University of Mississippi at the Medical Center

Information about Physical Therapist program at University of Mississippi at the Medical Center



University of Mississippi at the Medical Center (A4, D6, F1, PU)

Last Updated by Program: 07/17/2003
Address:   Physical Therapy Department
School of Health Related Professions
University of Mississippi Medical Center
2500 North State Street
Jackson, MS 39216-4505
Phone:   (601)984-6330
Fax:   (601)815-1715
Admissions/Student Inquiry Phone:   (601)984-6330
Web Address:
Program E-mail:
Neva F Greenwald, PT, MSPH
  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, April 1975 (no longer offered) Master's degree, June 1999 (no longer offered) DPT degree, September 2004
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2011
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Doctor of Physical Therapy
The program is a 4 plus 2 curriculum. Students complete a baccalaureate degree in a field of their choice prior to entering the program. Students are enrolled in the program continuously for 2 calendar years and begin course work in the summer semester. Formal commencement is the third weekend in May. Students spend an average of 30 hours in class per week. The program is located in the School of Health Related Professions Building, a state - of - the - art teaching facility.
Various types of clinical experiences occur throughout the program. First-year students have 1 week of clinical education during the third semester of the program. Second year students have 6-week clinical experience the second summer, a 1-week experience during the fall semester and 18 weeks of clinical experience during the spring semester. The approximately 200 affiliated clinical facilities are located throughout the country with a majority in the southeastern region of the United States. The clinical faculty members at these sites provide a wide variety of educational experiences. Students select clinical rotations in acute care, rehabilitation, outpatient and specialty settings. One long-term clinical experience will be at an out-of-state facility to enhance the clinical education experience.
There are 13 full-time faculty members. Four of the full-time faculty members hold post- professional doctoral degrees, three are certified as ABPTS clinical specialists, and five are engaged in clinical practice. Over the past 3 years, the faculty has averaged ten publications in peer- reviewed journals. The faculty to student ratio is 1:2.
The physical therapy program may accept up to 72 first-year students each year. Preference is given to Mississippi residents. Out of state residents are enrolled.
Student selection is based upon academic qualifications and aptitude for a career in physical therapy. The application with all supporting documents must be submitted by the preceding first Tuesday in September for early admission and by the preceding first Monday in December for regular admissions. One class is admitted each summer. Prerequisites include a baccalaureate degree, and 2 courses in each: English composition, psychology (abnormal is required), social studies, humanities, chemistry, biology or zoology, physics and other advanced biological or physical sciences; and 1 course in each: college algebra, introductory sociology, anatomy (comparative), fine arts, speech; physiology and statistics. Candidates must provide evidence of observation in a minimum of two physical therapy clinical departments for a total of 40 hours (additional hours are encouraged). An interview, a resume, autobiographical sketch, GRE scores, first aid certification and computer proficiency are required. Seventy percent of qualified applicants are admitted to program (3-year average). Applications are available from the Office of Student Records and Registrar.
91% of admitted students graduate from the program (3-year average).
Tuition and activities fees are approximately $4,617.00 per 12-month year for residents and $9,868.50 for non-residents. Students should expect to spend approximately $3,500 per year on books and other supplies. A limited number of apartments and women's dormitory rooms are available. There is an abundance of off-campus rentals with varied prices. The University of Mississippi Medical Center uses the ACT Need Analysis Service. Participants in the ACT Need Analysis Service subscribe to the principle that the amount of financial aid granted a student should be based on financial need. Seventy-eight percent of students on campus receive financial aid. The Division of Student Services and Records forwards applications and information to all students. A student should not apply for loans until an official letter of acceptance has been received.
The culturally diverse student body is composed of approximately 1660 students enrolled in health profession programs and graduate programs in biomedical fields. Intramural athletics include basketball, football, and softball. The Associated Student Body sponsors four major social events each year and publishes a yearbook and an informal monthly newspaper. The School of Health Related Professions' student body sponsors social activities, an open house for the public, community service projects, and a variety of social events. The University of Mississippi Medical is a health science campus that includes 5 schools: Medicine, Nursing, Health Related Professions Dentistry and Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences. The University of Mississippi Medical Center occupies a spacious 158-acre campus in the heart of Jackson, the state capital. The city of Jackson is classified as a prime medical service area, serving as a referral center for the rest of the state. The Department of Veteran Affairs Medical Center is on the campus. A state-owned rehabilitation center for the blind and a religious affiliated hospital and rehabilitation center are on campus and adjoin the University Hospital and Clinics. The Medical Center's location, its own and neighboring facilities, and its ethnic and socioeconomic mix of students, faculty, and patients create a rich environment for health sciences education, conducive to achievement of its purpose.