DPT Admissions

The Department of Physical Therapy at the University of North Georgia participates in the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS). To learn more about the PTCAS application process and apply online, please visit the the PTCAS website at: www.PTCAS.org.  Early decision deadline date is 08/15/14.  Firm decision deadline date is 10/15/14. Applications for the DPT class entering in May 2015 will be accepted beginning July 1, 2014 and are reviewed using a ‘rolling’ admissions process. Under this process, applications are considered as soon as they are complete. To be considered, applications must be complete in PTCAS. Enrollment is limited to 30 students/class year and it is likely that the incoming class will be filled in mid Fall 2014. Once the incoming class has been fully enrolled, qualified candidates will be placed on an alternate list as they are ranked. Interviews generally are conducted in September, October and November and additional interviews may be conducted in January as needed. It is in the prospective student’s best interest to complete and submit all application materials early.

All potential applicants are encouraged to learn as much as possible about the University of North Georgia program before applying.  Because all PT programs are unique, learning about the University of North Georgia’s Physical Therapy program will help a potential applicant decide if the program meets one’s individual learning expectations.

In that regard, the University of North Georgia Department of Physical Therapy conducts a Pre-application Advisement process for potential applicants enrolled at the University of North Georgia or other institutions.   The advisement can be done by email.  The intent is to allow interested individuals an opportunity to determine eligibility and begin the discovery process regarding "good fit".  We are happy to entertain inquiries or visits to our campus.  Please check our web site regarding specific Physical Therapy Department dates for Open House.

Additional resources for UNG's Doctor of Physical Therapy program can be found in UNG's Graduate Catalog.

To inquire about any specifics of the program or to arrange visits, please contact by letter, telephone, or email:

University of North Georgia
Lynn Youngblood, Admissions/Academic Advisor
Department of Physical Therapy
82 College Circle
Dahlonega, Georgia 30597
(706) 864-1863
lynn.youngblood@ung.edu

Regular Admission Requirements
  • The minimum grade point average (GPA) required for admission is ≥ 2.8 overall (or 3.4 for the last 40 semester hours).  However, in recent years, students chosen for the program had, on an average, a GPA ≥ 3.4.
  • The required pre-requisite GPA (e.g., Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Social Sciences, and Statistics) must be ≥ 2.8. 
  • Earn a combined score of 1,000 on the verbal and quantitative sections of the General Record Exam General Test (GRE), taken prior to August 1, 2011, with a minimum score of 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, students 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 6 years old will be considered. 
  • Earn a combined score of 297 on the verbal and quantitative sections of the General Record Exam (GRE), taken on or after August 1, 2011, 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 students 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 on the quantitative sections.  However, in recent years, students chosen for the program had, on an average, Verbal Scorces of 153-156, and Quantitive Scores of 144-146 and above.
  • The appropriate GRE code for PTCAS and UNG to receive scores is 7732.
  • Read and understand "Appendix A – Essential Functions Policy".
  • PT Observation Hours
  • Three Letters of Reference with one being from a physical therapist that you have observed.
Required Prerequisite Courses

Prerequisites include completion of a Baccalaureate Degree from any accredited college and the following 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, then a separate Human Physiology course should be taken (Mammalian or Vertebrate Physiology also accepted).
  • An advanced course in Biology (such as Micro Biology, Cell Biology, Genetics) if General Biology I & II were taken as a pre-requisite, 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). We strongly recommend Abnormal Psychology and Human Growth and Development, although General Psychology / General Sociology will satisfy the requirement.

One course in:

  • Elementary Statistics

Recommended Prerequisite Courses

Recommended 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.
  • Students must earn a C or higher in all required pre-requisite courses. All prerequisites must be completed before the program begins each summer semester in late May.

Special Considerations

The successful candidate will generally have a high Prerequisite Course GPA (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Statistics); documented leadership abilities; an 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; a Bachelor's Degree by the time of matriculation; and demonstrated commitment to learning to be a skilled generalist with a focus on rural practice.

Application

Applications are available from the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) at: http://www.ptcas.org

Specific application deadlines are set annually and are posted at the PTCAS website.

Accepted Applicants to Our Program

Once an applicant has been offered a seat in the next entering class, the applicant must submit as instructed in his/her acceptance letter the following to Graduate Studies:

  • Official transcripts from each school attended
  • DPT immunization form (no sooner than 3 months prior to the start of classes)

The address of the Graduate Studies  is:

University of North Georgia
Graduate Studies
Chestatee Building, Room 348
110 South Chestatee Street
Dahlonega, GA 30597

 

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