2017-18 Applicants

Northern Arizona University


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...

John Hammond
Program Coordinator
Program in Physical Therapy
Northern Arizona University
P.O. Box 15105
Flagstaff AZ, 86011
(928) 523-4092
(928) 523-4270
Physical.therapy@nau.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
08/14/2018
Additional information about the class profile
Preference for those invited for interviews is given to Arizona residents.
Social networking
Facebook Page for PT Program
 

Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
95
Anticipated size of next entering class
98
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
67%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
33%

Program Description more...

Northern Arizona University (NAU) with an enrollment of 25,590 students is one of three state universities and offers the DPT in both Flagstaff and Phoenix. The Flagstaff campus is situated in a rural mountain community, known for its quality of life, superb beauty and variety of outdoor activities. The Phoenix campus is situated in an urban environment, known for its cultural opportunities and proximity to a variety of sporting and outdoor activities. NAU graduated its first class of physical therapy students in 1981. Those graduates received a Bachelor of Science degree. In 1988, NAU moved to a Master of Science degree. Because the physical therapy faculty fully embraced the movement to doctoral education as the entry-level degree for the profession, NAU transitioned to the doctor of physical therapy (DPT) degree in 2000.

With a curriculum centered upon the four principle practice patterns of the Musculoskeletal, Neuromuscular, Cardiopulmonary, and Integumentary systems and with a faculty that is nationally and internationally recognized for their individual expertise, students are mentored to be life-long learners, critical thinkers, and clinically competent practitioners who function autonomously within a complex health care system.

The Physical Therapy Program at NAU embraces the primary mission of preparing exemplary and professionally engaged Doctors of Physical Therapy through innovative, collaborative, and experiential instruction provided by nationally recognized faculty scholars and leaders across a successful two-campus model. Students gain clinical practice competencies via teaching and mentoring opportunities with the core faculty, clinical adjunct faculty, and clinical educators.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
10/02/2017
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
No
Important dates

Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
No

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$600.00
Additional Information about Deposit
The deposit is non-refundable.

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
3.00
3.52
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.00
3.55
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
If a program-specific prerequisite course is repeated, the Program will use the highest grade earned when calculating the GPA for that category of courses.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
7668
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle
10/03/2017
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score
149
154
Quantitative reasoning scaled score
146
153
Analytical writing scaled score
3.5
4.0

Observation Hours

 
We recommend a breadth of experiences and settings rather than a depth of one experience.
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?
Yes
Supplemental fee amount
$65.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
Yes
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
Yes
Supplemental Requirements
Unofficial Transcripts
Deadline for supplemental materials
2017-10-02
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
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
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
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
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
Must be Lab and Lecture-Based. Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Neuroanatomy
  • A&P: Neurophysiology
  • A&P: Pathophysiology
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • Biology: Any
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Any
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Exercise Physiology
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Anatomy & Physiology II
Must be Lab and Lecture-Based. Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Neuroanatomy
  • A&P: Neurophysiology
  • A&P: Pathophysiology
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • Biology: Any
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Any
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Exercise Physiology
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Chemistry I
Must be Lab and Lecture-Based. Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
Chemistry II
Must be Lab and Lecture-Based. Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
Exercise Physiology
Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Exercise Physiology
Physics I
General college physics, either algebra or calculus based. Must be Lab and Lecture-Based. Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physics II
General college physics, either algebra or calculus based. Must be Lab and Lecture-Based. Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Psychology
Abnormal or Developmental Psychology Accepted. 2 of 2 psychology courses required. Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
QH: 5
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: Human Behavior
Psychology
General Psychology Accepted. 1 or 2 psychology courses required. Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
QH: 5
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: General
Statistics
Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
QH: 5
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Business: Statistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics