Hardin-Simmons University

Information about Physical Therapist program at Hardin-Simmons University




Hardin-Simmons University (A4, D6, F1, PR)

Last Updated by Program: 03/12/2007
Address:   Department of Physical Therapy
Hardin-Simmons University
2200 Hickory
Box 16065
Abilene, TX 79698-6065
Phone:   (325)670-5860
Fax:   (325)670-5868
Admissions/Student Inquiry Phone:   (888)820-0218
Financial Aid Phone:   (325)670-1206
Web Address:   http://www.hsutx.edu/academics/graduate/programs/physicaltherapy/
Program E-mail:   joconnel@hsutx.edu
Janelle K O'Connell, PT, PhD, ATC, LAT
Department Head
  Accreditor:   Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/Commission on Colleges
  Carnegie Classification:   Master's Colleges and Universities (medium programs)
  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Master's degree, October 1997 (no longer offered) DPT degree, April 2002
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2007
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Doctor of Physical Therapy
The physical therapy program is a two-and-half-year, seven consecutive semester program. A new class begins each Fall semester. Students pursuing the early admission option enter the program prior to completing their last semester of their undergraduate degree; all other students enter after completion of a baccalaureate degree. A professional project is required of all students. Commencement occurs in December.
Students complete 39 weeks of clinical experience, including a 3-week experience at the end of the first year, three 7-week experiences in an acute, outpatient and rehabilitation facility during the final year, with a comprehensive 14-week experience in the final fall semester. Students also participate in a campus clinic beginning the first semester on campus. While the program has developed sites for clinical placement in many parts of the country, the majority are in Texas or surrounding states.
eight full-time faculty members and two adjunct faculty members. Of the eight, five professors hold post-professional doctoral degrees and two are working toward their doctoral degrees. All full-time faculty are engaged in clinical practice. Over the last 3 years, the faculty has averaged 1 publication in a peer-reviewed journal and approximately 12 presentations/year at state or national conventions. The faculty student ratio is 1:7.
The university has a total enrollment of 2,400 students. The physical therapy program admits 24 students per year.
The majority of students admitted to the program have completed a baccalaureate degree prior to admission. There are two application options for admission consideration to the DPT program: the Early Admission Option and the Post Baccalaureate Option. HSU has developed a cooperative agreement with selected universities for early admission. These agreements usually require an undergraduate major in biology and the prerequisite courses. Students complete all but their final semester of their undergraduate work before beginning the physical therapy degree. Following the early admission option does not guarantee admission to the physical therapy program. Students selecting the Post Baccalaureate Option complete their undergraduate degree and their prerequisite courses. Letter grades are required in all prerequisite courses. Correspondence courses may not be used to satisfy prerequisite requirements. Prerequisite courses completed 10 or more years prior to the time of application may have to be repeated. Prerequisites include: 2 courses in each: general biology (including zoology), general chemistry, and general physics (all w/labs); and 1 course in each: statistics, introductory or general psychology and developmental psychology, and speech communications; upper division anatomy, upper division physiology preferred; students with lower division Anatomy and Physiology must complete an additional upper level biology course. Students must demonstrate exposure to the profession with a recommendation from a physical therapist. A personal interview and a writing sample are required. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the class is full. Accepted students complete a medical terminology course prior to enrollment.
97% of admitted students graduate from the program (3-year average); 98% of the graduates pass the licensure exam (3-year average); 100% of graduates are employed (3-year average).
Tuition for both in-state and out-of-state students is $7,700 /semester or $21,900/year (three semesters/year). University sponsored off-campus houses rent for $245-$345 per month. Books for the entire program are approximately $2200. Physical therapy students are eligible to apply for financial aid and Texas equalization grants available to other graduate students. Information regarding these sources are available from through the Financial Aid Office by calling 325/670-1331. Additionally, the Department maintains a file of other scholarships, loans and work payback programs available specifically for physical therapy or health professions students.
The University is affiliated with the Baptist General Convention and located in Abilene, Texas, a city of 106,000. The campus has 23 major buildings, including recreational, worship and art facilities. On campus housing is in residence halls, while off-campus university housing includes rental houses and apartments. Abilene, Texas is known as the "Friendly Frontier" where life has a twist of Western Heritage roots, great barbeque and steaks.