Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania

Information about Physical Therapist program at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania




Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania (A4, D6, F1, PU)

Last Updated by Program: 09/16/2002
Address:   Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
PT Building
Slippery Rock, PA 16057
Phone:   (724)738-2080
Fax:   (724)738-2113
Admissions/Student Inquiry Phone:   (724)738-2051
Financial Aid Phone:   (724)738-2044
Web Address:
Program E-mail:
Carol Martin-Elkins, PT, PhD
  Accreditor:   Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  Carnegie Classification:   Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Master's degree, April 1991 (no longer offered) DPT degree, October 1996
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2009
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Doctor of Physical Therapy
The clinical component of the program includes one 2-week clinical experience following 3rd semester, one 5-week clinical experience following 4th semester and two 4-month clinical residencies.
There are eight full-time and four part-time faculty members. Seven of the full-time faculty members hold post-professional doctoral degrees, and four are engaged in clinical practice. Over the past 3 years, the faculty has averaged 10 publications in peer-reviewed journals. The faculty to student ratio is 1:13.1.
More than 7,800 students are enrolled at Slippery Rock University. The physical therapy program accepts 50 students into the program each fall.
Requirements include graduation from an accredited secondary school, General Equivalency Diploma or equivalent preparation, and Graduate Record Exam. The average GPA of the physical therapy applicants is 3.4. Prerequisites include 1 year each: biology w/labs (human anatomy and physiology preferred), chemistry w/labs, physics w/labs, psychology, and English composition. A strong liberal arts background that includes the arts, language, and sciences is strongly recommended. Applicants should have 100 hours of documented hands?on experience in a physical therapy environment with a licensed physical therapist. Applicants should have current certification in CPR and will be expected to maintain this certification while in the graduate program. Applications are to be submitted by December 1. Also required are: short essay answers to specific questions, three letters of recommendation (two of which must be from a physical therapist), general GRE, college transcript(s), and a copy of baccalaureate diploma. The program has a rolling admissions policy and applicants will be notified by mail as they are accepted.
Approximately 93% of admitted students graduate from the program (3-year average).
Tuition is based on three semesters per year. It is approximately $10,000 to 11,380 annually (Fall, Spring & Summer) for full-time residents and $15,870 to 18,215 annually (Fall, Spring & Summer) for nonresidents depending on number of credits taken each year. These amounts are subject to change. Some loans are available to graduate students from federal and state sources. For information, contact Financial Aid at 412/738?2044.
All students must have parking permits; parking is available in designated areas only. Pittsburgh is located 50 miles south from the campus and is the nearest metropolitan area. All students may operate legal motor vehicles on campus and must register their vehicles with the University Police.