2012-13 Applicants

Radford University


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Contact Information more...

Nicole Fillman
Administrative Assistant
Department of Physical Therapy
Radford University
101 Elm Ave
Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital
8th Floor
Roanoke VA, 24013
(540) 224-6657
nfillman@radford.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
06/03/2013
 

Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
25
Anticipated size of next entering class
28
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
95%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
5%

Program Description more...

***Effective January 30, 2011, Radford University has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org). Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates that the program may matriculate students in technical/professional courses and that the program is progressing toward accreditation. Candidate for Accreditation is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation. ***

Radford University's Department of Physical Therapy aspires to prepare responsive and engaged professionals who lead by example by providing best practice care. Our vision parallels the APTA’s 2020 vision that physical therapy will be provided by doctors of physical therapy. Physical therapists will be recognized by consumers and other health care professionals as practitioners of choice to whom consumers have direct access for the diagnosis of, interventions for, and prevention of impairments, functional limitations, and disabilities related to movement, function, and health.

Offering the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree is one example of Radford University’s commitment to educate highly competent practitioners to serve the needs of the Commonwealth of Virginia and the nation. This department strives to develop leading practitioners who will improve access and quality of care for aging and underserved populations.

If you are interested in our physical therapy program, we invite you to review the physical therapy prerequisite requirements, curriculum, and clinical education opportunities. Student learning and evidence based practice are emphasized throughout the DPT curriculum. Faculty research is tangible and supports evidence based practice by bringing the most current knowledge into the classroom as it evolves.

Radford University features strong partnerships with local and national businesses, hospitals, and public schools to offer a variety of experiential learning experiences. This diversity will prepare our students to provide quality physical therapy care throughout the lifespan of population and within areas of interest. Radford University interdepartmental associations also provide a multitude of positive on-campus learning opportunities.

Curriculum
The curriculum for the Physical Therapy Program is designed to foster an intellectual and psychomotor teaching/learning environment that is student focused. The educational format engages students to develop and perfect decision-making skills, critical thinking, psychomotor skill development, and social skills integration. The curriculum is built on a simple to complex model beginning with an integration of foundational and clinical sciences and progressing to complex and diverse practical learning experiences. Participation and application of current research stimulates practitioners to be current in everyday practice and pursue life-long learning. These activities result in the development of diverse autonomous practitioners with the intellectual awareness, social skills, and psychomotor skills to positively impact their communities and the profession of physical therapy.

The program is designed to prepare students as entry-level, diverse, culturally sensitive autonomous practitioners of physical therapy. A variety of health care institutions, agencies, and practice settings are utilized for clinical educational experiences; both on a local and national level. Clinical Education is an integral component of the student’s educational experience.

Mission Statement
Our mission is to develop culturally sensitive autonomous practitioners of physical therapy. These practitioners will serve the physical therapy needs of rural communities, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the region. The development of autonomous practitioners will be facilitated through an engaging and challenging intellectual and psychomotor teaching/ learning environment that is student focused. Research is considered a vital corollary to the teaching/ learning process leading to lifelong learning and the creation of new knowledge to meet current and future healthcare needs of society.

Program Values
- The teaching/ learning environment is student centered.
- The teaching/ learning environment is intellectually engaging and culturally sensitive.
- The educational process creates an autonomous physical therapy practitioner.
- The educational experience creates a lifelong learner.

Program Principles
- The learning process is based on an integration of foundational and clinical sciences.
- Critical reasoning and use of evidence based practice are essential elements of the curriculum.
- Research is a vital corollary to the teaching/ learning process leading to the development of a lifelong learner and the creation of new knowledge.
- Practitioners of physical therapy advocate for the provision of physical therapy services for underserved and underrepresented populations.

Program Goals
- The program will facilitate the development of culturally sensitive autonomous practitioners.
- Core faculty, students and graduates will provide physical therapy services to rural communities, the Commonwealth, and the region.
- The program will provide a student focused teaching learning environment.
- The program and faculty will facilitate use of current research in the application of evidence-based practice.
- Graduates of the program will pursue lifelong learning.

Meeting the program’s expected performance outcomes reflects the mastery and application of the goals of the physical therapy curriculum. Graduates who have met or exceeded the program’s outcome goals will have met the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective requirements of the curriculum. These performance outcomes are entry-level level qualifications for the practice of physical therapy and are required to sit for the national licensure examination in physical therapy.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
1/15/2013
Deadline type
Soft
Application close date (for soft deadlines only)
3/15/2013
Program has rolling admissions process?
No
Important dates

Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
Yes
Special eligibility requirements for Early Decision candidates
Early decision candidates to the program must meet or exceed preferred GPA and GRE scores.

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
3.25
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.00
 

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
0373
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score
150
 
Quantitative reasoning scaled score
146
 
Analytical writing scaled score
3.5
 
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
Preferred GRE Scores:

New Testing method:
Verbal - 157
Math - 155
Analytical - 4.0

Old Testing Method:
Verbal - 560
Math - 700
Analytical - 4.0

Observation Hours

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
>100
DEADLINE for completion of all PT hours
03/15/2012
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?
No
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
Yes - for selected applicants only
Description of supplemental requirements
Applicants who would like to qualify for Virginia in-state tuition must submit an application for in-state tuition:

http://www.radford.edu/content/dam/colleges/cgps/PDF/InStateTuition.pdf

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International applicants, must submit the Supplemental International Student Application:

http://www.radford.edu/content/dam/colleges/cgps/PDF/admissions/SUPPLEMENTALappform-SEVISinfo.pdf

Supplemental Requirements
VA In-State Tuition Form (see link above), Supplemental Application for International Applicants (see link above),
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
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.

International applicants, must submit the Supplemental International Student Application:
http://www.radford.edu/content/dam/colleges/cgps/PDF/admissions/SUPPLEMENTALappform-SEVISinfo.pdf

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
- Anatomy and Physiology (4 credit hours)
- General Biology I and II with labs (8 credit hours)
- Chemistry I and II with labs (8 credit hours)
- Physics I and II with labs (8 credit hours)
- Statistics or Biostatistics (3 credit hours)

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
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: Advanced
  • A&P: Animal
Biology I
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: General I
  • Biology: General
Biology II
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • Biology: Advanced
  • Biology: Cell
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: General II
  • Biology: Genetics
Chemistry I
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Advanced
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
Chemistry II
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Advanced
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
Physics I
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
  • Physics: General
Physics II
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Statistics
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Business: Statistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics