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We only accept students one time per year. Students who are accepted during the spring semester will start in late August of each year.
We will take up to 34 students but normally we accept 32 students each year.
On average, we have 250 students to apply each year.
No, Emory & Henry College is a private institution. Therefore, we do not give preference to Virginia residents.
The average GRE score is 306 for the class starting in August of 2016.
The average overall GPA of our students starting the program in August of 2016 is a 3.21 and pre-requisite GPA is a 3.26.
We accept a Bachelor's degree from any accredited college or university, regardless of your major, as long as you complete our specific prerequisites. The Bachelor's degree that you choose will not affect your admission’s process. However, some degrees encompass our prerequisites more than others and some degrees prepare you more appropriately for the Physical Therapy Program curriculum. Some suggested degrees are Biology, Nutrition, Pre-Physical Therapy or Pre-Health Sciences, Exercise Science and Athletic Training.
There are 47 credits of prerequisite courses which includes:
Some higher-level (sophomore and above) human biology courses (not plants) may be accepted in place of the General biology courses, but they must have a lab component to those courses.
Yes, we accept Organic Chemistry as a prerequisite for Chemistry as long as it accompanies a lab.
We include all of the pre-requisite science coursework grades into your pre-requisite GPA if you repeated a course more than once.
Yes. For instance, if an applicant takes General Biology I as a freshman and gets a C, but then takes Microbiology as a sophomore or above and gets an A, then the Microbiology course grade would be substituted for the General Biology I grade in the pre-requisite GPA calculation. A review of all transcripts is done on the applicant to determine such substitutions on a case-by-case basis.
At the time of the application deadline, you can have 3 pre-requisite courses remaining to be completed in the fall, spring and summer terms prior to commencement of the program in August of each year. If your institution separates your science lecture course from the lab component, that will count as one course deficiency at the time of application and not 2.
We do accept science classes that have been taken on-line, but labs with science course must be in-person, face to face. NO on-line labs are accepted.
We accept course work from both two and four year institutions; however, a conferred bachelor's degree is required prior to commencement of the program.
This will be addressed on a case-by-case basis depending on the circumstances of the applicant. This will be determined by the Admissions Committee after you submit your application to PTCAS. Coursework in the basic sciences is usually requested to be no more than 5 years old.
If you are in doubt, please submit an electronic copy of the course syllabus, which should include the course description to Tracie Rinehardt. She will submit the syllabus for review and comparison to the appropriate faculty member. She will contact you to advise you of the results of the review in a timely manner.
All transcripts are submitted to PTCAS
We require three reference letters. One reference letter MUST be from licensed a physical therapist that has observed you during your 40 hours of observation. One must be from a professor or instructor familiar with your academic work. The third can be from multiple accepted sources (see PTCAS website).
This form is located within the PTCAS application and should be submitted to PTCAS.
Please use ETS code 1613 to submit your official GRE scores to Emory & Henry College.
We do not “super-score” multiple GRE results. We will take the highest combined (verbal and quantitative) scores from one testing session. For example: if you take the GRE in July and score 153 on verbal and 148 on quantitative for a total of 301 and then you retake the GRE in September and score 152 on verbal and 154 on quantitative for a total of 306, we will take the 306 score. Since we also consider the analytical score in our review process, we would take the analytical score that accompanies your highest combined GRE score. In this example, the analytical score we would use in our application review would be the one on the GRE in which you scored a 306.
Emory & Henry College will only accept valid official GRE results that have been completed within the past 5 years.
No. If you have previously submitted your GRE scores to Emory & Henry College, then the Graduate Admissions office will maintain the official scores on file for five years from the test date.
The last acceptable date to sit for the GRE is September 2016.
The program is highly competitive receiving close to 280 applications during last year’s application cycle. Of the application pool, approximately 120 were be invited to the campus for an interview. A maximum of 34 students are admitted each year but usually it will be 32. Applicants must meet all requirements in order to be a strong candidate. The Admissions Committee will take into account a combination of your GPA, GRE score, including analytical writing, breadth of physical therapy healthcare experiences, commitment to serving the underserved, leadership responsibilities and/or civic engagement to determine if you qualify for an on-site interview.
Yes, on-site interviews are required for the program. If an applicant is unable to make the interview date provided, we work with the applicant to find a suitable date for both the program Admission Committee members and the applicant can make.
We try to conduct our interviews in early December up through mid-January. If invited for an on-site interview, you will receive a notification time frame with more detail regarding this on the day of the interview.
Current tuition cost for the DPT program is $33,000/year (equally divided over 3 semesters at $11,000/semester). There will be no additional lab or courses fees applied to the program. Financial Aid is available. You must complete the FAFSA form for each academic year. For more information on Financial Aid please visit ehc.edu/aid.
Each applicant's grade/GPA calculation is considered on an individual basis. Once you submit your application through PTCAS, the Admissions Committee will consider all undergraduate and post-graduate coursework towards the GPA calculation of your overall GPA and your Prerequisite GPA. One section of the PTCAS application provides you an opportunity to further explain any extenuating circumstances regarding your academic performance in a given semester or year. With the number of applicants growing each year, it will be unlikely that we will be able to consider applicants whose GPAs do not meet the minimums stated.
We currently do not require a minimum GRE score but an overall minimum GRE score of 300 is recommended and a 3.5 analytical writing score.
Yes. This is required to determine if there may be any potential legal issues towards the end of the program, which may cause difficulty with allowing you to sit for a licensure exam in any state once you have completed the program. In addition, the majority of clinical sites require background checks for students to participate in clinical education. Information is provided to accepted/deposited students regarding procedures for this process.
Observation hours need to be documented on the form within the PTCAS application. These hours should be completed and recorded as of the date you apply. This needs to be a numerical number. We will not accept documentation of observation hours such as “2 semesters” or “still observing.” You need to have a minimum of 40 hours of observation completed at the time you apply. You can continue observation after our application deadline for experiences and to gain further knowledge into the various settings in which physical therapy is practiced. You just need the documented 40 hours at the time of application. This form can be found within the PTCAS application.
The evaluation system (point system) established by the Admissions Committee does allow for extra points to be given to graduates from Emory & Henry. However, we do not give points if family members attended Emory & Henry College when the applicant did not.
You can contact Tracie Rinehardt, Coordinator of Admissions for the E&H School of Health Sciences at (276) 944-6791.