I have already graduated and am having a hard time finding an Exercise Physiology course, what can I do?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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?
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.
These are other some online Exercise Physiology Courses that will meet this requirement:
NC State University
University of New Mexico
PT 351 Clinical Exercise Physiology
University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
BIOL 3300: Exercise Physiology
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.
The Division of Physical Therapy holds in-person information sessions in the summers. These are normally on alternating Fridays, from 1:30 to 3:30 beginning in late May ending in early August. We have not finalized the schedule for our 2014 sessions at this time. If you would like to be notified when those sessions are set up, please provide your information using the online questionnaire linked below. This will allow us to email you with important updates and deadlines.