2012-13 Applicants

Mercer University


 

Contact Information more...

Physical Therapy Admissions - PAC-121
College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Mercer University
3001 Mercer University Drive
Atlanta GA, 30341
(678) 547-6232
dpt@mercer.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
08/19/2013
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Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
36
Anticipated size of next entering class
36

Program Description more...

Mercer University offers an innovative, 8-semester professional program in physical therapy which awards the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. The program is offered on Mercer’s Cecil B. Day Graduate and Professional Campus in Atlanta, Georgia. Students benefit from low faculty-student ratios, opportunities to engage in educational and professional activities with physical therapist residents, and interaction with patients/clients in the on-campus physical therapy clinic. Mercer’s DPT Program provides a comprehensive entry-level professional education, including an integrated clinical education track that consists of service-learning, clinical experiences, and clinical internships. Mercer DPT students are actively engaged in clinical education each semester.

Please review our vision, mission, core values, and program goals for an overview of the physical therapy program via our website (http://cophs.mercer.edu/pt/dpt.html). A review of the profile of the Mercer University Doctor of Physical Therapy Graduate will allow potential applicants the opportunity to identify with our philosophical statements which we believe should personify a physical therapist. The abilities and attributes, curriculum and course offerings are available for your review.

If you would like to attend an information session or would like more information about the program, please contact us at dpt@mercer.edu.

Mercer’s Physical Therapy program has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone 703-706-3245; email accreditation@apta.org). Candidacy is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation. Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates the program is progressing toward accreditation. Mercer University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral degrees.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
11/1/2012
Deadline type
Soft
Application close date (for soft deadlines only)
12/17/2012
Program has rolling admissions process?
Other
Important dates
Priority will be given to applicants who submit their application materials by Tuesday, November 1, 2012

December 17, 2012 is the firm deadline for acceptance of any application for the Fall 2013 entering class.

Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
No

Deposits

Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$0.00

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
 
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
Preferred undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale. Completion of all prerequisites prior to matriculation with GPA of 3.00 (using best grades) is required. We recommend you complete at least six (6) of the ten (10) prerequisites prior to application and include a plan for completing the outstanding prerequisites in your application.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Description of select applicants
Required minimum of 50th percentile scores for the Verbal and Quantitative sections on the GRE.
Required Analytical Writing score of 3.5 ; 4.0 preferred. The best of attempt of each section will be
considered.
Program's PTCAS GRE code
7750
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle
12/01/2012
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle
01/01/2007
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score
146
 
Verbal reasoning % score
50%
 
Quantitative reasoning % score
50%
 
Analytical writing scaled score
3.5
 
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
Required minimum combined (Verbal and Quantitative) score of 297 on GRE (1000 if taken before August 2011). Required minimum Verbal score of 146; 150 preferred (400 required, 450 preferred if taken before August 2011). Required Analytical Writing score of 3.5; 4.0 preferred. The best of attempt of each section will be considered.

Observation Hours

 
Required Experiential Hours: Volunteer, observation, or work experience in physical therapy and service learning: A minimum of 60 hours total, divided among three settings with at least 20 hours in each setting. Experiences should be in at least two different types of physical therapy clinical practice settings. Examples of physical therapy settings include: out-patient orthopedics, pediatrics (outpatient, home health, inpatient, rehab), geriatrics (home health, skilled nursing facility, rehabilitation center), and acute care (hospital). Thirty (30) of these hours should be completed prior to application.

The third experience should be as an active participant in a service or community project. Examples of this service/volunteer experience include working in an after-school program, volunteering with a food bank or shelter, or engaging in community improvement projects (locally, nationally, or internationally). Ten (10) of these hours should be completed prior to application.
Program's PT hours requirement
PT hours are required - no verification by a physical therapist
Total number of PT hours REQUIRED
40
DEADLINE for completion of all PT hours
08/01/2013
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Accepted/Considered
Outpatient
Accepted/Considered

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
Yes
Supplemental fee amount
$25.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
Yes
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
No
Deadline for supplemental materials
2012-12-17
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
Number of references required by program
0

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
Send foreign transcript evaluation from either Josef Silney & Associates, Inc., World Education Services (WES), or American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) to PTCAS.

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
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Human
Anatomy & Physiology II
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Human
Biology / Biological Science
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: Embryology
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Immunology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
  • Biology: Zoology
Chemistry I
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
Chemistry II
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
Physics I
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physics II
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Psychology
A psychology course with an emphasis on individual behavior is required.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Adolescent
  • Psychology: Child
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: General
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
Social/Behavioral Science
A behavioral science course with an emphasis on group behavior (sociology, cultural anthropology) is required.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Anthropology
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Sociology
Statistics
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics