Applying to Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program

Jim Lewis, associate professor of physical therapy at Brenau, leads a group of first-year occupational therapy students in an anatomy class.

Jim Lewis, associate professor of physical therapy at Brenau, leads a group of first-year occupational therapy students in an anatomy class.

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Brenau University will begin accepting applications for the DPT class entering in May 2017 via PTCAS (www.ptcas.org) on July 1, 2016. The final deadline for receiving applications is March 1, 2017
 
Applications will be reviewed with a rolling admissions process until the program is full. Interviews are anticipated to begin in September. To be considered for an interview, applicants must have a completed PTCAS application and also submitted the supplemental Brenau graduate application (www.brenau.edu/apply) There are forty seats available in the class and it is highly likely that the incoming class will fill during the fall months. Once the class is full, a selection of remaining qualified applicants will be placed on a ranked wait list. It is in the applicant’s best interest to complete the application process early.

Application Process

  • All applicants must complete the application via the Physical Therapy Centralized Application System (PTCAS) found at www.ptcas.org
  • All supplemental items will be submitted through PTCAS. This includes:
    • An official transcript from each post-secondary school previously attended
      • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in college course work, and minimum of a 3.0 in all prerequisite courses.
    • Official GRE scores
      • Minimum score of 146 on the verbal portion of the GRE, 144 on the quantitative portion and 3.5 on the analytical writing portion for GRE test taken on or after to August 1st, 2011.
      • Minimum score of 400 on the verbal portion of the GRE, 500 on the quantitative portion and 3.5 on the analytical writing portion for GRE test taken prior to August 1st, 2011.
      • Minimum scores must be all met on one exam.
    • 40 hours of volunteer experience or observations divided at least between two different types of settings.
    • Three letters of recommendation from: a licensed PT, a professor and other non-family member.
    • APTA Essay
  • Applicants must also complete the Brenau University graduate application found at www.brenau.edu/apply
  • Students studying with an F1 visa will also need to complete and submit the International Enrollment Packet.

Questions may be directed to:

Melissa Tavilla, Department of Physical Therapy
mtavilla1@brenau.edu
678-971-1832

Beth Collins, Office of Admissions
bcollins1@brenau.edu
770-534-6102

Standard for Admission, Academic Progression and Graduation

Essential Abilities

Physical therapy education requires that the accumulation of scientific knowledge be accompanied by the simultaneous acquisition of skills, professional attitudes and appropriate behavior. As such, admission, promotion and graduation decisions will be based not only on candidates’ scholastic accomplishments, but also on their physical and emotional capacities to meet the full requirements of the curriculum and to graduate as skilled and effective practitioners. The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree awarded by Brenau University certifies that the individual has acquired a broad base of knowledge, skills and attitudes requisite for the practice of physical therapy.

In order to acquire the knowledge and skills to function independently in a broad variety of clinical situations and to render a wide spectrum of patient care, candidates for the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree must have abilities and skills in five areas: observation; communication; motor; conceptual (integrative and quantitative); and behavioral/social.  Review DPT Essential Abilities (PDF) for details.

Accreditation

Effective November 12, 2014, Brenau University has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA  22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email:  accreditation@apta.org).  Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates that the program may matriculate students in technical/professional courses and that the program is progressing toward accreditation.  Candidate for Accreditation is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation.

Accreditation links:
Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education

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