Physical Therapy

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The Doctor of Physical Therapy is a new program in the College of Health Sciences at Faulkner University. The Doctor of Physical Therapy degree is a post-baccalaureate degree that allows graduates to apply for licensure to practice as physical therapists, which is required in all states. Graduates will be prepared to practice as generalists in diverse environments and as leaders in their profession, community and as part of the interprofessional health care team.

What is a Physical Therapist?

According to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA):

“Physical therapists (PTs) are movement experts who improve quality of life through prescribed exercise, hands-on care, and patient education.

After making a diagnosis, physical therapists create personalized treatment plans that help their patients improve mobility, manage pain and other chronic conditions, recover from injury, and prevent future injury and chronic disease.”

“PTs can specialize in a variety of areas, including geriatrics, neurology, oncology, orthopedics, pediatrics, sports and women’s health. They provide treatments in:

  • Hospitals, outpatient clinics or offices
  • Inpatient rehabilitation facilities
  • Skilled nursing, extended care or subacute facilities
  • Schools, education or research centers
  • Fitness centers and sports training facilities
  • Hospice settings
  • Your workplace
  • Your home “

APTA Handout_WhoArePTs_BenefitsofPhysTher_HowtoManagePain.pdf

To find out more about PT careers go to: http://www.apta.org/PTCareers/Overview/

What is the process for developing programs to admit students?

According to The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE):

For New Programs:

  1. Institution notifies CAPTE that a program director has been hired to develop the program. Then,
  2. At least six months prior to admitting students, the program submits an Application for Candidacy (AFC) that documents the institution's plans for the implementation of the program.
  3. Two experienced on-site reviewers visit the program to verify the information in the AFC and submit a written report describing the results of the visit. The report is sent to the program for comment.
  4. The AFC, the reviewers' report and the institution's comments are then reviewed by members of CAPTE to determine whether the program is making satisfactory progress toward compliance with the standards and required elements and, if so, the program is granted Candidate for Accreditation status.
  5. Once candidacy is granted, the program is allowed to admit students and implement the program. During implementation the program submits annual reports to CAPTE. Then, prior to graduation of the first cohort of students, the program completes the Accreditation Process.” http://www.capteonline.org/WhatWeDo/AccreditationProcess/

Program Information

The DPT program involves a combination of classroom learning and clinical experiences. Students will complete 32 weeks of full time clinical education and up to 6 weeks of integrated clinical experiences. During the 8 semesters of the program, students will have the opportunity to practice their skills in a variety of clinical settings, work side by side with other disciplines, including students in the Speech Language Pathology and Physician Assistant programs as well as participate in service activities across the River Region. The faculty are committed to providing an excellent education in a Christian environment, where students will be prepared to function as the hands and feet of Jesus Christ.

Important Dates

Applications open August 1st 2020

Submit AFC- December 1st, 2020

CAPTE site visit- Jan 2021

CAPTE decision April 2021

Anticipated Start Date Fall 2021

Accreditation Statement

Graduation from a Physical Therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.  Faulkner University is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist education program from CAPTE. The program is planning to submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage, on December 1, 2020. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the professional phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in professional courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.

CAPTE Contact Information
1111 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Telephone (703) 706-3245
Email address:  accreditation@apta.org

Mission and Values

Mission statement

The mission of the department of Physical Therapy is to glorify God by graduating independent physical therapy practitioners and leaders who are committed to addressing the changing needs of the individual, the profession and a global society with compassion, integrity and best evidence in order to optimize health and movement.

The department will fulfill its mission by:

  1. Creating a collaborative, caring, learner centered Christian environment; where every student matters, everyday
  2. Educating the whole person
  3. Fostering innovation, creativity, and leadership;
  4. Facilitating critical inquiry;
  5. Developing skills for self-directed, lifelong learning;
  6. Cultivating mutual respect for all persons and their differences;
  7. Providing unique opportunities to learn and practice in diverse environments and settings.

 

Values

The DPT Program was founded on the same principles as the University and is consistent with the profession. These include:

  1. Excellence
  2. Collaboration
  3. Service
  4. Integrity
  5. Faith
  6. Respect

Accreditation Statement

Graduation from a Physical Therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.  Faulkner University is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist education program from CAPTE. The program is planning to submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage, on December 1, 2020. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the professional phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in professional courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.

CAPTE Contact Information
1111 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Telephone (703) 706-3245
Email address:  accreditation@apta.org

Admissions

Degree requirements

Applicants must complete a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.

Prerequisite Courses

All applicants must complete each of the following prerequisites with a grade of “C” or better. However, a “B” or better is strongly recommended. Applicants may choose to repeat a course, however, the grades will be averaged and only the first retake will be used.

Course

Lab Requirement

Credit hours

*Human Anatomy/ A & P I with lab

YES

4

*Human Physiology/ A & P II with lab

YES

4

Biology I and II

YES

8

General Chemistry I and II

YES

8

General Physics I and II

YES

8

General Psychology

NO

3

Statistics

NO

3

Precalculus trigonometry or higher

NO

3

English Composition I and II

NO

6

Medical Terminology

NO

1-3

*Course must be in department of biology, neuroscience, anatomy, physiology (not kinesiology)

.All courses must be taken within 8 years of the admission cycle year. Credit for courses older than 8 years may be made through validation by examination or other appropriate mechanism.  All courses must also be from a regionally accredited institution.

GPA requirements

Applicants must have a minimum prerequisite grade point average (G.P.A) of 3.0 or greater on a 4.0 scale as well as at least a 3.0 G.P.A in the last 60 hours of academic coursework. Overall G.P.A will also be considered, therefore it is strongly recommended that the overall GPA be at least a 3.0 as well.

Official Test Scores

All applicants must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) within 5 years of the admission cycle year. While there is no minimum score required, scores are considered along with other data in the application.

Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation are required with the application, one from a licensed physical therapist and one from a college professor. Recommendations are NOT accepted from family, friends, clergy, politicians or physical therapist assistants.

Observations Hours

Applicants are required to complete a minimum of 50 hours of observation of physical therapy services within the past two years of the admission cycle year. These observation hours must occur in a minimum of 2 different settings. (outpatient, acute care, home health etc. )

Interview

Successful completion of an admission interview. Applicants are selected for interviews based on a holistic evaluation of their application and supporting materials. Submission of all required application material does not guarantee an interview.

Additional Requirements

Leadership and community service activities should be included along with a brief response to the following two questions:

  1. Why are you applying to Faulkner?
  2. What do you think you can bring to the program and the profession?

***Completion of minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. The Faulkner University PT Program Admissions Process is a competitive process; final decisions for admission are based on the recommendations of the Admissions Committee

Accreditation Statement

Graduation from a Physical Therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.  Faulkner University is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist education program from CAPTE. The program is planning to submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage, on December 1, 2020. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the professional phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in professional courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.

CAPTE Contact Information
1111 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Telephone (703) 706-3245
Email address:  accreditation@apta.org

Essential Functions

Each applicant is required to read the Essential Functions document prior to matriculation to ensure they are familiar with the essential functions of a physical therapist and the process to seek reasonable accommodations as well as sign the acknowledgement form. Any questions regarding the Essential Functions of a Physical Therapist or accommodations should be directed to the Director for the Center of Disability Services.

Nancy Nichole Fussell, LMSW
Director for the Center of Disability Services
Faulkner University
5345 Atlanta Highway
Montgomery, AL 36109

Telephone: 334-386-7185
FAX: 334-386-7124

https://www.faulkner.edu/academic-resources/center-for-disability-services/

 

Accreditation Statement

Graduation from a Physical Therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.  Faulkner University is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist education program from CAPTE. The program is planning to submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage, on December 1, 2020. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the professional phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in professional courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.

CAPTE Contact Information
1111 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Telephone (703) 706-3245
Email address:  accreditation@apta.org

Graduate Outcomes

Information regarding graduation, employment, and licensure pass rates will be posted here once the program graduates its first class.

 

Accreditation Statement

Graduation from a Physical Therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.  Faulkner University is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist education program from CAPTE. The program is planning to submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage, on December 1, 2020. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the professional phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in professional courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.

CAPTE Contact Information
1111 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Telephone (703) 706-3245
Email address:  accreditation@apta.org

FAQs

Does Faulkner University use the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) process?

No. PTCAS will not be used for the first admissions cycle. Refer to the website for admission process for Fall 2021.

What is the GPA requirement?

Applicants must have a minimum prerequisite grade point average (G.P.A) of 3.0 or greater on a 4.0 scale as well as at least a 3.0 G.P.A in the last 60 hours of academic coursework. Overall G.P.A will also be considered, therefore it is strongly recommended that the overall GPA be at least a 3.0 as well.

Does Faulkner require the GRE?

All applicants must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) within 5 years of the admission cycle year. While there is no minimum score required, scores are considered along with other data in the application.

I don’t have a bachelor’s degree, can I still apply?

Yes you can apply but applicants must complete a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution prior to beginning the program. A bachelor’s degree must be completed by June 1 of the year you would begin the program. You can apply prior to receiving the degree. The physical therapy program is an entry-level doctorate program and requires that all students have a bachelor’s degree when they begin in June. We will accept students with bachelor’s degrees in any field, as long as I meet the admissions requirements.

Do I need to finish all of the requirements before I can apply?

Applications will be accepted with prerequisite courses outstanding however, applicants must complete all courses and earn a bachelor’s degree prior to matriculation. Students must complete 12 of the 14 prerequisite courses by January 1st of the admission cycle year in order to be considered. All courses must be taken within 8 years of the admission cycle year. Credit for courses older than 8 years may be made through validation by examination or other appropriate mechanism.  All courses must also be from a regionally accredited institution.

What are your prerequisite courses? 

Course

Lab Requirement

Credit hours

*Human Anatomy/ A & P I with lab

YES

4

*Human Physiology/ A & P II with lab

YES

4

Biology I

YES

4

Biology II (may substitute upper biology course, including genetics, neurosceience, cell biology)

YES

4

General Chemistry I and II

YES

8

General Physics I and II

YES

8

General Psychology

NO

3

Statistics

NO

3

Precalculus trigonometry or higher

NO

3

English Composition I and II

NO

6

Medical Terminology

NO

1-3

*Course must be in department of biology, neuroscience, anatomy, physiology (not kinesiology)

Can pass/fail courses be used to meet the prerequisite course requirements?

No, only courses in which you earned a letter or number grade can be used to fulfill the required courses.

Can I use advanced placement or dual enrollment courses toward the prerequisite course requirements?

Yes. However, only one advanced placement or dual enrollment course can be used to meet the prerequisite course requirements. 

What if I took my courses a long time ago?

All courses must be taken within 8 years of the admission cycle year. Credit for courses older than 8 years may be made through validation by examination or other appropriate mechanism.  All courses must also be from a regionally accredited institution.

Does Faulkner require letters of Recommendation?

Yes. Two letters of recommendation are required with the application, one from a licensed physical therapist and one from a professor. Recommendations are NOT accepted from family, friends, clergy, politicians or physical therapist assistants.

Can I use courses that I took online to meet the prerequisite requirements?

You can use up to 3 online courses to meet the prerequisite course requirements, however, you cannot use online classes to meet the requirements for the science courses that contain labs. All science classes with lab requirements (ex. Chemistry, physics, anatomy etc) must be taken in an on ground format.

I got a “C” in a prerequisite course, should I retake it?

Repeating a course is allowed, however, the grades will be averaged and only the first retake will be used. Additional retakes will not be considered. If you choose to retake a course, it is strongly suggested that you only do so if you feel confident you can improve your grade. Remember that if you are able to earn an A in the course, the A will be averaged with the C. So your grade will be recorded as a B.

What if I did better in an upper level course, can I substitute that grade instead?

In situations where students went above the prerequisite course requirement, the highest grade earned will be utilized to calculate prerequisite GPA. Ex. If an applicant earned a C in general chemistry, but an A in organic chemistry, the A will be used for the chemistry grade.

What kind of observational experience is required?

Applicants are required to complete a minimum of 50 hours observation of physical therapy services within the past two years of the admission cycle year. Observation hours must occur in a minimum of 2 different settings, however 3 is strongly recommended. (outpatient, acute care, home health etc. )

Do you have a preference for Alabama applicants?

No. We do not have an in-state preference. Because we are a private institution, we do not take applicants’ state of residence into consideration when making acceptance offers.

Do you have a preference for Faulkner University applicants?

Yes. We give preference to Faulkner University applicants, as well as applicants who are Church of Christ members. However, we strongly encourage students from all universities and backgrounds to apply.

When is your application deadline?

January 1st  2021

How many students are accepted into the DPT program each year?

Our program will accept a maximum of 50 students each year.

 

What can I do be a more competitive applicant?

We consider a variety of factors in addition to GPA and GRE scores. We are looking for applicants who have demonstrated a strong desire to become a physical therapist, have a record of service, positive interview, and letters of recommendation. 

 

Why should I choose Faulkner University’s DPT program?

Faculty are committed to the growth and development of the whole person and their relationship with God, each other, and their community. Learning will be student centered and will be based on active learning principles. Case based learning will be incorporated throughout the curriculum. Early clinical exposure provides real world application of knowledge. Students will be challenged to think critically, reflect, collaborate, seek knowledge and truth, and live with integrity and compassion. Graduates will leave Faulkner with the ability to make an immediate impact on patients, the community and the profession as well as the skills to adapt to the ever changing health care environment.

Accreditation Statement

Graduation from a Physical Therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.  Faulkner University is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist education program from CAPTE. The program is planning to submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage, on December 1, 2020. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the professional phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in professional courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.

CAPTE Contact Information
1111 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Telephone (703) 706-3245
Email address:  accreditation@apta.org

Resources

If you want to learn more about the physical therapy profession, education, licensure and more please follow the links below.

Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
http://www.capteonline.org/home.aspx

American Physical Therapy Association
http://www.apta.org/

Alabama Physical Therapy Association
https://www.ptalabama.org/

Alabama Board of Physical Therapy
http://pt.alabama.gov/

Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy
https://www.fsbpt.org/

 

Accreditation Statement

Graduation from a Physical Therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.  Faulkner University is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist education program from CAPTE. The program is planning to submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage, on December 1, 2020. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the professional phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in professional courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.

CAPTE Contact Information
1111 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Telephone (703) 706-3245
Email address:  accreditation@apta.org

File a Complaint

Any individual or organization that is dissatisfied with his/her experience or encounter with any student, faculty, or staff member associated with the Department of Physical Therapy may file a complaint against the offending party with the Department of Physical Therapy Chair/ Program Director. The complaint must be made in writing to be considered bona fide. Complaints should be addressed as follows:

Dr. Heather E. Mount

Department of Physical Therapy

Faulkner University

5345 Atlanta Hwy

Montgomery, Al 36109

Email:hmount@faulkner.edu

Phone: (334) 386- 7379

 

Complaints about the Department of Physical Therapy or the Program Director may be submitted directly to the Vice President of Academic Affairs at the following address:

Dr. Dave Rampersad

Vice President of Academic Affairs

Faulkner University

5345 Atlanta Hwy

Montgomery, Al 36109

Email drampersad@faulkner.edu

Phone: (334) 386-7102

 

Complaints about the DPT program or University related to compliance with accreditation standards must be submitted in writing to the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). These complaints should be addressed as follows:

Dr. Sandra Wise, Director

Department of Accreditation

American Physical Therapy Association

1111 N. Fairfax Street

Alexandria, VA22314

Email: sandrawise@apta.org

Phone: (703) 706-3240

Accreditation Statement

Graduation from a Physical Therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.  Faulkner University is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist education program from CAPTE. The program is planning to submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage, on December 1, 2020. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the professional phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in professional courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.

CAPTE Contact Information
1111 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Telephone (703) 706-3245
Email address:  accreditation@apta.org

 

Contact Information

Graduate Enrollment
graduateenrollment@faulkner.edu
(334) 386-7343

Founding Chair/ Program Director
Dr. Heather E. Mount, PT, DSc
hmount@faulkner.edu

Founding Director of Clinical Education
Dr. Cindy LaPorte, PT, PhD
claporte@faulkner.edu

 

Accreditation Statement

Graduation from a Physical Therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.  Faulkner University is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist education program from CAPTE. The program is planning to submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage, on December 1, 2020. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the professional phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in professional courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.

CAPTE Contact Information
1111 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Telephone (703) 706-3245
Email address:  accreditation@apta.org