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Post-Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy (PPDPT)

The Physical Therapy Program at the University of North Georgia (UNG) offers a Post-Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy (PPDPT) degree for foreign-educated physical therapists (FEPTs) who are not residents of the United States. This program, in addition to degree augmentation, provides the participants with a unique opportunity to learn advanced diagnostic and therapeutic skills in specialty areas beyond those taught in entry-level physical therapy programs.

The online didactic and onsite practical courses of PPDPT are designed to deliver an exceptional education and enhance participant’s level of practice and competency in managing variety of musculoskeletal conditions. Through this program students are expected to master performance of advanced manual techniques; to acquire profound clinical reasoning skills and to become experts in their area of specialty. Students will have this opportunity to transfer the practical courses in the PPDPT program toward optional certification programs in Dry Needling, Vestibular Rehabilitation. 

Applications available September 1.

Application & Supporting Documents Deadline

Fall - February 1 (degree seeking)
Fall - August 1 (non-degree/transient)
Spring - December 1 (non-degree/transient)
Summer - May 1 (non-degree/transient)

The intent of the PPDPT program is not to qualify individuals to secure licensure in the US. Participants will have the chance to remediate some of the deficiencies seen during educational credential evaluations. However, it will not guarantee that a FEPT will be able to meet all the requirements for licensure in the US.

Quick Facts About the PPDPT Program

  • Dahlonega Campus
  • For non-U.S. residents
  • For foreign-educated physical therapists
  • Program completed in one year
  • Cohort format
  • New students admitted fall semester
  • Program is taught in English

How to Apply to the PPDPT Program

Select Your Student Type for Requirements and Application Steps

Degree Seeking International Applicants

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 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.

Requirements

  • Application and Application Fee 
    • Submit the online application for Graduate Admissions.
    • Please allow three business days after submitting your application for processing. You will receive an email from grads@ung.edu after your application has been reviewed for accuracy and updated with submitted documents. Please do not check your application status prior to receiving an email from this office as your online application checklist will not accurately reflect the required items for your program of interest.
    • One-time, non-refundable application fee of $40.
    • Pay with a credit/debit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express) or electronic check (U.S. banks only) when completing the online application.
  • Official Transcripts indicating a baccalaureate or master's from an accredited entry-level physical therapy (PT) program with at least a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (4.0 scale).
    • International transcripts must have a degree 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 bachelor's or master's degree earned is equivalent to a degree 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 Admissions.
    • Applicants who achieved a physical therapy degree at the graduate level, will not need to provide a NACES evaluated transcript for coursework or degrees completed at the undergraduate level.
  • Proof of a valid license to practice physical therapy in the country of origin. For example, a document indicating membership in a Physical Therapy Association or a Medical Council in country of origin.
  • Proof of at least two years of work experience in physical therapy. For example, a document that indicating work experience as a Physical Therapist in an inpatient or outpatient setting.
  • Three recommendations relative to the applicant's ethics and proficiency in physical therapy practice.  Recommendations may be submitted as part of the online application.
  • Immunization Form
    • UNG requires immunizations of all students attending courses on any UNG campus or campus managed facility.
    • Download the UNG certificate of immunization and have it completed by a health care provider.
    • Titer test is available through your physician or local health department and may be submitted to confirm the required immunities.
  • Additional International Requirements
    • Financial Affidavit and bank statements
    • Proof of English Proficiency
    • Visa Documents
  • Health Insurance

Non-Degree

A professional physical therapist who has a minimum BSc in physical therapy interested in taking graduate courses in physical therapy to complete deficiencies for the PT board exam, but not interested in pursuing a graduate degree, may apply as a non-degree graduate student. 

International students requiring an F-1 visa to enter or stay in the US must be enrolled in a degree seeking program and are not eligible to apply as non-degree students.

Requirements

  • Application and Application Fee 
    • Submit the online application for Graduate Admissions.
    • Please allow three business days after submitting your application for processing. You will receive an email from grads@ung.edu after your application has been reviewed for accuracy and updated with submitted documents. Please do not check your application status prior to receiving an email from this office as your online application checklist will not accurately reflect the required items for your program of interest.
    • One-time, non-refundable application fee of $40.
    • Pay with a credit/debit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express) or electronic check (U.S. banks only) when completing the online application.
  • Official Transcripts indicating a baccalaureate or master's from an accredited entry-level physical therapy (PT) program with at least a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (4.0 scale).
    • International transcripts must have a degree 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 bachelor's or master's degree earned is equivalent to a degree 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 Admissions.
    • Applicants who achieved a physical therapy degree at the graduate level, will not need to provide a NACES evaluated transcript for coursework or degrees completed at the undergraduate level.
  • Proof of a valid license to practice physical therapy in the country of origin. For example, a document indicating membership in a Physical Therapy Association or a Medical Council in country of origin.

Non-degree students:

  • may register for no more than 12 semester hours of graduate credit.
  • A non-degree student who earns a grade of C or lower will be subject to a program review to determine the student's eligibility to enroll in coursework for the subsequent semester.
  • may apply for readmission after three semesters from the date removed from the program because of a deficient grade by submitting a new application to Graduate Admissions with a letter addressed to the program coordinator requesting readmission.
  • are not eligible for federal financial aid.
  • must submit a new application to Graduate Admissions and meet all program admission requirements if the student later decides to pursue a post-professional Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at UNG.

Submit the online application for Graduate Admissions.

Please allow three business days after submitting your application for processing. You will receive an email from grads@ung.edu after your application has been reviewed for accuracy and updated with submitted documents. Please do not check your application status prior to receiving an email from this office as your online application checklist will not accurately reflect the required items for your program of interest.

  • Non-refundable application fee of $40.
  • Pay with a credit/debit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express) or electronic check (U.S. banks only) when completing the online application.
  • Include a check or money order payable to UNG when submitting a paper application.
  • Required supplemental documents may be uploaded with your application or emailed to grads@ung.edu.

Submit one set of transcripts from each institution confirming bachelor's or master’s degree.

  • Transcripts that have been opened, scanned or forwarded by email are not official and will not be accepted.
  • Official paper transcripts are accepted if submitted from the issuing institution and mailed to University of North Georgia Admissions Imaging Center, P.O. Box 1358, Gainesville, GA 30503-1358. Student paper transcripts are accepted only when issued to the student in a sealed envelope and submitted to Graduate Admissions unopened.
  • Transfer credit posted on records of other institutions is not accepted in lieu of transcripts from original institutions. Please request a transcript from each institution attended.
  • Official electronic transcripts are accepted if submitted from the issuing institution to grads@ung.edu. Depending on the transcript service you are using, grads@ung.edu may not be an available option.  You may then select any admissions or undergraduate admissions @ung.edu address. Electronic transcripts forwarded via email from the student are not accepted.
  • 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 Admissions. Evaluations must include certification that the applicant has received a baccalaureate from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum grade point average of 2.75. Applicants who have received degrees outside of the United States may be required to submit proof of English proficiency. Applicants will be notified if a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score is required. If required, scores must be sent directly from the testing agency. Personal copies and photocopies are NOT accepted. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two calendar years from the test date. Required minimum scores are, TOEFL internet based - 79, TOEFL computer based test - 213, TOEFL paper based test - 550, IELTS - 6.5.
  • Graduate Admissions will retrieve transcripts of coursework completed in-residence at UNG. You do not need to order official transcripts from UNG.

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.

Transient

Post professional Physical Therapy students who have a minimum BSc in physical therapy and are currently enrolled in a graduate program at a regionally accredited college or university as a graduate student in good standing may apply to UNG as a transient student.

  • Permission to take courses does not indicate or imply subsequent admission into the program.
  • Students must receive pre-approval from the ppDPT department head before enrolling in courses.
  • Requests will be considered on a space-available basis.
  • Admission is for one semester only.
  • Students who wish to return as a transient student for a subsequent semester must reapply through Graduate Admissions.
  • Students may be required to submit an official transcript from the home institution in order to verify adequate prerequisite knowledge/skills.

Requirements

  • Application and Application Fee 
    • Submit the online application for Graduate Admissions.
    • Please allow three business days after submitting your application for processing. You will receive an email from grads@ung.edu after your application has been reviewed for accuracy and updated with submitted documents. Please do not check your application status prior to receiving an email from this office as your online application checklist will not accurately reflect the required items for your program of interest.
    • One-time, non-refundable application fee of $40.
    • Pay with a credit/debit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express) or electronic check (U.S. banks only) when completing the online application.
  • Official Transcripts indicating a baccalaureate or master's from an accredited entry-level physical therapy (PT) program with at least a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (4.0 scale).
    • International transcripts must have a degree 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 bachelor's or master's degree earned is equivalent to a degree 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 Admissions.
    • Applicants who achieved a physical therapy degree at the graduate level, will not need to provide a NACES evaluated transcript for coursework or degrees completed at the undergraduate level.
  • Transient permission letter
    • Submit a letter of good standing or transient permission form documenting that the student is not on academic probation or suspension or on disciplinary suspension at his/her home institution.
    • The letter or form should indicate the course(s) the student is being allowed to take at UNG.
  • Proof of a valid license to practice physical therapy in the country of origin. For example, a document indicating membership in a Physical Therapy Association or a Medical Council in country of origin.

Submit the online application for Graduate Admissions.

Please allow three business days after submitting your application for processing. You will receive an email from grads@ung.edu after your application has been reviewed for accuracy and updated with submitted documents. Please do not check your application status prior to receiving an email from this office as your online application checklist will not accurately reflect the required items for your program of interest.

  • Non-refundable application fee of $40.
  • Pay with a credit/debit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express) or electronic check (U.S. banks only) when completing the online application.
  • Include a check or money order payable to UNG when submitting a paper application.
  • Required supplemental documents may be uploaded with your application or emailed to grads@ung.edu.

Submit one set of transcripts from each institution confirming bachelor's or master’s degree.

  • Transcripts that have been opened, scanned or forwarded by email are not official and will not be accepted.
  • Official paper transcripts are accepted if submitted from the issuing institution and mailed to University of North Georgia Admissions Imaging Center, P.O. Box 1358, Gainesville, GA 30503-1358. Student paper transcripts are accepted only when issued to the student in a sealed envelope and submitted to Graduate Admissions unopened.
  • Transfer credit posted on records of other institutions is not accepted in lieu of transcripts from original institutions. Please request a transcript from each institution attended.
  • Official electronic transcripts are accepted if submitted from the issuing institution to grads@ung.edu. Depending on the transcript service you are using, grads@ung.edu may not be an available option.  You may then select any admissions or undergraduate admissions @ung.edu address. Electronic transcripts forwarded via email from the student are not accepted.
  • 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 Admissions. Evaluations must include certification that the applicant has received a baccalaureate from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum grade point average of 2.75. Applicants who have received degrees outside of the United States may be required to submit proof of English proficiency. Applicants will be notified if a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score is required. If required, scores must be sent directly from the testing agency. Personal copies and photocopies are NOT accepted. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two calendar years from the test date. Required minimum scores are, TOEFL internet based - 79, TOEFL computer based test - 213, TOEFL paper based test - 550, IELTS - 6.5.
  • Graduate Admissions will retrieve transcripts of coursework completed in-residence at UNG. You do not need to order official transcripts from UNG.

Submit a letter of good standing or transient permission form documenting that the student is not on academic probation or suspension or on disciplinary suspension at his/her home institution.

Note: The letter or form should indicate the course(s) the student is being allowed to take at UNG.

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 whose application is denied has the right to appeal the decision. Appeal letter should clearly state the grounds for appeal.

Students whose appeals are granted will be admitted as provisional students. Students are not eligible for financial aid while taking courses under a provisional admission status.

Students may not appeal for regular admission.

Email your letter of appeal as a pdf attachment to grads@ung.edu.

Learn More About the PPDPT Program

Mode of Delivery

The PPDPT program is a ONE Year program which is offered through 3 semesters. This program, taught in English, provides a hybrid method of classroom and real-time online courses. Select didactic and practical clinical courses will be taught at UNG campus. Other basic science courses with no laboratory requirements will be taught through real-time online webinars. 

Course Planning Guide
Fall Semester
Course Delivery Credit Hours

Musculoskeletal I – Extremity Disorders & Sports Injuries

On Campus 5
Advanced Neurological Rehab Course On Campus 2
Biostatistics & Research Methods Online 3

Evidence-Based Practice 

Online 3
Primary Care Skills – Primary Care and Physical Examination for Physical Therapists On Campus 3

Clinical Pharmacology for Physical Therapists 

Online 3
Spring Semester
Course Delivery Credit Hours

Musculoskeletal II – Spine & Pelvis Dysfunction 

On Campus 5

Pelvic Floor Dysfunction & Incontinence

On Campus 3

Special Topic Elective: Alternative & Complementary Medicine in Physical Therapy

On Campus 3

Research Project

Online 3

Diagnostic Imaging & Laboratory Values for Physical Therapists

Online 3

Physical Therapy in Pediatric Orthopedics

Online 2
Summer Semester
Course Delivery Credit Hours

Differential Diagnosis & Clinical Reasoning for Physical Therapists 

Online 3
Advance Physical Therapy for Peripheral Vestibular Disorders, Cervicogenic Dizziness & Cervicogenic Headache On Campus 3
Occupational Outlook

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.

Pay
The median annual wage for physical therapists was $87,930 in April 2019.

Job Outlook

Employment of physical therapists is projected to grow 28 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for physical therapy will come from the aging baby boomers, who are not only staying active later in life, but are more susceptible to health conditions, such as strokes, that may require physical therapy. In addition, physical therapists will be needed to treat people with mobility issues stemming from chronic conditions, such as diabetes or obesity.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2018-2019 Edition

Program Questions?

The PPDPT program offers courses at an accelerated rate. This is beyond the typical full-time course load.

Candidates accepted to the program may be eligible for a student assistantship pending available funding. Contact Dr. Nourbakhsh for information about student assistantships.

Reza Nourbakhsh, PT, Ph.D, OCS
Physical Therapy Department
Reza.Nourbakhsh@ung.edu
706-864-1766

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