearly designed as such in the course description or syllabus.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • English Composition
  • English Composition I
  • English Composition II
  • Technical Writing
  • Writing
English Composition / Writing II
Other courses that are writing intensive will be considered. However, "writing intensive" must be clearly designed as such in the course description or syllabus.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • English Composition
  • English Composition I
  • English Composition II
  • Technical Writing
  • Writing
Math
All science prerequisites courses must be for science majors. Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Mathematics: Algebra
  • Mathematics: Calculus
  • Mathematics: Geometry
  • Mathematics: Pre-Calculus
  • Mathematics: Trigonometry
Physics I
All science prerequisites courses must be for science majors. Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
  • Physics: General
Physics II
All science prerequisites courses must be for science majors. Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics: General
  • Physics II
Physiology
All science prerequisites courses must be for science majors. Applicants must document 6 hours of anatomy and physiology regardless of how the courses are offered. Anatomy and physiology courses should preferably be completed with a B or better. Exercise physiology is not accepted as the physiology prerequisite. Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Exercise Physiology
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Psychology I
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Adolescent
  • Psychology: Child
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: General
  • Psychology: General I
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Human Behavior
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
  • Psychology: Rehabilitation
  • Psychology: Social
Psychology II
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Adolescent
  • Psychology: Child
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: General
  • Psychology: General II
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Human Behavior
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
  • Psychology: Rehabilitation
  • Psychology: Social
Statistics
All science prerequisites courses must be for science majors. Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Business: Statistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics