North Georgia College and State University in Consortium

Information about Physical Therapis program at North Georgia College and State University in Consortium with medical college of Georgia and Armstrong Atlantic State University



North Georgia College and State University in Consortium with Medical College of Georgia and Armstrong Atlantic State University (A4, D6, D7, F1, PU)

Last Updated by Program: 05/25/2006
Address:   Graduate Program in Physical Therapy
North Georgia College and State University
82 College Circle
Dahlonega, GA 30597
Phone:   (706)864-1422
Fax:   (706)864-1493
Admissions/Student Inquiry Phone:   (706)864-1863
Financial Aid Phone:   (706)864-1412
Web Address:
Program E-mail:
Robert J Laird, PT, PhD
  Accreditor:   Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/Commission on Colleges
  Carnegie Classification:   Master's Colleges and Universities (medium programs)
  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Masters degree, May 1995; DPT degree, April 2006
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2009
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Master of Science in Physical Therapy (no longer admitting students) Doctor of Physical Therapy
The program begins each fall and runs for eight consecutive semesters, including two summers, a total of 33 months. A modified problem-based learning curriculum model is used in which students work in tutorial groups with a 1:8 faculty-student ratio. The research sequence of courses, culminating in thesis, begins in the third semester (second year) and terminates in the seventh semester (third year) with a private defense followed by a public defense. Students are supervised throughout the 3 years by a cadre of nine full-time and eight part-time faculty. Seven of the full-time faculty hold doctorates and four are board certified clinical specialists. One more full-time faculty is planned for the relatively near future.
Second-year students complete two clinical education experiences (one 3 weeks, one 4 weeks) Third-year students complete a 6-week clinical education experience in the sixth semester, and a 16-week clinical experience that concludes the program in the eighth semester. We have a wide diversity of clinical facility agreements scattered among 23 states.
The university has a total enrollment of 4,275 students. The department of physical therapy accepts a new class of 24 students each year for a total of 72 students in the 3-year professional master's program.
Applications for admission to the Graduate Program in Physical Therapy are due by December 1 the year prior to admission. Requests for application should be submitted in writing. Admission requirements include minimum Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores of 400 in both the VERB and QUANT sections or a minimum MAT score of 44. Required prerequisite courses include: pre-calculus or calculus I, and elementary statistics; one year of each of the following with labs: general biology, general chemistry (inorganic), and general physics. Strongly recommended prerequisites include: upper-division Human Physiology (for science majors), Research Methods (upper division with statistics as a prerequisite), Human Growth and Development, and an upper division psychology elective. These courses are strongly recommended as preparation specific for the curriculum of the NGCSU program. Preference is given to Georgia residents although applications from qualified nonresidents are strongly encouraged. Those admitted to the program each year display diversity in age, ethnicity, educational background and gender. They tend to be slightly older, on the average, than most new college graduates; they frequently have had prior careers in other areas; approximately one third are married. Most importantly, however, they all share a commitment to becoming the best physical therapist they can possibly be. This commitment takes several forms including participation in learning activities outside normal classroom locations and times. Examples include involvement in departmental research activities directed toward the community, involvement in departmentally sponsored community programs and support groups, and involvement in professional organizational activities such as the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia, the APTA and their sponsored student groups.
Full-time tuition and fees are $1,600 per semester for Georgia residents and $5,581 per semester for non-Georgia residents. Book costs are greater in the early terms and are $300 per semester. Living expenses (food plus housing) in Dahlonega for students living alone are $525 per month. More than 91% of North Georgia College and State University physical therapy graduate students receive some form of financial aid and may receive up to $18,500 per year with maximum eligibility.
North Georgia College and State University is an historical 130-year old publicly supported liberal arts university and military college rich with tradition. The university has nearly 4,300 students and is located in Dahlonega, Georgia, nestled at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, only 75 minutes from downtown Atlanta with all of its entertainment and cultural events. The Appalachian Trail passes a scant 12 miles north of the Town Square. Many outdoor recreational activities are easily accessible for student enjoyment including state and national parks and forests, numerous hiking/biking trails plus a wealth of lakes/waterfalls and camping sites. Local activities include frequent live performances at a downtown theater as well as musical and dramatic performances on campus, a campus planetarium and observatory (each with frequent scheduled events), an excellent wellness center on campus, and numerous seasonal festivals in downtown Dahlonega and surrounding mountain communities. Although most graduate students live off-campus in Dahlonega, living accommodations are also available in nearby surrounding communities.