Physical Therapy School Category: Physical Therapy Programs
General Program Description
The doctoral program is a 4+3 curriculum, requiring completion of a baccalaureate degree prior to entering the professional sequence. The baccalaureate degree can be in any major but completion of pre-requisite courses is required. The program will begin in the summer semester and conclude with the spring semester of the third year with graduation in May. Students will average 12 credits per semester. The total number of credits for the program is 99. Students will be in class 4-6 hours per day.
Second year students will complete an on-site part-time directed clinical experience prior to off site clinical assignments in the third year. The third year students will complete an 8 week clinical experience in the summer, two 8 week clinical experiences in the fall and a final 12 week internship in the spring in off campus clinical facilities.
There are twelve full-time and 2 part-time faculty members. Of the full-time faculty six hold post-professional doctoral degrees, five are certified as clinical specialists and most are engaged in clinical practice. Over the past 3 years, the faculty has averaged six publications in peer-reviewed journals. The faculty to student ratio is 1:11.
The University has over 34,000 students enrolled. The physical therapy program accepts up to 40 students from over 150 qualified applicants. Presently, approximately 80% of the students enrolled in the department are Texas residents.
A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of course work toward bachelor’s degree and a minimum GRE score of 150 V, 145 Q is preferred for admission to the Graduate College. The average GRE of admitted students is 1110 (verbal 500, quantitative, 600). The mean overall GPA is 3.60 and the mean science GPA is 3.6. Prerequisites include 8 semester hours in each: chemistry and physics; 4 semester hours in each: anatomy and physiology, and exercise physiology or advanced human physiology; and 3 semester hours in each: general psychology, developmental or abnormal psychology, statistics, and medical terminology. Pre-requisite courses must be completed before entering the program. Application deadline to the Graduate School and the Department of Physical Therapy is October 15th each year. 48% of qualified applicants are admitted to the program (3 year average).
100% of admitted students graduate from the program (3-year average). The licensure rate is 100% for graduates (3-year average). There is 100% employment of those choosing to be employed (3-year average)
Tuition, fees and financial aid
The average cost of tuition and fees for the 2012-2013 academic year is ~$4,300 per semester for residents and ~$8,500 per semester for nonresidents. Seventy-five percent of the physical therapy students receive some type of financial aid. For specific information about financial aid, contact the Texas State University Financial Aid Office.
TX State is a member of the Texas State University System. The university has an enrollment of more than 38,000 students. Located at the edge of the Texas Hill Country, Texas State enjoys a setting that is unique among Texas universities. The beauty of the San Marcos River and the many sprawling cypress and pecan trees on campus add to the charm of this picturesque setting. San Marcos is located 30 miles south of Austin and 50 miles north of San Antonio but has managed to retain the charm of a smaller community, and Texas State University-San Marcos still has a real university atmosphere-a place where faculty and students take the processes of teaching and learning seriously. Intercollegiate athletics include baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, soccer, tennis, track, and volleyball. There are many cultural, recreational, and entertainment activities available in the area. Major medical centers and other academic institutions, located in Austin and San Antonio, are within a 1-hour drive.
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