Frequently Asked Questions

Clinical Education

1. Where do the clinical affiliations and 12 month internships take place?

Didactic Education

1. Where is the campus located?
2. How many credit hours is in the Army-Baylor University DPT Program? How can I learn more about the curriculum?

DPT Application Process

1. Can I apply online? Does your program use PTCAS?
2. Do you have brochures or pamphlets that you can mail out?
3. What is the schedule for the application cycle and class that is selected?
4. Will all applicants receive an interview and undergo military entrance physical examinations and background checks?
5. I'm an active duty service member, is the process of application different for me?

FAQs

1. I wonder if I'm even eligible, can I just send in a copy of my transcripts to the program?
2. Do I have to have a specific type of bachelor's degree from a specific major in order to apply to this program?
3. Are there waivers available for the minimum GPA and GRE scores if mine are below the minimum?
4. May I contact a current US Army-Baylor Univ DPT student by email with a question?
5. What kind of observation hours should I obtain and how should I document them?
6. I have an opportunity to join ROTC at my undergraduate institution. Is that type of experience helpful in becoming more competitive for this DPT Program?
7. I'm interested in learning more about the history of the US Army-Baylor University DPT Program.
8. Is this an accredited DPT program?
9. I have heard that it is required that applicants have PT observation hours experience in military or VA PT clinics, is that true?
10. I heard that students in this program must participate in a research project. Is that true?
11. Where will I reside while going through the program?

GRE

1. What are the minimum eligibility requirements for the GRE?
2. What if my GRE score is not at or above the minimum required for 1 or more categories?
3. What GRE code is associated with the program?
4. How long are GRE results valid?

Military Service Requirements and Experience

1. What will my service obligation be post-graduation?
2. I am interested in joining the Army and becoming an officer but would like more information.
3. Can I apply to the program as an active duty enlisted member?
4. What branch in the Army Medical Department (AMEDD) do Army physical therapists serve in?
5. What military rank will a student be when he/she enters the DPT program.
6. I'm on an ROTC scholarship and need to know if I will require an educational delay for this program.
7. What branch in the Navy do Navy physical therapists serve in?
8. I've never been in the military before, how many students in the program have prior military service and how many come from civilian life into the military to start the program?
9. What component of the Air Force do physical therapists serve in?
10. Do physical therapy students receive a salary during this DPT program?
11. Does the military help pay the tuition for the program?
12. I am a civilian, how can I prepare to become a military officer?
13. Upon graduation, can one serve in the Reserves or National Guard instead of active duty?
14. I believe I am academically eligible, but may not be eligible to join the military for other reasons. May I still enter this program if I am not eligible to join the military?
15. I am an active duty enlisted servicemember, NCO or officer with a stellar military record and am interested in becoming a PT. Does this help me gain acceptance into this program?

Prerequisite courses

1. I am not sure if one or more of my classes satisfies the prerequisite criteria for the 11 prerequisite courses, what should I do?
2. Is there a waiver available for prerequisite courses that surpass the 10 year time limit?
3. Do I have to take my prerequisite courses at a 4-year university?
4. For the 2017-2018 Admission Cycle, what is the time period in which prerequisite courses must be completed in order to be considered?




Clinical Education

1. Where do the clinical affiliations and 12 month internships take place?
Clinical affiliations occur during October through December of the first year in 2nd Semester and last approximately 6-8 weeks. Students train in either civilian or military PT clinics mostly in the Joint Base San Antonio area and surrounding communities. The 12-month clinical internship is 52 weeks of clinical training and takes place at Army and Air Force military facilities in the San Antonio Area, Naval Medical Center-San Diego, CR Darnall Army Medical Center at Ft Hood TX and at William Beaumont Army Medical Center at Ft Bliss TX. The clinical internship is the 4th Semester and the final phase of training prior to graduation.

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Didactic Education

1. Where is the campus located?
All didactic coursework takes place at the US Army Medical Department Center and School located at Joint Base San Antonio-Ft Sam Houston, TX.

2. How many credit hours is in the Army-Baylor University DPT Program? How can I learn more about the curriculum?
124 credit hours. You can review the curriculum on this website and also review our curriculum in the BU Graduate School Catalog. https://www.baylor.edu/graduate/index.php?id=858705
More Information: http://www.baylor.edu/graduate/pt/index.php?id=27030

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DPT Application Process

1. Can I apply online? Does your program use PTCAS?
We use PTCAS to process applications. Our program admission cycle is generally open first business day in July through the first business day in October (see https://www.baylor.edu/graduate/pt/index.php?id=27028 for cycle details). Please see https://www.baylor.edu/graduate/pt/index.php?id=27029 for admission requirements.
More Information: http://www.baylor.edu/graduate/pt/index.php?id=867472

2. Do you have brochures or pamphlets that you can mail out?
No. All program information is contained online. Prospective applicants, recruiters, counselors, and family members are encouraged to visit Ft Sam Houston TX and tour the DPT Program, call us, or email us at the program email link for specific questions you may have. usarmy.jbsa.medcom-ameddcs.mbx.army-baylor-dpt-program@mail.mil

3. What is the schedule for the application cycle and class that is selected?
The Admission Cycle will be from JUL through OCT 2017. Applicants selected for interviews will be contacted by 1 NOV 2017. The selection board meets in FEB 2018. Selected applicants will be notified in MAR 2018. Civilian applicants selected to the program will receive orders to enter military service in JUN/JUL 2018, begin initial entry training in SEP 2018, DPT Orientation (Ft Sam Houston) is in DEC for all selected students, and the program officially begins in JAN 2019 and lasts 30 months, graduating in AUG 2021.

4. Will all applicants receive an interview and undergo military entrance physical examinations and background checks?
No. Applicants will be contacted if they are selected for an interview and if they will undergo complete military entrance processing to be conducted by a local recruiting station nearby where they live in accordance with US Army Recruiting Command regulations.

5. I'm an active duty service member, is the process of application different for me?
ALL applicants must meet all minimum academic eligibility requirements for GRE, GPA, observation hours and prerequisite coursework. Active duty service members will also need an approved conditional letter of release from their local chain of command in order to enter this program. Consult a US Army healthcare recruiter or unit S-1 on how to complete this letter.

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FAQs

1. I wonder if I'm even eligible, can I just send in a copy of my transcripts to the program?
Students and academic advisors at undergraduate institutions should fully review all prerequisites and eligibility requirements to determine eligibility. Please review transcripts and identify specific courses which have already been taken which may satisfy these prerequisites and mark them/ highlight them, then email the transcript to the program. If there is a course which you are not sure if it meets a prerequisite requirement, obtain the full course name, number and description and include that with your inquiry. Again, you should be sending us a PDF copy of a transcript showing all courses you have taken, with prerequisites marked. We do not accept online "lab" courses to satisfy our prerequisite requirements. Lab courses for Anatomy, Biology, Physics and Chemistry must be "in person." Program email: usarmy.jbsa.medcom-ameddcs.mbx.army-baylor-dpt-program@mail.mil
More Information: http://www.baylor.edu/graduate/pt/index.php?id=27029

2. Do I have to have a specific type of bachelor's degree from a specific major in order to apply to this program?
No. Applicants come from a variety of majors. As long as an applicant has a bachelor's degree and has completed all 11 prerequisite courses, and meets all other eligibility requirements, then they are eligible to apply.
More Information: http://www.baylor.edu/graduate/pt/index.php?id=27029

3. Are there waivers available for the minimum GPA and GRE scores if mine are below the minimum?
Applicants are required to have a 3.25 Prerequisite GPA, 148 GRE Quantitative Reasoning score and 3.5 GRE Analytical Writing score to be eligible for admission. These requirements cannot be waived. We highly recommend applicants have a 3.25 cumulative undergraduate GPA and 152 GRE Verbal Reasoning score to be competitive. This is a competitive application process and higher GPA and GRE scores are generally more competitive.

4. May I contact a current US Army-Baylor Univ DPT student by email with a question?
In the subject line of an email message type "Prospective Applicant Question: LAST Name, FIRST Name." ---Email the message to: usarmy.jbsa.medcom-ameddcs.mbx.army-baylor-dpt-program@mail.mil. Program faculty and administrative staff will try to answer the question or ask a current student to answer the question.

5. What kind of observation hours should I obtain and how should I document them?
Applicants are required to obtain a minimum of 100 hours of experience in physical therapy clinics as either volunteers or employees. A memo, signed by a PT, stating the number of hours, the applicant's name, and the clinic site is sufficient to document observation hours. In-patient, out-patient, pediatrics, geriatrics, skilled nursing facilities, sports medicine settings, and neuro rehab are all recommended clinical settings. Applicants are encouraged to get experience in a variety of setttings. Applicants are also encouraged (not required) to obtain experience in a military or VA PT clinic.

6. I have an opportunity to join ROTC at my undergraduate institution. Is that type of experience helpful in becoming more competitive for this DPT Program?
Yes. Our program values ROTC experience in our applicants. The courses and leadership experiences which are a part of ROTC helps develop potential applicants into strong leaders.
More Information: http://www.goarmy.com/rotc.html

7. I'm interested in learning more about the history of the US Army-Baylor University DPT Program.

More Information: http://www.baylor.edu/graduate/pt/index.php?id=27031

8. Is this an accredited DPT program?
Yes. The US Army-Baylor University DPT Program has been accredited since January 1949.
More Information: http://www.capteonline.org/apta/directories/accreditedschools.aspx?navID=10737421958&site=capte&LOC=TX&STYPE=PT&ID=65FB29BD-DAC4-4E9B-A91F-EDD712231A6E

9. I have heard that it is required that applicants have PT observation hours experience in military or VA PT clinics, is that true?
No, it is not a requirement. All applicants are required to have 100 or more hours of PT clinic observation. It is recommended that these hours be conducted in a variety of PT clinical settings. It is also recommended that some of these hours be conducted in a military or VA PT clinic, if the applicant can accomplish that. Each applicant's observation hours are reviewed at the selection board and military PT clinic hours help convey the message to the selection board that the applicant is actively learning about physical therapy and, more specifically, military physical therapy.

10. I heard that students in this program must participate in a research project. Is that true?
Yes. Our program has courses in Research Methods I, and Research Methods II as well as courses in Evidence Based Practice. More information about our research program can be found at the link.
More Information: http://www.baylor.edu/graduate/pt/index.php?id=27033

11. Where will I reside while going through the program?
As a Commissioned Officer, you're authorized a monthly housing allowance (approx. $1750) referred to as basic allowance for housing (BAH). It is the student's responsibility to securing housing. The program is available for assistance if needed.

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GRE

1. What are the minimum eligibility requirements for the GRE?
Required: GRE Quantitative >=148 and GRE Analytical Writing >= 3.5 Combined score >= 300 Recommended: GRE Verbal>= 152

2. What if my GRE score is not at or above the minimum required for 1 or more categories?
We encourage you to study and retake the exam. Generally, higher scores are more competitive applicants. Selected applicants scored GRE Verbal average of 157, GRE Quantitative average of 156 and GRE analytical writing of 4.0.

3. What GRE code is associated with the program?
PTCAS GRE Code 7532 is our program code where your GRE scores can be sent.

4. How long are GRE results valid?
GRE scores are valid for five years.
More Information: https://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/faq/

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Military Service Requirements and Experience

1. What will my service obligation be post-graduation?
Upon completion of the 30 month US Army-Baylor University DPT program, you will begin to serve a 54 month Active Duty Service Obligation (ADSO).

2. I am interested in joining the Army and becoming an officer but would like more information.
There are several career fields available within the officer corps of the US Army. For more information, please visit GoArmy.com at the link.
More Information: http://www.goarmy.com/careers-and-jobs.html

3. Can I apply to the program as an active duty enlisted member?
Yes. Service members that are currently active duty enlisted or officers are eligible to apply as long as the DPT program eligibility requirements are met for having a bachelor's degree, 11 prerequisite courses, GRE, GPA, age, <7 years commissioned service (officers only) then you are eligible to apply. Please contact your USAREC healthcare recruiter assigned to the state where you are assigned for further information.

4. What branch in the Army Medical Department (AMEDD) do Army physical therapists serve in?
Army physical therapists serve in the Army Medical Specialist Corps (SP Corps) which is comprised of 4 specialties: occupational therapists (65A), physical therapists (65B), dietitians (65C), and physician assistants (65D).
More Information: http://www.goarmy.com/careers-and-jobs/amedd-categories/medical-specialist-corps-jobs.html

5. What military rank will a student be when he/she enters the DPT program.
Students entering the military from the civilian sector are commissioned at the paygrade of O-1, which is a Second Lieutenant (2LT) for Army and Air Force, or the rank of Ensign (ENS) if they are a Navy officer.
More Information: http://www.defense.gov/about/insignias/officers.aspx

6. I'm on an ROTC scholarship and need to know if I will require an educational delay for this program.
Scholarship ROTC applicants who are accepted into this program after receiving an educational delay during their Senior year should relinquish the educational delay because this is an active duty, direct commissioning program into the Army Medical Specialist Corps.

7. What branch in the Navy do Navy physical therapists serve in?
Navy physical therapist serve in the Medical Service Corps along with audiologists, podiatrists, physician assistants, social workers, psychologists and many others.
More Information: http://www.navy.com/careers/healthcare/clinical-care.html

8. I've never been in the military before, how many students in the program have prior military service and how many come from civilian life into the military to start the program?
About a third of students have prior service as enlisted or officers coming from active-duty or the reserve/national guard component. Two thirds of students come directly from civilian life into the military and begin the program.

9. What component of the Air Force do physical therapists serve in?
Air Force physical therapists serve as allied health providers in the Biomedical Science Corps (BSC) along with several other medical professionals such as physiologists, dietitians, health physicists, laboratory officers, and pharmacists.
More Information: http://www.airforce.com/healthcare/allied_health

10. Do physical therapy students receive a salary during this DPT program?
Yes. All students become military officers prior to starting the DPT program and receive a salary commensurate with the pay grade of O-1 (rank designation is service dependent. Prior service officer pay grades are determined based on current service regulations.

11. Does the military help pay the tuition for the program?
Yes.The uniformed services pay the tuition for the program and training is provided to selected applicants at no cost. The student does incur an active duty service obligation (ADSO) with their attendance in the program. The length of the ADSO is 54 months and begins the month that the individual completes the program.

12. I am a civilian, how can I prepare to become a military officer?
Officers must be physically fit and mentally well-prepared to begin this DPT program. Contact your local US Army Healthcare Recruiter, join ROTC, visit a local military installation and educate yourself about how an individual can prepare themselves to begin a military career.
More Information: http://www.goarmy.com/

13. Upon graduation, can one serve in the Reserves or National Guard instead of active duty?
No. Graduates from this program incur an active-duty service obligation and are required to serve on active-duty military service until that ADSO expires. Upon the expiration of the ADSO, graduates can separate from active duty and continue to serve in the reserve component. Many PTs choose to continue on active duty beyond their ADSO because of the excellent post-professional training opportunities offered to active duty physical therapists.

14. I believe I am academically eligible, but may not be eligible to join the military for other reasons. May I still enter this program if I am not eligible to join the military?
No. All applicants must meet both the minimum academic eligibility requirements and also the military eligibility requirements to join this program.

15. I am an active duty enlisted servicemember, NCO or officer with a stellar military record and am interested in becoming a PT. Does this help me gain acceptance into this program?
All applicants (military and civilian) must first meet the academic eligibility requirements--cumulative undergraduate GPA 3.25 or above, complete all prerequisite courses with GPA 3.25 or above, GRE quantitative 148 or above, GRE verbal 152 or above, GRE analytical writing 3.5 or above. Following this, the military record is reviewed including all evaluation reports, awards, leadership experience and documented potential for positions of greater responsibility.

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Prerequisite courses

1. I am not sure if one or more of my classes satisfies the prerequisite criteria for the 11 prerequisite courses, what should I do?
First, review the prerequisite courses listed and see what courses are allowed/not allowed as prerequisites. If you have taken a course and are still not sure if it would satisfy the prerequisite requirement, obtain the full course description from the course catalog published by the institution where you took the course and first discuss it with your academic advisor at your school to determine if it meets the prerequisite requirement. If you are still unsure, email the course number, course name, and the course description and the web link to the course catalog to our program email link. usarmy.jbsa.medcom-ameddcs.mbx.army-baylor-dpt-program@mail.mil. Applicants should highlight each course on their transcript that meets the prerequisite requirements and request an evaluation of their transcript to determine if they have met all prerequisite requirements.
More Information: http://www.baylor.edu/graduate/pt/index.php?id=27029

2. Is there a waiver available for prerequisite courses that surpass the 10 year time limit?
An applicant could request a waiver if prerequisite courses exceed 10 years old. However, the purpose of the time limit is to determine recent academic performance in courses relevant to physical therapy. If courses exceed 10 years, it is likely they have to be retaken.

3. Do I have to take my prerequisite courses at a 4-year university?
No. Prerequisite courses may be taken at an accredited college, university or community college. Lab courses for anatomy, biology, chemistry, and physics must be taken "in person" and not online. Courses in the social sciences such as psychology or sociology are acceptable if they are taken online.

4. For the 2017-2018 Admission Cycle, what is the time period in which prerequisite courses must be completed in order to be considered?
Prerequisite courses must not be older than 10 years at the start date. The start date for the 2016-2017 Admission Cycle is 2 JAN 2019 and courses completed prior to 2 JAN 2009 will not be considered.

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