2012-13 Applicants

Georgia Southern University


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Contact Information more...

Linda Aimone
PT Department Secretary
Department of Rehabilitation Sciences
Doctor of Physical Therapy Program 154 University Hall
Armstrong Atlantic State University
11935 Abercorn Street
Savannah GA, 31419
(912) 344-2580
ptdept@armstrong.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
05/17/2012
Additional information about the class profile
There is no fixed percentage of in-state or out-of-state students.
 

Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
20
Anticipated size of next entering class
20
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
85%
% of WICHE applicants accepted
0%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
15%
% of CANADIAN applicants accepted
0%
% of INTERNATIONAL (non-U.S./non-Canadian)
0%

Program Description more...

The Physical Therapy Program at Armstrong Atlantic State University is a full-time program. The program consists of nine semesters of academic course work, including three full-time clinical affiliations (with a minimum of 30 weeks of full-time clinical practice) and several additional clinical experiences. Upon completion of the program, all students are awarded a Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) degree. All program graduates are eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Examination and apply for state licensure in all jurisdictions.

The professional curriculum is designed in two phases: "systems" and "lifespan." Courses introduced during the first year use a systems approach with cases in musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary, neuromuscular, and integumentary physical therapy. As closely as possible, courses are coordinated so that students are instructed in the anatomy, pathology and diagnosis related to specific joints or systems of the body at the same time. During the third semester, students are given the opportunity to practice and integrate their professional skills in a simulated clinic course, Case Management. (Use of this experiential learning technique has been presented at international meetings.) Following the completion of the first year, students have an 8-week full-time clinical experience, allowing them to further solidify and integrate the classroom material in a clinical setting.

During the second year of study, students explore practice topics in greater depth within the context of a lifespan approach, covering content from diseases of children to impairments associated with aging. At the end of these more advanced courses are two final full-time 11-week clinical experiences.

The curriculum is further integrated by team teaching, a feature of several of the courses. Besides providing linkages between courses, this enables the faculty to serve as role models for the advantages associated with working together as a team.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
10/15/2012
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
No
Important dates
Informational sessions and Physical Therapy Department tours are offered on a regular basis.  Please visit our website, www.pt.armstrong.edu, or call 912-344-2580/e-mail us at ptdept@armstorng.edu to schedule a visit.  Interviews for the early acceptance process will occur in mid to late September.  Interviews for the regular admissions process will be in mid-January.

Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
Yes
Special eligibility requirements for Early Decision candidates
As with the regular application, early decision applicants must have completed five (5) of their eight (8) required science and mathematics courses prior to submitting the application and show evidence of being able to complete all eight (8) science and mathematics courses and the two (2) behavioral science courses prior to matriculating into the DPT Program.

Deposits

Deposit Required
No
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$0.00
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
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative
3.00
3.00
Science Courses (PTCAS Science GPA)
3.00
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
Applicants must have no less than a 3.0 grade point average in all PTCAS science courses and an overall grade point average of no less than 3.0 as calculated by PTCAS.

No grade of D or F will be acceptable in any of the prerequisite courses. If a grade of D or F is earned in a prerequisite course, that course cannot be repeated more than one time. Only two prerequisite courses may be repeated.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
7813
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score
146
 
Quantitative reasoning scaled score
144
 
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
To be considered for acceptance, applicants must achieve a score on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) of no less than 400 on the verbal section and 400 on the quantitative section, with an overall total of at least 900 on these two sections if taken prior to July 31, 2011. If the Revised GRE was taken, applicants must have at least a 146 on the verbal section and 144 on the quantitative section, with an overall total of at least 290 on these two sections combined.


Observation Hours

 
Applicants need to demonstrate an understanding of physical therapy practice. This requirement can be achieved through work or volunteer experiences in a variety of physical therapy settings. It is recommended that the applicant has worked or volunteered in two or more different physical therapy settings for a total of 100 hours. It is also recommended that at least 20 of those hours are obtained in an "inpatient" setting (acute care, inpatient rehabilitation or long-term care). However, more volunteer hours than this minimum will strengthen the application.
Program's PT hours requirement
PT hours are not required but are highly recommended
Total number of PT hours RECOMMENDED
100
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?
No
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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
Additional information about program's reference requirements
Applicants must have one reference from a physical therapist who has observed or supervised the applicant in a clinical setting.

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
Non-native English speakers may submit TOEFL or GRE verbal scores. For students whose second language is English, a TOEFL score of at least 600 paper-based, 250 computer-based or 80 internet-web based may be substituted for the minimal verbal GRE score. The TOEFL score is not used in calculating a final application score during review of the applications as there is no mechanism for converting a TOEFL score into a GRE verbal score. As a result, the applicant's application score may be lower than those of applicants who took the entire GRE. English translation required for original foreign 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
NOTE: Five (5) of the eight (8) science and mathematics courses need to be completed prior to submitting the application, and evidence must be shown in the application that all prerequisite courses will be completed prior to matriculation.
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
Anatomy & Physiology I
This course should be part of a one-year sequence of anatomy and physiology with laboratories (either as two combined anatomy and physiology courses or with one course in physiology and one course in anatomy) which may be lower division human anatomy and physiology courses for health professions majors or upper division vertebrate or human physiology and comparative or developmental anatomy.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Anatomy & Physiology II
See course description for A&P I
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Biology I
One general biology course with laboratory (not botany, ecology, or environmental science)
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: Zoology
Chemistry I
This course should be part of a one-year sequence of basic (general, inorganic) chemistry with laboratories which are designed for science or health professions majors.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
Chemistry II
See course description for Chemistry I
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
Physics I
This course should be part of a one-year sequence of general physics with laboratories (calculus or non-calculus physics are both acceptable) which are for science or health professions majors and include mechanics, electricity, magnetism and light.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physics II
See course description for Physics I
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Social/Behavioral Science
Two courses in the social sciences are required for admission. Psychology courses, including abnormal psychology, and a course in human development are recommended.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 6-8
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Any
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Any