Physical Therapy School Category: Physical Therapy Programs
General Program Description
The Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Rosalind Franklin University of Health Sciences is an entry-level degree designed for the self-motivated student who is skilled in critical thinking and willing to be an active participant in group learning situations. The Department of Physical Therapy at Rosalind Franklin University of Health Sciences considers its primary mission to be the education of generalist practitioners who are eminently qualified to deliver physical therapy services in current and future health care systems. The program consists of three academic years, which includes two summer quarters. Upon completion of the program, the degree of Doctor of Physical Therapy is awarded. Graduates will be eligible to complete state licensing requirements for the practice of physical therapy.
The clinical portion of our program consists of four clerkships. Students complete Clerkship I in the summer after completion of their first academic year. This is a 6-week full-time clinical experience in which students participate in a clinical setting with the opportunity for the application of previous didactic learning and professional socialization. It is an orientation to the clinical practice of physical therapy with participation in patient care activities, professional collaboration, professional operations, and communication skill development. Students complete Clerkship II in the winter quarter of the second year, which is a full-time experience for 10 weeks in one or more selected clinical practice settings. It is an experience with opportunities to synthesize and apply previous learning. Incorporation of increasingly varied and adaptable approaches to patient management is employed. Clerkships III and IV are completed during the third year of the program. Clerkship III is a 10-week full-time experience in one or more selected clinical practice settings. At this point in their education, the students are expected to be mature, self-directed learners and demonstrate increasingly competent behaviors in professional interaction, communication, consultation and management. Clerkship IV is a 12-week full-time experience in one or more selected clinical practice settings in which the student is expected to build upon and refine the behaviors noted in the description of Clerkship III. The student may negotiate and assist with the design of this clinical experience, as the nature of this clerkship is in an area of interest to the student. An experienced clinician or Certified Clinical Specialist will monitor the clinical work of the student in Clerkship IV. The Professional Practicum is a 12-week guided independent study that the student completes in the 3rd year of the program. The purpose of the Professional Practicum course is to give the student an opportunity to experience alternative roles, under the guidance of a skilled professional, in the areas of administration, critical inquiry, education, or health care policy. The administration area of study emphasizes the process of planning, evaluating, and managing human and financial resources. The critical inquiry area of study emphasizes the process of applying the principles of scientific methods to a research project. The education area of study emphasizes the process of planning, delivering, and evaluating teaching activities. The health care policy area of study emphasizes the formulation, legislative process, implementation, and analysis of new and existing health care policy.
There are eight full-time and four part-time core faculty members, as well as one adjunct faculty. Five of the core faculty hold a PhD degree, seven hold post professional doctoral degrees, and one is completing a Doctor of Science degree. Seven faculty members hold Certified Clinical Specialist designations in pediatrics, geriatrics, orthopedics, neurology and cardiovascular pulmonary physical therapy. Five members of the faculty are engaged in various forms of clinical practice. The faculty to student ratio is approximately 1:11.
Rosalind Franklin University of Health Sciences has a total enrollment of 1,800- students. The entry-level physical therapy program accepts 40 students per year.
A Bachelor of Arts or Science degree from an accredited college or university is required. To be considered, all applications must be submitted through the PTCAS. The applicant must have a minimum grade of C in the prerequisite courses. Courses with a grade below a C will not fulfill the prerequisite requirements but will be included in the GPA. Basic computer literacy is required. Required courses must be completed before entrance into the program. The required courses are: one year of English including composition; three courses in the humanities/social sciences to include one course in psychology; one year each of chemistry, biology and physics ( to include laboratory, physics courses must be sequential), one course each of , anatomy/physiology with laboratory and statistics (must include descriptive and inferential statistics). At least 2/3 of the science prerequisites should be completed by the time of application. It is recommended that science and psychology courses be taken no more than 10 years prior to application to the physical therapy program. Applicants must complete the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) prior to application. The on-campus portion of the application process includes the Watson Glaser Critical Thinking exam and participation in a small group interview. A TOEFL examination is required of all foreign applicants from countries in which English is not the native language and who have not attended an American college or university full time for 2 consecutive years. All applicants must have an understanding of the field of physical therapy by having worked or volunteered for a minimum of 40 hours in a physical therapy practice setting. Admission to the program is competitive. Class members are selected on the basis of academic records, application, letters of recommendation, required examinations and interview.
Ninety-six percent of admitted students graduate from the program (3-year average); 95% of the graduates passed the licensure exam on the first try (3-year average); and 99% of those program graduates responding to post-graduation surveys are employed in practice (3 year average).
Tuition, fees and financial aid
The 2007-08 tuition for the physical therapy program is $22,080 per year. The student council fee is $120 and the Health insurance fee is $148 per month. An additional expense for books and supplies during the 3-year period is approximately $3,000. Transportation and living expenses during clinical eduation clerkship experiences is the responsibility of the student. Depending upon financial need, physical therapy students may apply for various loans and grants through the Financial Aid Department. Some work-study opportunities are available.
Rosalind Franklin University of Health Sciences is located in North Chicago, Illinois, which is approximately 45 miles north of Chicago in beautiful Lake County, Illinois. This area, on the North Shore of the Chicago metropolitan area and immediately adjacent to Lake Michigan, offers many of the advantages of a small community. The area is served by two airports, O’Hare (Chicago) and Mitchell (Milwaukee), and public transportation is plentiful. The school also offers convenient access to metropolitan Chicago and Milwaukee, two cities that offer cultural, educational, sports, and scientific activities. Housing is plentiful. One and two bedroom apartments are available on campus through the university housing office. There are also numerous off-campus rentals available in a wide price range.
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