Virginia Commonwealth University

Information about Physical Therapist program at Virginia Commonwealth University




Virginia Commonwealth University (A4, D6, F1, PU)

Last Updated by Program: 04/10/2006
Address:   Department of Physical Therapy
Box 980224
Medical College of Virginia Campus
Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, VA 23298-0224
Phone:   (804)828-0234
Fax:   (804)828-8111
Web Address:
Program E-mail:
Thomas Mayhew, PT, PhD
  Accreditor:   Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/Commission on Colleges
  Carnegie Classification:   Research Universities (high research activity)
  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Bachelor's degree, December 1931 (no longer offered) Master's degree, April 1990 (no longer offered) DPT degree, April 2002
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2006
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Doctor of Physical Therapy
The VCU Department of Physical Therapy offers a three year degree program leading to a professional Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. DPT students participate in five full-time clinical education experiences for a total of 36 weeks. The first two clinical experiences occur during the summers after the first and second academic years. The three terminal clinical experiences are concluded prior to May in the third academic year in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, private practices, etc., throughout the country. The faculty's primary mission is to prepare individuals for general practice. The faculty strongly believes that physical therapists entering the profession must have a thorough understanding of the theoretical basis for treatment and skills in problem solving, evaluation, and communication.
There are 13 full-time faculty members. Eleven of the full-time faculty hold post-professional doctoral degrees. Three faculty are APTA board certified clinical specialists, one faculty member is a certified exercise specialist, and one faculty member is a certified athletic trainer. Nine faculty are engaged in clinical practice. Over the past 3 years, the faculty has averaged 9.7 publications per year in peer-reviewed journals. The faculty to student ratio is 1:12.5.
More than 29,000 undergraduate, graduate, and health professional students attend VCU on its two campuses. Located on the Medical College of Virginia (MCV) Campus, the Department of Physical Therapy, School of Allied Health Professions, accepts 54 students a year.
Applications for admission to the physical therapy program are accepted from November 1 to February 1. Students applying to the program are required to have a Bachelor of Arts or Science Degree from an accredited college or university. Requirements for admission include the GRE and 100 volunteer hours in a physical therapy setting. The grade point average of the last three classes upon admission was 3.32. Prerequisite courses include 3 hours in each: mathematics, statistics, and humanities; 6 hours in each: English and psychology; 8 hours in each: chemistry and physics; and 12 hours of biological sciences including anatomy and physiology. Interviews are not required. Acceptance rate for 2006 was 43%. 64% of the students that were offered admission entered the DPT program. Prerequisite courses include 3 hours in each: mathematics, statistics; 6 hours in each: English, social science, humanities, and psychology; 8 hours in each: chemistry and physics; and 12 hours of biological sciences. Interviews are not required. 30% of qualified applicants are admitted to the program (3-year average).
90% of admitted students graduate from the program (average for classes 2004-2006). Overall licensure pass rate for class of 2005 was 100%. All graduates that were actively seeking employment had positions within six months of graduation.
In-state tuition and fees for 2005-2006 are $3,865 per semester. Out-of-state tuition and fees are $8,693 per semester. Room and board costs range from $3,000-$4,000 per semester. A $150 contingency fee is charged each year. More than half of the students at Virginia Commonwealth University, Medical College of Virginia Campus receive some form of financial assistance from state, federal, or university funds. For assistance in obtaining financial aid, contact: Sanger Hall, Room 1-055, 1101 E. Marshall St., P.O. Box 980244, Richmond, Va. 23298-0244, Telephone (804) 828-9800.
VCU offers students a wide range of comfortable and convenient housing arrangements, including low-rise apartment buildings and high-rise residence halls. Off-campus housing is readily available at a reasonable cost. A variety of facilities, services, and programs designed to meet the leisure and health needs of the university community are available. Virginia Commonwealth University, Medical College of Virginia Campus is located in historic downtown Richmond, near the government, financial, and retail centers. The Academic Campus is situated 2 miles west in Richmond's historic Fan District.