Briona Daugherty’s (MS-SLP ’22) speech-language pathology (SLP) path began on board a cruise ship. Daugherty graduated from San Diego State University with a bachelor’s degree in theatrical performance. She studied opera and musical theater, originally wanting to be a touring singer for Broadway-style shows. After spending time as a professional singer in Las Vegas and New York City, she began a career performing on cruise ships, including five years in China, Japan, Korea and Thailand. The longer she worked on cruise ships, the more she aided other vocalists in adjusting to life onboard. This included helping entertainment employees maintain their voices for more than two hours a night in a 2,000-seat theater. After witnessing Read more
Doctor of Physical Therapy Admission Requirements
Candidates must meet the following admission requirements in order to be considered for the Doctor of Physical Therapy program, whether the Residential or Flex DPT format.
Bachelor’s Degree: Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. You can apply while you are still enrolled in an undergraduate degree program or while you are completing prerequisite coursework. You should submit a plan of study with your application that indicates all remaining courses that will be completed prior to program enrollment.
GRE: An official GRE score report sent directly to the University from ETS is required. The test must have been taken within the past five (5) years. A combined minimum GRE score of 294 for the verbal and quantitative sections is recommended. The analytical writing score is also evaluated. Candidates who have previously earned a master’s degree are exempt from the GRE requirement.
- When applying for our DPT programs, use PTCAS. The University’s GRE institutional code number is 2209.
Resume: Include a current resume or curriculum vitae with your application.
Statement of Purpose: Include a short statement of why you wish to pursue physical therapy as a career and what attracts you to the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences.
Prerequisites: Admissions recommends that all prerequisite course work be no more than 5 years old. This is a recommendation and is preferred, it is not a requirement to apply. Click the box below to see which physical therapy school requirements you may still need to earn.
All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of “C” (2.0) or better.
|Required Prerequisite Courses|
|General or Upper Level Chemistry with Lab||8||12|
|General or Upper Level Physics with Lab|
Biomechanics or Anatomical Kinesiology can be substituted for one course
|General or Upper Level Biology|
Must be Human Based Biology; knowledge of human body, structure and function. Exercise Physiology can be substituted for one course.
|General or Upper Level Human Anatomy & Physiology with Lab|
Knowledge of human body, structure and function
Any combination of Psychology, Sociology, Sociocultural/Socioeconomic, Anthropology, Human Behavior and Development, Public Health, Humanities (must show human relationships), Ethnicity, Gender Studies, Statistics or Nutrition courses can be used toward this requirement.
|Human Growth and Development over Lifespan*|
Human or lifespan development course that includes motor and psychosocial development from birth through end of life.
*May be substituted with Abnormal Psychology or other acceptable Psychology course for Fall 2022 applicants.
Medical terminology is language used to precisely describe the human body including its components, processes, conditions affecting it, and procedures performed upon it. Medical terminology is used in the field of medicine. Applicants may complete the requirement through CEU credit with certificate of completion or transcript, standard credit bearing course with transcript or course completed through USAHS (online & free of charge) and provide evidence of completion.
Misrepresentation of Academic Credentials
Misrepresentation of academic credentials includes presenting information known as false and with the intent of obtaining employment or admission to an educational program at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. Statements made and documents supplied by University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences applicants and students must be complete and accurate. The university will not tolerate any misrepresentation by a student or applicant of past or current academic programs, degrees, or professional accomplishments. If unexplained discrepancies appear between statements or documents provided to University of St. Augustine and information obtained otherwise, except in the case of misspellings and other such inadvertent errors, applicants may be rejected for admission and enrolled students may be dismissed.
- A minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 calculated on program prerequisites is preferred; however, the grade trend of the applicant will be considered.
- A total of two (2) references from the following: Two licensed physical therapists (preferred) or one physical therapist and one faculty member or academic advisor.
- A minimum of 80 volunteer or observation experience hours (volunteer hours, work hours, observation hours, etc.) in a physical therapy setting is required.
- A comprehensive background check requiring fingerprints and drug screen will be administered during the admissions process.