Thank you for your interest in the South College Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. The information and links provided below are intended to assist you in the application and admissions process.
South College seeks to make available all online programs/courses to residents of Tennessee and other states, and to allow completion of required clinical or practical experiences in those states. We work through the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) process and with states directly to ensure that when authorization or licensure is necessary, required approvals are secured. Tennessee is a member of SARA and South College is an approved SARA institution. As such, we adhere to a set of national standards for interstate offering of post-secondary distance education courses and programs. SARA also covers all interstate placements in clinical or practical situations among SARA member states, no matter the nature of the main program. However, not all states are SARA members. While we do monitor the laws in each state, authorization of distance education is a dynamic environment and prospective students should check this site often for updates. It is the student’s responsibility to understand current circumstances or special requirements in their state of residence. Please see the South College Doctor of Physical Therapy webpage and click on Admission for more information.
As the DPT program is an academic program that leads to a professional license required in many states, it is highly recommended that applicants first seek guidance from the appropriate licensing agency in their home state BEFORE beginning the academic program located outside of the state. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the appropriate licensing board in his/her home state to confirm whether a South College program will meet the requirements for licensure in that state. The following link provides contact information for state licensing authorities: https://www.fsbpt.org/FreeResources/LicensingAuthoritiesContactInformation.aspx
PROGRAM ADMISSION AND PREREQUISITES
Students applying to the DPT Program should have the requisite skills and demonstrated potential to navigate the academic rigors of an accelerated and hybrid model of DPT education. Students should be mature adult learners with the ability, initiative, and flexibility to learn and work independently and collectively in online, onsite, and clinical environments. Additionally, students should have a reasonable level of technology literacy prior to the start of classes. These demonstrable attributes prepare students for the demands of a challenging blended-learning curriculum and a dynamic profession.
- In order to be considered for admission to the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at South College, the following criteria must be met:
- Complete a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution prior to classes beginning. Admission may be granted pending completion of the degree.
- Complete all required prerequisite courses with a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) and prerequisite course GPA of 3.00 or greater on a 4.00 scale.
- Grades below “C-” in prerequisite courses will not be accepted.
- If a prerequisite course is repeated, the credit hours assigned to the course may be counted only once in fulfilling the required number of hours. The prerequisite GPA will be determined using the highest course grade achieved; however, both grades will be calculated into the cumulative GPA.
- If cumulative GPA is less than 3.00 on a 4.00 scale, an applicant may still be eligible for admission if a cumulative GPA of greater than 3.50 has been achieved over the last 60 semester or 90 quarter hour credits of coursework.
- Completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) within the last 5 years. Exception: Applicants with a documented graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution may report earlier GRE scores. Transcripts of graduate education must also be provided.
- Submission of two (2) references; one from a licensed physical therapist and one from someone of the applicant’s choice. References cannot consist of family, friends, clergy, or politicians.
- Completion of a minimum of fifty (50) hours of volunteer or work experience with a licensed physical therapist is recommended, but not required
- For all applicants for whom English is not their first language or those who have completed a degree and prerequisite courses in a foreign country, demonstration of English language proficiency is required through completion of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
- Successful completion of an admission interview. Applicants are selected for interviews based on a holistic evaluation of their application and supporting documents.
- Ability to fulfill the Technical Standards for admission outlined on the DPT website.
- Complete an approved Criminal Background Check (CBC) prior to matriculation.
- Biology with laboratory recommended (8 quarter hours/6 semester hours);
- General Chemistry with laboratory (12 quarter hours/8 semester hours);
- General Physics with laboratory (12 quarter hours/8 semester hours);
- Human Anatomy and Physiology with laboratory (12 quarter hours/8 semester hours)**;
- Statistics (4 quarter hours/3 semester hours);
- General Psychology (4 quarter hours/3 semester hours)
- Abnormal or Developmental Psychology; 4 quarter hours/3 semester hours)
- English Composition or Writing (4 quarter hours/3 semester hours).
*See Accepted Courses for Program Prerequisites included on the DPT website.
**Applicants must complete Anatomy and Physiology courses within the last 5 years prior to application or demonstrate ongoing work experiences that have kept this knowledge current (e.g. physical therapist assistant, athletic trainer, etc.). All remaining letter-graded prerequisite coursework is acceptable no matter when the coursework was completed. However, we strongly recommend that applicants take refresher courses as needed to fully prepare themselves for our accelerated DPT program.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT AND TRANSFER CREDIT
All courses required for the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree program, both didactic and clinical, must be completed at South College. The Doctor of Physical Therapy program at South College does not grant advanced placement, credit for experiential learning, or transfer credits from another program or institution.
|CLASS PROFILES||Class of 2017||Class of 2018||Class of 2019||Class of 2020||Class of 2021 June Cohort||Class of 2021 January Cohort|
|Planned Class Size||60||100||100||100||100||65|
|Average Cumulative GPA||3.46||3.40||3.54||3.51||3.49||3.44|
|Average Prerequisite GPA||3.45||3.48||3.57||3.56||3.57||3.52|
|Average Verbal Reasoning GRE (percentile rank)||46||43||52||55||55||49|
|Average Quantitative Reasoning GRE (percentile rank)||38||41||43||43||46||43|
|Number of Eligible Applicants||153||490||590||713||800||NA|
|Offers of Admission||73||164||184||215||211||76|
|In-State Students Enrolled (Tennessee)||11||19||17||19||14||15|
|Out-of-State Students Enrolled (National)||54||75||82||80||84||40|
|Number of States Represented||28||29||28||30||35||21|
|Minority Students Enrolled||15||14||18||14||26||13|