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Post Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy (PPDPT)

The Physical Therapy Department at the University of North Georgia (UNG) offers a Post Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy (PPDPT) degree for foreign-educated physical therapists (FEPTs).  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 intent of the PPDPT program is to allow the participants to remediate some of the deficiencies seen during educational credential evaluations required for Physical Therapy Licensure Examination. However, eligibility for taking the licensure examination in the United States depends on qualifications set by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT). Please refer to for detailed information.

Application & Supporting Documents Deadline

Fall - March 1

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.

Quick Facts

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
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.


  • 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 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

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.

Appeals must be submitted to:
Graduate Admissions
University of North Georgia
82 College Circle
Dahlonega, GA 30597-1001

Program Questions?

Reza Nourbakhsh, PT, Ph.D, OCS
Physical Therapy Department

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