2017-2018 Graduate Studies Catalog

145 Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Dr. Janelle K. O’Connell, PT, PhD, DPT, CEEAA, FTPTA, LAT ATC, Program Director of Physical Therapy and Director of Graduate Studies in Physical Therapy Hardin-Simmons University is pleased to offer a seven-semester Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. This entry-level professional degree prepares the graduate to be eligible for licensure and entry into the profession as a physical therapist. It is not necessary for applicants to hold a master’s degree to pursue the DPT. Applications are generally accepted a year in advance by applying to PTCAS (Physical Therapy Central Application System: www.ptcas.org ) between July 1 and November 1. A new class begins each fall semester. There are two options for admission to the physical therapy program at Hardin-Simmons University: the early admission option and the post baccalaureate option. Accreditation The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Hardin-Simmons University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) of the American Physical Therapy Association. Post-professional degree programs offered through the Department of Physical Therapy are not eligible for, or subject to, CAPTE accreditation. Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education 1111 North Fairfax Street Alexandria, VA 22314 (703) 706-3245; accreditation@apta.org; www.capteonline.org Post Baccalaureate Option The applicant must have earned an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university and have completed the required prerequisite courses prior to beginning the physical therapy program. Early Admission Option This option is available for students attending HSU or other institutions with which the program in physical therapy has developed a cooperative agreement for early admission: a current list of institutions participating in the early admission option can be obtained by calling or emailing the department (ptoffice@hsutx.edu ). Students pursuing the early admission option complete most of their requirements for a degree in biology/kinesiology as specified by the institution where they are enrolled. These requirements include courses needed for the major in biology/kinesiology, minor in an area of their choice and university core/general education/liberal arts requirements. In addition, students complete all courses needed to fulfill the prerequisite courses for the physical therapy program. Students make application to PTCAS during their third year. If accepted into the physical therapy program, selected upper division science course work during the first semester of the professional phase of the physical therapy program will count toward the undergraduate major in biology/kinesiology. Transfer Credit Due to the curricular design (cohort) and financial structure of the DPT program(price/semester), it is extremely challenging to transfer into this program. Individuals will be considered on a case- by case basis if the following conditions can be met: 1) graduate work from a regionally accredited institution of higher education; 2) and official transcript of the work is on file in the Office of Graduate Studies; 3) the work was completed during the last 10 years; 4) approval by the