University of Alabama at Birmingham

Information about Physical Therapy program in University of Alabama at Birmingham

 

The University of Alabama at Birmingham (A4, D6, F1, PU)

Last Updated by Program: 03/13/2007

Address:   Department of Physical Therapy
School of Health Professions - RMSB Room 383
The University of Alabama at Birmingham
1530 3rd Avenue South - RMSB Room 360X
Birmingham, AL 35294-1212

Phone:   (205)934-3566  Fax:   (205)975-7787
Admissions/Student Inquiry Phone:   (205)934-4363 
Financial Aid Phone:   (205)934-8132 

Web Address:   http://www.uab.edu/pt
Program E-mail:   sshaw@uab.edu

 

PROGRAM DIRECTOR:

Sharon Shaw, PT, DrPH
Chair 

INSTITUTIONAL INFORMATION:

  Accreditor:   Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/Commission on Colleges
  Carnegie Classification:   Research Universities (very high research activity) 


PHYSICAL THERAPY PROGRAM ACCREDITATION:

  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Masters degree, May 1967 (no longer offered); DPT degree, September 2003
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Five Year History:   Accreditation

DEGREE CONFERRED:

Doctor of Physical Therapy

GENERAL PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:

Three-year entry level Doctorate Degree.

 
CLINICAL EXPERIENCES:

Students have a total of 34 weeks of full-time clinical education. 
 

FACULTY:


There are 14 full-time and two part-time faculty members. Eight of the full-time faculty hold post-professional doctoral degrees, four are certified as clinical specialists, and four are engaged in clinical practice. Over the past 3 years, the faculty has averaged two publications in peer-reviewed journals. The faculty to student ratio is 1:6.

 
ENROLLMENT:

Total enrollment exceeds 16,000 students in a comprehensive urban university and medical center complex. The physical therapy program accepts 36 students. Approximately 75% of the class are Alabama residents.


ADMISSION:

Requirements for application to the physical therapy program include a baccalaureate degree, a minimum overall grade point average of 3.0, and minimum Graduate Record Exam scores of 550 verbal and 550 quantitative. Minimum writing score 4.0. Prerequisites include: 16 semester hours of biology (including human or mammalian physiology); 9 semester hours of psychology; 8 semester hours each of physics, and chemistry for science majors; 6 semester hours English composition; 3-4 semester hours of statistics; and 3 semester hours of pre-calculus with trig. 40% of qualified applicants are admitted to the program (3 year average).

OUTCOMES:

98% of admitted students graduate from the program (3-year average), and 90% have employment within 3 months of graduation. Over the same time period 90% have passed the licensure examination. 
 

TUITION, FEES AND FINANCIAL AID:

Tuition is $224 per semester hour for Alabama residents and $560 per semester hour for nonresidents. On-campus housing costs range from $3,500-$8,000 per year. 


STUDENT LIFE:

Dormitories and apartments are available on campus. Convenient off-campus housing is available in a wide price range. Intercollegiate and intramural athletics and recreational facilities are abundant. The newly opened UAB Campus Recreation Center, provides everything you need to stay active under one roof -- free weights, court sports, swimming pools, group fitness classes, nutrition education, fitness areas, a climbing wall, and much more. UAB occupies 82 city blocks near downtown Birmingham with easy access via interstate highways and the Birmingham airport.