2015-16 Applicants

Hardin-Simmons University


Contact Information more...

Janelle K. O'Connell, PT, Ph.D., DPT or Renee Faulks
Department Head/Director of Admissions; Administrative Assistant
2200 HIckory; HSU Box 16065
Hardin-Simmons University
Abilene TX, 79698
(888) 820-0218
(325) 670-5860
ptoffice@hsutx.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
08/23/2016
Institution's religious affiliation
Baptist
Additional information about the class profile
Tuition for out-of-state students is the same as for in-state students.
Social networking
Facebook Page for PT Program
Facebook Page for Parent University/College/School
Twitter Page for PT Program
Twitter Page for Parent University/College/School
 

Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
28
Anticipated size of next entering class
28
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
92%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
4%
% of INTERNATIONAL (non-U.S./non-Canadian)
4%

Program Description more...

Located in Abilene, Texas and founded in 1891 by a dedicated group of ministers, ranchers, and merchants, Hardin-Simmons University continues its commitment to developing the minds and nurturing the spiritual lives of its students through its mission to provide “an education enlightened by faith.” The Department of Physical Therapy at HSU was founded in 1995 and became the first private school to offer the entry-level Physical Therapy program and the first to offer the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program in the great state of Texas. The core value statement of the program is "Exemplifying excellence and integrity through lifelong learning, service, and faith." These values are implemented in the classroom, clinic, and community and modeled by a faculty who are actively engaged in clinical research, practice, and professional service.

In the classroom, students receive an outstanding, personalized education guided by an experienced and talented teaching faculty who mentor students both professionally and spiritually. Qualified students must be motivated, dedicated, self-driven learners. The small class size of 28 students (7:1 student: faculty ratio) creates a collegial environment where leaders are crafted who strive for distinction in the classroom, clinic, and community. The fast-paced 28 month curriculum includes 38 weeks of full-time clinical rotations in a variety of settings as well as completion of a directed research project.

Integrated clinical experiences begin the first week through the PT Department’s Campus Clinic, the Abilene community Medical Mission (serving homeless and underserved neighbors), and other medical facilities in the local area. Our individualized approach to clinical placements allows us to match each student’s interests and needs with experienced clinical faculty at more than 400 health care facilities across the country.

Multiple opportunities exist for students to participate in community service events, sponsored continuing education courses, and an annual mission trip where their faith is put into action. As a result, our students leave with more than a degree – they also build an impressive resume! The HSU PT program’s outcomes include graduation rates, licensure pass rates, and employment rates which consistently exceed the national average while maintaining tuition costs far below other private schools in the country. Come join us for an exemplary education that is built on integrity, ethical excellence, and the prayerful support of our Christian community.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
11/02/2015
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
Yes
Important dates

Seats in the upcoming class are offered after each interview/Preview Day. 



The number of seats available at each interview session are limited.



**Applicants who apply before their summer 2015 grades are available must submit an un-official (student-issued) transcript or a scanned image of an unofficial (student-issued) transcript for the summer 2015  term directly to program (ptoffice@hsutx.edu) by September 1st.  Any acceptance offer made by the program will be contingent on the applicant’s successful completion of the PTCAS Academic Update in December.**


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
Yes
Special eligibility requirements for Early Decision candidates
Early decision candidates must interview in September.

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$1000.00
Additional Information about Deposit
A non-refundable seat deposit of $1000 is due within one month of acceptance and totally applied to the first semester tuition.

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
3.20
3.60
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.10
3.60
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
Only 2 science courses may be taken at a community college. Applicants must have 6 of 9 Science/Stats prerequisite courses completed before a seat in the class may be offered. Repeated course grades are averaged to determine the GPA.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
0966
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle
11/01/2015
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle
11/01/2006
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score
142
153
Verbal reasoning % score
16%
59%
Quantitative reasoning scaled score
142
153
Quantitative reasoning % score
12%
52%
Analytical writing scaled score
3.0
4.0
Analytical writing % score
15%
56%
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
Preferred scores should be around 150 on the Verbal and Quantitative section and a 4 on writing. Verbal and writing scores are used in the selection formula.

Observation Hours

 
* References must be submitted from two different licensed Physical Therapists working in two different practice settings from two different facilities.

* A minimum of 40 hours of observation under EACH PT is required.

* Examples of different practice settings include:
- outpatient clinics (including corporate health centers,
- athletic facilities or fitness centers),
- hospitals (critical care, acute care, cardiac care),
- rehabilitation facilities,
- skilled nursing or extended care or subacute facilities,
- home health,
- pediatrics (schools or outpatient),
- wound care,
- hospices.
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
80
Total number of PT hours RECOMMENDED
300
DEADLINE for completion of all PT hours
11/01/2015
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?
No
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
Yes
Description of supplemental requirements
**Applicants who apply before their summer 2015 grades are available must submit an un-official (student-issued) transcript or a scanned image of an unofficial (student-issued) transcript for the summer 2015 term directly to program (ptoffice@hsutx.edu) by September 1st. Any acceptance offer made by the program will be contingent on the applicant’s successful completion of the PTCAS Academic Update in December.**
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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
* References must be submitted from two different licensed Physical Therapists working in two different practice settings from two different facilities.

* A minimum of 40 hours of observation under EACH PT is required.

* Examples of different practice settings include:
- outpatient clinics (including corporate health centers, athletic facilities or fitness centers),
- hospitals (critical care, acute care, cardiac care),
- rehabilitation facilities,
- skilled nursing or extended care or subacute facilities,
- home health,
- pediatrics (schools or outpatient),
- wound care,
- hospices.

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
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
**Applicants who apply before their summer 2015 grades are available must submit an un-official (student-issued) transcript or a scanned image of an unofficial (student-issued) transcript for the summer 2015 term directly to program (ptoffice@hsutx.edu) by September 1st. Any acceptance offer made by the program will be contingent on the applicant’s successful completion of the PTCAS Academic Update in December.**

Only 2 science courses may be taken at a community college. Applicants must have 6 of 9 Science/Stats prerequisites courses completed before a seat in the class may be offered.
Bachelor's degree required prior to matriculation into PT program?
Varies
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
Preference is for a 4 hour upper division Human Anatomy course with a lab. Other upper division human biology courses will be accepted that may only be 3 hours or not have a lab. Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
Upper Division
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
SH: 3-4
Acceptable Courses
Anatomy & Physiology I
Either A&P I & II sequence OR Bio I & II sequence are required. 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: Exercise Physiology
Anatomy & Physiology II
Either A&P I & II sequence OR Bio I & II sequence are required. 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: Exercise Physiology
Biology I
Either Bio I & II sequence OR A&P I & II sequence are required. Minimum requirement of Biology I & II for science majors with respective laboratories. 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
Either Bio I & II sequence OR A&P I & II sequence are required. Minimum requirement of Biology I & II for science majors with respective laboratories. 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
Minimum requirement of General Chemistry I & II for science majors with respective laboratories. 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: Organic
  • Chemistry I
Chemistry II
Minimum requirement of General Chemistry I & II for science majors with respective laboratories. 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: Organic
  • Chemistry II
Physics I
Course is not required to be calculus-based. 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
Course is not required to be calculus-based. 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
Preference is for a 4 hour upper division Human Physiology course with a lab. Other upper division human biology courses will be accepted that may only be 3 hours or not have a lab. Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
Upper Division
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
SH: 3 or 4
Acceptable Courses
Psychology
Two course are required.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Adolescent
  • Psychology: Advanced
  • Psychology: Child
  • Psychology: Death & Dying
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: General I
  • Psychology: General
  • Psychology: General II
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Human Behavior
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
  • Psychology: Rehabilitation
Psychology
See above
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Adolescent
  • Psychology: Advanced
  • Psychology: Child
  • Psychology: Death & Dying
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: General I
  • Psychology: General
  • Psychology: General II
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Human Behavior
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
  • Psychology: Rehabilitation
Statistics
Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses