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The PDPT program is an entry-level professional doctoral program designed to prepare students to practice as physical therapists.

Yes. The program is accredited by:

Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)
1111 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
706-3245
accreditation@apta.org   
website: http://www.capteonline.org 

The Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy Program (DPT) has been accredited since 1996.

The program is 3 years in length. The first 2 years include didactic, classroom-based instruction with integrated clinical experiences (ICE) infused throughout. The third year consists of full-time clinical rotations.

This PDPT program is a full-time, campus-based program located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Students are required to attend classes Monday-Friday from 8:00 am to about 5:00pm.

All applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. Although any undergraduate major is acceptable, a major in kinesiology, exercise science, or the biological sciences tends to be the most direct route into a physical therapy program.

No.  NSU considers all applicants regardless of where they reside, including international.

Yes.  International students must meet all admission criteria.  If international applicants completed their pre-requisites and undergraduate degrees outside of the US, the records must be credentialed for US equivalency before the application can be considered. International transcripts must be evaluated and approved by World Education Services: International Credential Evaluation. For more details visit www.wes.org.

All students must be fluent in spoken and written English and demonstrate proficiency on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

US federal financial aid is not available for international students.

The scores required are 550 on the written examination, 213 on the computer-based examination, or 79 on the internet-based examination. Students may also submit an IELTS score of 6.0

 

No. The program does not accept transfer students from other PT programs.  All prospective students must go through the application process and be accepted to enter the program. All entering students must begin the program in the summer semester and take the required classes in sequence.
No. Transfer credits are not accepted.

Students are admitted once per year and classes begin during the summer term. Classes usually start the third or fourth week in May.

Approximately 50 students are admitted each year.

Score on the verbal, quantitative, and writing is a requirement for application.  The average GRE of those accepted is above 50th percentile. The exam score must be no more than 5 years old and must be received by no later than January 31st of the entering year.

The minimum GPA requirement is 3.0 for cumulative, science/math, and pre-requisite courses. Competitive students have GPAs above 3.0 in each area. The average cumulative GPA tends to be around 3.4 on a 4.0 scale.

No. Applied sciences are not acceptable, nor are survey courses.
There are no lab requirements for anatomy or physiology.

Exercise physiology does not count as biology.

All prerequisite course work, as well as the bachelor’s degree, must be completed by May of the entering admission year.

 

The PT Admissions counselor, Britny Compon, is available to discuss overall requirements and general transcript questions, but cannot review transcripts unless you have applied. Her contact infromation is bcompton@nova.edu or (954)262-1114. 

The program requires a minimum of 100 verified hours of observation/experience in physical therapy practice, preferably in different practice settings. These hours can be achieved through volunteer, observation, and/or employment. Hours are verified by a supervisor/PT signing off that the hours were completed.

The committee considers a holistic review of the applicant.  Volunteer work, community service, athletics, military service, research and/or publication experience, certifications and/or unique training (to name a few) are all reviewed and make for a competitive applicant.

Applicants must apply through the Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) online application process at http://www.ptcas.org/home.aspx.  All parts of the application must be completed and the PTCAS service fee must be paid in order for your application to be processed by NSU.  In addition, applicants must complete an NSU specific supplemental application, which requires a $50 application fee. 

Yes. GRE scores can be submitted directly to PTCAS. The NSU code number is 7741.

The PTCAS application opens on July 15th and closes on December 15th. The supplemental application deadline is January 31st.  The program utilizes a rolling admissions process so applying early is highly recommended.

Early decision is the opportunity to submit an application to NSU’s PDPT program right at the start of the application acceptance period. The advantage to applying through early decision is that the admissions committee with get first look at your application. This allows you to potentially be accepted earlier than other candidates. Typically, to be accepted as an early decision applicant, you need to meet slightly higher minimum criteria.

Early decision applications must meet the following criteria:

  • Minimum GPA of 3.5 (cumulative, science/math and prerequisites)
  • Combined GRE Verbal and Quantitative test score of 305, with a writing score of 4.0
  • 100 hours of PT observation
  • 3 Letters of recommendation with 1 from a Physical Therapist
  • All prerequisites must be completed
  • $1000 non-refundable deposit
  • Must have evidence of volunteered community service

Early decision application are accepted from July through August. Early decision applicants will be notified by October 1.

The Fort Lauderdale PDPT program does not routinely interview applicants, but does reserve the right to request interviews on a case-by-case basis. 

Applications are reviewed by our Admissions Counselor to ensure the application is complete. You will be contacted by the Admissions Counselor if your application is missing any required information. The PT program’s Admissions Committee will then review your application and render a decision. Applicants are welcome to contact Britny Compton, Admissions Counselor, at (954) 262-1114 or bcompton@nova.edu to request information about the status of the application. Final admissions decisions are sent to students via mail or email.

There is an open house once a month from September to April. Specific dates are available at https://healthsciences.nova.edu/pt/orientation/open_house. Contact Britny Compton, Admissions Counselor, at (954) 262-1114 or bcompton@nova.edu to register.  If you are unable to attend the open house, an individual tour may be scheduled by contacting the Admissions Counselor at the information above.

The annual tuition for the current academic year can be found at:  https://healthsciences.nova.edu/pt/dpt/tuition_fees.html. Tuition is charged annually as a flat rate each academic year and is subject to change. Annual tuition includes three semesters per year and does not include university fees or living expenses.  Estimated fees and living expenses can be found at: https://www.nova.edu/publications/pt_brochure/index

The program offers one internal scholarship called the Physical Therapy Chancellor Scholarship (PTCS). Candidates must be currently enrolled or accepted for enrollment in the program, be of good academic standing, demonstrate financial need with a valid FAFSA, demonstrate disadvantaged background, and be a permanent resident of the state of Florida. Consideration will also be given to applicants from families where few or no members have attended college. To apply for this scholarship go to: http://www.nova.edu/financialaid/forms/hpd-chanc-scholarship-app.pdf

In general, working while in the program is not recommended.

There are approximately 1 faculty for every 15 students (1:15 ratio).

NSU does not offer graduate housing.  There are multiple private apartment homes and other communities available for rent within walking distance to the campus. 

A laptop computer (PC or MAC) with current software is required. Due to potential compatibility issues, a tablet is not an acceptable alternative to a laptop.   There are some computer labs on campus for student use.

Students participate in a 4 week clinical rotation in a skilled nursing facility in year 1; a 4 week clinical rotation in an outpatient facility in year 2; and 3 final clinical rotations (10 week, 12 week, 10 week) in year 3.

 

The NSU PT department maintains relationships with a variety of clinical partners to provide quality clinical placements all over the US and internationally. For full-time clinical rotations, every effort is made to match students to clinical sites in their geographical preferences using clinical education software. However, geographical or other preferences are not guaranteed.

Integrated Clinical Education, or ICE, are clinical experiences infused into the didactic curriculum. In the NSU program, these experiences are aligned with courses and learning objectives within the curriculum. The goal of ICE is to reinforce knowledge and skills being learned in the classroom setting. Most of the ICE are single-day clinical experiences scheduled throughout each semester, beginning in the second semester. ICE is not the same as clinical observation. The majority of our ICE offers hands-on experience and all experiences are supervised by qualified, licensed physical therapists.

Some experiences occur in our NSU physical therapy clinic, which is a faculty-led practice on NSUs Fort Lauderdale campus. Others take place at hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, pediatric facilities, outpatient facilities, and other NSU clinics.

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