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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 2017 for summer 2018 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 3

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) calculated in accordance with DPT Graduate Admissions procedures.
  • 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) 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 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.

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 2017 for summer 2018 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.

As part of the admission application process through PTCAS, the DPT supplemental form is required.  Applicants should complete the supplemental form by the application deadlines:

  • Rolling Admissions – Applications considered once complete
  • Early Decision Deadline – August 15
  • Final Deadline – October 15

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

  • Interviews are conducted by invitation from the Physical Therapy Admissions Committee in September, October, and November at the Dahlonega Campus.
  • Additional interviews may be conducted in January if needed.

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

Submit one set of official transcripts from each institution attended for all course work, undergraduate and graduate level.

  • Transfer credit posted on records of other institutions is not accepted in lieu of transcripts from original institutions.
  • 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 Graduate Admissions. 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.
  • Graduate Admissions will retrieve transcripts of coursework completed in-residence at UNG. You do not need to order official transcripts from UNG.
  • If you completed your undergraduate degree at UNG and then attended another institution, request official transcripts only from schools attended after graduating from UNG.

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.

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

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 or J-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.

  • 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 2017 for summer 2018 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.

As part of the admission application process through PTCAS, the DPT supplemental form is required. Applicants should complete the supplemental form by the application deadlines:

  • Rolling Admissions – Applications considered once complete
  • Early Decision Deadline – August 15
  • Final Deadline – October 15

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

  • Interviews are conducted by invitation from the Physical Therapy Admissions Committee in September, October, and November at the Dahlonega Campus.
  • Additional interviews may be conducted in January if needed.

Submit one set of official transcripts from each institution attended for all course work, undergraduate and graduate level.

  • Transfer credit posted on records of other institutions is not accepted in lieu of transcripts from original institutions.
  • 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 Graduate Admissions. 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.
  • Graduate Admissions will retrieve transcripts of coursework completed in-residence at UNG. You do not need to order official transcripts from UNG.
  • If you completed your undergraduate degree at UNG and then attended another institution, request official transcripts only from schools attended after graduating from UNG.

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.

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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