2015-16 Applicants

Army-Baylor University


Contact Information more...

US Army-Baylor University Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy
ATTN: MCCS-HGP
3599 Winfield Scott Road, Bldg 2841
Suite 1301
Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston TX, 78234-6100
(210) 221-6457
(210) 221-8410
usarmy.jbsa.medcom-ameddcs.mbx.army-baylor-dpt-program@mail.mil

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
01/02/2017
Institution's religious affiliation
http://www.baylor.edu/about/?_buref=1172-91940
Additional information about the class profile
Two-thirds of each class are applicants who are directly commissioned from the civilian sector into the military to begin the entry-level doctorate program. One-third are applicants who are currently on active duty or in the reserves in the Army, Navy, or Air Force.

During the recruitment process, civilian applicants are able to request which service branch (Army only, Navy only, or no preference) they would prefer to serve. The Air Force only selects applicants who are from AFROTC, graduates of the US Air Force Academy, or who are currently active duty enlisted or officers within the Air Force prior to application.

ALL applicants must meet the same minimum academic eligibility requirements in addition to military eligibility requirements to serve as an officer. ALL students serve as officers and graduate students of Baylor University during the 30 month program. Students do not pay tuition and do receive a salary during the program. There are 20 Army, 4 Navy, and 2 Air Force students in each class. After completion of the program, ALL graduates are required to serve 54 months of active duty service as a physical therapist in their respective service branch.
 

Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
26
Anticipated size of next entering class
26

Program Description more...

The US Army-Baylor University Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy is the program which traces its roots back over 90 years to the World War I era which sparked the growth of the physical therapy profession in the United States. Reconstruction Aides treated soldiers returning from Europe and a distinct need for formalized physical therapy training arose and triggered the formation of the American Physical Therapy Association. The Army physical therapy training program was first accredited in 1928 and trained civilians to work in military hospitals following graduation with a certificate in physical therapy.

During World War II, the need for physical therapists increased and enlisted women were granted commissions to become officers who established the Women's Medical Specialist Corps in 1947 later redesignated as the Army Medical Specialist Corps. This physical therapy educational program has been located at Fort Sam Houston, TX since 1948 and has trained generations of physical therapists. In 1971, Baylor University and the Army partnered to improve the program at the graduate level and established the US Army-Baylor University Graduate Program in Physical Therapy, offering a master's degree and graduating the first class in 1973.

During the Vietnam era, Army physical therapists demonstrated skillful management in the care of large numbers of soldiers with musculoskeletal injuries and were further designated as "physician extenders" skilled in neuromusculoskeletal evaluation with expanded privileges in ordering certain analgesic and anti inflammatory medication, referral to specialty providers, and use of diagnostic imaging. The program welcomed students from the US Navy and US Air Force and became a tri-service training program during the 1990's. In 2002, the US Army-Baylor University Graduate Program in Physical Therapy was awarded approval to offer the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree and graduated the first DPT class in 2006--effectively establishing the US Army-Baylor University Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy.

The US Army-Baylor University DPT Program of today recruits and selects highly-qualified individuals from the civilian sector to join the military and become officers in the US Army or the US Navy. Our program also selects applicants from within the active duty and reserve forces from all branches to transfer into our program from other military occupational specialties. Following initial entry training, these officers engage in 30 months of entry-level physical therapy training to receive the DPT. Upon graduation, our graduates are well-prepared to serve in two unique professions - as an active-duty officer and as a military physical therapist.

This military physical therapy program is located at the historic Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas and is the Home of Military Medicine. The US Army - Baylor University DPT Program is proud to be a part of the Army Medical Department Center and School and the Academy of Health Sciences Graduate School who share the mission to develop, train and educate highly skilled military medical personnel and leaders through academic excellence. Outstanding clinical sites nearby include Brooke Army Medical Center, the Center for the Intrepid, Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center and other excellent sites.

Our students enjoy an excellent 1:6 faculty to student ratio, a class size of 26 students, excellent clinical training opportunities, promotion and guaranteed job placement after graduation from a top-ranked, historic program. The student does not pay tuition for this program and all selected applicants must enter into military service, undergo initial entry training, and then complete the physical therapy training program to be awarded the DPT degree. All students earn a salary commensurate with their rank as a military officer during the program. One class begins in January each year and completes 18 months of didactic training and 12 months of clinical internship. Upon completion of this 30 month graduate training program, the student incurs an active duty service obligation of 54 months.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
11/02/2015
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
No
Important dates

APPLICANTS SHOULD APPLY EARLY DURING THE JULY-AUGUST TIMEFRAME.



Applicants are applying to the entry-level DPT program and to become a US millitary officer in a health profession.



All interested applicants are encouraged to travel to San Antonio, TX to visit Ft Sam Houston and tour the DPT program. Tours last 2 hours and applicants receive a comprehensive overview of the program and meet faculty and current students. Contact the program via email for further details.



Upcoming 2015 tour dates are: 19 MAR, 16 APR, 21 MAY, 18 JUN, 16 JUL



All applicants who are currently on active duty in the US Air Force, in USAF ROTC, or cadets at the US Air Force Academy must contact Mr. Kevin Smith at Air Force Personnel Center (210-565-2775, kevin.smith@us.af.mil) for initial screening prior to submitting the PTCAS application.



All applicants who are currently on active duty in the US Army should review AR 601-37, 21-15. Active duty Navy sailors should contact CAPT Todd Sander (todd.c.sander.mil@mail.mil) prior to application. Applicants should make contact with a local US Army healthcare recruiter and request information on a career as a physical therapist and learn more about becoming a military officer. http://www.goarmy.com/locate-a-recruiter.html.



PTCAS applications will be reviewed and the best qualified applicants will be interviewed. We are planning to conduct all interviews prior to 31 DEC 2015.



Civilian applicants selected to proceed to the selection board will undergo a full military entrance recruiting process by their local US Army healthcare recruiting station near their residence during the NOV 2015 to FEB 2016 timeframe. Applicants who are not physically fit for military service or who are ineligible to be appointed as an officer will not be enrolled in the program. Applicants who are not selected for the program are not required to join the military. Entrance into the military is predicated upon selection into the DPT program. Branch selection into the Army or the Navy occurs during the selection board.



The selection board meets in FEB 2016. Selected applicants will be notified in early MAR 2016 and given 10 days after notification to accept or decline an offer. Selected applicants will receive orders in JUN to JUL 2016 and proceed to initial entrance training by SEP 2016 in accordance with instructions from recruiting personnel. The DPT Program begins on 2 JAN 2017 and ends in AUG 2019.


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
No

Deposits

Deposit Required
No
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$0.00

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
3.25
3.70
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.25
3.70
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
All undergraduate coursework is included in the calculation of the cumulative GPA. Pass/fail courses are not included in the calculation. Prerequisite courses taken at the graduate level are not counted in the cumulative GPA.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
7532
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle
11/02/2015
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle
03/14/2011
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score
152
157
Quantitative reasoning scaled score
148
156
Analytical writing scaled score
3.5
4.0

Observation Hours

 
Applicants are required to complete a minimum of 100 observation hours in a physical therapy clinic. It is recommended that the applicant complete these hours in a variety of PT clinical practice settings. Applicants are recommended to pursue observation hours in a military physical therapy clinic, and/or in a Veteran's Affairs Medical Center.
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
100
DEADLINE for completion of all PT hours
11/02/2015
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Accepted/Considered
Outpatient
Accepted/Considered

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
No
Supplemental fee amount
$0.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
Yes
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
Yes - for selected applicants only
Description of supplemental requirements
Applicants must complete the GoBaylorGrad application to the Baylor University Graduate School as the final step of enrollment in the US Army-Baylor University DPT Program.
Supplemental Requirements
GoBaylorGrad Application: Baylor Graduate School Application (sent only to selected applicants in March 2016)
Deadline for supplemental materials
2015-11-02
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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
Non-native speakers must submit official TOEFL scores?
No
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
Only US citizens may be appointed per Army Regulation 601-37 and Section 532(a)(1), Title 10, United States Code (10 USC 532(a)(1)).

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
Yes
Link to program's prerequisite instructions
Anatomy
Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
Upper Division
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 3-4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Human
Biology / Biological Science
Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 3-4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Advanced
  • Biology: General I
  • Biology: General II
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Zoology
  • A&P: Exercise Physiology
Chemistry
Program requires a total of 8 semester hours in chemistry. Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Advanced
  • Chemistry: Any
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
Chemistry
See above
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Any
Physics
Program requires a total of 8 semester hours in physics 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
See above
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics: General
  • Physics II
Physiology
Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
Upper Division
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3-4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Exercise Physiology
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Psychology
Program requires a total of 6 semester hours in 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: Adolescent
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: General
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Human Behavior
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
  • Psychology: Rehabilitation
  • Psychology: Social
Psychology
See above
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Adolescent
  • 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
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
Statistics
Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics