Old Dominion University

Information about Physical Therapist program at Old Dominion University




Old Dominion University (A4, D6, F1, PU)

Last Updated by Program: 10/12/2006
Address:   Program in Physical Therapy
School of Physical Therapy
Old Dominion University
3118 Health Sciences Building
Norfolk, VA 23529-0288
Phone:   (757)683-4519
Fax:   (757)683-4410
Admissions/Student Inquiry Phone:   (757)683-4519
Financial Aid Phone:   (757)683-3683
Web Address:   http://hs.odu.edu/physther/
Program E-mail:   mlwalker@odu.edu
Martha L Walker, PT, PhD
  Accreditor:   Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/Commission on Colleges
  Carnegie Classification:   Research Universities (high research activity)
  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Bachelor's degree, March 1981 (no longer offered) Master's degree, December 1987 (no longer offered) DPT degree, May 2002
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2008
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Doctor of Physical Therapy
The DPT is a 3-year, 34-month,117 credit-hour curriculum designed to professionally prepare students with the knowledge and clinical experiences to become licensed physical therapists. The academic curriculum takes place during the first semester and subsequent 3 fall and 2 spring semesters. The average number of graduate credit hours is 18 per semester. Full-time clinical internship rotations take place during the second and third summer semesters. The faculty consists of eight full-time and ten adjunct members. During the final fall semester, students perform or present group research projects, and take a written and oral comprehensive examination. Annual graduation ceremonies and final evaluation sessions occur at the end of the 3rd Spring semester. Upon graduation, students will be prepared to sit for licensure in any United States jurisdiction and practice in any health care setting where physical therapists are employed.
Part-time clinical problem-solving experiences are provided for first and second year students through the academic year through the use of analysis of patient care videotapes, assessing standardized patients in controlled clinical scenarios, and working with clinical instructors in local facilities. The first full-time experience of 8 weeks occurs between the first and second years of the 3-year graduate program. The second two 8-week, full-time experiences occur in the summer of the second year after all academic subjects have been completed. The final full time clinical experience is completed during the last Spring semester. Students graduate at the end of these experiences. The clinical experience offers students a variety of possibilities, both geographically and educationally. Students have the opportunity to have one experience in an acute care environment and one in a long-term care or rehabilitation environment. Often, one of their clinical experiences is in a specialized environment designed to meet the students' special interests or needs.
There are eight full-time faculty members. Seven of the full-time faculty hold post-professional doctoral degrees, four are certified as clinical specialists, and six are engaged in clinical practice. Over the past 3 years, the faculty has averaged three publications in peer-reviewed journals. The faculty to student ratio is 1:9.2.
Old Dominion University, a comprehensive regional university with a diverse number of undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs, has a total enrollment of 18,500 students. The physical therapy program accepts 40 students each year for a total enrollment of approximately 120 students.
Applicants to the program must have a bachelor's degree, at least 80 volunteer hours in a physical therapy setting (40 hours of acute care), three letters of reference (one from a physical therapist), and an overall grade point average of 3.0. All applicants must take the GRE. Prerequisites include 8 hours of general chemistry w/lab; 8 hours of physics; 4 hours of general biology w/lab; 8 hours of human anatomy & physiology; 3 hours of statistics; 3 hours of psychology; and 3 hours of social science (2nd psychology, anthropology or sociology). Educational sessions begin during the last week in June. Application deadline for early consideration is the 2nd Friday of each January. Applications received after that date will be considered on a case-by-case basis until the class is filled. 44% of qualified applicants are admitted to the program (3-year average).
96% of admitted students graduate from the program (3-year average).
Tuition for 2004-2005 is $246 per graduate credit for in-state students and $631 per graduate credit for out-of-state students. On average, students spend $900 per semester for books and supplies. A lab fee of $500 per semester is additional. The majority of the students receive some form of financial aid. The Financial Aid Office of the University has a variety of financial aid programs for which graduate students and physical therapy students qualify. Most financial aid is in the form of low interest loans and several scholarships.
Old Dominion University is an urban university with an attractive in-town campus. There is an ample supply of off-campus rentals in a wide price range, and the housing office will assist students in finding suitable housing. Also, graduate students qualify for on-campus housing, primarily apartments. Norfolk is a major metropolitan center for southeast Virginia. There are multiple cultural and entertainment activities. Available within commuting distance to the university are several major medical and academic centers.