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USA Office of Admissions
2500 Meisler Hall
390 Alumni Circle
Mobile, AL 36688-0002

Office Hours:
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Central Time, Monday-Friday
Phone: (251) 460-6141 or
(800) USA-JAGS
FAX: (251) 460-7876


The Department of Physical Therapy Early Acceptance Program offers a selected number of talented high school seniors a position in the University of South Alabama Department of Physical Therapy first year class after completion of the pre-requisite requirements of the program and their USA undergraduate degree.

Minimum Qualifications for Initial Consideration: 28 ACT Composite (results of one administration; scores are not mixed from multiple tests), or 1250 SAT score (we do not use SAT Subject Tests), and a 3.5 GPA as computed by USA Admissions.

Deadline for Application: December 15th of the senior year in high school

Procedures to Apply for the Early Acceptance Program: For consideration to this program, all of the following MUST be received in the USA Office of Admissions by the stated deadline.

  1. Completed application for admission, submitted with the application fee;($35 online, $45 paper)
  2. Official high school transcript, showing grades through the junior year, mailed from the high school directly to the USA Office of Admissions;
  3. Official ACT or SAT scores; mailed directly from the testing agency to the USA Office of Admissions (Note: USA’s ACT Code: 0059; SAT Code: 1880);
  4. Completed application for the Early Acceptance Program. Click here to print the application for the Early Admission Acceptance Program.
  5. Resume (one page only; additional pages will not be reviewed);
  6. Personal statement of no more than 300 words on the topic as designated by the department. (Topic will change each year)

NOTE: Letters of recommendation are not required for the PTEAP program and will not be included in the applicant’s profile.

Selection Process:

  1. The Selection Committee will meet shortly after the stated deadline.  The Committee will select up to 25 students to invite for initial interview.
  2. Required interview. Date: TBA.  The interview will take place in early to mid spring of the senior year in high school and will be held on USA’s campus in the Health Sciences Center.
  3. The five most highly ranked of those interviewed will be selected to participate in the program.
  4. Preference is given to applicants from Alabama and our service areas in Florida and Mississippi.

The Program: 
Candidates selected for the DPTEAP program will receive an acceptance letter from the University of South Alabama and a conditional acceptance to the Department of Physical Therapy.  The students will enter the Pre-Physical Therapy Program at the University of South Alabama.  The curriculum will include core requirements for the selected baccalaureate program and prerequisites for matriculation in the physical therapy program.

Students in the DPTEAP must:

  1. sign and adhere to the departmental Early Acceptance Program contract, including withdrawal of the acceptance if the student is involved in any academic misconduct.
  2. take all prerequisite courses at USA, unless otherwise approved in advance by the Chair of the Admissions Committee of the Department of Physical Therapy. 
  3. maintain a minimum overall grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale during undergraduate studies at USA.
  4. submit an application to PTCAS and the supplemental application to the USA PT Department in the fall of the senior year at USA.
  5. complete required science coursework with only 8 credits of required science coursework remaining to complete after application to the physical therapy program
  6. take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and receive a minimum total score of 290.  

DPTEAP students will be required to:

  1. Participate in observation of 50 hours of physical therapy clinical practice by December 1 of the senior year at USA
  2. Participate in community and campus service project and/or attend cultural and scholarly events
  3. Be an active participant in the USA Pre-PT club by attending meetings/activities each year during undergraduate studies at USA

At the end of each spring semester, all DPTEAP students will be reviewed by the Pre-PT Advisor to determine if academic requirements have been met.

Students participating in the program must enter the University of South Alabama Physical Therapy professional program in the fall following completion of the baccalaureate degree.  Students not completing the baccalaureate degree within 4 years can appeal, in writing, to the department faculty for permission to delay their admission by up to 2 years.

Audra Minton
Admissions Officer


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