2012-13 Applicants

University of Alabama at Birmingham


Contact Information more...

Betsy Coleman
Office Services Specialist III
Department of Physical Therapy
University of Alabama at Birmingham
SHPB 333
1530 3rd Avenue South
Birmingham AL, 35294
(205) 934-4363
becol@uab.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
01/06/2014
Social networking
Facebook Page for PT Program
Facebook Page for Parent University/College/School
Twitter Page for PT Program
 

Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
50
Anticipated size of next entering class
50
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
70%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
30%

Program Description more...

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program at The University of Alabama at Birmingham will prepare physical therapists as applied scientists. Graduates of our program have the entry-level skills, knowledge, and behaviors to function effectively in clinical practice, consultation, education, critical inquiry, and administration. Graduates are eligible for the physical therapist licensure examination. Satisfactory performance in the experiences provided in the UAB DPT program prepares the graduate to:

1. Integrate the biological, physical, social, and behavioral sciences in providing physical therapy.

2. Critically evaluate scientific literature and other resources to be an informed practitioner, while
applying principles of evidence-based practice to patient/client management.

3. Examine, evaluate, diagnose, establish prognosis and apply intervention for the management of
impairments, activity limitations and participation restrictions of the cardiovascular/pulmonary,
musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, and integumentary systems.

4. Recognize when a problem is outside the scope of practice of physical therapy and when referral to other resources is appropriate.

5. Demonstrate a personal value system that reflects appreciation of the worth of an individual, recognition of the rights of others, and acknowledgement of responsibility for individual actions.

6. Demonstrate professional competence that embodies professional ethics and accountability.

7. Identify, organize, and utilize appropriate resources to effectively develop and efficiently provide
services under the scope of physical therapy practice.

8. Apply the scientific approach to problem solving in carrying out professional responsibilities.

9. Identify the physical therapy and related health care needs of a community; develop and implement
programs that address those needs.

10. Communicate efficiently and effectively.

11. Interact with other health care practitioners and service providers in a manner that reflects an
understanding of complementary roles and that maximizes potential contributions of other providers
toward the common goal of optimal patient care and health promotion.

12. Apply appropriate teaching/learning theories in health care, academic, and community environments.

13. Continue self-development, personally and professionally, based on self-assessment of individual needs
and on recognition of own strengths and limitations.

14. Maintain identity as a physical therapist and promote the development of the profession of physical
therapy through service and scholarly activity.

15. Demonstrate basic skills and knowledge necessary for clinical research in Physical Therapy.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
12/3/2012
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
No
Important dates

Admissions Timeline:

June-December 3, 2012: Complete PTCAS
application

January-March, 2013: Interviews

April: Admission decisions
finalized and students notified

January, 2014: Program begins

Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
No

Deposits

Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$0.00

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
3.60
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.00
3.60
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
The average GPA for accepted students is based on the mean GPA of classes accepted for 2011, 2012 and 2013. If a course is repeated, the average of the attempts will be used for the calculation of the overall GPA. For calculation of the prerequisite GPA, we will use the higher of the 2 grades if taken twice. If a course is taken more than twice, grades will be averaged for the prerequisite GPA.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
7801
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle
12/01/2007
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning % score
 
62%
Quantitative reasoning % score
 
53%
Analytical writing scaled score
3.5
4.0
Analytical writing % score
29%
48%
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
GRE scores must be submitted to PTCAS by the December 3 deadline. We will not accept late GRE scores so please plan accordingly. If multiple GRE tests are taken, we will choose the best overall test. The average GRE scores represent the percentile scores for accepted students beginning 2011, 2012 and 2013.

The website for the score reporting schedule is:
http://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general_institutions

Observation Hours

 
We encourage experiences in multiple physical therapy settings (e.g. acute care, outpatient, inpatient rehabilitation, pediatric, geriatric, sports medicine). Documentation of observation hours must be submitted to PTCAS by the December 3 deadline. Failure to submit the required documentation to PTCAS by the deadline will result in an incomplete application status.
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
40
DEADLINE for completion of all PT hours
12/03/2012
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
$45.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
Yes - for selected applicants only
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
Yes - for selected applicants only
Description of supplemental requirements
If accepted to the UAB DPT program, the applicant must complete a graduate school application. The applicant must also send original transcripts, original documentation of GRE scores and the graduate school fee. The fee is currently $45, but is subject to change.
Deadline for supplemental materials
2013-05-01
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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
Please be sure that all letters of recommendation are submitted to PTCAS by the December 3 deadline. Failure to do so will result in an incomplete application status. Submit three letters of recommendation to PTCAS:

Letter 1: Written by a physical therapist who has interacted with the applicant for at least 20 hours in a clinical setting.

Letter 2: Written by a different physical therapist who has interacted with the applicant for at least 20 hours in a clinical setting.

Letter 3: Written by a professor with whom the applicant had significant interaction in an academic setting.

Foreign Applicants and Transcripts

Citizenship types eligible for admission U.S. citizens
  • U.S. citizens
  • U.S. permanent residents
  • Canadian citizens
Non-native speakers must submit official TOEFL scores?
Yes
Program policy for non-U.S. (foreign/international) coursework
Do not send any foreign documentation. PT program only considers U.S. courses
Program policy for CANADIAN coursework
  • Send original Canadian transcript to PTCAS
  • Send WES foreign evaluation for Canadian courses to PTCAS
Additional information about program's policy on foreign coursework
Foreign applicants who have undergraduate degrees from regionally accredited universities in the United States may be eligible. Canadian citizens must have a degree from a university that is accredited by an acceptable United States accrediting body. Please contact the UAB Department of Physical Therapy directly for more information.

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
New requirement: To be eligible for the program, you must have at least 75% of prerequisite courses completed by the end of the fall semester, 2012. There are no exceptions to this requirement.
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
Biology / Biological Science
Biology prerequisite 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: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Neuroanatomy
  • A&P: Neurophysiology
  • A&P: Pathophysiology
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • Biology: Advanced
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: Embryology
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Immunology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
  • Biology: Zoology
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Biology I
Biology prerequisite 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: General I
  • Biology: Zoology
Biology II
Biology prerequisite 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: General II
  • Biology: Zoology
Chemistry I
Chemistry prerequisites 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: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
Chemistry II
Chemistry prerequisites 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: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
English Composition / Writing
1 of 2 English composition/writing courses required.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • English Composition I
  • English Composition
  • Technical Writing
  • Writing
English Composition / Writing
2 of 2 English composition/writing courses required.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • English Composition
  • English Composition II
  • Technical Writing
  • Writing
Math
We will accept pre-calculus with trigonometry.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Mathematics: Calculus
  • Mathematics: Trigonometry
Medical Terminology
The medical terminology course may be an online course but must be from a regionally accredited community college or university Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 2-3
Acceptable Courses
  • Medical Terminology
Physics I
Physics prerequisites 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 II
Physics prerequisites 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 II
Physiology
The phyisology course prerequisite MUST be completed in biology, neuroscience, anatomy, or integrated physiology department. Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Psychology
1 of 3 psychology courses required.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Any
Psychology
2 of 3 psychology courses required.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Any
Psychology
3 of 3 psychology courses required.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Any
Statistics
Business statistics may be accepted on a case by case basis. Please send the syllabus to Betsy Coleman for review (becol@uab.edu).
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics