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If your "Observation Hours" have been submitted and verified (including the PT License #) through PTCAS, then you do not have to send the documented forms in with your Supplemental Application.
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Physical Therapy Interview Date
Friday, February 12, 2016

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Application Forms

• SUPPLEMENTAL APPLICATION FORM
• DOCUMENTATION OF PT EXPERIENCE FORM

Application Procedures

Students who can meet the prerequisite requirements by the time the program begins in Fall semester of a given year should apply to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the USA by the prior December 15th by following these steps:
  1. All applicatants must apply to PTCAS and submit a supplemental application to the PT program. Applications are available in July each year. Students should also download a supplemental application below. Additional details concerning submission of application materials are provided with the application form.

  2. International applicants must have a TOEFL score > 600, TSE > 60, and TWE > 4.5 and must submit the following to the Department of Physical Therapy by October 15 of the year prior to admission.

  3. In addition to the PTCAS application, applicants must submit these documents by 5:00 p.m. on December 15. Materials being sent by mail carrier must be postmarked NO later than December 15.

  4. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores must be officially reported to the University of South Alabama: (use Institution Code: 7799) No copies are accepted.

  5. The Department of Physical Therapy will not process any application that is incomplete (for any items noted above) or that is not submitted by the deadline.

  6. A limited number of applicants who meet all admission requirements will be invited for personal interviews.

  7. Students accepted to the program must submit completed health and physical exam forms to include required immunizations. Accepted students must also read, sign and submit the Core Performance Standards document outlining fundamental tasks of which applicants should be capable upon entering the PT program. The document is included in the application packet and available upon request.

  8. Acceptance into the DPT program is provisional pending completion of any additional required prerequisite courses with a grade of "C" or better and submission of required medical forms as supplied in the acceptance packet. Failure to make a grade of "C" or better in any required prerequisite course will result in a nullification of acceptance into the professional program.

  9. If a student is not selected for admission in a given year, they may re-apply the following year.

  10. Click here to download the supplemental application form for the USA DPT program. Please contact the Physical Therapy Office of Admissions by email for information on applying to the program: ptdept@southalabama.edu

  11. Click here for a Documentation of PT Experience Form (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)
Minimum Requirements for All Applicants

  1. The applicant must declare one of the above categories on the application form (deadline Dec. 15th) and meet all applicable requirements including prerequisites.
  2. Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores must be officially reported to PTCAS by Dec. 15th with a minimum score of 300. GRE must have been taken within the last 5 years. Verbal, Quantitative and Analytical Writing sections may be utilized.
  3. Regular Graduate applicants must have a minimum 3.0 (A=4.0) overall grade point average (GPA); Advanced Undergraduate applicants must have a minimum 3.5 overall GPA. (The advanced undergraduate option is no longer available after the December 2016 application deadline.)
  4. All applicants must have a minimum grade of "C" in each of the prerequisite courses.
  5. Observation or work experience in Physical Therapy (50 hours minimum) under the supervision of a licensed Physical Therapist. Must be completed and must be verified and submitted electronically to PTCAS.
  6. International applicants must have a TOEFL score > 600, TSE > 60, and TWE > 4.5 and must submit the following to the Department of Physical Therapy by October 15 of the year prior to admission.
  7. Applicants may have a maximum of 2 Science prerequisite courses remaining by the application deadline (December 15). The remaining prerequisites must be completed in the spring and summer prior to the start of the program.
Prerequisites Required For All Applicants

English Composition    2 courses   
Social Science    3 courses - at least two of which must be Psychology   
Precalculus Algebra / Trigonometry or Higher Mathematics     1 Course, or Pre-Calculus Algebra and Pre-Calculus Trigonometry (2 Courses), or higher Math   
Statistics    1 course   
College Physics -with labs    2 semester or 3 quarter sequence   
General Chemistry for science majors -with labs    2 semester or 3 quarter sequence   
General or Cell Biology for science majors -with lab*    2 semester or 3 quarter sequence   
Human Physiology OR a course
sequence in Anatomy and Physiology    Minimum 6 credits
(Human physiology is the preferred sequence.)   

Additional Prerequisites for Advanced Undergraduate Applicants

(This admission option will no longer be available after the December 2016 application deadline.)

Fine Arts (History or Appreciation)    1 course   
Literature I & II (World Lit, American Lit, or British Lit)    Both courses must be in the same series   
Oral Communication (Speech)    1 course   
History of Civilization or U.S. History    1 course   
Computer Science    1 course   
Microbiology or Infectious Disease     1 course   
Electives    21 Semester hours**   

NOTE: For all prerequisite courses, credit older than ten years from the application deadline must be repeated or validated by examination or other appropriate mechanism.

For Advanced Undergraduate applicants, prerequisites must total at least 96 semester hours.
*Botany may not be used to satisfy this prerequisite.
**Electives should be concentrated in a back-up major of the student's choice.


Admissions Timeline


This schedule represents the admissions timeline in a typical year. In any given year, the schedule may have to be adjusted.

July 1-December 15th      Application period

February      Admissions committee considers applications

Mid February      Interviews begin
-includes a brief presentation and tour of the department
-each applicant has a 30 minute interview with a pair of PT interviewers

March - April      Initial acceptance letters and alternate letters mailed
Deadline to respond to offer and reserve your place

Late August       Students begin first semester of DPT program   

Admissions Data

The table below displays characteristics of the individuals accepted into the DPT Class for each cohort in recent years. Please note that the GPA and GRE data are means for the group that was admitted.

Class of
2011    Class of
2012    Class of
2013    Class of
2014    Class of
2015**    Class of
2016    Class of
2017   
Mean Cumulative GPA    3.63     3.63     3.69    3.71    3.81    3.80    3.88   
Mean Sci. GPA    3.64     3.59     3.59    3.68    3.64    3.67    3.71   
Mean GRE (V+Q) Total     1076     1071     1104    1051    1123 (302*)    302*    305   
Gender    F 23
M 13     F 24
M 11     F28
M 8    F20
M16    F24
M12    F22
M18    F25
M15   
Number of Applicants
(complete applications/pre-requisites met)     190     203     210    249    217    302    402   
Number Accepted    74     78     81    104    98    97    110   
Number Enrolled     36     35     36    36    36    40    40   

*For the Class of 2016, the new GRE scoring system was implemented.
** For the Cumulative GPA, we now consider the cumulative GPA and GPA of the last 64 hours (including Graduate level coursework) and use the higher of the two GPA’s.


Annual Security and Fire Safety Report Statement

The University of South Alabama publishes certain crime statistics each year as required by the Jeanne Clery Act. This report is required by federal law and contains policy statements and crime statistics for the school. The policy statements address the school's policies, procedures and programs concerning safety and security. Three years' worth of statistics are included for certain types of crimes that were reported to have occurred on campus, in or on off-campus buildings and property owned or controlled by the school and on public property immediately adjacent to the campus. This report, along with more information, is available online at: http://www.southalabama.edu/departments/police/resources/fireandsafetyreport.pdf  You may also request a paper copy from the University Police office located at 290 Stadium Blvd.

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