NSU HPD Catalog 2021-2022

422 Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences—Department of Physical Therapy are also eligible with review of academic credentials by an appropriate agency and a review of TOEFL, IELTS, or (PTEAcademic) scores, when appropriate. Applicants also need to have a minimum of three years of clinical experience as a physical therapist before starting the program. 2. Selection of students for the physical therapy Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program is based on prior academic performance, clinical experience, and references. We seek students who have qualities such as assertiveness, initiative, leadership, self-understanding, openness, strong communication skills, and who are critical thinkers. Students must also be motivated and self-directed. 3. Applicants must hold either a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy with a master’s or doctoral degree, an entry-level master’s degree (e.g., M.S.P.T., M.P.T.), or an entry-level doctoral degree (D.P.T.) in physical therapy. 4. Completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with writing component is required. Computer Requirements All students are required to have a computer capable of running the required software for the Ph.D. in Physical Therapy program. This includes, but is not limited to, Microsoft Office, web browser, and videoconferencing. Application Procedures Applicants must submit 1. a completed application form along with a nonrefundable application fee of $50 2. official transcripts from all under graduate, professional, and graduate institutions attended, sent directly to Nova Southeastern University Enrollment Processing Services Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences Physical Therapy Department Admissions 3301 College Avenue, P.O. Box 299000 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33329-9905. 3. three letters of evaluation from individuals who can evaluate the applicant’s performance as a physical therapist and/or the applicant’s capability for doctoral studies (At least one reference should come from a faculty member of a physical therapy school with a terminal research doctoral degree.) 4. official GRE scores and TOEFL, IELTS, or (PTE-Academic), scores, if appropriate As our health care delivery systems change and our knowledge base broadens, it becomes important for licensed physical therapists to continue their formal education to assume roles as consultants, educators, researchers, and health care leaders. The Department of Physical Therapy at NSU offers the Doctor of Philosophy Program to address these needs by offering a curriculum that will prepare its students to become leaders of the profession. CurriculumOverview The Doctor of Philosophy in Physical Therapy (Ph.D.) degree program is taught in a distance/hybrid education format. Sixty semester hours are required beyond the entry-level master’s or doctoral degree in physical therapy or beyond an advanced master’s degree (in which the undergraduate or master’s degree was in physical therapy). Expected Outcomes of Student Learning Graduates of the program will be able to • serve as change agents in health care organizations • a ddress health care issues of patients through the life span • e ducate patients, students, peers and other health care providers in order to accomplish treatment goals and the goals of the program • consult with organizations for the development of health care services. • contribute to physical therapy practice through educational, translational, and clinical research • c ritically appraise the evidence from scientific literature, synthesize findings across studies, and draw appropriate inferences based on current knowledge • formulate study questions that will advance scientific knowledge about topics of importance • ensure that the study meets accepted standards for the use of human subjects and ensures the responsible conduct of research in design, implementation, and dissemination Admissions Requirements 1. Applicants must be licensed physical therapists who are graduates of schools accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). Graduates of physical therapy schools in other countries Doctor of Philosophy in Physical Therapy (Ph.D.)