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  • Doctor of Physical Therapy

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    The highest level of preparation to answer your calling

    For those interested in the deepest grounding in the science of physical therapy, the Doctor of Physical Therapy is the most intensive study of our profession available. The DPT is a three-year program with a heavy emphasis on the sciences. You will develop the foundation you need to make effective evidence-based decisions for your patients.

    Your time in the program will feature intensive clinical work, putting into practice the technical knowledge you develop through your academic study. The program is defined by three traits: 

    • You will learn and work as part of a team. Health care, today, is increasingly delivered by teams of professionals from many different disciplines working in collaboration. This is how you will learn at Samford. You will work in collaboration with people from a variety of programs.
    • You will use the most advanced technology. Lectures, labs and clinical experiences will utilize apps for education and support while providing care. You'll leave our program prepared to use current and developing technologies to work with your patients in your professional environment.
    • Service is central to everything we do. We believe that we are all called to serve, to use our skills and knowledge to make the lives of people better. You will have the opportunity to participate in service projects in communities at home and around the world.

    Our mission is to help you become a life-long learner — to help you develop the knowledge, skills and experience you need to effectively answer the calling of your life. Your knowledge will be grounded in science, but your motivations powered by compassion.

    Admission Requirements+

    Samford UniCAS deadline for D.P.T. program: October 1, 2014
    Entry Month: June, 2015
    Admission to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program is competitive. Admission requirements include:  

    • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university (degree in any field) or be in the senior year of undergraduate study. A completed bachelor’s degree is required prior to enrollment, as evidenced by a final official college/university transcript.  You may receive conditional acceptance with a letter from your registrar stating you have, in fact, completed the requirements for the degree.  The “conditional” status is removed once we receive your official transcript.
    • Cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
    • “B” or better in all prerequisite courses.  All prerequisite courses must have been completed within ten years prior to application.  Required prerequisite courses include:
      • Biology I & II with labs
      • Chemistry I & II with labs
      • Physics I & II with labs
      • Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II with labs
      • Pre-calculus
      • Statistics
      • Psychology
       
    • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) within the past 5 years with minimum scores of:  
      • Verbal:  153
      • Quantitative:  144 
      • Analytical: 4.0
       
    • Ten hours of documented volunteer experience in each of three different physical therapy practice settings (30 hours total)
    • Three letters of reference submitted through the application system.  The three required references should be from 1) current or previous professor, 2) work supervisor and 3) a physical therapist.
    • International applicants or American citizens who learned English as a second language must score at least 550 (paper), 213 (computer) or 80 (Internet) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

    Exceptions to any admission requirements will be handled on an individual basis.

    Students and applicants who seek accommodations must make a request by contacting the Section 504/Disability Access and Accommodation Coordinator, Anne Sherman, Director of Disability Resources, 205-726-4078 or disability@samford.edu.

    Application Process +

    The steps below outline the application process for the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. To apply, you are required to submit both an application through the centralized application process http://samford.unicas.com  (UniCAS) as well as a Physical Therapy Supplemental Form. Before starting these applications, we recommend that you complete the following checklist:

    • Obtain student copies of your college transcripts to assist you in completing the coursework section for the application.
    • Set the following sites as "trusted" sites so all communication will be received
      https://samford.edu/unicas.com
      samforduniversity@unicas.com
      donotreply@webadmit.org
      @sendgrid.unicas
    • Create an application account at http://samford.unicas.com.  Once the account is created, the Instruction Manual is located under the Help Center tab at the top right side of the page. UniCAS simplifies the process of applying to Samford programs. Compete one application and send it along with other information to our centralized service. The Samford UniCAS will verify your application for accuracy, calculate your GPA and send your materials to the Doctor of Physical Therapy admissions department.
    • Request official transcripts from each institution attended by using the transcript request form in UniCAS.
    • Complete the form, submit it to the registrar's office of each institution attended and instruct them to enclose the form with your official sealed transcript. Transcripts must be sent to the UniCAS Transcript Department:
      Samford CAS Transcript Processing Center
      P.O. Box 9130
      Watertown, MA 02471 
      UniCAS accepts official transcripts sent directly from the registrar's office only. Please send transcripts as early as possible and no less than four to six weeks before the application deadline due to the time needed by UniCAS to verify your application.
    • Pay the initial service fee of $75 when submitting the UniCAS application.
    • Obtain three letters of recommendation from 1) current or previous professor; 2) supervisor; and 3) physical therapist.  These letters of recommendation will be submitted through UniCAS. The references should attest to the applicant's academic ability and potential.
    • Please fill out all sections of the application.

    Submit official test scores to Samford University - Code:  1302.

    For more information about admission to Samford University's Department of Physical Therapy, please contact:
    Dr. Marian Carter
    Assistant Dean for Enrollment Management and Student Services
    205-726-2611
    mwcarter@samford.edu  

    Plan of Study+

    Proposed Plan of Study for D.P.T. program
    Summer 1 Semester includes: Human Anatomy (5 credits), Histology/Physiology (4 credits), Human Movement Science I (3 credits), Ethics-Professional Practice (2 credits), Clinical Reasoning (1 credit), Patient Client Management I (3 credits) -- Total Credits (18)

    Fall 1 Semester includes: Neuroscience (4 credits), Pathophysiology (4 credits), Human Movement Science II (4 credits), Evidence-Based Practice I (1 credit), Clinical Reasoning II (1 credit), Health Promotion/Wellness I (1 credit), Patient Client Management II (3 credits) -- Total Credits (18)

    Spring 1 Semester includes: Human Movement Science III (2 credits), Medical Management of Health Conditions (2 credits), Pharmacology I (1 credit), Evidence-Based Practice II (1 credit), Ethics-Professional Practice II (2 credits), Health Promotion/Wellness II (1 credit), Patient Client Management III (4 credits), Management of General Health Conditions (3 credits) -- Total Credits (16)

    Summer 2 Semester includes: Pharmacology II (1 credit), Health Care Service/Field Experience (6 credits), Clinical Internship I (6 credits) -- Total Credits (13)

    Fall 2 Semester includes: Medical Management of Health Conditions II (2 credits), Human Movement Science IV (3 credits), Teaching and Learning I (1 credit), Evidence-Based Practice III (1 credit), Prosthetics (2 credits), Management of Musculoskeletal Conditions I (3 credits), Management of Neuromuscular Conditions I (3 credits) -- Total Credits (15)

    Spring 2 Semester includes: Medical Management of Health Conditions III (2 credits), Evidence-Based Practice IV (1 credit), Health Promotion/Wellness III (2 credits), Management of Musculoskeletal Conditions II (3 credits), Management of Neuromuscular Conditions II (4 credits) -- Total Credits (12)

    Summer 3 Semester includes: Teaching and Learning II (1 credit), Evidence-Based Practice V (1 credit), Ethics-Professional Practice III (2 credits), Health Promotion/Wellness IV (2 credits), Management of Musculoskeletal Conditions III (3 credits), Management of Neuromuscular Conditions III (3 credits) -- Total Credits (12)

    Fall 3 Semester includes: Clinical Internship II (12 credits)

    Spring 3 Semester includes: Clinical Internship III (12 credits)

    Total DPT Program Credits: 128

    [Download a printable version of the plan of study] 

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  • Graduation from a physical therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA  22314; phone; 703-706-3245; accreditation@apta.org is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.

    Samford University is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist education program from CAPTE.  The program will submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage.  Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status.  Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the professional phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in professional courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved.  Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.