Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

Information about Physical Therapist program at Florida Agricultural and Mechnical University





Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (A4, D5, F1, PU)


Last Updated by Program: 08/10/2002


Address:   Program in Physical Therapy

School of Allied Health Sciences

Florida Agricultural and MechanicalUniversity

309 Ware-Rhaney Extension

Tallahassee, FL32307-3500


Phone:   (850)599-3820 Fax:   (850)561-2457

Financial Aid Phone:   (850)599-3730 


Web Address:   http://www.famu.edu/

Program E-mail:   arnold.bell@famu.edu



Arnold T Bell, PT, PhD, SCS, ATC/L

Co-Interim Director



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

  Carnegie Classification:   Doctoral/Research Universities



  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Bachelor's degree, May 1984 (no longer offered) Master's degree, May 2000

  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation

  Next Visit   2013

  Five Year History:   Accreditation



Master of Physical Therapy



A full-time, 8-week experience is provided in the fall of the second year in an acute general hospital or private practice setting emphasizing general orthopedic physical therapy. Second-year students also complete an 8-week experience in the summer semester in a neurological, rehabilitation, or pediatric facility. The final experiences are two 8-week clinical experiences in a setting that may encompass the student's special interest area. Clinical experiences are located in a wide geographical area on the US mainland.



There are ten full-time faculty members. Four of the full-time faculty hold post-professional doctoral degrees and two are certified as clinical specialists. Over the past three years, the faculty has averaged one publications in peer-reviewed journals. The faculty to student ratio is 1:5.8.



Total enrollment for FloridaA&MUniversity is approximately 12,000. The anticipated physical therapy class size is 30 students.



Students will be accepted at the graduate level. Admission into the professional phase of the physical therapy program is competitive. Prerequisite courses include: 3 hours in each: psychology, statistics, human growth and development; 4 hours of biology; and 8 semester hours in each: physics, chemistry, and anatomy and physiology (each semester of science must have a laboratory). Students must complete a baccalaureate degree prior entering the program. A minimum of 10 hours of experience in a physical therapy setting is also required. Application deadline is February 15. Notification of a decision usually occurs by the second week in May for matriculation in August. The highest-qualified applicants may be invited for interviews. 50% of qualified applicants are admitted to the program (3-year average).



96.25% of admitted students graduate from the program (3-year average).



For the 2000-01 academic year, the approximate cost for tuition, and fees was $1,643 per semester for residents, and $5,701 per semester for nonresidents. For specific information contact the Office of Student Financial Aid, FloridaA&MUniversity, Foote-HilyerAdministrationCenter, Tallahassee, FL32307-3200.



A variety of limited housing facilities is available including residence halls, university-owned apartments, fraternity houses, and married student housing. Off-campus housing is available, but the student must assume responsibility for securing this type of arrangement. The university is a member of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference for men's and women's sports. The university is located in Tallahassee, amidst the hills of northern Florida and on the highest of seven hills in the city on a 419-acre campus.