Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

Information about Physical Therapist program at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center




Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (D5, E1, E3, F1, PU)

Last Updated by Program: 10/12/2001
Address:   Master of Physical Therapy Program
Department of Rehabilitation Sciences
School of Allied Health Sciences
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
3601 4th Street
Lubbock, TX 79430
Phone:   (806)743-3220
Fax:   (806)743-6005
Web Address:   http://www.ttuhsc.edu/sah/mpt/
Program E-mail:   kerry.gilbert@ttuhsc.edu
Kerry K Gilbert, PT, ScD
Program Admininstrator
  Accreditor:   Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/Commission on Colleges
  Carnegie Classification:   Special Focus Institutions--Medical schools and medical centers
  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Bachelor's degree, May 1985 (no longer offered) Master's degree, November 1995 Expansion programs (Amarillo and Odessa), November 1994
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2008
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Master of Physical Therapy
The three-year professional physical therapy program is designed to sequentially teach students the art and science of Physical Therapy. The curriculum has a strong emphasis on orthopedics and manual therapy, pediatrics, neurological rehabilitation, and cardiopulmonary rehabilitation. All of the science courses are designed to have clinical relevance. We also emphasize business management, marketing and reimbursement skills needed by today’s physical therapists. Additionally, over 1,000 hours of clinical experience is also designed in the curriculum. Student clinical education settings include acute care, pediatric care, orthopedic care and neurologic rehabilitation. There is only one Physical Therapy Program offered by Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, however, the program is located on three campuses within the TTUHSC system: Lubbock, Odessa, and Amarillo. The single program exists at all three campuses and is inter-connected via high-tech interactive technology. There are faculty at all three campuses. Students easily adapt to this learning environment. Successful completion of the professional curriculum leads to a Master of Physical Therapy degree from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Class sizes are limited to provide optimal student/instructor ratios. Faculty and students on all campuses communicate with each other in person, via live-interactive video, through the internet, as well as by phone and fax. Students entering the program should be familiar with computer use including: the use of e-mail, searching the world wide web, and basic word processing. Students without computers are encouraged to purchase one and become familiar with it prior to beginning the program. You might be able to include this purchase in your financial aid package. There are computers for use at each of the three campuses, but access to them may be limited. There are 16 faculty members employed by the program. Graduation occurs in May. Texas Tech University has expansion program in Amarillo and Lubbock, Texas.
Clinical education consists of four experiences designed to expose the student to a variety of settings. There are two 6-week full-time clinical experiences in the second year of the program, and two 8-week full-time clinical experiences in the third year, for a total of 28 weeks of full-time clinical experiences. Students are required to take part in an acute care, orthopedic and neurologic rehab experience. The student is allowed an elective experience with opportunities in pediatrics, geriatrics, industrial medicine, cardiac rehab or burn care. Full-time clinical sites are located throughout Texas and the Southwestern United States.
There are 16 full-time and one part-time faculty members. Over 50% of the full-time faculty hold post-professional doctoral degrees, others are certified as a clinical specialists and manual therapists. Most are actively engaged in clinical practice. Over the past 3 years, the faculty has averaged four publications in peer-reviewed journals. The faculty-to-student ratio is 1:9.
Current enrollment at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) is approximately 1,500. A maximum of sixty-four students are accepted each year into the Program in Physical Therapy for a maximum program enrollment of 192 students.
The professional phase of physical therapy education begins in late May each year. A minimum of 90 semester hours of credit, including the courses listed below, is required prior to enrollment. Those hours may be completed in any regionally accredited college or University. A maximum of 66 hours from an accredited U.S. junior college will be accepted. Prerequisite courses include: 9 semester hours of sociology and/or psychology; 3 semester hours of college math; 3 semester hours of statistics; 6-8 semester hours of anatomy and physiology (1 course must be upper division); and 8 semester hours each of biology, chemistry and physics. An overall GPA and a prerequisite science GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is competitive. Individuals with bachelor's and advanced degrees in other fields are eligible for admission and should have a minimum 3.0 GPA in the last 90 semester hours and meet the same prerequisite requirements as all other applicants. Applicants must have completed at least 50 hours of experience (volunteer, paid employee, and/or observations) in a physical therapy setting. On-campus interviews are required of all selected applicants by the Admissions Committee. The application deadline is January 15. Out-of-state applicants will be considered for acceptance into the program.
97% of admitted students graduate from the program (3-year average).
The 2000-01 tuition for in-state residents is $42 per semester hour. Fees averaged $700 per semester. Estimated room and board was $4,800 and the average book costs are $500. Institutional, federal, and state financial resources are available. Approximately 60% of the students receive financial aid. For information, contact the TTUHSC Student Financial Aid Office, 806/743-3220.
TTUHSC and University Medical Center (a teaching hospital) are situated within the same building. Texas Tech University is located adjacent to the campus of TTUHSC. Dormitories are available for TTUHSC students on the TTU campus. Other TTU campus facilities are available to TTUHSC students including the library, computer center and recreational center. The cities and surrounding areas enjoy a stable, diversified economy, resulting primarily from agriculture and related industries. The cost of living in these three West-Texas cities is well below that of the national average, as is the area's unemployment rate. City bus and taxi services are available on campus.