Some programs speak to the needs of first-year students with early-career aid that is often harder to find.
The purpose is to facilitate the admissions process for applicants and programs, promote the physical therapist profession and educational programs to a broad spectrum of applicants, and provide rich applicant data for institutional, regional, and national analysis.
Preparing for the Admissions Process Research PT programs to determine the ones that may best meet your educational needs. Complete course prerequisites for your designated programs. Obtain physical therapy experience and have your hours verified by a PT, if required by your designated programs.
Request references from appropriate individuals, if required by your designated programs. Some programs use a rolling admissions process. College Major You are not required to select a particular major in order to be eligible for admission to a PT program.
The most common undergraduate majors among PT students include exercise science, biology, kinesiology, and psychology. College Course Prerequisites The course prerequisites for admission vary significantly across PT education programs.
Visit the institutional website or the PTCAS directory to determine what courses are required by each institution. Be prepared to identify what classes you have taken or will take to fulfill the program's course requirements.
The most commonly required course prerequisites are below: Visit the PTCAS directory to determine what type of anatomy and physiology courses are required for admission.
These minimum scores vary by institution and may be low as compared with the average GPA of applicants offered admission. Programs may have minimum acceptable scores and last acceptable test dates. Policies regarding the consideration of multiple sets of GRE scores vary by institution.
The program may specify the settings and types of experiences required. Applicants may also be required to have a licensed physical therapist verify the hours.
This experience may be an important factor in the admissions process. Respectfully contact physical therapy clinics, hospitals, long-term care facilities eg, nursing homesand other healthcare settings in your area to find observation opportunities.
APTA cannot assist you in these efforts. You may need to submit references from a particular individual, such as a physical therapist, science professor, or academic advisor. If references are required, select individuals who meet the program's requirements; know you well; and can speak to your maturity, dependability, dedication, compassion, communication skills, leadership, and any hands-on experience in the field.
Interviews - PT programs may require competitive applicants to visit the campus for an interview. The interview format varies by institution. Applicants may be required to speak with a single faculty member, a student, a physical therapist, or a panel of interviewers; or participate in an orientation program.
If invited, dress in professional business attire. Applicants should be prepared to discuss why they have chosen to pursue a career in physical therapy and how they perceive the role of physical therapists in health care.
Those who have researched and gained direct exposure to the profession will be better prepared to respond to the interview questions.
During the interview, applicants may be rated on their oral communication skills, professional behaviors and attitudes, ability to interact in a group, knowledge of the profession, ability to solve problems, and motivation to pursue a career in physical therapy.
The applicants' written communication skills may also be measured with an on-site essay. State Residency Requirements - Some PT education programs give preference to in-state resident students.
Out-of-state non-resident and foreign applicants may vie for a limited number of positions or may be ineligible for admission, depending on institutional and state policies.
Private institutions may offer out-of-state and foreign applicants a greater number of positions within the program than state-supported, public institutions. Criminal Background Checks - PT programs may ask applicants to disclose any previous felony or misdemeanor convictions as part of the application process.
A criminal record will not necessarily prevent an applicant from enrolling in a PT program; however, failure to disclose any past or pending charges may be grounds for dismissal.
Contact your designated PT programs directly for specific policies. Technical Standards and Essential Functions - APTA has not adopted any policies or positions regarding the essential skills or technical standards necessary to practice or function as a physical therapist.
However, individual PT programs generally do have these types of policies in place. Contact your designated PT programs directly regarding program-specific policies.
The PTA curriculum differs from that of the physical therapist and does NOT provide the needed prerequisites required for physical therapist education.Getting Started.
The Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) allows PT applicants to use a single web-based application and one set of materials to apply to multiple PT education programs. PTCAS is a service of APTA and administered by Liaison International (LI), an education technology company in Watertown, Massachusetts.
( ILCS 90/) (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, ) Sec. Legislative Intent. This Act is enacted for the purpose of protecting the public health, safety, and welfare, and for providing for State administrative control, supervision, licensure, and regulation of the practice of physical therapy.
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The Center for Brain Research and Rehabilitation, directed by Steven Morrison, PhD, is utilized for human research and physical therapy coursework. At Southeastern Physical Therapy, we are well aware that you have many physical therapy companies to choose from.
Why choose us? It is our professional care and personal hands-on approach that it sets Southeastern Physical Therapy apart from the rest. Doctor of Physical Therapy Program Mission Statement.
A.T. Still University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program is committed to educating highly competent and professional entry level physical therapists who are dedicated to clinical excellence, whole person health care, cultural competence, critical inquiry, and lifelong learning.