The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey High School Students Interested in Physical Therapy Early Admission DESCRIPTION • Physical therapy is a health profession devoted to human health and function. Physical therapy improves and maintains an individual’s ability to move and assists in the prevention of movement disorders. Go to www.apta.org to learn more about the profession. • Physical therapy students at Stockton complete an undergraduate degree (typically a Bachelor of Science in Biology) and a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT). Students who enroll as freshmen typically complete both degrees in 6 years of full-time study. • Students can be accepted into the DPT Program from high school, as an undergraduate, or as a graduate with a baccalaureate degree. • Physical therapy is a rigorous program and admission is highly competitive. Successful applicants have a strong academic background, demonstrate an aptitude for the sciences, investigate the profession, and have a strong non-academic background such as extracurricular activities. ADMISSION • Stockton’s DPT program is a doctoral program and is among the most highly selective in a college or university setting. Admission is very competitive and depends on the qualifications of the applicants in a given year. Minimally, to be considered as an EAS, the applicant must be a high school senior in the top 10% of his/her class with an SAT score of 1180 or higher; however, the profile of the admitted student typically exceeds minimum requirements. The SAT scores of EAS who enrolled as freshmen at RSC was as follows: Students enrolled in the Fall 2008 semester average SAT score = 1269 Students enrolled in the Fall 2009 semester average SAT score = 1263 • Applicants must have completed 4 years of English, 3 years of science, and 3 years of mathematics prior to being enrolled at Stockton. • Students must complete both a Stockton undergraduate admissions application and an Early Admission Student application to the DPT program. The Early Admission Student Application will be sent to students who meet the above-mentioned criteria. The DPT Program permits a maximum of 2 applications to the DPT Program, including an eligible EAS application. Students may be accepted to the College but must submit a separate EAS application by January 5th and will be considered thereafter. • Students will be notified of acceptance to the EAS DPT Program by mid-March of the semester prior to enrollment at Stockton and must respond to the College (Office of Enrollment Management) by April 15th (or later if selected from the EAS waiting list). PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS FOR EAS Accepted EAS students are conditionally admitted directly into the 3 + 3 (6-year) BS/DPT. EAS can choose any undergraduate major as long as he/she satisfactorily completes the requirements listed below and he/she completes the baccalaureate degree by the end of the spring semester of senior year. Most EAS students choose to major in Biology. 1. Freshman and Sophomore Years ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS • Grade Point Average (GPA): EAS must have an overall cumulative GPA of at least 3.3 at the end of the fall semester of their sophomore year. This GPA must represent the first three, consecutive full-time semesters at Stockton including a minimum of 48 credits of Stockton coursework. Transfer credits will also be included in the calculation of the GPA. This GPA must also include at least 5 of the 8 prerequisite science courses. Students must have an overall cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 at the end of sophomore year. • Prerequisite Courses: EAS must complete all prerequisite science courses by the end of the spring semester of sophomore year (four semesters or two years after beginning course work at Stockton). Students must receive a minimum grade of “C” in all prerequisite courses. The prerequisite courses, including laboratories, can only be letter grades. The DPT Program will accept advanced placement credits for prerequisite course(s) if they are accepted by the College. Online science prerequisite courses and laboratories will not be accepted. Prerequisite courses: • 1 year of biology with labs as BIOL 1100/BIOL 1105 or equivalent and BIOL1200/1205 or equivalent • 1 year of chemistry with labs as CHEM 2110/2115 or equivalent and CHEM,2120/2150 or equivalent • 1 year of physics with labs as PHYS 2110/2115 or equivalent and PHYS 2120/ 2125 or equivalent • 1 course in Anatomy with lab as BIOL 2150/ 2152 or equivalent AND 1 course in Physiology with lab as BIOL 2180/2185 or equivalent "or" 1 year of Anatomy/Physiology with labs. • Please note: The Biology program at Stockton will accept 1 course in Anatomy/ Physiology I with lab as a substitute for one course in Anatomy with lab, but the PT Program will not accept this substitute. For the PT Program, if you have completed Anatomy/Physiology I with lab, you must complete Anatomy/Physiology II with lab or Anatomy with lab and Physiology with lab. • General Psychology/Intro to Psychology as PSYC 1100 or equivalent • Credits: EAS must complete a minimum of 64 credits by the end of the spring semester of the sophomore year (four semesters or two years after beginning at Stockton). NON-ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS • Physical Therapy Experience: By December 15th of sophomore year (the end of the first three, consecutive, full time semesters at Stockton), each EAS is required to complete a minimum of 80 hours of paid and/or volunteer work in a physical therapy setting. This requirement may be fulfilled prior to beginning classes at Stockton, during the school year, or during the summer between freshman and sophomore years. EAS students will have a Verification of Work Experience Form completed as part of the EAS Report described in this handout. • Recommendation: At least one licensed physical therapist must complete a recommendation form. The recommendations must be deemed satisfactory by the DPT Admissions Committee. The recommendation form is part of the EAS Report. • Extra-Curricular Activities: EAS must be well-rounded future professionals. Therefore, EAS must demonstrate active participation in extra-curricular activities, i.e., Student Senate, service learning, charity and community work, intramural sports. By December 15th of sophomore year (the end of three, consecutive, full-time semesters at Stockton), EAS must submit a description of their ongoing and completed extra-curricular activities. • Conduct: EAS students must act ethically at all times and be void of any unethical and illegal behaviors, i.e., EAS students must adhere to the Campus Conduct Code and Off-Campus Actions and Behaviors Code. EAS REPORT • EAS must complete and submit the EAS Report by December 15th of the end of three, consecutive, full-time semesters. The Report form is available at the start of fall semester sophomore year in the Office of Health Sciences. It is the responsibility of the EAS to obtain the report and complete it by the deadline. NON-COMPLIANCE • It is the responsibility of the EAS to meet ALL the responsibilities as stated. Failure to meet any responsibilities will AUTOMATICALLY result in withdrawal of early admission status. A student who loses EAS status will be informed, in writing, and may apply to the DPT Program through the regular admissions process. 2. Junior Year • Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 at the end of junior year. • Students must enroll in courses that will permit them to complete a BA/BS degree at the end of senior year/DPT year 1. • Students may encounter insurmountable scheduling conflicts with required DPT courses during senior year/DPT year 1 and therefore must enroll in courses during the junior year that may pose a conflict. For example, Biology majors must complete a plants course, genetics, and a 3rd chemistry course prior to senior year/DPT year 1. 3. ”Senior” Year/ DPT Year #1, DPT Year #2, and DPT Year #3 • EAS students must meet ongoing DPT Program requirements as described in PT Program Policies and Procedures Manual and Graduate Bulletin.
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