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Information about Physical Therapist program at Ohio University




Ohio University (A4, D6, F1, PU)

Last Updated by Program: 08/16/2002
Address:   School of Physical Therapy
Grover Center W290
Ohio University
Athens, OH 45701
Phone:   (740)593-1224
Fax:   (740)593-0293
Admissions/Student Inquiry Phone:   (740)593-1224
Web Address:   http://www.ohiou.edu/phystherapy/
Program E-mail:   overbya@ohio.edu
Averell S Overby, PT, DrPH
  Accreditor:   North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Higher Learning Commission
  Carnegie Classification:   Research Universities (high research activity)
  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Bachelor's degree, May 1986 (no longer offered) Master's degree, May 1995 (no longer offered) DPT degree, April 2003
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2009
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Doctor of Physical Therapy
The program is a 3+3 master of physical therapy format where students complete 3 years of undergraduate work and, if they qualify, 3 years of graduate study. During the first 3 years, referred to as "pre-physical therapy", students work toward the baccalaureate degree of their choice while completing the prerequisites. The programs that generally feed the PT program are psychology, biology, and exercise physiology at Ohio University. The School of Physical Therapy accepts students in two categories: those who already possess a baccalaureate degree, and those who are eligible to receive a baccalaureate degree by completion of the first year of study in physical therapy. There are nine full-time faculty members as well as two clinical lab instructors. The purpose of the lab instructors is to assist in teaching course content as well as to practice with students on an individual basis and to assist in assessment of students. The lab instructors also practice 20 hours in the school's clinical practice, Therapy Associates. Within Therapy Associates are clinicians, some of whom are clinical specialists within their areas, who may teach some content to students within the didactic portion of the program, and who assist in a major way in the early clinical experiences of the students. Students are in class an average of 15-18 hours per week (which does not include part-time experiences that currently are 3 hours per week). Classes are taught in a problem-solving format, which prepares the student for practice in today's health care environment. Students are expected to complete a professional paper during the program. Students work with faculty, in groups or individually, on a research project which is of quality suitable for publication.
The clinical component of the curriculum is integrated with the didactic and laboratory components throughout the program of study. Students participate in part-time experiences in local facilities (e.g., home health agencies, school systems, extended care facilities, outpatient clinics, and acute-care hospitals). The four full-time clinical experiences are offered in a variety of locations across the country. Students usually complete an acute care rotation, a rehabilitation experience, an outpatient orthopedic experience, and a specialty rotation. The last clinical experience is designed to give the student both an advanced orthopedic experience as well as a rehabilitation experience. Students may be exposed to infectious diseases during a clinical experience and will be required to obtain a TB skin test, and documentation of current immunization for Hepatitis B (or waiver form) prior to participation in full-time practica. CPR certification is also required.
There are nine full-time and two part-time faculty members. Of the full-time faculty, 78% hold post-professional doctoral degrees, two are certified as clinical specialists, and two are engaged in clinical practice. Over the past 3 years, the faculty has averaged five publications in peer-reviewed journals. The faculty to student ratio is 1:10.5.
Ohio University has a total enrollment of 19,000 students on the Athens campus including 1,200 international students from more than 100 countries. An additional 9,000 students are located on five regional campuses. Currently, the School of Physical Therapy has a total enrollment of 94 students with 30-36 students accepted annually.
Applicants to the physical therapy program must obtain an application packet from the School of Physical Therapy, or from our website, and complete and return all forms by the November 30th deadline. Students must submit transcripts from all postsecondary institutions, including course descriptions whenever possible. Students are accepted only during their junior year as students or when they have completed a baccalaureate degree. Transfer students are accepted. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 is required. The GPA of the last seven classes has been approximately 3.5. Students must complete 8 of 13 science prerequisites by the end of the fall quarter in which application is made and by the time the program begins. Prerequisites include: 4 quarter hours in calculus; 6 quarter hours of anatomy; 7 quarter hours in physiology and in exercise physiology; 8 quarter hours of physics; 10 quarter hours of zoology; 12-15 quarter hours of chemistry; 4 quarter hours of developmental psychology; and 5 quarter hours of statistics. 33.67% of qualified applicants are admitted to the program (3-year average).
97% of admitted students graduate from the program (2 years of graduates in MPT).
Tuition for one academic quarter is $2032 for in-state students and $3,905 for out-of-state students. Most students who are enrolled in the school live off campus, thus room and board fees vary. Students can expect to spend approximately $1,500 annually for books. Additional fees include a $20 annual student malpractice insurance fee, an optional health insurance annual premium of $260, a $4.50 nametag, a student recreation fee of $70, and an optional fee of $50 for student membership in APTA. Students are also responsible for expenses during the four clinical experiences. The Ohio University Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships assists students who require help financing their education. Graduate scholarships and assistantships are available in the graduate program. In addition, the School of Physical Therapy offers four endowed scholarships to students.
The Division of Recreational Sports offers 33 intramural sports, 16 club sports, informal sports, and intramural aerobics. An Olympic-size swimming pool, a skating arena, a bike path, and a golf course are located on the campus. Lakes and camping are available within ten miles of the campus.