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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How do I apply to the program? When is the application deadline?
  2. What is the average GPA and GRE of your students? What GRE do I need to take?
  3. What undergraduate majors do you recommend to be a more competitive applicant?
  4. Can I take prerequisite courses at a community college? Does ATSU accept online courses?
  5. When do I need to have my Prerequisites completed?
  6. Can I take prerequisite courses at your institution?
  7. If I have a question about a prerequisite course, what should I do?
  8. How many Observation Hours do I need? How do I document hours?
  9. Where can I go for my Clinical Internships?
  10. How long is the program?
  11. Are students able to work while in the Program?
  12. Does massage therapy, nursing, medical, naturopathic or other professional coursework transfer into the program?
  13. Do you offer financial aid? Where can I find scholarship information?
  14. Does the ATSU have on campus housing?
  15. Does the university assist with job placement?
  16. What are the most recent pass rates on licensure exams?
  17. What is the difference between a Master’s and Doctorate level degree?
  18. I’d like to visit campus, who should I contact?
  19. I can't find the program's GRE code 7695 on the ETS website. Where do I send my scores?

Answers

  1. How do I apply to the program? When is the application deadline?
    The ATSU-DPT program participates in the Physical Therapy Central Application Services (PTCAS). PTCAS provides a web-based service that allows applicants to submit a single application to multiple participating PT programs. All official transcripts and letters of reference are sent electronically to PTCAS as part of the application process.  Please visit PTCAS at www.ptcas.org for more information on how to apply for admission.  PTCAS opens during the first week of July for applicants to apply for the next year’s class.

    If an applicant meets the minimum 2.80 cumulative and pre-requisite GPA requirement, they will be invited by ATSU-DPT program, via email to submit an electronic secondary (supplemental) application.

    The deadline to apply to ATSU-DPT program is January 16th.   Program enrollment is based on rolling admissions and applicants are encouraged to apply early as all applications are processed when received at ATSU.  

  2. What is the average GPA and GRE of your students? What GRE do I need to take?
    Average GPA for the entering class of 2016 was 3.33 for Cumulative and 3.27 for Prerequisite. GRE averages for the entering class of 2016 were as follows:  Verbal = 147.31, Quantitative = 152.11 and Analytical = 3.74.

    The GRE test you need to take is the General Test, not the Subject Tests.  GRE scores should be sent directly to PTCAS. Institutional Code for ATSU is 7695 listed under Arizona.  The department code is 0619 and the state code is Arizona (AZ).

  3. What undergraduate majors do you recommend to be a more competitive applicant?
    A student may have any degree, as long as all admissions requirements and prerequisite courses are fulfilled and you have been awarded a bachelors degree.

  4. Can I take prerequisite courses at a community college?  Does ATSU accept online courses?
    You may take your prerequisite courses at any accredited community college or university.  Prerequisite courses can be taken online or in a traditional format.

  5. When do I need to have my Prerequisites completed?
    Prerequisite courses can be competed during a Summer term as long as the official grade is posted by by August 1st. At this time, you will be required to submit an updated transcript to our Admissions department. Applicants with 3 or fewer outstanding prerequisites will be considered for admissions.

  6. Can I take prerequisite courses at your institution?
    No.  Our courses are only open to students enrolled in our programs.

  7. If I have a question about a prerequisite course, what should I do?
    You may contact Whitney Williams, Program Manager via email.

  8. How many Observation Hours do I need?  How do I document hours?
    You are required to have a minimum of 30 hours of experience with a physical therapist. This is documented in your PTCAS application.   Exposure to multiple types of physical therapy practices such as, Geriatrics, pediatrics, neurology and orthopedics is desired, and a consideration in the decision to offer admission. Students may contact hospitals, nursing homes and outpatient physical therapy clinics to meet the required observation hours. Letters verifying Observation Hours are not required.

  9. Where can I go for my Clinical Internships?
    We have over 500 clinical sites throughout the US, in a variety of both rural and urban settings.  Additionally, we have opportunities for international internships.

  10. How long is the program?
    The DPT program is 3 years in length. The first 2 years are spent in the classroom and the 3rd year students will complete 4-eight week Clinical Internships, participate in Virtual Grand Rounds and complete a Research or EBP project.

  11. Are students able to work while in the Program?
    Some students do choose to work part-time while in the program, often times through work study on campus.   Full-time employment is not possible while attending the program.

  12. Does massage therapy, nursing, medical, naturopathic or other professional coursework transfer into the program?
    No.

  13. Do you offer financial aid? Where can I find scholarship information?
    Yes, we offer financial aid to our students. Please email financialaid@atsu.edu for information regarding scholarships and loans.We also participate in the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education program. To find out more, please visit www.wiche.edu and contact your state representative.

  14. Does the ATSU have on campus housing?
    We do not have on campus housing; however we offer resource for finding housing in the local area and roommate matching upon acceptance.

  15. Does the university assist with job placement?
    100% of our graduates are employed within 6 months.  Our graduates are recruited through 2 job fairs annually, an Alumni website and their Clinical Internships.
  16. What are the most recent pass rates on licensure exams?
    ASHS PT has a three-year pass rate of 97% on the National Physical Therapy Examination.

  17. What is the difference between a Master’s and Doctorate level degree? Currently, there are approximately 212 accredited PT programs, 203 are DPT, and 9 are Masters level programs.  The APTA’s vision is that all physical therapists will have a DPT by 2020.  In addition, CAPTE will require all programs to offer the DPT by Dec. 31st 2015.  For information please visit www.apta.org.

  18. I’d like to visit campus, who should I contact?
    Contact the admissions office at https://www.atsu.edu/admissions/tour_request.asp to set up a tour of the campus. Tours are provided every Friday from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm you may call 480-219-6000/6001, please mention to them you are interested in the PT program. We look forward to sharing information with you about our DPT program!
  19. I can't find the program's GRE code 7695 on the ETS website. Where do I send my scores?
    To find the 7695 GRE code on the ETS website you need to go to Arizona. Please do not send your scores to the other Arizona code 3743 as it will not go to our program's admissions department or PTCAS. If you already submitted your scores to 3743, you will need to contact ETS and have your scores resent to the correct 7695 code.