Graduate Studies

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

Length of Program

130 semester hours

Tuition

Application Deadlines

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

Location

Dahlonega

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Program Contact

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

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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. Visit the DPT program website for additional program information.

Quick Facts

  • New students admitted summer semesters.
  • 130 semester-hour program.
  • Nine consecutive semesters, including three summer semesters.
  • DPT degree is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).
  • Candidates are accepted from varied undergraduate disciplines; however, all prerequisite courses must be satisfactorily met.

The successful DPT candidate has

  • High prerequisite course grade point average (biology, chemistry, physics, statistics).
  • Documented leadership abilities.
  • Abundance of courses above the 300 level.
  • Evidence of embracing cultural diversity.
  • Life and self-directed work experiences compatible with taking responsibility for one's own behavior and education.
  • Demonstrated commitment to learning to be a skilled generalist with a focus on rural practice.

Graduate Admissions Procedures

  • Department of Physical Therapy at UNG participates in the Physical Therapist Centralized Application System (PTCAS).
    • Apply online through the PTCAS application portal.
    • Portal opens July 1, 2014, at noon, for the class entering May 2015.
    • Follow the specific instructions for admission outlined by PTCAS.
  • Submit the DPT supplemental form to UNG.
  • On-campus interviews are a final step in the application process; the DPT program will notify applicants. 
  • Notification from the DPT program will be sent to all applicants verifying acceptance or denial.
  • Applicants admitted, but not enrolled within one year of acceptance, must reapply through PTCAS.
  • Documents and materials submitted to fulfill the application requirements become the property of the university and are not returned.
  • Meeting all admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available for degree-seeking, regularly admitted graduate students enrolled in minimum of five hours.  For details and applications, contact the UNG Student Financial Aid Office at finaid-dah@ung.edu or 706-864-1412 or visit the Financial Aid website.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must:

  • Hold an earned baccalaureate from a regionally accredited, four year institution with at least a cumulative grade point average of 2.8 (4.0 scale) (or a minimum grade point average of 3.4 for the last 40 semester hours attempted) calculated in accordance with DPT Graduate Studies’ admission proceduresInformationInformationDoctor of Physical Therapy Applicants grade point average calculation is the number of completed units taken at the collegiate level and all credits taken beyond the bachelor’s degree for which students received a letter grade A-F. Plus and minus points are used. If a student repeated a course, both attempts are used for the purpose of calculating the DPT graduate admission grade point average. This GPA calculation was approved by PTCAS, the application submission process through which all physical therapy applicants to UNG must apply..
  • 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 at least 400 on each section, and a minimum score of at least 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 at least 400 has been earned on each section. Only those scores that are less than six years old will be considered.
    • if taken on or after August 1, 2011, a combined score of 297 on the verbal and quantitative sections, with a minimum score of at least 153 on the verbal section, and a minimum score of at least 144 on the quantitative section, and a minimum score of at least 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 at least 146 has been earned on the verbal section and at least 140 has been earned on the quantitative section.
    • it is preferred that an applicant take the revised GRE given after 7/31/2011. (NOTE: GRE scores must be sent to PTCAS and UNG.  The code for PTCAS to receive scores is 7732. Instititonal code for UNG to receive scores is 5497.)
  • Submit three DPT reference forms documenting each of the ten generic abilities representing behavioral characteristics, which, in addition to the professional knowledge and clinical skills, are required for success as a physical therapist.  One recommendation should be from a physical therapist that you have observed.
  • Read and understand "Appendix A - Essential Functions Policy".
  • Complete PT observation hours.
  • Participate in on-campus interview.
  • Earn a “C” or higher in all required pre-requisite 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 course in Biology (such as Micro Biology, Cell Biology, Genetics) if General Biology I & II were taken as pre-requisites, OR an 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.

Admission Checklist

The following documents must be received by the DPT program prior to consideration of an invited interview at the Dahlonega campus.

  • PTCAS online application.
  • Official transcripts or international transcript evaluation submitted to PTCAS. International transcripts must have a foreign course-by-course credential evaluation by an independent evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc. (NACES). Evaluations must include certification that the applicant has received at least a baccalaureate from a regionally accredited institution and include a cumulative grade point average.
  • Official GRE test scores submitted to PTCAS (code 7732).
  • Three DPT admissions reference forms submitted to PTCAS.

Accepted Checklist

After an applicant has been offered a seat by the DPT program for the next entering class, the applicant must submit to Graduate Studies:

    • Official transcripts or official international transcript evaluation. International transcripts must have a foreign course-by-course credential evaluation by an independent evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc. (NACES). Evaluations must include certification that the applicant has received at least a baccalaureate from a regionally accredited institution and include a cumulative grade point average.
    • Official GRE test scores (code 5497).
    • DPT supplemental form.
    • DPT certificate of immunization.
    • If applying for in-state tuition, proof of lawful presence in the United States.

Accepted students are required to have health insurance.  Visit USG Student Health Insurance Program (SHIP)

See Apply Now! for forms and additional information.

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

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