2012-13 Applicants

Shenandoah University


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Contact Information

Linda Burrow
Admissions Coordinator for Doctorate in Physical Therapy Program
Division of Physical Therapy
Shenandoah University
333 West Cork Street
Suite 40
Winchester VA, 22601
(540) 665-5559
(540) 545-7398
lburrow@su.edu

General Information

Deposit Required
No
Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
No
PT program start date for entering class
08/22/2013
Dual-degree programs offered in conjunction with PT degree
DPT/MSAT (Doctorate in Physical Therapy/Master of Athletic Training)
Institution's religious affiliation
United Methodist
Size of most recent entering class
40
Anticipated size of next entering class
40
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
52%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
48%
Additional information about the class profile
The program maintains articulation agreements with Bridgewater College, Ferrum College, James Madison University, Shenandoah University,and Virginia Tech University, and gives preference to applicants who meet the criteria of those agreements.
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Program Description

Physical Therapy (PT) is a challenging and satisfying profession - one with many career pathways from which to choose. The wide range of clinical settings, the diversity of the patient populations, and the variety of specialty areas provide a vast array of employment and professional growth opportunities for the new graduate. Shenandoah University's (entry-level) Doctor of Physical Therapy professional degree program prepares students for the challenges of the profession and provides an excellent foundation for further graduate study. The Physical Therapy Program at Shenandoah University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) through December 31st, 2018.

Applicants to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program must have demonstrated success in academics and have a strong background in the sciences. A demonstration of well-developed problem-solving skills, interpersonal skills and commitment to service is necessary. Those applying to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program should be prepared to work closely with other students in the program, make contributions to the learning process of others and contribute to the enrichment of the curriculum and the profession. The Physical Therapy program is closely affiliated with Valley health System. This relationship provides extensive clinical opportunities, equipment, space and human resources.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
10/15/2012
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
No
Important dates
Prospective students are strongly encouraged to submit their application as early as possible in the admissions cycle so that all materials can be verified by PTCAS in time to meet our deadlines for selection of on-site interviewees.

Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
No

GPA

GPA Scores
MINIMUM GPA Score
AVERAGE GPA score for accepted students
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative
2.80
3.41
Program-specific Prerequisite
2.80
3.35
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Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
1741
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle
10/31/2012
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle
01/01/2008
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning % score
 
45%
Quantitative reasoning % score
 
50%
Analytical writing scaled score
 
4.0
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
The program does not have minimum scores necessary for admission. However, higher GRE scores do improve an applicant's admission profile.

Observation Hours

 
The program recommends observation hours in more than one setting. The program prefers that the observation hours requirement be completed at the time of application.
Program's PT hours requirement
PT hours are required - no verification by a physical therapist
Total number of PT hours REQUIRED
100
Total number of PT hours RECOMMENDED
>200
DEADLINE for completion of all PT hours
12/01/2012
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Accepted/Considered
Outpatient
Accepted/Considered

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
No
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
No
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
Yes - for selected applicants only
Description of supplemental requirements
Applicants admitted to the program are required to supply an official copy of all college transcripts and GRE Scores to the Graduate Admissions Office of the University.
Supplemental Requirements
Official copies of all college transcripts, GRE scores sent to code 5613,
Deadline for supplemental materials
2013-08-01
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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
2
Additional information about program's reference requirements
The program requires two references, one from a Physical Therapist and the second from a professor. The program prefers that the professor reference come from either a science professor or a professor within the applicant's major.

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
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 (recommended)
Program policy for CANADIAN coursework
  • Send original Canadian transcript to PTCAS (recommended)
Additional information about program's policy on foreign coursework
English translation required for original transcripts.

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 prerequisite courses must be completed with a C or better (2.0 on 4.0 scale) to be accepted toward fulfilling the 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
No
Anatomy
An introductory course sequence of human anatomy and physiology I & II is acceptable. Comparative, vertebrate and other animal anatomy courses do NOT fulfill this requirement. 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: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Human
Biology / Biological Science
An 8 credit course sequence that provides an introduction to the chemical basis of life, cell biology, heredity and basic animal anatomy and physiology. Courses must be less than or equal to 10 years old at the time of application. Exceptions are made at the discretion of the PT admissions committee, if the applicant is able to provide documentation of functional use of the material. Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 8
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: Embryology
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Immunology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
  • Biology: Zoology
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Mammalian
Chemistry
An introductory course sequence that provides a combination of inorganic, organic and biochemistry is acceptable. Advanced Placement (AP) hours are NOT accepted. Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 8
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
Physics
An introductory course sequence of non-calculus based physics with an emphasis on mechanics, electricity, heat, light and sound is required. Advanced Placement (AP) hours are NOT accepted. Kinesiology and Biomechanics do NOT fulfill this requirement. Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 8
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
  • Physics II
Physiology
An introductory course sequence of human anatomy and physiology I & II is acceptable. Exercise physiology does NOT fulfill this requirement. 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: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Human
Psychology
Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Child
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: General
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Human Behavior
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
  • Psychology: Rehabilitation
  • Psychology: Social
Social/Behavioral Science
Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
Upper Division
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Adolescent
  • Psychology: Child
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Human Behavior
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
  • Psychology: Rehabilitation
  • Psychology: Social
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Anthropology
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Community Health
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Ethnic Studies
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Personal Health
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Sociology
Statistics
An introduction to statistics course is acceptable. 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