Shenandoah University

Information about Physical Therapist program at Shenandoah University




Shenandoah University (D6, F1, PR)

Last Updated by Program: 01/16/2004
Address:   Division of Physical Therapy
Shenandoah University
333 West Cork Street
Winchester, VA 22601
Phone:   (540)665-5520
Fax:   (540)665-5530
Admissions/Student Inquiry Phone:   (800)432-2266
Financial Aid Phone:   (540)665-4538
Web Address:
Program E-mail:
Rose Schmieg, PT, DHSc, ATC, OCS
  Accreditor:   Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/Commission on Colleges
  Carnegie Classification:   Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Master's degree, May 1993 (no longer offered) DPT degree, May 2001
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2008
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Doctor of Physical Therapy
Shenandoah University is a private, liberal arts institution located in Winchester, Virginia at the northern end of the beautiful Shenandoah Valley approximately 70 miles from the nation’s capital. The physical therapy program uses the semester system and requires 3 years to complete the requirements for a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. The dual degrees of DPT/MBA and DPT/AT are offered within the three-year period to successful graduates. The first 2 years of the curriculum consist of full-time didactic instruction with 1-day per-week spent in the clinic. Class time averages 25 hours per week. No classes are scheduled during the summer between the first and second years. The first full-time clinical affiliation (4 – 6 weeks) is scheduled during the summer between the second and third years. Students return to campus during the fall semester of the third year to complete the didactic portion of the curriculum. Spring and summer of the third year are spent in the second and third full-time clinical affiliations (13 weeks each). A thesis is not required, however, one research project, a single subject study performed during the full-time clinical experience, is required. The physical therapy faculty consists of seven full-time core members. Completion of a Bachelor’s degree and all prerequisite courses is required for admission. Select students with demonstrated excellence in academic performance may be considered after 3 years of undergraduate study. The program is affiliated with Winchester Medical and Rehabilitation Centers, a modern, regional referral center with 400 acute-care beds including all ancillary services, 40 rehabilitation beds and 50 physical therapists. In-patient, out-patient and work hardening programs as well as comprehensive rehabilitation programs, aquatic therapy, and a women’s health clinic offer extensive clinical laboratory and affiliation opportunities.
We feel strongly that PT education should include fully-integrated patient care experience every semester. Patient care experience occur in clinicals as well as within classroom experiences. Part-time clinicals, 1 day per week, occur during the first 2 years of the curriculum and full-time clinicals occur during the third year. Part-time clinical facilities are located in Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, and Washington, DC all within driving distance of Winchester. Three full-time clinical affiliations (one 4 weeks and two 13 weeks) occur in the summer between the second and third years and during the spring and summer of the third year, respectively. The full-time clinical facilities are located throughout the United States and abroad.
Total enrollment at the University is approximately 2,851 students (fall 2003). The University has 185 full-time faculty. The physical therapy program accepts 40 students per year for a maximal total of 120 students in the program.
Completion of a BA abachelor's degree from an accredited institution and all prerequisite courses is required for admissions. Select students with demonstrated excellence in academic performance may be considered for admissions after 3 years of undergraduate study. (For information about pre-admission to the DPT program for highly qualified high-school students, contact the program.) Applicants must achieve a A GPA of 2.8 or above (A=4.0) for all prerequisite courses. All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to the start of the Physical Therapy Program. Science courses must have been completed less than 10 years prior to the time of application. Exceptions are made at the discretion of the PT Admissions Committee (if the applicant is able to provide documentation of functional use of the information). Prerequisites include: English (3 credits): 3 credits in technical writing or a writing intensive course is required. Students may submit for consideration course descriptions for non-technical writing courses; Psychology (6 credits): 3 credits of general psychology plus 3 credits of a specialty topic such as behavioral, developmental, child, adolescent, experimental or abnormal psychology is required; Social Sciences and Humanities: (3 credits) in ethics or philosophy is required; Biological Sciences (12 credits with laboratory): 4 credits of general biology, zoology or higher level biology course (botany excluded), 4 credits of human anatomy, and 4 credits of human physiology are required. Typically, an introductory course sequence of Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II is acceptable. (Other anatomy and physiology courses, e.g. mammalian anatomy, will be considered upon request.); Chemistry (8 credits including laboratory): An 8 credit course sequence that provides a combination of inorganic, organic and biochemistry is acceptable; Physics (8 credits including laboratory): Non-calculus based physics with an emphasis on mechanics, electricity, heat, light and sound is required; Pre-calculus (3 credits): A precalculus level course or algebra and trigonometry is required; Statistics (3 credits): An Iintroduction to statistics course is required; Elective Courses (7 credits minimum): Highly recommended courses include upper division science courses plus courses which enhance the applicants knowledge of human interaction, movement and functionCourses in public speaking, exercise physiology, cell biology, histology, calculus, biochemistry, motor learning, biomechanics of human motion, kinesiology, microbiology, pathophysiology, advanced human anatomy and physiology, gerontology, pharmacology, epidemiology, physiological psychology, nutrition, research methodology, immunology, embryology and advanced organic chemistry are recommended. Note: Given the appropriate documentation, Advanced Placement (AP) hours may be used for all prerequisite courses except biology, chemistry and physics. While it is strongly encouraged, all prerequisites need not be completed at the time of application. A minimum grade of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale is required in each course for transfer consideration. Other admissions requirements include: 1) All course transfers are granted at the discretion of the PT Admissions Committee. We encourage applicants to take prerequisites and suggested electives at four year institutions as this affords greater opportunities to take more suggested electives (upper level courses). Three personal recommendations, , a combination of three forms/letters from licensed practicing physical therapists and college professors (at least one of each.); 2) Graduate Record Examination. A minimum total score of 1500 is strongly recommended for the verbal and , quantitative and 400 for the analytical portions of the test; For non-native speakers of English, a TOEFL score of 550 will represent a score of 450 in the GRE verbal test; and 3) Knowledge of the profession as evidenced by a minimum of 200 100 documented hours (volunteer or paid) of exposure to physical therapy practice under the supervision of a licensed Physical Therapist. A broad overview of the profession is preferable to experience in a limited area; Qualified applicants will be invited to campus to attend classes, tour facilities and interview with students and faculty. Applications are reviewed monthly beginning October 1.
Tuition for 2003-2004 is $535.00 per graduate credit hour. Proposed tutition for 2004-05 is $567.00 per graduate credit hour.
Founded in 1875, Shenandoah University is located in historic Winchester, VA, 72 miles west of Washington, D.C. The main campus of Shenandoah University is near the intersection of Interstate 81 and US 50. A low student-faculty ratio allows highly individualized instruction. The University is privately supported and affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Shenandoah does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, age or physical disability.