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The mission of the University of Jamestown Doctor of Physical Therapy Program is to integrate education, research, and clinical practice to provide sound professional preparation in order to graduate physical therapists who are competent, compassionate, and ethical and who will serve their patients/clients and communities through the practice of quality, evidence-based physical therapy.

 

Program details:

  • The DPT program is located in a new state of the art facility at 4190 26th Avenue South, Fargo, North Dakota. This location will give students a wide variety of clinical affiliations in which to learn while supported in the University of Jamestown tradition of dedicated faculty and staff.
  • A bachelor’s degree is required before admission.
  • The program consists of 118 credits of classroom and clinical instruction.
  • Program tuition is $640 per credit hour.
  • Undergraduates at University of Jamestown may apply for admittance to the program as early as freshman.
  • Completion of all prerequisite coursework prior to matriculation will require a minimum GPA of 3.00/4.00.
  • Completion of all undergraduate coursework prior to matriculation will require a minimum GPA of 2.8/4.00.
  • University of Jamestown gives preference in the admission process to University of Jamestown graduates.

 

Effective July 31, 2013, University of Jamestown PT Program has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org). Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates that the program may matriculate students in technical/professional courses and that the program is progressing toward accreditation. Candidate for Accreditation is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation.

 

Admission to the professional physical therapy program is based on the following criteria.

These criteria are subject to modification based on annual faculty review:

  • Completion of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution prior to matriculation.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.8/4.00 in all undergraduate courses. (GPA calculation includes repeated courses.)
  • A minimum GPA of 3.00/4.00 in all prerequisite courses listed below. (GPA calculation includes repeated courses.)
  • Completion of a minimum of 40 hours of observation/volunteer/paid work in a physical therapy setting.
  • Acceptable GRE score
  • Submission of TOEFL scores, if applicable. Acceptable scores are as follows:
                                              • TOEFL score of 525 paper
                                              • TOEFL score of 195 computer
                                              • TOEFL score of 70 Internet-based
                                              • An IELTS band score of 5.5

Physical Therapy – Prerequisites

You must have 9 of the 13 prerequisite classes completed by the end of the Fall Semester prior to beginning the program. Any course work completed after the Fall Semester will not count toward core or prerequisite GPA calculations but will need to be completed prior to matriculation.

Required Courses Acceptable Courses UJ Equivalent
8 Semester Hours -Human Anatomy and Physiology I and IIORHuman Anatomy and Human Physiology Human Anatomy and Physiology I and Human Anatomy and Physiology IIORHuman Anatomy and Human Physiology Biol 208 and 209
8 Semester Hours -General Biology with Lab Cell, Embryology, General, Genetics, Histology, Immunology, Microbiology, Molecular, Zoology Biol 150 and 151
8 Semester Hours -Chemistry with Lab General, Biochemistry, Inorganic, Organic Chem 133 and 134
4 Semester Hours -Physics I with Lab Physics I Math 143 or 203
4 Semester Hours -Physics II with Lab Physics II Math 144 or 204
3 Semester Hours -General Psychology General Psychology Psyc 101
3 Semester Hours -Lifespan Development Dev Psychology Psyc 203
3 Semester Hours -Abnormal Psychology Abnormal Psychology Psyc 302
3 Semester Hours -Statistics Business Statistics, Math Statistics, Psychology Statistics Psyc 202 or Math 105
1 Semester Hour -Medical Terminology Medical Terminology Biol 210

If you have taken other related courses that you feel may satisfy the above requirements please submit a detailed written request to your admissions counselor for course substitution approval.

Physical Therapy Program Curriculum - Class of 2016

Our Academic Catalogs provide information on policies and procedures, the admissions process, programs of study, and degree requirements.

Effective July 31, 2013, the University of Jamestown PT Program has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org). Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates that the program may matriculate students in technical/professional courses and that the program is progressing toward accreditation. Candidate for Accreditation is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation.

Application Process:

Application deadline for Fall 2014 is now closed.

The University of Jamestown Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program participates in the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service, known as PTCAS. All individuals wishing to apply to the University of Jamestown DPT program for admission into the fall 2015 class will apply using the PTCAS online application form. The PTCAS application will be available on July 1, 2014 and can be found on the PTCAS website at www.ptcas.org . PTCAS deadline for applications is February 2, 2015 for the fall 2015 class.

PTCAS must receive all information by the application deadline. Applicants must have 9 prerequisites completed by the end of fall semester.  Fall semester grades will be included in the overall and prerequisite GPA used for application standards.  Minimum GPA and standards will be required for any remaining spring or summer coursework.

All applicants chosen will be required to attend a face-to-face interview in the spring at our campus in Fargo, ND. All costs associated with this interview are the responsibility of the applicant.

Contact with applicants will be via the contact information provided in PTCAS.

Completed applications to PTCAS will include the following:

  • Official transcripts from all higher learning institutions that you have attended.  When filling in the coursework section you must enter past coursework, the coursework you are currently taking as well as coursework you will complete in the future.
  • Signed Essential Function Statement
  • Official GRE Scores – use University of Jamestown PTCAS GRE Code 3885.  UJ PT does not have a minimum GRE score at this time.
  • Personal Essay
  • Two Letters of recommendation
                                          • From work supervisor
                                          • From licensed physical therapist
  • Report of a minimum of 40 observation hours signed by a licensed physical therapist(s).

 

Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

If your application is selected for admission, University of Jamestown will obtain a criminal background report and ask for proof that the clinical immunization requirements are met.

University of Jamestown protects applicant rights, including due process. If an individual feels that he/she has been treated unfairly in the admission process, he/she may wage a complaint with the Admission Review Committee. The Admissions Review Committee is composed of the Dean of Admission, PT Program Director, and the Vice President of Academic Affairs.

Effective July 31, 2013, University of Jamestown PT Program has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org). Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates that the program may matriculate students in technical/professional courses and that the program is progressing toward accreditation. Candidate for Accreditation is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation.

University of Jamestown anticipates that the following financial aid options will be available to students enrolled in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program.

U.S. Department of Education

The William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program is the largest federal student loan program. Under this program, the U.S. Department of Education is your lender. There are two types of Direct Loans available to graduate students.

    • Direct Unsubsidized Loans are loans made to eligible undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. The student does not have to demonstrate financial need to be eligible for the loan but must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid [commonly called the FAFSA] each year.

 

Annual Limit: $ 20,500 Direct Unsubsidized Loan

Aggregate Limit: $138,500 Direct Loan

(No more than $65,500 of this amount may be in Direct Subsidized Loans. The graduate debt limit includes all federal loans received in undergraduate study.)

 

    • Direct Grad PLUS Loans are loans made to graduate or professional students to help pay for education expenses not covered by other financial aid.
There are no fixed annual or aggregate loan limits for PLUS Loans. A graduate or professional student may be awarded a Grad PLUS Loan up to the student’s cost of attendance.

 

Alternative or Private Education Loan Programs

Students have the right to select any eligible lender under the Alternative/Private Education Loan Program and University of Jamestown will process the request in compliance with federal and institutional packaging guidelines. It is, however, crucial that you consider your options when choosing an alternative student loan. Choose a lender that demonstrates a strong commitment to students and their education.

Further, be sure to check the lender’s value and benefits, fees, interest rates, repayment options, and customer service. Below you will find the list of lenders used by University of Jamestown students for the processing of Alternative/Private Education Loans over the past five years. It does not include those lenders that no longer fund student loans. (The University of Jamestown e historical list will be reviewed and updated annually.)

University of Jamestown does not endorse or accept incentives from any lender nor does it promote any specific lender. The historic list is provided as a courtesy and should not be interpreted as a requirement to use any of the lenders listed. University of Jamestown will process an Alternative/Private Education Loan from any participating lender that requires school certification.

NOTE: Effective February 2010, the Federal Reserve and the Department of Education implemented new regulations that impact students who borrow private educational loans. All lenders must be in compliance with these regulations but can handle the application process differently. Contact the lender regarding processing and disbursement time frames. Please be aware that due to the new regulations, it may take a minimum of 15 – 20 business days from the day the application process begins until loan funds are received.

Historical Lender List for Jamestown College Return of Title IV Funds Policy

Questions and Concerns

Our financial aid department is staffed with experts who are eager to answer your questions and help you through the process. They can be reached at (701) 252-3467 ext. 5556.

Judy Hager
Director of Financial Aid
Liechty Center Taber Hall, Rm 41
(701) 252-3467 ext: 5558
jhager@uj.edu
Amy Myers
Asst. Director of Financial Aid
Liechty Center Taber Hall, Rm 41
(701) 252-3467 ext: 5568 
ameyers@uj.edu

Becky Ukestad
Financial Aid Counselor
Liechty Center Taber Hall, Rm 41
(701) 252-3467 ext: 5556
bukestad@uj.edu

Doctor of Physical Therapy
Program Costs 2014-2015

Tuition (44 credits at $640/credit) $28,160.00
Student Fees $70.00
APTA Annual Membership $80.00
Criminal Background Check $45.00
Housing (estimate) $9,000.00
Food (estimate) $4,800.00
Transportation (estimate) $1,500.00
Loan Fees (estimate) $205.00
Books (estimate) $1,300.00
Misc. cost (estimate) $1,420.00
TOTAL $46,580.00
munns, anna Anna MunnsOffice Assistant
Nuzzo, Nancy Nancy A. Nuzzo, PhD, PTProfessor and Program Director

Certifications/Degrees: PhD University of IL, PT Northern IL University
Teaches: Cardiopulmonary for Physical Therapy, Acute Care for Physical Therapy

Email:nnuzzo@uj.edu
voorhees, sara Sara Voorhees, PT, MPT, PhDAssistant Professor

Certifications/Degrees: MPT and PhD University of Delaware
Teaches: Clinical Assessments, Theory of Exercise, Research

Email:svoorhee@uj.edu
Hedberg, Marilyn Marilyn HedbergLibrarian, University of Jamestown Library - Fargo
Heyne-Lindhelm_Phyllis2 Phyllis Heyne-Lindholm, PT, DPTDirector of Clinical Education/Assistant Professor

Certifications/Degrees: PT Mayo, DPT University of North Dakota
Teaches: Clinical Education Theory, Clinical Education Practicums, Clinical Education Internship

Email:PHeyneLi@uj.edu
timMcCrory Tim “Mic” McCroryPhysical Therapy Doctoral Program Admission & Public Relations Coordinator
Leikas_MaryLee2 Mary Lee Leikas, PT, MSSpecial Projects Coordinator

Certifications/Degrees: University of North Dakota
Teaches: Community Experiences, Pediatrics for Physical Therapy

Email:mleikas@uj.edu
zaruba, richard Richard Zaruba, PT, DPT, PhDAssistant Professor

Certifications/Degrees: University of North Dakota
Teaches: Anatomy for Physical Therapy, Physiology, Pathology, and Pharmacology I and II, Musculoskeletal I and II

Email:rzaruba@uj.edu
Breitbach, Wendy Wendy BreitbachAssistant to the Director of Physical Therapy

Effective July 31, 2013, University of Jamestown PT Program has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org). Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates that the program may matriculate students in technical/professional courses and that the program is progressing toward accreditation. Candidate for Accreditation is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation.

  • University of Jamestown
    Doctor of Physical Therapy
    4190 26th Ave S
    Fargo ND, 58104

  • 701-356-2136
  • Tim “Mic” McCrory Physical Therapy Doctoral Program Admission & Public Relations Coordinator

    TMcCrory@uj.edu | PH: (701) 356-2136 ext. 5904

  • Nancy A. Nuzzo, PhD, PT Professor and Program Director

    nnuzzo@uj.edu

  • Gary Watts, PhD Vice President/Dean of Academic Affairs

    watts@jc.edu

Driving Directions to University of Jamestown Physical Therapy location 4190 26th Avenue South, Fargo ND:   Take the 45th Street exit off I-94 (Exit #348), turn south on 45th Street, turn east on 23rd Avenue South, then south on 42nd Street, then east on 26th Avenue South.  Please note that Google Maps and MapQuest directions are incorrect.

Graduation from a physical therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; accreditation@apta.org is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.

The University of Jamestown is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist education program from CAPTE. The program will submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required

prior to implementation of the professional phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in professional courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.

COMPLAINTS ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY OR PROGRAM

Any complaint that would fall out of the realm of due process regarding the Physical Therapy Program and/or College (for example, from clinical education sites, employers of graduates, and the public) may be addressed to University of Jamestown,  Physical Therapy Program, 4190 26th Avenue South, Fargo ND 58104. If an individual has concerns about sending the complaint to Program personnel, he/she may send it to the Vice President of Academic Affairs, University of Jamestown, 6092 College Lane, Jamestown ND 58405. The Program and University take all complaints seriously and will review any complaint in an expedient manner and take any appropriate action that is warranted.

Once a complaint is made, the Program Director or the Vice President for Academic Affairs will be directly involved in contacting the complainant and gathering any available information (within 15 business days). The Vice President of Academic Affairs will be notified of all complaints. If the matter is resolved, the Program Director or the Vice President for Academic Affairs will write a letter to the complainant acknowledging resolution of the matter. A copy of the letter will be kept on file in the Program Director’s office and the Vice President of Academic Affairs’ office for five years.

If the matter is not resolved to the satisfaction of the complainant or the complaint is about the Program Director, the complainant may submit a written complaint directly to the Vice President of Academic Affairs, University of Jamestown, 6092 College Lane, Jamestown ND 58405. The Vice President of Academic Affairs will meet with each party separately and may schedule a combined meeting with the two parties in order to resolve the complaint. A letter outlining the resolution by the Vice President of Academic Affairs will be filed with the complaint in the Vice President of Academic Affairs’ office. A copy of the resolution may be sent to the complainant at the discretion of the Vice President of Academic Affairs. A copy of the letter will be kept on file in the Vice President of Academic Affairs’ office for five years.

PROCESS OF FILING A COMPLAINT WITH CAPTE

Any complaint regarding the Jamestown College Physical Therapy Program may also be filed with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone; 703-706-3245; accreditation@apta.org