I have already graduated and am having a hard time finding an Exercise Physiology course, what can I do?
Is there a supplemental application or fee to complete after I submit my application via PTCAS? Where can I find the link?
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.
100 hours of observing/shadowing a physical therapist are required. We also require that observation/job shadowing be completed at a minimum of 3 different settings (with a minimum of 16 hours in at least three settings). Additional hours in other settings may be provided (whether they total more than 16 hours/setting or not) once this minimum is achieved.
International students are required to complete all prerequisite work at a regionally 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 be 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 or friends, 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 cannot 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 academic 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 completed before that fall term starts. So, to apply to the Fall 2016 deadline (to enter the program during the Fall 2017 term) you must have completed or plan to complete all prerequisites by December 2016. So that each student is considered equitably, there are NO EXCEPTIONS to this policy. Emails and phone calls asking for exceptions will not receive a response.
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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 courses 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 cannot 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 is- 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
These are other some online Exercise Physiology Courses that will meet this requirement:
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).
NC State University
University of New Mexico
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.
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.
Yes. The Division of Physical Therapy offers information sessions throughout the summer beginning in May. We are not able to offer any individual tours. For information on dates and to sign up-click here.
16. Is there a supplemental application or fee to complete after I submit my application via PTCAS? Where can I find the link?
For the 2016-17 application, you must complete a supplemental application and pay both the PTCAS fee and additional UNC fee. This link will be emailed to you within 3-4 business days after you submit your application to UNC via PTCAS. The supplemental application will require you to answer state-mandated questions about military service, community standards, and residency (for those who wish to claim NC residency for tuition purposes).
For questions regarding admissions contact the Division of Physical Therapy at firstname.lastname@example.org.