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AT Still University of Health Sciences (A4, D6, F1, PR)

Last Updated by Program: 03/13/2007

 

Address:   Physical Therapy Program

ArizonaSchool for Health Sciences

AT StillUniversity of Health Sciences

5850 East Still Circle

Mesa, AZ85206

Phone:   (480)219-6000  Fax:   (480)219-6100

Admissions/Student Inquiry Phone:   (480)219-6000 

Financial Aid Phone:   (800)626-5266 ext. 2529

 

Web Address:   http://www.atsu.edu

Program E-mail:   sbrown@atsu.edu

 

PROGRAM DIRECTOR:

Suzanne Robben Brown, PT, MPH

Chair

 

INSTITUTIONAL INFORMATION:

  Accreditor:   Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

  Carnegie Classification:   Special Focus Institutions--Medical schools and medical centers

 

PHYSICAL THERAPY PROGRAM ACCREDITATION:

  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Master's degree, May 1998 DPT degree, July 2000

  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation

  Next Visit   2013

  Five Year History:   Accreditation

 

DEGREE CONFERRED:

Doctor of Physical Therapy

 

GENERAL PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program is a 3-year entry-level professional program with students beginning in late August annually. Graduation is held in early August. Students attend classes or schedule clinical experiences year round with breaks between each quarter and at Winter holiday time. Part-time employment is feasible while enrolled in the program. The program requires computer technology utilization in all courses. Students are required to have laptop computers. A distance-learning Doctor of Physical Therapy for licensed physical therapists is also available. Didactic courses are taught on-site and using web-based education techniques. Forty percent of the curriculum is interdisciplinary with audiology, occupational therapy and sports healthcare. Students are required to complete a terminal project (thesis) as part of the graduation requirements. Additional information including current curriculum and downloadable application is available at www.ashs.edu.

 

CLINICAL EXPERIENCES:

Each student completes a total of 38 weeks of clinical experience during the program. Clinical experiences are arranged by the program and include experiences in acute care, out-patient, rehabilitation, and specialty areas. Clinical sites throughout the United States are used. Students are expected to provide their own transportation, room and board during all clinical experiences. Students should expect to complete a portion of their clinical rotations outside the Phoenix metropolitan area.

 

FACULTY:

There are 14 full-time and sixteen part-time faculty members. Average faculty experience in physical therapy is 20 years, and tenure at the institution is 8 years. Of the full-time faculty 75% hold post-professional doctoral degrees, 40% are certified as clinical specialists, and 40% are engaged in clinical practice. Over the past 3 years, the faculty has averaged two publications in a peer-reviewed journal. The full-time faculty to student ratio is 1:12.

 

ENROLLMENT:

Arizona School of Health Sciences (ASHS), a school of AT Still University of Health Sciences, is a health professional graduate school offering graduate degree programs in physical therapy, osteopathic medicine, dental, occupational therapy, physician assistant studies, sports healthcare and audiology. Physical therapy students number 180 out of a total enrollment of 500 residential students on the Mesa, AZ campus. Over 250 practicing physical therapists are enrolled in the on-line program. Residential degree programs begin in August each year.

 

ADMISSION:

ASHS operates on a rolling admission basis with applications accepted from September 1 until the 54 enrollment slots are full in each academic year prior to which admission is being sought. The 2006-07 applicant pool consisted of 144 individuals. Interviews were offered to 119 students. Interviews are conducted on-site or by phone at the applicant’s option. The students offered admission-averaged science grade point averages (GPA) of 3.27, and Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores of 960 (two-part score), writing score 4.0. Minimum requirements for admission include a baccalaureate degree with an overall and science GPA of 2.70; GRE score; two references (one from an academic advisor or employer and one from a physical therapist); a professional school resume. Prerequisite courses required, with a C or better, include: general psychology (one semester); abnormal psychology (one semester); developmental psychology (one semester); human anatomy with laboratory (one semester); human physiology with laboratory (one semester); chemistry with laboratory (two semesters); physics with laboratory (two semesters); biology or zoology (two semesters). Exercise Physiology is recommended. Two combined courses in Anatomy and Physiology are accepted. All students are required to provide proof of immunization prior to enrollment. Immunizations are required of all health professional students as conditions of participating in clinical activities in the curriculum. Immunizations (or documentation of having the disease) are required for: DPT (diphtheria, pertussis, and tenatus); measles or MMR; TB skin test (within 6 months of enrollment); polio; and hepatitis B.

 

OUTCOMES:

98% of admitted students graduate from the program (3-year average); 98% of the graduates passed the licensure exam (3-year average); and 100% of those program graduates responding to surveys are employed (3-year average).

 

TUITION, FEES AND FINANCIAL AID:

Tuition is based on a 12-month, 4-quarter academic year. Tuition for the 2007-08 academic year is $22,700, payable in two equal installments. A $1,050 media fee is assessed to all students in addition to tuition. Tuition and fees are subject to change. All students are required to carry health insurance while enrolled. All students are required to have a laptop computer with specified configuration. As graduate students, almost all students qualify for financial aid. ASHS participates in federally guaranteed loan programs. Limited scholarship or grant programs are available through the school. Current loan programs available to students include Federal Stafford Loans (subsidized and unsubsidized), Graduate Access Loans, Professional Education Plan Loans, and Signature Student Loans.

 

STUDENT LIFE:

ASHS is located on a 25-acre campus with a 100,000 sq. ft. technology-wired education building. No on-campus housing is available. Housing in a wide range of costs is available nearby and throughout the Phoenix-Mesa area. Public transportation is limited; however, a bus route is available to the school. Most students have private automobiles. Parking is available to no charge to students. Student services include fitness center memberships, intramural sports, student government activities, and community volunteer opportunities. PT Faculty and students monthly help staff the Manos De Ayuda free clinic in Puerto Penasco, Mexico.