Physical Therapy School Category: Physical Therapy Programs
General Program Description
The program begins in early summer (end of May) each year. The student will be enrolled full-time for the next 36 months or up to a total of 145 credit hours. Clinical experiences occur throughout the curriculum with the last being three 12 week full-time internships at the end. Graduation occurs in May. The curriculum is outlined in detail on the program’s website (http://www.bellarmine.edu/pt). The program emphasizes integrated service learning experiences throughout the curriculum.
First-year students spend occasional Fridays in local clinics during the fall and spring semesters followed by a 6-week, full-time clinical experience in the second summer of the program. Other clinical exposures are integrated throughout the curriculum. Three 12 week full-time (36-week total) internships follow the completion of academic requirements in the final summer, fall and spring prior to graduation. Acute care, rehabilitation, and community-based experiences are required. Specialty experiences are available. Clinical experiences are available in Kentucky, the surrounding region, throughout the country and at international sites. Students should anticipate some clinical associated travel requirements. One full time clinical experience must be in a rural or under-served area. International learning experiences are available in Perth, Australia, Guatemala and Italy. The Program has a wide range of service learning opportunities that complement clinical education experiences, including on and off campus student managed Service Learning Clinics.
There are 14 full-time and 25 part-time faculty members. All core faculty hold post-professional doctoral degrees. The core faculty hold nine ABPTS specialty certifications and three non-ABPTS certifications. Over the past 3 years, the faculty has averaged five peer reviewed publications/year and 25 presentations/year at national and international meetings. The core faculty to student ratio is 1:13, with a faculty to student ratio of 1:12 in most laboratories.
The university enrolls a total of 2700 undergraduate students and 900 graduate students. There are graduate programs in Physical Therapy, Nursing, Education, Theology and Business on campus. The university and program give equal admission consideration to Kentucky residents and nonresidents. The program admits 72 students/cohort.
Applications to the program must be submitted through the Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS). The preferred application deadline is October 1 in the year prior to anticipated entry. All applications are due December 1. Please see the website for requirements for applicants at http://www.bellarmine.edu/pt. Approximately 10% of qualified applicants are admitted to the program (3-year average). Applicants to the program must have completed a bachelor’s degree prior to starting in the professional curriculum. A limited number of highly qualified Bellarmine University undergraduate students may be eligible for early entry in to the professional curriculum.
Ninety-two percent of admitted students graduate from the program (3-year average). 100% employment rate of graduates seeking jobs in physical therapy. First time license rate is 89% (3 year average); overall examination pass rate is 96%.
Tuition, fees and financial aid
Full-time tuition for the 2014-2015 academic year is $11,850/semester for the nine semester curriculum. Financial aid is available through the Financial Aid Office, and loans, stipends, and scholarships are available through local organizations (see Bellarmine University website at http://www.bellarmine.edu/financialaid/). There are a limited number of merit based program scholarships available. Full time PT student tuition and fees are established for each cohort and are guaranteed for the entire curriculum.
The program is located in Louisville, Kentucky in a primarily residential neighborhood close to bus lines, shopping and entertainment. On- and off-campus housing and parking are plentiful. Multiple cultural and entertainment activities are available on campus and in the city. Bellarmine University is a member of NCAA Division II and fields athletic teams in 19 sports and has Division I Lacrosse. Public transportation and airline service in the area are excellent.
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