Elon University

Information about Physical Therapist program at Elon University




Elon University (D6, F1, PR)

Last Updated by Program: 11/16/2006
Address:   Department of Physical Therapy Education
Campus Box 2085
Elon University
Elon, NC 27244-2010
Phone:   (336)278-6400
Fax:   (336)278-6414
Admissions/Student Inquiry Phone:   (800)334-8448
Financial Aid Phone:   (336)278-7640
Web Address:   http://www.elon.edu/dpt
Program E-mail:   rogers@elon.edu
Elizabeth A Rogers, PT, EdD
Associate Dean/Chairperson
  Accreditor:   Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/Commission on Colleges
  Carnegie Classification:   Master's Colleges and Universities (smaller programs)
  Date of Initial Accreditation:   MPT, May 2000 (no longer offered) DPT, December 2001
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2015
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Doctor of Physical Therapy
In partnership with Alamance Regional Medical Center (ARMC), Elon’s Department of Physical Therapy Education enrolled its charter class for the Master of Physical Therapy Education program in January 1998. In January 2003, Elon enrolled its first Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) class. Elon’s DPT program seeks to produce graduates who will be highly skilled, clinical generalists. Graduates will exemplify compassion for individuals of every age, means and ethnicity, and will be well prepared for leadership, possessing professional integrity as they become part of the health care team. ARMC’s values mirror those of Elon University: excellence, compassion, efficiency, creativity, and leadership. The partnership with ARMC provides continuing professional growth for the physical therapy faculty and offers clinical and research opportunities for students. The DPT program is a year-round, 36-month curriculum that begins with a new class of approximately 36 students each January. These December graduates enter the job market at a different time than most schools. Elon will continue the unique modular curriculum that is designed to integrate and coordinate courses and modules in a sequence that enhances learning. The Elon faculty took the opportunity to evaluate the needs of the future graduate as they designed the transition from MPT to DPT education. Incorporated into the DPT curriculum are many new courses and unique learning experiences. Curricular changes were based upon feedback from leaders in the physical therapy profession about what the ideal preparation would be for the physical therapist of the future. The program will also provide opportunities for the DPT student to gain skills in conversational Spanish. Clinical education experiences will be available on a national basis. The final 24-week Internship will be a unique educational model to prepare the graduate to “hit the ground running.” Elon has taken pride in developing an outstanding educational program from the inception. That tradition of excellence continues today in the DPT program.
After the completion of Year I (January through December), the DPT student will incorporate didactic knowledge during the 8-week Clinical Practicum I course in one of approximately 300 Elon-affiliated health care facilities in 34 states. Continuing in Year II, in April the DPT student will return to campus for a 16-week module that focuses on the client with neurological problems. The consecutive 8-week Clinical Practicums (II & III) course in an Elon affiliated rehabilitation health care facility completed the second year. At the end of Year II, the DPT student will return to campus for approximately 7 months of study. Before going on a 24-week Internship, the student will have a 6-week module in a selective track tailored to prepare the student with advanced clinical skills for the Internship. The Internship will have carefully planned weekly curricular objectives so the students' transition to the clinical environment will be almost seamless. There will be a very close relationship developed among the students, preceptors, and Elon University faculty. Incorporation of technology, as well as on-site faculty visits, will provide methods to communicate and achieve curricular goals for DPT students. Graduates will be prepared as clinical generalists to provide services throughout the broad spectrum of care, including intensive care, acute care, rehabilitation, outpatient, home care and skilled nursing. Physical therapists work as members of the health-care team, and they function as the point of entry into the health-care system.
There are 13 full-time and 9 part-time faculty positions. Currently, 100% of the full-time faculty hold doctoral degrees, five are certified as clinical specialists in geriatrics, neurology, and orthopedics through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), one is a Certified Athletic Trainer, and one is a Fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine (FACSM). Twelve of the 13 full-time faculty are physical therapists; the other faculty member is an occupational therapist who has a clinical expertise in hand rehabilitation. Six of the 9 part-time faculty hold doctoral degrees, one is a certified clinical specialist in orthopedics from the ABPTS, one is a Fellow in the American Physical Therapy Association (FAPTA), one is a lymphedema specialist, and one is a geriatric specialist in pharmacy. Seven of 9 part-time faculty are physical therapists; the other two include a pharmacist and a speech-language pathologist. Since the establishment of the program in 1997, faculty have averaged 2 publications in peer-reviewed journals per year and Elon DPT faculty give local, state, and national presentations at conferences each year. The full-time faculty to student ratio is 1:8.3 students with approximately 36 students per class. The faculty for the program are academically well prepared and bring a balance of clinical expertise and research experience to both the classroom and the clinical skills courses. Eight of the full-time faculty continue to practice in their area of clinical expertise. The faculty work cooperatively to prepare the Elon graduate to be a clinical generalist. The curriculum includes many unique active-learning opportunities for the student. Classes and laboratories are small so that the student-faculty ratio creates an environment where faculty members are accessible to students. Faculty serve as role models for students through their participation in teaching, research, clinical practice, and community service. Faculty are active in leadership positions with the APTA at the district, state, and national level.
The University has an enrollment of 5,230 students. There are approximately 400 graduate students in the four graduate programs: MBA, M.Ed., DPT, and Law. The Doctor of Physical Therapy program enrolls an average of 36 students per year. A new cohort of students matriculates each January.
Students may apply on-line by going to www.elon.edu/dpt, or by calling the TOLL FREE NUMBER (800) 334-8448 (ext. 3) to request an application. In addition, students may request an application package by using the following e-mail address: gradadm@elon.edu. Elon University has a rolling admissions process so that students may apply at any time. Applications for the class that will begin in January 2008 are now being accepted. DPT applicants must possess an undergraduate degree in a field other than physical therapy. The following prerequisite courses must be successfully completed by time of matriculation: 6 science courses: the applicant must have 6 natural and/or life sciences courses selected from the following: Biology, Chemistry, Human Anatomy/Physiology, Life Sciences (Biomechanics, Exercise Physiology, etc.) and/or Physics 3 credit course or higher (with Laboratories). In addition, applicants must have 1 psychology course. Also, the students must submit official Graduate Record Examination scores for all 3 sections. In addition to the completed application, 3 letters of recommendation forms must be submitted, a personal statement, work/volunteer experience form, and official transcripts of all undergraduate courses. All qualified candidates will be invited for a personal interview on the university campus. 35% of applicants are admitted to the program (3-year average).
97.4% of admitted students graduate from the program (3 year average). 96.1% of all graduates passed the licensure exam (3 year average). All (100%) graduates of the program who desire to be employed in the field of physical therapy have been successful in finding employment (since the charter class graduated in 2000). In the most recent ranking of physical therapy programs by the U.S. News and World Report, Elon University was ranked in the top 30% of the approximate 200 programs across the country. This is quite an achievement for a program which graduated its charter class in 2000.
Tuition for January - December 2007 is set at $23,995. There are no additional fees except graduation fees. Students are responsible for all costs associated with clinical education. Elon University is a private school; therefore, tuition rates are the same for both in-state students and out-of -state students. Elon University is committed to assisting eligible students in securing the necessary funds for their graduate school program. To the extent possible, eligible students receive assistance through careful planning and through accessing various forms of financial assistance. In order to receive any type of university, state, or federal assistance, students must demonstrate satisfactory academic progress toward the completion of graduate degree requirements. No financial assistance is offered until an applicant has been accepted for admission to a graduate program. Financial assistance programs vary by source, eligibility criteria, and application procedures. Financial assistance packages may consist of all self-help or a combination of self-help and loan assistance. Applying early for financial aid improves a student’s chances of receiving the maximum assistance allowable. Federal Stafford Loan (Subsidized) Low-interest loans are awarded to fully admitted students who register for at least six hours and who demonstrate financial need. These loans are federally guaranteed. With these loans, no interest accrues, nor is any payment due, until six months after the student graduates or ceases to be enrolled at least half time. Students must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and the Elon University Financial Aid Form to be considered for this program. These forms are available in the Financial Planning Office. Federal Stafford Loan (Unsubsidized) Low-interest loans are awarded to fully admitted students who are enrolled at least half-time. Students do not need to demonstrate financial need to qualify for this program. These loans are federally insured, and no payment of principal is due until six months after the student ceases to be at least a half-time student or graduates. However, borrowers do not qualify for the federal interest subsidy, and interest accrues while the student is enrolled in school. Students must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and the Elon University Financial Aid form to be considered for this program. These forms are available in the Financial Planning Office. North Carolina Student Loan program for Health, Science and Mathematics Need-based loans available for residents of North Carolina who are unconditionally accepted into a graduate program in Mathematics, Health or Science fields. These loans are administrated by the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority. For a brochure and application, call 919-571-4182 or write P.O. Box 20549, Suite 304, 3824 Barrett Drive, Raleigh, NC 27619-0549. Please note that federal and state loan programs are not available to international students. American Physical Therapy Association Physical Therapy students are encouraged to contact the American Physical Therapy Association to obtain The Financial Assistance Resource Guide. This publication lists scholarships, awards, grants and fellowships available to students and Physical Therapists. Minority students are encouraged to request The Minority Scholarship Financial Aid Information Packet.
The PT program is located in the McMichael Science Center. Occupying the entire ground floor of the 4-story, 81,000 square feet building, all equipment is state-of-the-art. There are 3 clinical skills laboratories, a human donor laboratory, the Center for Human Movement Studies (in ARMC), and department suite with conference room, faculty offices, workspace and secretarial areas. Didactic portions of courses are given in two McMichael Center classrooms with the latest state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment. The new Belk Library is 75,000 square feet of space with over 150 computers, networked classrooms and multimedia and audiovisual stations. The student center is located at the Moseley Center with 74,000 square feet of space for student activities. Also, there is the Belk Pool and Stuart Fitness Center where students gather to maintain health and wellness. All student services are available to PT students. Elon University plays in NCAA Division I athletics and students may attend (at no charge) all games on campus by using their student identification. There are many cultural and social opportunities offered throughout the year with students having the opportunity to attend at no charge. Elon’s historic 502-acre wooded campus is ideally situated in central North Carolina adjacent to Burlington, a city of 52,000 and midway between the mountains and the beach. Majestic oak trees surround the campus’ ivy-covered brick buildings and facilities. The University is a 30-minute drive from UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University, and 20 minutes from Greensboro, a city that regularly offers major concerts and sporting events. A dozen other colleges and universities are less than an hour’s drive away. Airline services are conveniently located at the Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro and at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport. Amtrak serves Greensboro and Raleigh with daily connections to Burlington.