Admissions Frequently Asked Questions

Can I take classes at a community college? Are online courses acceptable?
How many volunteer hours do I need to qualify for admission?
I am an international student who would like to study Physical Therapy at UNC, what can I do?
Who can write my letters of recommendation?
Is there a part-time program for Physical Therapy?
What is the preferred undergraduate major for Physical Therapy?
Can I make a substitution for a prerequisite course?
What happens if I have not completed all the prerequisites?
What are the costs for the program?
What is the average GPA?
How do I know if my prerequisites are acceptable?
I received AP credit for a class on the prerequisite list, will this class still count?
I have already graduated and am having a hard time finding an Exercise Physiology course, what can I do?
Is there a time limit for prerequisites?
Do you have information sessions that I can attend?

1. Can I take classes at a community college? Are online classes acceptable?


We accept credits from any regionally accredited school in the US or Canada, whether in-person or online. The grade received is far more important than the school attended. Community college or online courses tend to be more convenient for those who are working while completing their prerequisite work.  Taking community college or online courses will not diminish an applicant's chances of being accepted to our program. 

2. How many volunteer hours do I need to qualify for admission?


UNC does not require a specific amount of hours for volunteer work. Emphasis is placed on the applicant's ability to speak intelligently about what they've observed during those hours. Applicants are advised to job shadow/ volunteer at a number of different settings (ex. nursing homes, private practice clinics, out-patient rehab, etc.) to learn about the variations in these aspects of Physical Therapy.

3. I am an international student who would like to study Physical Therapy at UNC, what can I do?


International students are required to complete all prerequisite work at an accredited school in the US or Canada. They are also required to take the GRE to be considered for admissions.

4. Who can write my letters of recommendation?


There are no specifications for the letters of recommendation. One must written by a licensed Physical Therapist. Applicants should pick those who know them best and can speak to their capabilities. this does not include family members, but can include employers, supervisors, and those in advisory roles.

5. Is there a part-time program for Physical Therapy?


No, there is no part-time program offered at UNC. This is a very strenuous curriculum that is covered over 3 calendar years. Students are generally in class ~30-35 hours each week. Additional time is needed for group projects, lab review, and clinical practice.

6. What is the preferred undergraduate major for Physical Therapy?


There is no preferred undergraduate major for Physical Therapy. The only required work is the list of prerequisite courses. We are interested in a diverse applicant pool and consider students with a variety of undergraduate backgrounds.

7. Can I make a substitution for a prerequisite course?


General Biology, General Chemistry, Physics, and General Psychology can not be substituted as they are usually prerequisites for higher level courses. If there is a question in regards to course content, we ask that a copy of the course description be submitted. A decision will be rendered in a relatively quick amount of time.

Understand that the prerequisite courses have been established to ensure that every student has the basic foundation necessary to enter the program. Some classes are too broad and some are too narrow in their focus and content, and thus unacceptable substitutes. Also, know that major requirements are irrelevant to our prerequisite requirements. We will not make exceptions because of curriculum conflicts. It is the student's responsibility to make the necessary adjustments.

8. What happens if I have not completed all the prerequisites?


All prerequisites must be completed by the end of the fall semester in which you apply and seven of the nine prerequisites should be done before that fall term starts.  So, to apply during the fall 2014 term you must have completed or plan to complete all prerequisites by December 2014.  So that each student is considered equitably there are NO EXCEPTIONS to this policy.

9. What are the costs for the program?


Click here (page 5) for tuition and fees for both in-state and out of state. Tuition is subject to change every year based on recommendations submitted by the board of trustees and final decisions are made by the Legislature.

10. What is the average GPA?


Click here for the most recent admission statistics.

11. How do I know if my prerequisites are acceptable?


Please review the UNC course descriptions for the prerequisite courses. If the course description for your class is similar but the course has a different name, it is acceptable. You can also check the following equivalency list. It matches community college cou rses to UNC courses - https://admissions.unc.edu/files/2013/09/nccc_course_equivalency_list.pdf

12. I received AP credit for a class on the prerequisite list, will this class still count?


You will receive credit for that course; however, that course will not be considered in the GPA calculation.

13. I have already graduated and am having a hard time finding an Exercise Physiology course, what can I do?

Below are some options that previous students have found to complete this requirement.  This information may change at any time.  You will have to check with each institution about enrollment procedures.


The US Sports Academy also teaches an online course for Exercise Physiology that we will accept. The course call name and number are- SAR 520 Exercise Physiology. It can be found at www.ussa.edu. We will not accept CER 520. It is a continuing education course and inappropriate for prerequisite consideration.

UNC Chapel Hill Friday Center For Continuing Education

EXS 3321: Exercise Physiology (Self-Paced Course)

These are other some online Exercise Physiology Courses that will meet this requirement:

UCLA

PHYSCI X450 from UCLA's Extension courses (This course is on the quarter system and one class alone may not meet the credit hour requirements). 

https://www.uclaextension.edu/r/Course.aspx?reg=Y0699

NC State University

HESM 478-601 Exercise Physiology and Sports Science

Summer 2, 2014:

Fall 2014:

University of New Mexico

PT 351 Clinical Exercise Physiology

Concordia University – St Paul – has an online undergraduate degree in Exercise Science which includes an Exercise Physiology class.   You will need to contact that department to see if non-degree students can take the course.

http://www2.csp.edu/scs/

14. Is there a time limit for prerequisites?


There are no time limits for prerequisite courses; however, it is advised that you audit a course that was taken more than 10 years ago.

Note:  please be sure to read this and the Frequently Asked Questions page thoroughly before contacting us with questions.  A vast majority of your questions are answered on these two pages.  Many prospective applicants email us wanting "confirmation" that the information provided on these pages is accurate or asking questions that are already answered.

15.   Do you have information sessions I can attend?

Yes.   The Division of Physical Therapy is not able to offer individual tours.  But we do  hold information sessions in the summer beginning in May.   All of our sessions for the remainder of 2014 are full.   We will offer additional sessions beginning next May.

 

For questions regarding admissions contact the Division of Physical Therapy at .