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Physical Therapy

Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.)


College: College of Nursing and Health Professions

Department: Physical Therapy

Description

The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) is the preferred degree by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) and the American Physical Therapy Association's (APTA) and it reflects the current level of study that is required to meet the latest standards for physical therapy education.

The DPT program is designed so that a bachelor's degree and prerequisites to the program are completed prior to the professional coursework. Once accepted into the program, students attend full time for 3 years to complete the DPT degree.  

Accreditation

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Arkansas State University (A-STATE) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). 

Note:  Applicants must apply online to the A-STATE Graduate Program AND to PTCAS. Transcripts must be sent to both of them. (see Admission Process below).

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  • Prerequisites

    Bachelor's Degree

    All Applicants must have a bachelor's degree. No specific field of study is required. Students are encouraged to select undergraduate majors consistent with their individual abilities and interests; however, the required courses in some majors such as biology and exercise science are more consistent with the specific DPT prerequisites. Students in other majors may have to complete more credit hours than the minimum required for graduation.

    Prerequisite Courses

    IMPORTANT: Satisfactory completion with a letter grade of B or higher in all prerequisite courses are required for admission to the DPT program.

    • Medical Terminology (1 to 3 credits - Must be taken from an accredited college or university)
    • Statistics (3 credits)
    • General Physics I (4 credits - Must include lab)
    • General Physics II (4 credits - Must include lab)
    • Anatomy & Physiology I (4 credits - Must include lab)
    • Anatomy & Physiology II (4 credits - Must include lab)

    Note: Students are encourage to complete additional preparation courses beyond the DPT prerequisites to receive additional weighting credit (see Admissions Evaluative Criteria #5).

    * Applicants must have an overall GPA score of 3.0 or higher to apply.
    ** The GRE is NOT required to apply.
  • Admission Process

    APPLYING TO THE DPT PROGRAM

    Arkansas State University's DPT program subscribes to the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS). Applicants for admission to the A-STATE DPT program MUST apply online using the PTCAS application. In addition, students must also apply online to the ASTATE Graduate Program. Transcripts must be sent to both PTCAS and A-STATE's Graduate Program (see links below).

    The deadline for submitting applications to PTCAS and the Graduate Program is February 1st.

    Applying to PTCAS

    To learn more about the PTCAS application process and to get started, please go to the https://portal.ptcas.org/. Information about the A-STATE Graduate School application is included as "supplemental material" on the PTCAS website. If you encounter difficulty with PTCAS, please contact their Customer Service at 617-612-2040 or ptcasinfo@ptcas.org .

    Once a student has submitted an application through PTCAS, the transcript information is verified by PTCAS. This process takes time and depends both on the efficiency of PTCAS and the speed with which your schools respond to the inquiries from PTCAS. A-State will accept completed, verified applications from PTCAS until March 1st.

    If PTCAS has not completed the verification process by March 1st, the application will not be considered, even if it was submitted by the February 1st deadline. Therefore, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their applications well before the deadline to ensure that the verification process will be completed by the deadline.

    The Department of Physical Therapy will begin reviewing applications after March 1st.

    * The GRE is NOT required to apply to PTCAS for the 2018 cycle; however the GRE WILL be required beginning in 2019.


    Applying to the A-State Graduate Program

    To apply to the A-State Graduate Program, simply complete the online application on their website.  You will be prompted for the program in which you wish to apply for on the application.

    Go to the graduate program application >>

    Transcripts/ Immunizations

    Official transcripts MUST be sent to both PTCAS and A-STATE Traditional Graduate Programs. Please do not send transcripts to the A-STATE Physical Therapy Department unless specifically requested to. Transcripts and immunization records for A-STATE Traditional Graduate Programs should be sent to:

    A-State Traditional Graduate Programs
    PO Box 1570
    State University, AR 72467

    A-State Graduate Programs' can be contacted at 870-972-2031 or gradadmissions@astate.edu .

    The application fee of $50 can be paid online (through your applicant account) or by phone to the Cashier’s Window at 870-972-3847.

    A-STATE Transcripts

    Students who have attended one or more of the A-STATE campuses (i.e. Newport, Beebe, etc.) must still request transcripts from them separately to be sent to A-STATE in Jonesboro. A-STATE campuses are independent of each other in regards to transcripts and can only be verified by the campus where the courses were actually taken.

    Background Checks

    Based on recent legislation in Arkansas, students will be required to complete a background check AFTER they receive conditional admission into the program. 

    Arkansas State University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions works with Verified Credentials, Inc. to establish an acceptable screening procedure. The cost of the background check is between $50 and $100.

    Background Checks for Students Newly Admitted into the PT Program

    Students who are conditionally admitted into the PT program must submit an initial background check to complete their admission requirements into the program. View the step-by-step background check guide for new PT students>>>

    Technical Skills and Abilities

    Prior to admittance to the A-State Physical Therapy Program, students must complete the Technical Skills and Ability form. View form here >>>

  • How We Score Applications (2018)

    All applicants are evaluated on the following criteria:

    1. Cumulative GPA – GPA X 6.875 points
    2. Last 60 credit hours GPA – Last 60 GPA X 9.375 points
    3. Residency (maximum of 7.5 points)
      • Students who have graduated from Arkansas State University (7.5 points)
      • Permanent residents of Arkansas who are not graduates of A-STATE (5 points)
      • Non-Arkansas residents who are permanent residents of the federally defined Delta Region (Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee) (2 points)
    4. Spanish proficiency (maximum of 5 points). Spanish proficiency is not required for application but may enhance the applicant’s overall score. Students must prove their proficiency by taking the ACTFL – OPI (Oral Proficiency Interview). Spanish proficiency scores must be submitted before February 1. Additional information can be found at http://www.languagetesting.com/oral-proficiency-interview-opi.
    5. Additional preparation courses (maximum of 15 points).

      To improve readiness for the DPT program, an Admission Score weight of one (1) point will be added for each course from the content areas below that is sequenced at or above the 2000 level (and not already counted as a prerequisite). The applicant must have received a course grade of “B” or better for additional application *“weight” to be awarded.

      • Biochemistry
      • Calculus
      • Cell Biology
      • Clinical Chemistry
      • Electromagnetic Engineering
      • Embryology
      • General Chemistry
      • Genetics
      • Geometry
      • Hematology
      • Histology
      • Immunology
       
      • Mechanical Engineering
      • Medical Microbiology
      • Neuroscience
      • Organic Chemistry
      • Pathophysiology
      • Principles of Disease
      • Quantitative Chemistry
      • Statistics
      • Thermal Engineering
      • Upper Level Anatomy
      • Upper Level Physiology

    6. Completion of prerequisite courses at time of application (7.5 points). Students completing all prerequisite courses by February 1st will receive 7.5 points on the admissions score.

      *Resume, work experiences, military service, community service, etc., are only scored in the case of a tie for the 30th position.

    Students admitted to the program must indicate their ability to meet the essential requirements and functions for admission & retention by signing the Essential Requirements & Functions for Admission & Retention Technical Standard Form.
    A $500 non-refundable deposit will be required within 15 days after accepting admission into the program. The $500 deposit will be applied to the student's account in the 2nd semester (Spring) to go towards their tuition and fees.

    NOTE: Application deadline is February 1st. Applicants will be notified of decisions on or after March 1st.
  • How We Score Applications (2019)

    Scoring of Applications Beginning 2019

     

    Beginning in 2019, the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) will be required for application to the A-State Doctor of Physical Therapy program.  Additionally, ALL PREREQUISITES MUST BE COMPLETED by February 1.  The following scoring rubric is how the program will score applications.  The top 30 scores will be selected for admissions. 

    I. The GRE has three parts. (32.5% of Total Admissions Score)

    1. Verbal Reasoning                             130 – 170 score scale (1 point increments)
    2. Quantitative Reasoning                    130 – 170 score scale (1 point increments)
    3. Analytical Writing                              0 – 6 score scale (0.5 point increments)

    A sliding scale approach is suggested.  Below is an example scale

    Verbal

    130 – 140

    5 points

     

    141 – 150

    6 points

     

    151 – 160

    7.5 points

     

    161 – 170

    10 points

     

     

     

    Quantitative

    130 – 170

    5 points

     

    141 – 150

    6 points

     

    151 – 160

    7.5 points

     

    161 – 170

    10 points

     

     

     

    Analytical Writing

    .5

    1 points

     

    1.0

    2 points

     

    1.5

    3 points

     

    2.0

    4 points

     

    2.5

    6 points

     

    3.0

    8 points

     

    3.5

    9 points

     

    4.0

    11 points

     

    5.5

    12 points

     

    6.0

    12.5 points

     

     

     

    Total GRE Admissions Score

     

       /32.5 possible

    II. Overall GPA (15% of Overall Admissions Score) should also continue to be considered. PTCAS computes GPA and reports. Using GPA would be no additional work for the Admissions Committee.  The following scale would be suggested.

    3.00 – 3.15

    2 points

    3.16 – 3.30

    4 Points

    3.31 – 3.45

    6 points

    3.46 – 3.60

    8 points

    3.61 – 3.75

    10 points

    3.76 – 3.90

    12 points

    3.90 – 4.00

    15 points

     

     

    Overall GPA Score

       / 15 points possible

     

    III. Last 60 GPA - It is also easily possible to allow PTCAS to compute Last 60 Credits GPA. The following conceptually identical scale could be used for Last 60 Credits GPA.

    3.00 – 3.15

    12 points

    3.16 – 3.30

    16 Points

    3.31 – 3.45

    20 points

    3.46 – 3.60

    24 points

    3.61 – 3.75

    28 points

    3.76 – 3.90

    34 points

    3.90 – 4.00

    40 points

     

     

    Overall Last 60 Credits GPA Score

       / 40 points possible

     

    IV. Residency can be scored as it currently is being scored

    ASTATE Graduate                 7.5 points

    Arkansas Resident                  5.0 points

    Delta Resident                        2.0 points

    Others                                     0 points

     

    V. Spanish Proficiency          0 – 5 points based on OPI rating

     

     

    Total Admissions Score        (I + II + III + IV + V)             / 100

     

     

  • Tuition & Fees

    Doctor of Physical Therapy

     
    Costs
    In-State Tuition (per credit hour)
    $333.00
    Out-of-State Tuition ( per credit hour)
    $666.00
    International Tuition (per credit hour)
    $666.00
    Required Hourly Fees
    Athletic Fee
    $19.00
    Academic Excellence Fee
    $7.25
    Deferred Maintenance Fee
    $3.00
    Facilities Fee
    $4.00
    Technology Fee
    $10.00
    Infrastructure Fee
    $4.00
    Library Fee
    $6.00
    Student Recreation Fee
    $7.00
    Student Union Fee
    $10.00
    CONHP Doctorate Support Fee
    $67.00
    Total Per Credit Hour:
    $137.25
    Required Term Fees
    Arkansas Assessment Fee
    $5.00
    Student Activity Fee
    $20.00
    Yearbook Fee
    $10.00
    Total Per Term:
    $35.00
    The student activity and yearbook fee are only charged in Fall & Spring terms.
    Estimated Additional Expenses
    Pre-Admissions Background Check
    $93.00
    A-State Application Fee
    $50.00
    Graduation Fee: Doctoral
    $120.00
    Licensure Exam
    $630.00
    PEAT/Scorebuilders Exams
    $170.00
    Exam Soft
    $150.00
    Liability Insurance
    $40.00
    Background Check
    $50.00
    CPR
    $35.00
    Physical Exam / TB
    $25.00
    APTA Dues / PTSA
    $140.00
    Tool Kit
    $185.00
    Uniforms, name tags
    $80.00
    Books
    $4,000.00
    TOTAL:
    $5,768.00
    * U.S. Residents with a G.P.A. of at least 3.0 may qualify to receive in-state tuition rates
    Total Expenses
    Total Estimated Program Expenses
    $56,835.00
    * The total estimated program expense is based on in-state tuition rates. Living expenses while on clinical education are not included in the program expenses.
  • Coursework Overview

    Curriculum, degree requirements, and course descriptions can be found in the most current Graduate Bulletin.

    Visit the bulletins page >>

  • Additional Information

    TRANSFER STUDENTS

    Students who are currently enrolled in another accredited physical therapy program may apply to the A-STATE DPT program using the regular admissions process. Should a transfer student be admitted into the A-STATE DPT program, up to 9 graduate credit hours may be used to satisfy degree requirements of the DPT which will be determined by the Admissions Committee and approved by the Department Chair and A-STATE Graduate Program.

    INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS

    The Department of Physical Therapy requires a high level of proficiency in English so that all students will be able to fully meet academic and clinical objectives as well as meet criteria for professional licensure. All *foreign-born students and nurses must take one of the following tests:

    1. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of 83 on the preferred internet-based test (iBT), 570 on the paper-based test, or 213 on the computer-based test.
    2. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a score of at least 6.5 and a spoken band score of 7.
    3. Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a score of 56.

    The TOEFL is available at the A-STATE Testing Center. When taking the exam off campus, the report code for Arkansas State University is 6011.

    * The term, "foreign-born" refers to people residing in the United States who were not U.S. citizens at birth. The foreign-born population includes naturalized citizens, lawful permanent immigrants, refugees and asylees, legal non-immigrants (including those on student, work, or other temporary visas), and persons residing in the country without authorization. In contrast, the term native born refers to people residing in the United States who were U.S. citizens in one of three categories: 1) born in one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia; 2) born in United States Insular areas such as Puerto Rico or Guam; 3) born abroad to at least one U.S. citizen parent.
    Students may be exempt from the English proficiency testing if the student is foreign-born but attended school in the United States since kindergarten. For the exemption, students must provide official school records showing continuous enrollment in U.S. schools since kindergarten.

    English as a Second Language

    Students who do not meet the required English language proficiency may enroll in A-STATE's English as a Second Language (ESL) program in the International Center for English. Potential physical therapy students enrolled in the ESL program must maintain an average of 85 or higher in levels 0 through 4. In the final or 5th level of the ESL program, an average of 90 or higher must be maintained.

    On completion of the ESL program, the potential physical therapy student must take the internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Upon successfully meeting the proficiency requirement, potential students are eligible to apply to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program.

    See more information on International Admissions >>
  • Program Statistics

    Acceptance Rates

    Class
    Accepted / Applied
    Mean Overall GPA
    Graduating Class of 2020 30/970 3.65
    Graduating Class of 2019 30/728 3.68
    Graduating Class of 2018 30/430 3.66
    Graduating Class of 2017 30/736 3.83
    Graduating Class of 2016 30/582 3.71
    Graduating Class of 2015 30/410 3.7
    Graduating Class of 2014 30/358 3.51
    Graduating Class of 2013 30/138 3.7
    Graduating Class of 2012 26/51 3.49


    Matriculation Rates

    Class
    # of accepted
    # of offered slots (including alternates)
    Graduating Class of 2020 30 61
    Graduating Class of 2019 30 76
    Graduating Class of 2018 30 63
    Graduating Class of 2017 30 31
    Graduating Class of 2016 30 34
    Graduating Class of 2015 30 57
    Graduating Class of 2014 30 33
    Graduating Class of 2013 30 33
    Graduating Class of 2012 26 28
    * no class, transition to DPT


    Attrition Rate

    Class
    # per class
    Percentage
    Graduating Class of 2019 5/30 16%
    Graduating Class of 2018 4/30 13%
    Graduating Class of 2017 3/30 6%
    Graduating Class of 2016 1/30 3%
    Graduating Class of 2015 3/30 10%
    Graduating Class of 2014 0/30 0%
    Graduating Class of 2013 0/30 0%
    Graduating Class of 2012 2/26 8%
    * no class, transition to DPT


    Graduation Rates

    Class
    # per class
    Percentage
    Graduating Class of 2017 27/30 90%
    Graduating Class of 2016 29/30 97%
    Graduating Class of 2015 27/30 90%
    Graduating Class of 2014 30/30 100%
    Graduating Class of 2013 30/30 100%
    Graduating Class of 2012 24/26 92%
    * no class, transition to DPT


    Employment Rates

    100% of graduates were employed within 6 months of passing licensure exam

    Employed in Mississippi Delta

    Class
    # per class
    Percentage
    Graduating Class of 2017 TBD TBD
    Graduating Class of 2016 25/29 86%
    Graduating Class of 2015 20/28 71%
    Graduating Class of 2014 28/30 93%
    Graduating Class of 2013 23/27 85%
    Graduating Class of 2012 20/22 91%
    * no class, transition to DPT


    Ultimate pass rate

    Class
    # per class
    Percentage
    Graduating Class of 2017 27/27 100%
    Graduating Class of 2016 30/30 100%
    Graduating Class of 2015 27/27 100%
    Graduating Class of 2014 30/30 100%
    Graduating Class of 2013 28/30 93%
    Graduating Class of 2012 23/24 96%
    * no class, transition to DPT


    Demographics

    Class
    Females/Males
    Ethnicity
    Mean Age
    Graduating Class of 2020 17/13

    27 Caucasion

    2 African American

    1 Hispanic

    23
    Graduating Class of 2019 17/13

    28 Caucasian
    1 African American
    1 Asian

    22.23
    Graduating Class of 2018 18/12

    25 Caucasian
    3 African American
    2 Asian 

    22.23
    Graduating Class of 2017 12/18 25 Caucasian
    1 African American
    3 Hispanic
    1 Asian
    22.50
    Graduating Class of 2016 15/15 27 Caucasian
    3 African American
    23.03
    Graduating Class of 2015 18/12 28 Caucasian
    1 African American
    1 Hispanic
    23.26
    Graduating Class of 2014 20/10 27 Caucasian
    1 African American
    2 Asian
    24.58
    Graduating Class of 2013 19/11 28 Caucasian
    1 African American
    1 Asian
    24.9

Accredited by CAPTE

CAPTE LogoThe Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Arkansas State University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org