University of Evansville

Information about Physical Therapist program at University of Evansville

 

 

University of Evansville (A2, D6, E5, F1, PR)

Last Updated by Program: 09/27/2006
Address:   Department of Physical Therapy
University of Evansville
1800 Lincoln Avenue
Evansville, IN 47722
Phone:   (812)488-2345
Fax:   (812)488-2717
Admissions/Student Inquiry Phone:   (800)423-8633 ext. 2345
Financial Aid Phone:   (812)488-2364
Web Address:   http://pt.evansville.edu
Program E-mail:   sc9@evansville.edu
PROGRAM DIRECTOR:
Mary P Kessler, PT, MHS
Chair
INSTITUTIONAL INFORMATION:
  Accreditor:   Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  Carnegie Classification:   Master's Colleges and Universities (smaller programs)
 
PHYSICAL THERAPY PROGRAM ACCREDITATION:
  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Bachelor's degree, March 1981 (no longer offered) Master's degree, October 1991 Doctoral degree, June 2006
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2013
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
 
DEGREE CONFERRED: Master of Physical Therapy (no longer admitting students); Doctor of Physical Therapy
GENERAL PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:
All of the physical therapy didactic course work, as well as prerequisite studies and undergraduate courses, are taught on the University of Evansville campus. The physical therapy department is comprised of 10.5 full-time faculty members and adjunct faculty members whose interests and expertise encompass the areas of electrophysiology, geriatrics, kinesiology, neurobiology, biomechanics, pediatrics, orthopedics, and sports medicine. Matriculation into the professional program occurs in the summer semester between the junior and senior years. Students are enrolled on a full-time basis (14-18 hours per semester) and participate in summer courses and clinical internships. Students graduate in May after completion of the three year professional program.
 
CLINICAL EXPERIENCES:
Throughout the curriculum, students are exposed to integrated clinical activities. Students participate in 7 and 8-week, full-time clinical internships during the summers after the first and second years of professional studies. Two 7-week clinical internships are arranged for the last semester of the final year. Internships are available throughout the United States, England, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and Australia.
 
FACULTY:
There are 10.5 full-time and 4 part-time faculty members. Two hold a post-professional doctoral degree, one holds a transitional DPT degree, three are currently pursuing post-professional doctoral degrees, three are certified as clinical specialists and all are engaged in clinical practice. Over the past three years, the faculty has averaged two publications in peer-reviewed journals annually. The faculty to student ratio is 1:8.95.
 
ENROLLMENT:
There are approximately 2,300 full-time undergraduate students enrolled at the University. There are 38 first-year, 2 second-year, and 30 third-year full-time students enrolled in the physical therapy program.
 
ADMISSION:
FRESHMAN ADMISSION/DIRECT ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Students may be selected into the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program as freshmen. A limited number of positions (Direct Entry positions) are available to students who have received either a 26 on their ACT or a combined math and critical reading SAT score of 1200 and who apply to the University by November 1. Students who meet these requirements may be invited for on campus interviews. Students selected for direct entry must maintain a 3.35 GPA and involvement in one or two campus activities during their first three years to secure their position within the professional program. These students are not required to participate in the selection process during their junior year. Direct entry students who satisfy all requirements begin the professional coursework the summer after their third year. Freshman students (direct entry and non direct entry) interested in the DPT program are required to declare an undergraduate major in one of the following disciplines: biology, interdisciplinary studies, exercise science, or athletic training, as well as their interest to pursue physical therapy. Other areas of undergraduate study are possible, but may require an additional semester to complete all requirements. Students must complete the University's general education courses, DPT prerequisite courses, and all but one undergraduate degree requirement prior to matriculating into the DPT program. Students must complete the baccalaureate degree during the first year of professional study. A student will not progress into the second year of professional studies until the undergraduate degree is completed. Students graduate with their bachelor's degree in May of their senior year. The fifth and sixth years are devoted to physical therapy courses. ADMITTANCE TO THE PROGRAM DURING THE JUNIOR YEAR: The majority of students who enter the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program do so after completing three years of prerequisite and undergraduate courses. Students admitted to the program begin the professional course work the summer after their third year. Students must complete the University's general education, DPT prerequisite courses and all but one undergraduate degree requirement prior to matriculating into the DPT program. Students must complete the baccalaureate degree during the first year of professional study. A student will not progress into the second year of professional studies until the undergraduate degree is completed. Students graduate with their bachelor's degree in May of their senior year. The fifth and sixth years are devoted to physical therapy courses. TRANSFER STUDENT ADMISSION: Students may transfer to the University of Evansville and the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program with different experiences. Students who need to complete an undergraduate degree have several options at the University. The most common undergraduate majors that students can combine with the DPT degree are: exercise science, biology, athletic training, and interdisciplinary studies. Students must complete the University's general education courses, DPT prerequisite courses, and all but one undergraduate major requirement prior to matriculating into the DPT program. Students must complete the baccalaureate degree during the first year of professional study. Students will not progress into the second year of professional study until the undergraduate degree is completed. At least 63 credit hours including the last 15 hours and 51% of the hours in the undergraduate major must be completed in residence in order to earn a baccalaureate degree from the University of Evansville. Students who already hold an undergraduate degree must also have completed the DPT prerequisite courses with a grade of C- or higher by the start of the DPT program in June. All science courses should be designed for science majors. Others designs will not be accepted. Admission to the physical therapy program is selective; a maximum of 40 students are admitted each year. Prerequisite science and overall cumulative grade point averages (GPAs), professional recommendations, written application assessment, personal interview scores, and an on campus writing assignment are used in making admission decisions. Applications to the professional program are accepted no earlier than September 1 of the academic year prior to the anticipated date of entry. The application deadline is January 1. A minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is recommended to be competitive. Admission criteria may be changed as the applicant pool dictates. Prerequisite courses include 3 hours of math (college algebra), 3 hours of introductory psychology; 1 hour of medical terminology; 4 hours of general biology (with lab); 8 hours of anatomy/physiology (with labs); 8 hours chemistry (general chemistry and organic chemistry with labs); 10 hours of general physics (with labs). Applicants must have exposure to physical therapy, either through volunteer experiences or regular employment. A personal interview is required for acceptance into the professional program.
 
OUTCOMES:
99% of our graduates passed the state board licensure exam (3 year average); the employment rate for those graduates responding to our survey who sought employment as a physical therapist is 100%; average starting salary for May 2006 graduates: $25.81 per hour; $53,688 annual salary.
 
TUITION, FEES AND FINANCIAL AID:
Full-time day tuition (12-18 hours) for the 2006/07 academic year is $22,370.00 per year. Room and board is approximately $7,300.00 depending on the choice of residence. Summer courses are charged per credit hour and average 325.00 per hour. Average textbook costs are $400 per semester. Students engaged in clinical internships assume the associated costs for tuition, travel, and lodging. Currently, 95% of traditional undergraduate students receive financial aid. An average of $17,800 per student in financial aid is distributed to University of Evansville students in a typical academic year. Extensive programs are available in the form of grants, scholarships, loans, and tuition payment plans. Transfer students admitted directly into the DPT program are eligible for federal and state of Indiana aid or the University's Methodist or Legacy scholarships. For further information, contact the Office of Financial Aid at 800/423-8633, x2364.
 
STUDENT LIFE:
Evansville is a pleasant city in southern Indiana, advantageously located within easy reach of Indianapolis, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Louisville, Nashville, and Chicago by air or major highway. The campus consists of more than 20 buildings. A well-staffed Student Life Center assists students with their academic and career planning and personal, extracurricular, and placement needs. Housing is available for students in the form of dormitories, off-campus rentals, and fraternity houses. Intercollegiate athletic programs are also available.