Howard University

Information about Physical Therapist program at Howard University




Howard University (D5, F1, PR)


Last Updated by Program: 04/26/2002


Address:   Department of Physical Therapy

College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Allied Health Sciences


6th and Bryant Streets, NW

Annex 1, Office B-12

Washington, DC20059


Phone:   (202)806-7613 Fax:   (202)462-6194


Web Address:

Program E-mail:



Steven Chesbro, PT, DPT, EdD, GCS

Associate Professor and Chair



  Accreditor:   Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools

  Carnegie Classification:   Research Universities (high research activity)



  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Bachelor’s degree, April 1976 (no longer offered) Master’s degree, November 1995

  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation

  Next Visit   2008

  Five Year History:   Accreditation



Master of Physical Therapy



The master of physical therapy program is a combination of a 3-year phase of prerequisites and a 3-year professional phase. Students receive a Bachelor of Science degree in health sciences at the end of the fourth year. Students spend an average of 25-30 hours per week in class. The program begins in the summer each year and graduates in May. HowardUniversity features a unique student body and a diverse faculty of eight full-time and six part-time instructors. The most recent class accepted was 55% female, 45% male, and between 19-40 years of age.



There are four clinical experiences in the program, one 5-week, one 6-week, and two 8-week rotations. These are located in a variety of settings throughout the US and, when available, overseas.



There are eight full-time and three part-time faculty members. Of the full-time faculty 25% hold post-professional doctoral degrees, and six are engaged in clinical practice. Over the past 3 years, the faculty has averaged four publications in peer-reviewed journals. The faculty to student ratio is 1:8.3.



More than 10,500 students are enrolled at HowardUniversity. Of the 96 applications received for admittance to the physical therapy program, 66 applicants were qualified and 32 students were selected.



Admission to the university is on a rolling basis. Although transfer students are accepted, they must transfer before the beginning of the professional level admission process as preference is given to HowardUniversity students. Applicants entering the university must have graduated from an accredited secondary school with 16 units or have a General Equivalency Diploma. Prerequisites for admission to the physical therapy program include 2 hours in each: physical education, introduction to physical therapy, and medical terminology; 3 hours in each, a minimum of one: allied health core course, exercise physiology, humanities, human growth and development, psychology, sociology, first aid and CPR, introduction to computers, Afro-American studies and principles of reasoning; 4 hours in each: human anatomy, human physiology, and biology; 5-8 hours of physics; 7 hours of electives; 8 hours of chemistry; 9 hours of English composition and technical writing; and 11 hours of math (4 of which hours are statistics). All students applying are required to complete 80 hours of volunteer work in a physical therapy setting; 20 hours in acute care. The mean grade point average of the class most recently accepted was 3.34 overall and 3.13 in the sciences. Application deadlines for the professional phase of the program are January 15 for HowardUniversity students and March 1 for transfer students. 66% of qualified applicants are admitted to the program (3-year average).



82% of admitted students graduate from the program (3-year average).



For the 2000-01 academic year, the first 4 years' tuition and fees are $9,190. Tuition and fees for the last 2 years are $11,500. Average book costs are $800 per year. Room and board costs vary per year. Institutional, state, and federal funding is available on a competitive basis. Approximately 60% of the students receive some type of financial aid in the form of university grants and scholarships, Pell grants, and Stafford loans GSL.



Resident housing is available for 30% of the students. Off-campus housing is plentiful but can be expensive. Cars are permitted without restriction, and the campus is served by mass transit bus and subway systems. The airport is located 6 miles from campus, and passenger rail is 2 miles from campus. Intercollegiate athletics include baseball, basketball, football, soccer, swimming, tennis, and track, for men; and basketball, track and volleyball for women. Many museums, galleries, theaters, and sporting events are available for free or at student prices.