Armstrong Atlantic State University

Information about Physical Therapist program at Armstrong Atlantic State University

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ArmstrongAtlanticStateUniversity in Consortium with MedicalCollege of Georgia and NorthGeorgiaCollege and StateUniversity (D6, D7, F1, PU)


Last Updated by Program: 09/08/2006


Address:   Department of Physical Therapy


11935 Abercorn St.

Savannah, GA31419-1997


Phone:   (912)921-2327 Fax:   (912)921-5838


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DavidALake, PT, PhD

Department Head



  Accreditor:   Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/Commission on Colleges

  Carnegie Classification:   Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)



  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Master's degree, May 1997; DPT degree, April 2006

  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation

  Next Visit   2012

  Five Year History:   Accreditation



Master of Science in Physical Therapy (no longer admitting students)

Doctor of Physical Therapy



The professional program is nine semesters in duration and includes 30 weeks of full-time clinical experience. Students matriculate in late-May and graduate in early-May 3 years later. The program has an innovative curricular design, which integrates the basic and clinical sciences in a case-based clinical problem solving approach. The Program also places evidence-based practice at the core of all professional learning experiences. The first three semesters emphasize basic examination, evaluation and intervention approaches in musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary, integumentary and neuromuscular physical therapy. Interlaced with the clinical problem solving approach used in the classroom are various part-time clinical experiences. This is followed in the fourth semester by an 8-week full-time clinical experience. Semesters 5, 6 & 7 emphasize the development of advanced skills in a lifespan approach. The students then have 21 weeks of full-time clinical experiences, and the program ends with a 5 week capstone experience. This integrated clinical problem solving approach has been shown to provide an excellent preparation of the entry-level practitioner. This form of learning also encourages the development of self-directed learning and prepares students for the lifelong learning of clinical practice.



Clinical experiences are integrated with the curriculum. The first three semesters of study includes both interdisciplinary and physical therapy clinical experiences. It also includes a mock clinic course where students evaluate and "treat" standardized patients played by second-year physical therapy students. This year of study is capped by an 8-week, full-time clinical experience during the fourth semester in the Program. The eighth and ninth semesters have twenty-one weeks of full-time clinical experiences. Each of the full-time clinical experiences is followed by a clinical synthesis course where students have the opportunity to share their clinical experiences with other students. Although there are clinical sites throughout the country, most of the sites are in the southeastern states.



There are six full-time faculties of which five hold post-professional doctoral degrees and one who is ABPTS certified. Four faculties are currently practicing. The faculties are actively involved in clinical research. The faculty/student ratio is 10/1 (2006). The matriculation rate for 2005 was 120% of enrollment goal of 20. The attrition rate for 2005-6 was 10%.



ArmstrongAtlanticStateUniversity has approximately 7,000 students enrolled. The physical therapy program admits 20 students into each class.



The minimum grade point average (GPA) required for admission is 2.8 overall or 3.4 for the last 40 semester hours. A GRE score of 1,000 for combined verbal and quantitative sections and a score of 400 in each section are required for full admission. Applicants who achieve a combined GRE Score 900-1000 will be considered for provisional admission. Prerequisites include 1 year of physics (w/lab); 1 year of anatomy and physiology (w/lab), 1 year of chemistry (w/lab); one course of each: biology with lab and statistics; and at least two courses in social sciences. We strongly recommend abnormal psychology and human growth and development or developmental psychology. Students must earn a C or higher in all pre-requisite courses, and have at least a 2.75 GPA in their pre-requisite science/math courses. Also, students must complete a minimum of 100 volunteer hours in a variety of clinical settings with at least 20 hours in acute care/general hospital in-patient setting.



Tuition and fees are approximately $2,022 per semester for in-state students, and $8,085 for out-of-state students. Students pay approximately $500 for books during each of the first two semesters, and approximately $200-250 each term afterward. Several scholarships, graduate assistantships and loans are available to physical therapy students. For specific information, contact Cynthia Parks ( in the Student Financial Aid Office.



The university is a small, friendly, safe and attractive suburban campus located on the south side of Savannah. Savannah is a beautiful, historic, seaport town. The downtown squares are graced with antebellum homes, towering oaks and Spanish moss. In describing Savannah, travel writer Bill Bryson wrote “I did not know that such perfection existed in America”. The campus is 15 minutes from downtown Savannah, 40 minutes from the beach at TybeeIsland. Savannah’s temperate climate allows for year around outdoor, recreational activities. The numerous rivers and bays offer the perfect venue for water sports of all types. Public and private golf courses abound. Students have access on campus to aerobic and weight training facilities, a swimming pool and an indoor running track. Physical therapy students participate in many of the intramural sports activities available on campus.