Angelo State University

Information about Physical Therapist program at Angelo State University

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Angelo State University (A4, D5, F1, PU)

Last Updated by Program: 03/20/2007
Address:   Department of Physical Therapy
Angelo State University
2601 West Avenue N
ASU Station #10923
San Angelo, TX 76909-0923
Phone:   (325)942-2545
Fax:   (325)942-2548
Admissions/Student Inquiry Phone:   (325)942-2545
Financial Aid Phone:   (325)942-2246
Web Address:
Program E-mail:
Shelly Weise, PT, EdD
Department Head and Program Director
  Accreditor:   Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/Commission on Colleges
  Carnegie Classification:   Master's Colleges and Universities (medium programs)
  Date of Initial Accreditation:   October 2002
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2007
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Master of Physical Therapy
SStudents enter the program in July (2nd summer term) and continue through the program for 29.5 months to graduation in December. It is a full-time lock-step graduate entry-level curriculum consisting of 103 graduate credits, including three primary CAPSTONE projects: research, administration, and independent study in addition to three full-time, 8-week clinical internships. The objective of the program is to prepare a globally-diverse autonomous practitioner. The MPT program seeks to distinguish itself as one of the region’s leading schools of physical therapy with problem-oriented, evidence-based instruction. All students present their research at the Annual Student Research Showcase sponsored by the Graduate School, in addition to refereed journal submission and/or poster presentation at regional, national, and international conferences. The program offers an integrated contemporary curriculum; approximately $1,000,000 worth of state-of-the-art equipment and labs (motion analysis, human performance, human anatomy, neuromuscular rehabilitation, etc.); and experienced professional faculty with a unique blend of educational, research and clinical expertise. Our new multipurpose “smart” classroom is solely dedicated to the Physical Therapy Department, in addition to our two dedicated research labs. Transition to the DPT degree is in-process.
The MPT curriculum includes clinical education in a variety of practice settings. It involves part-time field trips to clinical facilities that are within 100 miles of San Angelo as part of assigned course work, in addition to the longer full-time clinical practicums. Clinical Practicum I (8 weeks) occurs during the second summer of matriculation, Clinical Practicum II (8 weeks) occurs early summer of the second year, and Clinical Practicum III (8 weeks) occurs fall of the third (final) year. Due to the nature and location of the clinical assignments, a student must understand the additional responsibilities and obligations required of this critical portion of the program. These responsibilities include provision for transportation as well as living expenses (e.g., housing, meals, etc.) for clinical practicums in addition to textbooks and educational supplies. Students are responsible for providing their own transportation for field trips and clinical practicums; thus, a car is necessary. Clinical Practicums generally require that all students practice outside Texas for at least one of the three clinical practicums. The student is required to make his/her own arrangements for housing, as most of the facilities are no longer able to provide housing arrangements. Additional expenses that may be required for clinical education include: lab jacket, tuberculosis test or chest x-ray, Hepatitis B vaccinations, updated DpT and MMR immunizations, chicken pox vaccination (or evidence of chicken pox immunity by history or titer), criminal background checks, in addition to health and liability (malpractice) insurance premiums.
Currently there are eight full-time faculty positions; three part-time faculty members also assist. The faculty mix includes a combination of tenure track physical therapists and clinical track professional specialists. Areas of faculty expertise and research include motor control/learning (hand grasp), cardiac risk factors (post menopausal women), educational design, manual therapy, conservative spine care, wellness, and statistics.
There are approximately 6,300 undergraduate students and 450 graduate students at the University. Applications for the MPT program are processed on a rolling admissions basis, with offers to interview made on a first come, first served basis, therefore candidates are encouraged to apply early.
The mean grade point average (GPA) for the last several classes (2004-2006) was 3.34. Class size is capped at 20 persons per class to maintain our high faculty to student ratio. Each new class begins second summer term (after July 4th). Minimum requirements for admission include overall GPA (minimum 3.00 on a 4.00 scale), prerequisite GPA (cumulative B average), three letters of recommendation, 75 paid or volunteer hours, personal interview, and a score of at least 2,400 points from the formula: (300 X GPA) + Verbal GRE + Quantitative GRE + Analytical Writing GRE. The prerequisite courses include: 2 courses with labs in Biology (upper level), Physics, and Chemistry; one course each with lab in Human Anatomy and Human Physiology; one course each in Statistics, General Psychology and Developmental Psychology.
89 % of admitted students graduate from the program (3-year average); 100 % of the graduates have passed the licensure exam (3-year average); and 100% of our program graduates are currently employed (3-year average).
For 2007, in-state tuition, surcharge, fees, and textbooks for the MPT program total $21,546; out-of-state costs are $49,877 for the entire 29.5 month program not including clinical experience expenses. Academic Excellence Graduate Scholarships are available on a first come, first completed basis to the extent that funds are available. The amount of funding is proportional to a combination of GRE score and GPA. Physical Therapist students received $694,807 between 2000 and 2006. Other potential sources include the American Physical Therapy Association ( and non-profit organizations.
San Angelo, Texas is a safe, friendly West Texas community of approximately 100,000, with a 268-acre campus that includes ultramodern academic facilities in a beautifully landscaped setting. Students usually find local apartments close by campus with a 2-bedroom apartment ranging from $350-$450 per month inclusive (cable, etc.), except phone and electric. San Angelo is within a 3 hour drive to Austin, Ft. Worth and San Antonio. Visit our website at for links to community information. ASU’s athletic affiliations include NCAA Division II and the Lone Star Conference. San Angelo has professional baseball and football teams, the beautiful Concho Riverwalk, three lakes and San Angelo State Park where biking and horseback riding abound among the natural Buffalo herds, wildlife, and, of course, armadillos! All signs point to ASU for a genuine education, genuine value on your investment dollar, leading to genuine success in a rewarding lifelong career path of physical therapy.