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Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

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.

  • DPT applicants apply through Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS)8 which allows applicants to use a single, web-based application and one set of materials to apply to multiple programs.
  • PTCAS application portal opens July 6, 2018, for summer 2019 admission.
  • PTCAS is a service of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA1).
  • Application fee is paid to PTCAS.

Application Deadline

Rolling Admissions - Applications reviewed once complete

Early Decision Deadline - August 17

Final Deadline - October 1

Quick Facts

Dahlonega campus
Program length 130 semester hours
Nine consecutive semesters
New students admitted summer semesters
CAPTE accreditation
Above 97% licensure exam pass rate 2007-2015

Program Questions?

Lynn Youngblood
Physical Therapy Department
706-864-1863 (phone)
706-864-1493 (fax)

Select Your Student Type for Requirements and Application Steps

Degree Seeking Regular

Requirements

  • Baccalaureate from a regionally accredited, four-year institution with at least a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (4.0 scale).
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score as follows:
    • Earn a combined score of 297 on the verbal and quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Exam General Test (GRE), 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. 
    • 7732 is the code to select for submission of GRE scores to PTCAS-UNG.
    • Only those scores less than six years old will be considered.
  • Complete prerequisite science and statistics courses from a regionally accredited institution with at least a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0.
    • One academic year of the following:
      • General Chemistry with labs.
      • General Physics with labs.
    • Life Sciences Sequence to include one of the following combinations:
      • Full academic year of general biology with labs (for biology majors) AND an advanced course in biology (not botany or ecology).
      • Full academic year of human anatomy & physiology (for biology majors with labs) and either one general biology course (not botany, ecology or environmental biology) OR one applied health science that has A&P as a prerequisite (e.g., exercise physiology, kinesiology, etc.).
    • One course in statistics.
    • Two courses in social sciences.
  • Demonstrate evidence of appropriate interest in and knowledge of the profession (while no specific number of hours of exposure in a physical therapy treatment environment is required for admission, applicants are expected to be familiar with various settings in which physical therapy is practiced and to provide clear evidence of their commitment to physical therapy as a career choice). Satisfaction of this expectation will be determined through the professional judgment of admissions personnel.
  • Completion of a personal interview.
  • Meet all other program admission requirements.

Applying to UNG

  • DPT applicants apply through Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) which allows applicants to use a single, web-based application and one set of materials to apply to multiple programs.
  • PTCAS application portal opens July 6, 2018, for summer 2019 admission.
  • PTCAS is a service of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).
  • Application fee is paid to PTCAS.
  • University of North Georgia does not require a separate application fee.
  • Applicant's responsibility is to follow PTCAS and program-specific instructions.
  • 7732 is the code to select for submission of GRE scores.

On-campus interviews are a final step in the application process. 

  • Interviews are conducted by invitation from the Physical Therapy Admissions Committee in August, September, and October at the Dahlonega Campus.

If offered a seat in the next entering class steps will continue.

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.

Official GRE test scores are required.

7732 is the code to select for submission of GRE scores to PTCAS-UNG. Only test scores less than six years old will be considered.

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.

All International

Requirements

  • Baccalaureate from a regionally accredited, four-year institution with at least a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (4.0 scale).
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score as follows:
    • Earn a combined score of 297 on the verbal and quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Exam General Test (GRE), 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.
    • Only those scores less than six years old will be considered.
  • Complete prerequisite science and statistics courses from a regionally accredited institution with at least a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0.
    • One academic year of the following:
      • General Chemistry with labs.
      • General Physics with labs.
    • Life Sciences Sequence to include one of the following combinations:
      • Full academic year of general biology with labs (for biology majors) AND an advanced course in biology (not botany or ecology).
      • Full academic year of human anatomy & physiology (for biology majors with labs) and either one general biology course (not botany, ecology or environmental biology) OR one applied health science that has A&P as a prerequisite (e.g., exercise physiology, kinesiology, etc.).
    • One course in statistics.
    • Two courses in social sciences.
  • Demonstrate evidence of appropriate interest in and knowledge of the profession (while no specific number of hours of exposure in a physical therapy treatment environment is required for admission, applicants are expected to be familiar with various settings in which physical therapy is practiced and to provide clear evidence of their commitment to physical therapy as a career choice). Satisfaction of this expectation will be determined through the professional judgment of admissions personnel.
  • Completion of a personal interview.
  • Meet all other program admission requirements.

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.

Applying to UNG

  • DPT applicants apply through Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) which allows applicants to use a single, web-based application and one set of materials to apply to multiple programs.
  • PTCAS will begin accepting applications July 6, 2018, for summer 2019 admission.
  • PTCAS is a service of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).
  • Application fee is paid to PTCAS.
  • University of North Georgia does not require a separate application fee.
  • Applicant's responsibility is to follow PTCAS and program-specific instructions.
  • 7732 is the code to select for submission of GRE scores.

On-campus interviews are a final step in the application process. 

  • Interviews are conducted by invitation from the Physical Therapy Admissions Committee in August, September, and October at the Dahlonega Campus.

If offered a seat in the next entering class steps will continue.

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.

English proficiency is proven as follows:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) scores if applicant's native language is not English.
  • 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:
    • TOEFL internet based - 79
    • TOEFL computer based test - 213
    • TOEFL paper based test - 550
    • IELTS - 6.5

      -or-
  • Hold a bachelor's or master's degree equivalent from an accredited institution located in a country where English is the primary language.

Submit DPT Certificate of Immunization by email, mail, or fax.

  • DPT Certificate of Immunization is a Board of Regents' policy.
  • Should not be completed more than three months prior to the start of classes.
  • The PPD will expire before completion of the DPT program if the vaccine is administered sooner.
  • Download the DPT Certificate of Immunization.
  • Due by April 2, 2016.

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.

The following are required if accepted, or if applying within five months of the start of the term.

Financial Affidavit

It is the applicant's responsibility to demonstrate that sufficient funding is available to meet all university and living expenses for the course of study.

  • Download and complete the Financial Affidavit. You may email the completed form to grads@ung.edu.
  • Sources of financial support in the form of a bank issued letter or bank statement verifying that the applicant has a sum of at least $48,500 USD for the first academic year, exclusive of travel expenses, are required. You may email an original bank issued letter or bank statement to grads@ung.edu
  • Sources of financial support should equal what is reported in your Financial Affidavit.
  • All banking information must be in English. Certified bank letters are preferred. If submitting a bank statement, only official bank statements will be accepted. We are unable to accept a printout of online banking transaction history, online account summaries or online statements.
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Visa Documents

All international applicants, please submit copies of:

If you are currently residing in the United States, please submit copies of:

  • Visa/I-94 (front and back)
  • I-20
  • Passport
Student Health Insurance

International students are required to have health insurance. Visit the Center for Global Engagement's (CGE) website for 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

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

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