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Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

The University of North Georgia offers a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Students who successfully complete the program are eligible to sit for the national licensure examination in physical therapy.  More information regarding physical therapy as a career may be obtained through www.APTA.org.

Quick Facts

Dahlonega campus
Program length 130 semester hours
Nine consecutive semesters
New students admitted summer semesters
CAPTE accreditation
100 percent licensure exam pass rate 2007-2014

Application Deadline

Rolling Admissions - Applications reviewed once complete

Early Decision Deadline - August 15

Final Deadline - October 15

Types of Admissions

Degree Seeking Regular

Requirements

  • Hold a baccalaureate from a regionally accredited, four year institution with at least a cumulative grade point average of 2.8 (4.0 scale) calculated in accordance with DPT Graduate Studies’ admission procedures.
  • Earn a score on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) as follows:
    • if taken prior to August 1, 2011, a combined score of 1,000 on the verbal and quantitative sections, with a minimum score of 400 on each section, and a minimum score of 3.5 on the analytical writing section. Although most students meet these minimum requirements, applicants with a minimum combined score of 900 on the verbal and quantitative sections may be considered as long as a minimum score of 400 has been earned on each section. Only those scores that are less than six years old will be considered.
    • Understand "Appendix A - Essential Functions Policy."
    • Complete PT observation hours.
    • Participate in on-campus interview.
    • Earn a C or higher in all required prerequisite courses:
    • Full academic year of the following with labs:
      • General Chemistry I & II (for science or health profession majors).
      • General Physics I & II (does not need to be calculus based).
      • General Biology I & II (for science or health profession majors) or Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II.
        If the Anatomy course does not include Physiology, a separate Human Physiology course should be taken (Mammalian or Vertebrate Physiology also accepted).
      • Advanced Biology course (such as Micro Biology, Cell Biology, Genetics) if General Biology I & II were taken as prerequisites or applied health science course that has A&P as a prerequisite (such as Exercise Physiology or Kinesiology).
      • Two courses in Social Sciences (Psychology, Sociology). Abnormal Psychology and Human Growth and Development strongly recommended, although General Psychology / General Sociology satisfies the requirement.
      • One course in Elementary Statistics.
      • Recommended Prerequisite Courses (not required) may be selected from:   Exercise Physiology, Human Growth and Development, Applied Kinesiology, Abnormal Psychology, Biomechanics, Exercise Prescription/Fitness Training, and additional Behavioral Sciences and Biological Sciences.
      • All prerequisites must be completed before the start of the program.
    • if taken on or after August 1, 2011, a combined score of 297 on the verbal and quantitative sections, with a minimum score of 153 on the verbal section, and a minimum score of 144 on the quantitative section, and a minimum score of 3.5 on the analytical writing section. Although most applicants meet these minimum requirements, students with a minimum combined score of 286 on the verbal and quantitative sections may be considered as long as a minimum score of 146 has been earned on the verbal section and a minimum score of 140 has been earned on the quantitative section.
    • it is preferred that an applicant take the revised GRE given after 7/31/2011.

Application Steps

  • DPT applicants apply through Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) which allows applicants to use a single, web-based application and one set of materials to apply to multiple programs.
  • PTCAS will begin accepting applications July 2015 for Summer 2016 admission.
  • PTCAS is a service of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).
  • Application fee is paid to PTCAS.
  • University of North Georgia does not require a separate application fee.
  • Applicant's responsibility is to follow PTCAS and program-specific instructions.
  • 7732 is the code to select for submission of GRE scores.

As part of the admission application process through PTCAS, the DPT supplemental form is required.  Applicants should complete the supplemental form by the application deadlines:

  • Rolling Admissions – Applications considered once complete
  • Early Decision Deadline – August 15
  • Final Deadline – October 15

On-campus interviews are a final step in the application process. 

  • Interviews are conducted by invitation from the Physical Therapy Admissions Committee in September, October, and November at the Dahlonega Campus.
  • Additional interviews may be conducted in January if needed.

If offered a seat in the next entering class steps will continue.

Submit one set of official transcripts from each institution attended for all course work, undergraduate and beyond.

  • Transfer credit posted on records of other institutions is not accepted in lieu of transcripts from original institutions.
  • Paper transcripts should be mailed to Graduate Studies.
  • Electronic transcripts should be submitted to grads@ung.edu.
  • Official transcripts are accepted directly from the issuing institution via postal mail or electronically to grads@ung.edu. Student transcripts are accepted only when issued to the student in a sealed envelope and submitted to Graduate Studies unopened.
  • International transcripts must have a course-by-course credential evaluation by an independent evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc. (NACES). Official evaluations must include certification that the applicant's course work and degrees earned are equivalent to course work and degrees earned from a regionally accredited institution of higher education in the United States and include a cumulative grade point average. Evaluations should be submitted from the evaluation service to Graduate Studies.
  • Transcripts of coursework completed in-residence at UNG will be obtained by Graduate Studies.
  • If you completed your undergraduate degree at UNG, request official transcripts only from schools attended after graduating from UNG.

Submit DPT Certificate of Immunization by email, mail, or fax.

  • DPT Certificate of Immunization is a Board of Regents' policy.
  • Should not be completed more than three months prior to the start of classes.
  • The PPD will expire before completion of the DPT program if the vaccine is administered sooner.
  • Download the DPT Certificate of Immunization.
  • Due by April 2, 2016.

Board of Regents’ policy requires all applicants accepted for admission or readmission to UNG seeking in-state for tuition classification provide validation of residency and lawful presence in both the state of Georgia and the United States.

Students accepted in the DPT program are required to have health insurance.

Graduate assistants are required to have health insurance. For additional information, visit USG Student Health Insurance Program (SHIP).

All International

An international student is someone who has not been granted or does not have U.S. citizenship or permanent U.S. residency. In order for these students to study in the United States, they must obtain an F-1 or J-1 visa. International applicants must enroll for at least nine hours per semester, excluding summer semester, and may only enroll in up to three hours of online (distance education) coursework per semester.  International applicants must be accepted as degree-seeking.

  • DPT applicants apply through Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) which allows applicants to use a single, web-based application and one set of materials to apply to multiple programs.
  • PTCAS will begin accepting applications July 2015 for Summer 2016 admission.
  • PTCAS is a service of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).
  • Application fee is paid to PTCAS.
  • University of North Georgia does not require a separate application fee.
  • Applicant's responsibility is to follow PTCAS and program-specific instructions.
  • 7732 is the code to select for submission of GRE scores.

As part of the admission application process through PTCAS, the DPT supplemental form is required.  Applicants should complete the supplemental form by the application deadlines:

  • Rolling Admissions – Applications considered once complete
  • Early Decision Deadline – August 15
  • Final Deadline – October 15

On-campus interviews are a final step in the application process. 

  • Interviews are conducted by invitation from the Physical Therapy Admissions Committee in September, October, and November at the Dahlonega Campus.
  • Additional interviews may be conducted in January if needed.

Submit one set of official transcripts from each institution attended for all course work, undergraduate and beyond.

  • Transfer credit posted on records of other institutions is not accepted in lieu of transcripts from original institutions.
  • Paper transcripts should be mailed to Graduate Studies.
  • Electronic transcripts should be submitted to grads@ung.edu.
  • Official transcripts are accepted directly from the issuing institution via postal mail or electronically to grads@ung.edu. Student transcripts are accepted only when issued to the student in a sealed envelope and submitted to Graduate Studies unopened.
  • International transcripts must have a course-by-course credential evaluation by an independent evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc. (NACES). Official evaluations must include certification that the applicant's course work and degrees earned are equivalent to course work and degrees earned from a regionally accredited institution of higher education in the United States and include a cumulative grade point average. Evaluations should be submitted from the evaluation service to Graduate Studies.
  • Transcripts of coursework completed in-residence at UNG will be obtained by Graduate Studies.
  • If you completed your undergraduate degree at UNG, request official transcripts only from schools attended after graduating from UNG.

Submit DPT Certificate of Immunization by email, mail, or fax.

  • DPT Certificate of Immunization is a Board of Regents' policy.
  • Should not be completed more than three months prior to the start of classes.
  • The PPD will expire before completion of the DPT program if the vaccine is administered sooner.
  • Download the DPT Certificate of Immunization.
  • Due by April 2, 2016.

Board of Regents’ policy requires all applicants accepted for admission or readmission to UNG seeking in-state for tuition classification provide validation of residency and lawful presence in both the state of Georgia and the United States.

Students accepted in the DPT program are required to have health insurance.

Appeal of Graduate Admission

A candidate who was invited for an interview, but whose application is denied, has the right to appeal the decision. Appeals must be made in written form to:

DPT Admissions Committee
Department of Physical Therapy
University of North Georgia
Dahlonega, GA 30597-1001

  • Appeal letter should clearly state the grounds for appeal.
  • Applicants whose appeals are accepted will be reconsidered for admission.

doctor of physical therapy

What Physical Therapists Do

Physical therapists, sometimes called PTs, help injured or ill people improve their movement and manage their pain. These therapists are often an important part of rehabilitation and treatment of patients with chronic conditions or injuries.

Work Environment

Physical therapists typically work in private offices and clinics, hospitals, and nursing homes. They spend much of their time on their feet, actively working with patients.

How to Become a Physical Therapist

Physical therapists entering the profession need a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. All states require physical therapists to be licensed.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition

Program Contact

Lynn Youngblood
Physical Therapy Department
Lynn.Youngblood@ung.edu
706-864-1863 (phone)
706-864-1493 (fax)

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