2012-13 Applicants

Nova Southeastern University - Fort Lauderdale


This page is intended for college transfer students and graduates ONLY. High school students MUST contact the institution directly for information about the guaranteed freshman-entry program. Do not apply using PTCAS.

Contact Information more...

Monica Hernandez-Sanchez
Admissions Counselor
Physical Therapy Program
Nova Southeastern University
3200 S. University Dr.
Fort Lauderdale FL, 33328
(954) 262-1110
(954) 262-1664
ptinfo@nova.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
05/28/2013
Dual-degree programs offered in conjunction with PT degree
BS in Biology or Athletic Training.
Additional information about the class profile
Anticipated Size of Most Recent Entering Class in Tampa HE-DPT was 30.

Anticipated Size of Next Entering Class in Tampa HE-DPT is 40.
 

Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
57
Anticipated size of next entering class
50
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
45%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
55%

Program Description more...

NSU has 2 entry level DPT Programs: A traditional, campus-based 3-year DPT program offered on our Ft. Lauderdale FL campus, and a 4-year Hybrid DPT program offered on our Tampa FL campus. The total cost for both programs is the same. There are 2 separate supplemental applications: You can apply to one or both NSU programs with one supplemental application fee. Admission criteria and standards are the same for both NSU DPT Programs.

In the entry-level DPT programs at NSU, faculty and students are committed to active participation in the profession, in all areas of scholarship, in mentoring, and in serving all community populations, including the medically underserved and uninsured, through service learning and clinical education experiences. Students are admitted in the summer semester and graduates are awarded a D.P.T. degree upon satisfactory completion of all requirements.

There are many other benefits to attending NSU’s entry-level DPT programs:

* A fully accredited PT program

* A low faculty to student ratio

* A qualified and experienced PT faculty

* A multicultural faculty

* An opportunity for interdisciplinary collaboration

* Modern, state-of-the-art, and technologically advanced facilities

* Located on 2 beautiful campuses in sunny Ft. Lauderdale, and Tampa Florida

Traditional Entry-Level DPT Program: Ft. Lauderdale

The traditional Entry- Level Doctor of Physical Therapy (EDPT) Program is a campus-based program located in the College of Health Care Sciences at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) in Ft. Lauderdale. The 3-year program includes 41 weeks of full time clinical training. Student-learning experiences occur in a combination of traditional instruction, case-based interactive learning, and clinical lab skills training. Clinical education training begins in the winter semester of year one. Students are admitted in the summer semester and graduates are awarded a D.P.T. degree upon satisfactory completion of all requirements.

Hybrid Entry-Level DPT Program: Tampa

The Hybrid Entry-Level Doctor of Physical Therapy (HE-DPT) program is designed for energetic, mature individuals who seek a more flexible educational schedule for personal, financial, or geographic reasons. Instruction is delivered both online and on-campus utilizing the same curriculum developed for Ft. Lauderdale; however, classes are distributed over four years instead of three. Each month, three weeks of interactive online instruction is followed by four (8-hour) days of on-campus institutes held Friday through Sunday, allowing students the flexibility to work if needed. Clinical education experiences begin at the start of the 2nd year by integrating actual patient experiences into lab classrooms. The 4th year of the program consists of full-time clinical education experiences.


The on-campus institutes are held at our beautiful Tampa Student Education Center (SEC). The Tampa SEC features the following:

* Four distinct programs from NSU’s College of Health Care Sciences, including physical and occupational therapy, anesthesiology assistan,t and cardiovascular sonography. The SEC also has classes in business, education,and speech-language.

* State-of-the-art classrooms, in-patient and out-patient labs, functional performance labs, a simulated apartment for ADL training, as well as student lounges, computer labs, and study areas.

* Conveniently located near major airports and highways (I-4, I-75, and I-275) with easy access to St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Orlando, Gainesville, Sarasota, Ft. Meyers, and even southern Georgia. Students do not have to relocate to Tampa to enroll in this program; there are 4 hotels within walking distance of our campus.

* Dynamic, experienced physical therapy faculty with recent clinical experience and intensive training in on-line education.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
1/15/2013
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
Yes
Important dates

The admission committee will start the review process and begin accepting applicants at the end of October. Therefore, applicants are highly recommended to apply early. 


Open house for both Fort Lauderdale and Tampa campuses will be held monthly during the admission cycle for applicants who want to visit the campus and have questions answered. Please contact the admission office for actual dates. Open houses are also published on the website.

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
2.90
3.50
Program-specific Prerequisite
2.90
3.50
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
Science and Math GPA: 2.9

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
7741
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle
03/01/2013
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle
01/01/2008
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
Both the GRE General Test and the GRE revised General Test will be accepted.

Observation Hours

 
Number of observation hours and variety of experience will be taken into consideration for admission.
Program's PT hours requirement
PT hours are not required but are highly recommended
Total number of PT hours RECOMMENDED
150
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Accepted/Considered
Outpatient
Accepted/Considered

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
Yes
Supplemental fee amount
$50.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
Yes
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
No
Description of supplemental requirements
Once the PTCAS application has been received by Nova Southeastern University, a supplemental application will be made available online. An e-mail will be sent to potential applicant.
Deadline for supplemental materials
2013-03-15
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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 original Canadian transcript to PTCAS
Additional information about program's policy on foreign coursework

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
Combined Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II can be accepted for Human Anatomy and Human Physiology course; must be taken in the biology/anatomy department; cannot be "applied" course.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Human
Biology / Biological Science
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: Embryology
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
  • Biology: Zoology
Chemistry I
Must be taken in the chemistry department; cannot be "applied" course.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Organic
Chemistry II
Must be taken in the chemistry department; cannot be "applied" course.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Organic
English Composition / Writing
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • English Composition
Physics I
Must be taken in the physics department; cannot be "applied" course.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physics II
Must be taken in the physics department; cannot be "applied" course.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Physiology
Combined Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II can be accepted for Human Anatomy and Human Physiology course; must be taken in the biology/anatomy department; cannot be "applied" course.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Human
Psychology
Must be taken in their respective department; cannot be "applied" course.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: General
  • Psychology: Human Behavior
Social/Behavioral Science
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Adolescent
  • Psychology: Child
  • Psychology: Death & Dying
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Human Behavior
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
  • Psychology: Rehabilitation
  • Psychology: Social
  • Psychology: Sports
Statistics
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Business: Statistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics