Doctor of Physical Therapy, DPT

Dr. Janelle K. O’Connell, PT, PhD, DPT, CEEAA, FTPTA, LAT, ATC, FTPTA. Program Director of Physical Therapy and Director of Graduate Studies in Physical Therapy

Hardin-Simmons University is pleased to offer a seven-semester Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. This entry-level professional degree prepares the graduate to be eligible for licensure and entry into the profession as a physical therapist. It is not necessary for applicants to hold a master’s degree to pursue the DPT. Applications are generally accepted a year in advance by applying to PTCAS (Physical Therapy Central Application System: www.ptcas.org) beginning July 1. A new class begins each fall semester. There are two options for admission to the physical therapy program at Hardin-Simmons University: the early admission option and the post baccalaureate option.

Accreditation

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Hardin-Simmons University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) of the American Physical Therapy Association. Post-professional degree programs offered through the Department of Physical Therapy are not eligible for, or subject to, CAPTE accreditation. Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education 1111 North Fairfax Street Alexandria, VA 22314

(703) 706-3245; accreditation@apta.org; www.capteonline.org

Post Baccalaureate Option

The applicant must have earned an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university and have completed the required prerequisite courses prior to beginning the physical therapy program.

Early Admission Option

This option is available for students attending HSU or other institutions with which the program in physical therapy has developed a cooperative agreement for early admission: a current list of institutions participating in the early admission option can be obtained by calling or emailing the department (ptoffice@hsutx.edu). Students pursuing the early admission option complete most of their requirements for a degree in biology/kinesiology as specified by the institution where they are enrolled. These requirements include courses needed for the major in biology/kinesiology, minor in an area of their choice and university core/general education/liberal arts requirements. In addition, students complete all courses needed to fulfill the prerequisite courses for the physical therapy program. Students make application to PTCAS during their third year. If accepted into the physical therapy program, selected upper division science course work during the first semester of the professional phase of the physical therapy program will count toward the undergraduate major in biology/kinesiology.

Transfer Credit

Due to the curricular design (cohort) and financial structure of the DPT program (price/semester), it is extremely challenging to transfer into this program. Individuals will be considered on a case- by case basis if the following conditions can be met: 1) graduate work from a regionally accredited institution of higher education; 2) and official transcript of the work is on file in the Office of Graduate Studies; 3) the work was completed during the last 10 years; 4) approval by the Program Director; 5) an open seat exist in the class the prospective student wishes to join. In general, the transfer student would likely sit through all courses in the curriculum, although some may not need to be retaken for credit. Tuition would remain the same no matter how many courses were being taken for credit. A maximum of one-third of the total hours required in physical therapy may be transferred provided the student did not compete the previous degree and that the transferring course work is approved by the Program Director.

General Requirements for Early Admission & Post Baccalaureate Option Plans

Letter grades are required in all prerequisite courses. Pass/fail or credit/no credit grades are not acceptable. Online courses may be acceptable for non-science pre-requisite courses but must be approved by the PT Director of Admissions. Prerequisite courses completed 10 years or more prior to the time of application are not acceptable. Applicants are encouraged to complete their science pre-requisites at a four-year university and more than two science courses from a community college are frowned upon. Average prerequisite and cumulative GPAs of admitted students are >3.5/4.0

Required Prerequisite Courses

  1. A sequence of either Biology I & II OR Anatomy & Physiology I & II: two courses of general biology (including zoology) for science majors, with laboratory OR two courses of A&P (A&P I & A&P II)
  2. Chemistry: two courses of general chemistry for science majors, with laboratory.
  3. Physics: two courses, with laboratory. (Does not have to be calculus-based physics)
  4. Statistics: one course from any discipline.
  5. Psychology: Two courses; should be related to human psychology (Recommended: general psychology, life span (developmental) OR abnormal psychology.
  6. One upper level (300/400 level) human biology course. (Recommended: Advanced Human Anatomy/Comparative Anatomy or Human Physiology or Pathophysiology or Immunology, or Genetics, etc.

Note: Completion of prerequisite course work does not guarantee admission to the PT program at HSU. Six of eight prerequisite Science/Stat courses must be completed before a seat offer will be considered.

Additional Requirements

  1. GRE (Graduation Record Exam); Average score of those accepted: 152- Verbal; 152- Quantitative; 4- Writing
  2. Knowledge of the profession as demonstrated by two letters of recommendation from two different physical therapists practicing in two different settings.
  3. Transcripts from all universities where college courses have been taken.
  4. Demonstrated service and leadership.

Selected applicants are required to interview on campus. Medical terminology is required as a post-selection requirement.

Graduation Requirements for Class of 2019

The program of study for the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree consists of 116-117 credit hours in a 28-month period over 7 consecutive semesters. Courses in basic sciences, physical therapy sciences, professional values, evidence-based practice and research, and 38 weeks of experiential professional activities (clinical rotations) are included.

Curriculum

Fall I

PHYT 7101Orientation to Physical Therapy Prof, Profession

1

PHYT 7142Professional Seminar I

1

PHYT 7281Critical InquiryI

2

PHYT 7303Applied Physiology I

3

PHYT 7305Clinical Kinesiology I

3

PHYT 7401Clinical Anatomy I

4

PHYT 7421Introduction to Clinical Diagnosis and, Management I

4

Total Credit Hours:18

Spring I

PHYT 7204Applied Physiology II

2

PHYT 7222Introduction to Clinical Diagnosis and, Management II

2

PHYT 7232Diagnostic Screening, Pharmacology I

2

PHYT 7302Clinical Anatomy II

3

PHYT 7306Clinical Kinesiology II

3

PHYT 7307Neuroscience I

3

PHYT 7382Critical Inquiry II

3

Total Credit Hours:18

Summer I

PHYT 7133Diagnostic Imaging, Pharmacology II

1

PHYT 7243

PHYT 7326Clinical Diagnosis and Management III:, Neurological I

3

PHYT 7371Experiential Professional Activity I

3

PHYT 7423Clinical Diagnosis and Management I:, Musculosketetal I

4

PHYT 7425Clinical Diagnosis & Management Ii:, Caridovascular and Pulmonary

4

Total Credit Hours:17-18

Fall II

PHYT 7134Pharmacology, Pharmacology II

1

PHYT 7184Professional Project I

1

PHYT 7208Neuroscience II

2

PHYT 7229Clinical Diagnosis & Management VI:, Integumentary

2

PHYT 7244Professional Seminar III

2

PHYT 7324Clinical Diagnosis & Management IV:, Musculoskeletal II

3

PHYT 7334Clinical Diagnosis & Management VII:, Pediatrics & Geriatrics

3

PHYT 7427Clinical Diagnosis and Management V:, Neurological II

4

Total Credit Hours:18

Spring II

PHYT 7170Experiential Professional Activity-, Campus Clinic

1

PHYT 7185Professional Project II

1

PHYT 7230Clinical Diagnosis & Management VIII:, Multiple Systems

2

PHYT 7283Critical Inquiry III

2

PHYT 7428Health Care Management

4

PHYT 7872Experiential Professional Activity II

8

Total Credit Hours:18

Summer II

PHYT 7102Professional Development

1

PHYT 7873Experiential Professional Activity III

8

PHYT 7874Experiential Professional Activity IV

8

Total Credit Hours:17

Fall III

PHYT 7245Professional Seminar IV

2

PHYT 7875Experiential Professional Activity V

10

Total Credit Hours:10

Total Credit Hours: 116-117