2016-17 Applicants

Tennessee State University


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Brittany Price
Administrative Assistant
Department of Physical Therapy
Tennessee State University
3500 John A Merritt Boulevard
Nashville TN, 37209
(615) 963-5881
(615) 963-5946
bcosby@tnstate.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
06/05/2017
Additional information about the class profile
NOTE: It is very possible that we will fill our class with Early Decision applicants.

Our program offers the Early Decision (ED) option. We highly encourage all applicants who rank TSU Physical Therapy as their top choice of programs to utilize the Early Decision option.

We will only review COMPLETED applications. COMPLETED applications require the applicant to have a pre-req GPA >3.0, a GRE score of at least a 150 on the Verbal section and at least a 150 on the Quantitative section, and application to the TSU School of Graduate Studies and Research.

We will reserve no more than ten (10) Early Decision (ED) slots for TSU undergraduates who submit a COMPLETED Early Decision application AND who meet the qualifications for admission. If there are more than 10 TSU undergraduate students who submit qualifying ED applications, we will utilize an objective ranking system based on the pre-req GPA, the GRE score, the interview, and the onsite essay to select the top 10 applicants from this pool. If there are less than 10 TSU undergraduates who submit ED applications, the remaining slots will be open to all ED applicants.

After the Early Decision process is complete, if there is space still available, we will utilize a rolling admission process based on application COMPLETION date to determine which General applications to review.

All applicants (ED and General) will be ranked based on pre-req GPA and GRE score in order to determine who will be invited for the interview and onsite essay.

Acceptance into the program will be based on an an objective ranking system that includes the pre-req GPA, GRE score, interview score, onsite essay score, and recommendations.
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Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
37
Anticipated size of next entering class
36
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
60%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
40%

Program Description more...

Dear Prospective Student,

Thank you for interest in our Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program at Tennessee State University.

Our program’s mission is to graduate competent entry-level physical therapists who demonstrate cultural competence, apply research evidence to practice, uphold the code of ethics, value lifelong learning, and engage in socially responsible community leadership.

Our program has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) since 2005. We have been graduating doctorally prepared physical therapists since 2009.

We have an excellent program with well qualified faculty members who offer a wealth of academic and clinical experience. I invite you to visit our website at http://www.tnstate.edu/pt to learn more about our university, our program, the faculty, and the application/admission process.

We have attempted to make our application process and admission requirements explicitly clear. We expect you to read each section of this application closely and carefully before submitting your application information.

Our application process and admission requirements are very clear on the PTCAS webpage and on our website. Please read all information carefully before submitting questions.

If after reading the PTCAS and website information, you still have a question, PLEASE feel comfortable contacting us and we will do all we can to help you. We pride ourselves in the customer service and individual attention we give applicants. So, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Please call our main office and speak with our Administrative Assistant, Mrs. Brittany Cosby-Price.

Mrs.Cosby-Price
bcosby@tnstate.edu
615-963-5881.

If she cannot answer your question(s), she will forward you to a member of our Admissions Committee to help you further.

Again, thank you for considering our program. I wish you the best in your endeavors.

Peace,

David A. Lehman, PT, PhD
Professor
Chair, Admissions Committee
Tennessee State University
Department of Physical Therapy
3500 John A Merritt Boulevard
Nashville TN 37209
Phone: (615) 963-5946
Fax: (615) 963-5935
Email: dlehman@tnstate.edu

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
10/03/2016
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
Yes
Important dates

Mission Statement, Vision Statement, and Statement of Core Values



Mission Statement: Tennessee State University, a Historically Black College/University (HBCU), fosters scholarly inquiry and research, life-long learning, and a commitment to service.



Vision Statement: Tennessee State University aspires to achieve national and international prominence, building on its heritage and preparing leaders for a global society.



Core Values: Tennessee State University maintains the following core values:




  • Excellence

  • Learning

  • Accountability

  • Integrity

  • Shared governance

  • Diversity

  • Service



NOTE:  It is very possible that we will fill our class with Early Decision applicants. We highly encourage all applicants who rank TSU Physical Therapy as their top choice of programs to utilize the Early Decision option. 


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
Yes
Special eligibility requirements for Early Decision candidates
Requirements for Early Decision option:

1. ALL BUT FOUR (4) pre-requisite courses must be completed at time of Early Decision application (ONLY 2 may be remaining for Spring semester before the summer semester the program starts).

2. COMPLETION of the GRE with qualifying scores (150 Verbal and 150 Quantitative - we do not consider a combined score).

3. Application and payment of application fee to School of Graduate Studies and Research: http://www.tnstate.edu/graduate/apply.aspx

NOTE of CONDITIONAL ACCEPTANCE: If accepted for Early Decision (or General Admission), and you still have pre-requisites to complete, recommendations outstanding, and/or a bachelor degree to complete, you may be accepted under the CONDITIONS that you meet the pre-requisite GPA requirement of a 3.0 or greater, will have recommendations submitted, and/or complete a bachelor's degree. If you fail to do so, we will not be able to honor your acceptance as UNCONDITIONAL and thus you will not be admitted into the program and allowed to register for classes.

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$250.00
Additional Information about Deposit
Once you have been accepted and choose to attend our program, we will give you three weeks to secure your space by paying a deposit. Information about the deposit will be sent with your acceptance email. Your deposit is Non-refundable. Your deposit will be credited toward your tuition if you enroll and register for classes. If you do not enroll, you will forfeit your deposit.
Deposit Refundable?
No

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
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.00
3.57
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
A minimum of a 3.0 pre-requisite GPA is required for your application to be considered. The pre-requisite GPA will be based on the highest grade earned for repeated course(s).

Be sure to download, complete and submit the "Pre-requisite Course Calculation Chart" referred to in the Supplemental Application section. You can access the Pre-requisite Chart" at the following Dropbox link:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/5jaszgbeoatj65g/zfvxCkIYyX


If you are not sure that a course will be accepted as a pre-requisite or substitution, please email the title of the course, credit hours, and the course description to Dr. David A. Lehman at dlehman@tnstate.edu. Questionable pre-req courses will be either approved or denied by the Admissions Committee.

We DO NOT accept Introductory Science courses as pre-requisites (i.e. Introduction to Biology). It is recommended your science courses be considered by the institution as courses acceptable for Science majors, Health Science majors, or pre-PT (pre-Med) majors. If your institution only offers Introduction courses, you will be required to have them approved as being equivalent to the General course (i.e. Introduction to Biology is equivalent to General Biology I). If your university offers General Science courses and Introductory Science courses, take the General Science courses as pre-requisites.

We accept pre-requisites from regionally accredited Community College and 4-year Universities.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
7759
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle
10/01/2011
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score
150
 
Quantitative reasoning scaled score
150
 
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
Although we do not require a "last acceptable GRE test date," a qualifying GRE score is required for an application to be considered complete. We do not review applications without a GRE score.

Our program requires a score of 150 for the Verbal section and 150 for the Quantitative section; we do not consider the combined score. Applicants who meet the minimum GRE score for one section (but not the other) may still apply. However, preference will be given to candidates who meet the minimum scores for both sections.

We will accept the highest score for each section if the GRE is taken more than once. The number of times you have taken the GRE will not be held against you.

Submit your official GRE scores to code #7759 for the "Tennessee St U Phys Therapy". GRE scores for code #7759 will automatically be sent to PTCAS. Do NOT send your GRE scores to the main university or graduate admissions code.

Observation Hours

 
A total of 40 hours of observation in TWO clinical settings is REQUIRED. Any combination of hours in the settings is acceptable (i.e. 30 inpatient, 10 home health). It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that you get more than the required amount of exposure, in as many settings as possible, and to interview Physical Therapists (PT) to learn as much as possible about the profession and the health care system. This will be of great benefit to you in making the decision to be a physical therapist. Knowledge of the profession from numerous experiences may also help your performance in the interview process, if you are invited for an interview.
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
Total number of PT hours RECOMMENDED
As many hours in as many settings as possible
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Accepted/Considered
Outpatient
Accepted/Considered

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
Yes
Supplemental fee amount
$35.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
Yes
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
Yes
Description of supplemental requirements
There are TWO Supplemental Materials REQUIRED: We will NOT review your application until these materials are submitted as described below:

1. In order for an application to be reviewed (considered complete), The applicant MUST apply to the Tennessee State University School of Graduate Studies and Research and pay the required application fee. Application and payment may be completed at http://www.tnstate.edu/graduate/apply.aspx.

2. The "Pre-requisite Course Calculation Chart" is to be emailed to Mrs. Brittany Cosby-Price at bcosby@tnstate.edu.

You can access the Pre-requisite Course Calculation Chart at the following Dropbox link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/5jaszgbeoatj65g/zfvxCkIYyX . Please copy and paste the link into your browser, complete the form as instructed above, and email to bcosby@tnstate.edu. APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED WITHOUT A COMPLETED PRE-REQUISITE CHART!
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When responding to TSU's school-specific question #6, as shown below and found in the PTCAS application, please copy and paste the link into your browser and be sure to read pages 181-182 as instructed.

http://www.tnstate.edu/graduate/2013-2015_FINAL%20COPY%20GRADUATE%20CATALOG-PUBLISH%20v2.pdf
Supplemental Requirements
Pre-requisite Course Calculation Chart: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/5jaszgbeoatj65g/zfvxCkIYyX, Application and Payment to College of Graduate Studies and Research: http://www.tnstate.edu/graduate/apply.aspx,
Link to supplemental forms or instructions
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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
- TWO recommendations are REQUIRED.

- One recommendation must be from a Physical Therapist.

- Recommendations MUST be from someone who can speak to the following qualities of the candidate. Persons providing a recommendation must honestly score the following qualities on the PTCAS Recommendation Page. If the reference cannot score a particular quality, he/she must select N/A.
* Commitment to Learning
* Interpersonal Skills
* Communication Skills
* Effective Use of Time
* Use of Constructive Feedback
* Ethical and Professional Behavior
* Responsibility
* Critical Thinking
* Stress Management
* Problem Solving
* Leadership

- It is REQUIRED that the person submitting your recommendation do so via the PTCAS system.

- We will not accept letters of support sent directly to our department.

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
Applicants with international undergraduate degrees should consult the appropriate sections of the TSU Graduate Catalog for International Admission Procedures.

Information may be found at:
http://www.tnstate.edu/graduate/internationalstudentadmission.aspx.

Once the TSU Graduate School approves your undergraduate degree, you must submit your course evaluation to the Physical Therapy department if you wish for any courses taken outside the US to be approved as pre-requisite courses.

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
A minimum of a 3.0 pre-requisite GPA is required for your application to be considered. The pre-requisite GPA will be based on the highest grade earned for repeated course(s).

Be sure to complete and submit the "Pre-requisite Course and Calculation Table" referred to in the Supplemental Application section:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/5jaszgbeoatj65g/zfvxCkIYyX

If you are not sure that a course will be accepted as a pre-requisite or substitution, please email the title of the course, credit hours, and the course description to Dr. David A. Lehman at dlehman@tnstate.edu. Questionable pre-req courses will be either approved or denied by the Admissions Committee.

We DO NOT accept Introductory courses as pre-requisites (i.e. Introduction to Biology). It is recommended your science courses be considered by the institution as courses acceptable for Science majors, Health Science majors, or pre-PT (pre-Med) majors. If your institution only offers Introduction courses, you will be required to have them approved as being equivalent to the General course (i.e. Introduction to Biology is equivalent to General Biology I).

We accept pre-requisites from regionally accredited Community College and 4-year Universities.
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
Link to program's prerequisite instructions
Anatomy
You must either take: 1. ANATOMY as a STAND ALONE course (and a PHYSIOLOGY stand alone course to complement it) or 2. Anatomy and Physiology I and II (it is recommended you make sure the Anatomy and Physiology I and II sequence has a strong anatomy component). We will NOT accept one portion of the A and P I and II sequence as a stand alone ANATOMY requirement. You MUST take a stand alone ANATOMY course if you wish for us to accept a stand alone Physiology course.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Human
Biology I
The Biology prerequisite requirements can be fulfilled by almost any General or Upper Level Biology related course. If you have a question regarding the acceptance of a potential course for the Biology requirement, feel free to contact the Chair of PT Admissions. A lab is required for any such substitution to be accepted. Online courses are accepted if they include a lab component. Introductory courses are not accepted (i.e. Introduction to Biology)
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Any
Biology II
The Biology prerequisite requirements can be fulfilled by almost any General or Upper Level Biology related course. If you have a question regarding the acceptance of a potential course for the Biology requirement, feel free to contact the Chair of PT Admissions. A lab is required for any such substitution to be accepted. Online courses are accepted if they include a lab component. Introductory courses are not accepted (i.e. Introduction to Biology)
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Any
Chemistry I
The Chemistry prerequisite requirements can be fulfilled by almost any General or Upper Level Chemistry related course. If you have a question regarding the acceptance of a potential course for the Chemistry requirement, feel free to contact the Chair of PT Admissions. A lab is required for any such substitution to be accepted. Online courses are accepted if they include a lab component. Introductory courses are not accepted (i.e. Introduction to Chemistry)
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Advanced
  • Chemistry: Any
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry I
Chemistry II
The Chemistry prerequisite requirements can be fulfilled by almost any General or Upper Level Chemistry related course. If you have a question regarding the acceptance of a potential course for the Chemistry requirement, feel free to contact the Chair of PT Admissions. A lab is required for any such substitution to be accepted. Online courses are accepted if they include a lab component. Introductory courses are not accepted (i.e. Introduction to Chemistry)
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Advanced
  • Chemistry: Any
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry II
Math
Any college level math that satisfies the pre-requisite requirement to take Physics I. If your univeristy does not require a math in order to take Physics, please make notice of that to our admission chair at dlehman@tnstate.edu. If you were not required to take a math to graduate, tested out of math, or took an AP Math in High School, whereas there will not be a math on your transcript, please notify us.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Mathematics: Any
PHYSICS OPTION #1
PHYSICS OPTION #1. In addition to Physics I with lab, applicants must take either (a) Physics II with lab or (b) a Movement Science course (i.e. Biomechanics, Kinesiology, Motor Learning/Control). A lab is NOT required if submitting a Movement Science course as substitution for a Physics course.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
PHYSICS OPTION #2
PHYSICS OPTION #2. In addition to Physics I with lab, applicants must take either (a) Physics II with lab or (b) a Movement Science course (i.e. Biomechanics, Kinesiology, Motor Learning/Control). A lab is NOT required if submitting a Movement Science course as substitution for a Physics course.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
Physiology
You must either take: 1. PHYSIOLOGY as a STAND ALONE course (and an ANATOMY stand alone course to complement it) or 2. Anatomy and Physiology I and II We will NOT accept one portion of the A and P I and II sequence as a stand alone Physiology requirement. You MUST take a stand alone Physiology course if you wish for us to accept a stand alone Anatomy course.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Neurophysiology
  • A&P: Pathophysiology
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Any
  • A&P: Exercise Physiology
  • A&P: Human
PSYCHOLOGY OPTION #1
PSYCHOLOGY OPTION #1: In addition to a Psychology course, program requires (a) a second Psychology course or (b) a Philosophy/Logic (or equivalent) course. Introductory courses are not accepted (i.e. Introduction to Psychology)
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
PSYCHOLOGY OPTION #2
PSYCHOLOGY OPTION #2: In addition to a Psychology course, program requires (a) a second Psychology course or (b) a Philosophy/Logic (or equivalent) course. Introductory courses are not accepted (i.e. Introduction to Psychology)
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
Statistics
Any elementary, general or specialized statistics course will be considered. A "Research" course that has an introduction to statistical methods may be considered.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics