The Department of Physical Therapy began in January of 2011. Effective May 12, 2020, the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education elevated our status to approved for accreditation.
The Department currently consists of internationally renowned faculty and the world-class Human Biomechanics and Physiology Laboratory (HBAPL). The HBAPL houses our clinical entity: Targeted Enhanced Athletic Movement(TEAM). TEAM translates the evidence produced by the HBAPL and by other scientists from around the globe into the clinical practice of injury prevention, athletic development, and rehabilitation. We are growing rapidly driven by an innovative vision so please visit with us regularly as we continue our exciting journey.
The High Point University Department of Physical Therapy will be a student-centered, community-engaged, globally-involved educational, research, and clinical leader dedicated to the improvement of health and well-being through the advancement of knowledge in rehabilitation science and the practice of physical therapy.
The mission of the Department of Physical Therapy is to promote excellence in clinical practice by:
· Recruiting and developing leaders within the health professions who actively engage in meaningful interdisciplinary educational, research, or clinical experiences.
· Creating autonomous, ethical, and compassionate evidence-based clinicians and scientists who maximize the quality of life in the communities they serve
As a Department, we are committed to applying these values in all interactions as we strive to accomplish our mission.
|Required Courses||Credit Hours|
Human (preferred) or Vertebrate Anatomy (lecture and lab)
Human (preferred) or Vertebrate Physiology (lecture and lab)
Biology I and II sequence (lecture and lab)
Chemistry I and II sequence (lecture and lab)
Physics I and II sequence (lecture and lab)
Statistics (Biostatistics preferred)
Psychology (Abnormal and Developmental Psychology recommended)
Pre-requisite courses must have been taken within 7 years of application deadline and no single class can satisfy more than one pre-requisite. Generally, GPAs and Natural Science (Chemistry, Biology, Physics) GPAs above 3.0 are recommended.
Applicants who have more than 2 prerequisites to complete at the time of application will not be considered for admission.
The High Point University DPT program does NOT accept transfer credits from other physical therapy programs.
Credential Evaluation (if applicable): For all work completed in a college or university outside the United States, a detailed credential evaluation (showing English translation of courses, grades, GPA, degree equivalency, and more) must be sent directly to the Graduate Admissions Office of High Point University from an appropriate agency.
GRE scores are required for admission. GRE scores must be submitted to the program (through PTCAS) from ETS and must have been completed within 5 years of application to the DPT program. High Point University’s Department of Physical Therapy GRE code is 7368. There is no minimum requirement for GRE scores, but verbal and quantitative section scores at the 40th percentile or higher are strongly recommended.
There is no minimum requirement for volunteer/work hours. 100 hours of volunteer time or paid work in varied PT practice is recommended.
Provide three letters of reference with one from a PT and one from a professor required; the third is your choice (not a friend or family member).
High Point University’s Department of Physical Therapy looks for more in future students than exam scores and grades. HPU DPT students must have the ability to interact and communicate with others, develop relationships, and carry themselves in a professional manner. Interviews are required for admission. These interviews happen in small groups on a rolling basis throughout the fall and winter. Interviews may happen in an in-person or virtual setting.
The candidate must have completed all pre-requisites, have earned a minimum of a bachelors degree from an accredited college or university or its equivalent, passed a background and sex offender check, passed a drug screen, confirmed that they meet the technical standards, and completed all application materials. Failure to pass these background checks or to meet the technical standards will not allow you to successfully complete the program and therefore, entry into the program would not be prudent.
Technical Standards for Admission
Enrollment in the DPT Program assumes certain essential cognitive, emotional, and technical skills. In addition to the academic admissions requirement, the Essential Technical Standards delineate the abilities and skills that degree candidates must possess to engage safely and competently in required learning activities. Overall, the purpose of technical standards are to delineate the skills deemed essential for continuation in and completion of the educational program. Technical standards are necessary to identify and communicate specific expectations for student performance in the academic and clinical environments. Reflected in the standards are those behaviors, knowledge, and skills that degree candidates must possess to engage safely and competently in required learning activities and in clinical practice to ensure the well-being of the patient/client, self, and others.
Skills fundamental to physical therapist practice and to the curriculum of the HPU DPT Program include but are not limited to the following:
A candidate must consistently demonstrate professional behaviors in interactions with patients, clients, families, caregivers, health care providers, students, faculty, consumers, and payers. The faculty of the HPU DPT program recognizes its responsibility to develop candidates in the DPT program with appropriate professional behaviors and it is the expectation that candidates possess the ability to self-reflect, assess, and implement feedback and plans for professional growth and development.
The ability to observe is required to for lectures, demonstrations, and laboratories. A candidate must be able to observe patients accurately and completely both at a distance and up close noting both nonverbal as well as verbal signals. A candidate must display sufficient vision, hearing, and touch to detect patient needs in a busy clinical environment.
Candidates should possess the ability to express and receive all types of communication including verbal, nonverbal, and written that meet the needs of the target audience including patients and their caregivers. Candidates should convey both compassion and empathy both verbally and nonverbally. Communication in oral, written, and electronic form with the health care team must be effective, efficient, and timely.
Cognitive, integrative abilities
Problem solving and critical thinking is a crucial component of an effective physical therapist. Candidates should possess the ability to problem solve, analyze, and synthesize large bodies of knowledge in the basic, clinical, and behavioral sciences at a level deemed appropriate by faculty and CAPTE in a timely manner. Candidates must be able to organize, prioritize, and evaluate and synthesize information in an efficient and timely manner as warranted based upon patient presentation
A candidate should have sufficient motor function to elicit information from patients via palpation, auscultation, percussion, and other examination tests. Candidates must demonstrate the strength, mobility, balance, fine motor coordination, endurance, perceptual, and sensory capabilities sufficient to provide physical therapy services to any adult or pediatric patient, including heavy or immobile patients. Candidates must demonstrate sufficient motor function to perform emergency procedures when required.
Behavioral and Social Skills
A candidate must have the emotional health to full use his or her intellectual ability, exercise good judgment, and complete all responsibilities pursuant to the educational process and to the care of patients. A candidate must be able to tolerate physically, emotionally, and mentally demanding workloads. A candidate must possess the ability to establish professional relationships, based on mutual trust, with all individuals of the learning and working community from a variety of backgrounds, ages, and needs. A candidate must demonstrate tolerance, altruism, honesty, empathy, integrity, respect for self and others, diligence, interest, and motivation during interactions in both the classroom and clinical settings. A candidate must demonstrate the ability to cope and adjust to recurrent stresses, which are inherent in clinical practice.
|PT 7010||Movement Science I||3|
|PT 7020||Cardiovascular and Pulmonary (CVP) I||4|
|PT 7040||Foundational Clinical Skills||2|
|PT 7080||Independent Study I||1-3*|
|PT 7090||Professional Ethics and Values I||2|
|Fall Semester I|
|PT 7081||Independent Study II||1-3*|
|PT 7170||Dry Needling and Modalities||3|
|PT 7280||Evidence-Based Practice I||2|
|PT 7510||Movement Science II||3|
|PT 7520||Cardiovascular and Pulmonary II||4|
|PT 7600||Musculoskeletal I||4|
|PT 7810||Clinical Pathology||2|
|Spring Semester I|
|PT 7050||Local Clinical Experience I||3|
|PT 7082||Independent Study III||1-3*|
|PT 7180||Typical Development and Aging||2|
|PT 7480||Neuroscience I||2|
|PT 7610||Musculoskeletal II||4|
|PT 8400||Selective I||2|
|Summer Semester II|
|PT 7060||Community Outreach I||3|
|PT 7083||Independent Study IV||1-3*|
|PT 7580||Neuroscience II||2|
|PT 7590||Clinical Management and Documentation||2|
|PT 7680||Evidence-Based Practice II||2|
|PT 7770||Pain Science||3|
|Fall Semester II|
|PT 7084||Independent Study V||1-3*|
|PT 7550||Local Clinical Experience II||3|
|PT 7560||Community Outreach II||2|
|PT 7690||Interprofessional Communication and Practice||1|
|PT 8380||Adult Neurorehabilitation||4|
|PT 8410||Selective II||2|
|Spring Semester II|
|PT 7085||Independent Study VI||1-3*|
|PT 8060||Community Outreach III||2|
|PT 8070||Regional to Global Treatment||3|
|PT 8075||Orthotics and Prosthetics||2|
|PT 8160||Primary Care||4|
|PT 8490||Medically Complex Patients||4|
|Summer Semester III|
|PT 7086||Independent Study VII||1-3*|
|PT 8050||Local Clinical Experience III||6|
|PT 8090||Professionalism and Leadership III||3|
|PT 8110||Integumentary and Specialty Practice||4|
|PT 8420||Selective III||2|
|Fall Semester III|
|PT 7087||Independent Study VIII||1-3*|
|PT 8900||Terminal Clinical Experience I||12|
|Spring Semester III|
|PT 8910||Terminal Clinical Experience II||12|
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