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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 www.fsbpt.org for detailed information.

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 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.

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.
  • Official electronic transcripts are accepted if submitted from the issuing institution to grads@ung.edu. 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.
  • Official electronic transcripts are accepted if submitted from the issuing institution to grads@ung.edu. 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.

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

Program Questions?

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

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