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Type of program:

Entry-Level Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

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Length of program:

3 years full-time

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Proposed start date:

Summer 2021

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Priority Application Deadline:

October 1, 2020

ACHE PT Advantage

  • Our leadership and faculty
  • State-of-the-art facilities
  • Student-centered learning and activities
  • Interprofessional collaborative learning
  • Team-based learning
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Application Criteria and Selection Factors:

In reviewing applications for interview selection and acceptance, we evaluate many factors that help us examine the qualities that you bring to our program.  Those factors include but are not limited to:

  • Academic background
  • Understanding of the role of the PT
  • Minimum of two letters of reference*
  • Community service
  • Other life experiences and extracurricular activities
  • Submission of CASPer (situational judgement test)
  • Applicant’s personal interview

*Letters of reference can come from faculty in previous higher-ed experience, physical therapists, employers, etc.  Substitutions can be taken on a case by case basis.

Admissions Requirements

  • Applicants must earn a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Official transcript from each college/university previously attended must be submitted
  • Achieve a minimum 3.0 GPA in the most recent 60 credit hours of coursework
  • Achieve a minimum of 3.0 GPA in required coursework
  • Complete all the prerequisite courses:
    (all prerequisite science courses should be for science majors)
    • Biology (8 credit hours)
    • Chemistry (8 credit hours)
    • Anatomy & Physiology (8 credit hours)
    • Physics (8 credit hours)
    • Psychology (3 credit hours)
  • Additional Recommended Courses:  These courses are not required but may contribute to success in physical therapy education.
    • Biomechanics
    • Exercise Physiology
    • Statistics
    • Medical Terminology

 

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Graduation from a physical therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone; 703-706-3245; accreditation@apta.org is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.

Arkansas Colleges of Health Education, School of Physical Therapy, is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist education program from CAPTE. On June 1, 2020, the program submitted an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the professional phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in professional courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.

The Arkansas Colleges of Health Education is a private, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) institution. Arkansas Colleges of Health Education admits students of any race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religion, national origin, age, disability, or veterans’ status.