GAP PT

Accelerated Special Consideration Programs for Physical Therapy

Mercer University's Accelerated Special Consideration Programs (ASCP) offer high-achieving, first-time students* enrolled on the Macon campus in either the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) or the College of Health Professions (CHP) the opportunity to earn both a Bachelor of Science degree and a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree within six years, and gives students the security of a guaranteed interview with the PT program offered by the College of Health Professions on the Cecil B. Day campus in Atlanta.

Students may participate in one of two programs:

1. The Accelerated Special Consideration Program (ASCP) offered by the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) leads to the completion of the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences degree (BSHS) from the CLA and the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) from the Mercer University College of Health Professions (CHP) within 6 years;  or

2. The Accelerated Special Consideration Program (ASCP) offered by the College of Health Professions (CHP) leads to the completion of the Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) and the Doctor of Physical Therapy from the College of Health Professions within 6 years.

Program eligibility requirements are described below and summarized in Tables 1 and 2.

Coursework Required In Residence.  Mercer students who wish to earn Special Consideration upon application to the Mercer’s PT program must complete ALL of their coursework at Mercer (“in residence”); no transfer hours are allowed.  Students who take college courses at institutions other than Mercer after they graduate from high school are no longer eligible for either of the ASC programs.  With the approval of the CHP Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Admissions, dual enrollment, Advanced Placement, and International Baccalaureate credit may be used to fulfill the program requirements, but cannot count toward the semester hours required in residence by the program. Physical education and military science courses also cannot be used to satisfy this requirement.

Declaration of IntentStudents interested in and eligible for one of these programs* must state their intention to pursue Special Consideration by the end of their first fall semester.  The link to the Declaration of Intent Google form is available from the Assistant Director of Pre-Health Professions Programs on the Macon campus (Office of Academic & Advising Services, Penfield Hall Annex).

Required Coursework. Students interested in and eligible for one of these programs must complete the coursework specified for that program (see Table 2), and in the specified timeframe (Table 1).

Experiential RequirementASCP students must obtain 60 hours of acceptable physical therapy and community service experience before matriculation into the DPT program, with documentation of at least 40 of those hours submitted with the secondary application. Forty of these hours should be experienced in at least two different types of physical therapy clinical practice settings, and 20 hours or more must be spent as an active participant in a service or community project. (Note that these 20 hours can also count as 20 of the 30 required service hours for the BSPH degree).

Grade Point Averages.  ASCP-PT participants must maintain overall grade point averages (GPA’s) of 3.2 or higher, as well as 3.2 in all pre-PT natural science courses.  Grades of “C” or above must be earned in all pre-PT courses; if a course must be repeated, both grades earned will be averaged when calculating the student’s GPA’s.

Graduate Record Exam. ASCP students must earn the minimum combined score of 300 on the GRE (minimum 150 Verbal Reasoning; 3.5 Analytical Writing).  A score must be submitted with the PTCAS application in October 1 of year 3, but if the minimum is not achieved, students may take it again and submit the minimum by Dec. 31 of year 3.

Interview. ASCP students who comply with all guidelines of their respective program will be guaranteed an interview with representatives of the CHP’s DPT program.

*No transfer credit hours after high school graduation; Math Index of 950 or higher upon acceptance.

NOTE: Complete details about both ASC programs and proposed schedules for completion of required coursework can be found in the Pre-PT Track Fundamentals handbook on the Pre-PT page.

 

Table 1. Summary of Program Requirements

 

 

CLA’s Health Sciences ASCP

CHP’s Public Health ASCP

Hours in Residence (College)

90 credit hours (CLA)

110 credit hours (CHP and CLA)

Pre-req Completion Deadline

May of Year 3

May of Year 3

Minimum Overall GPA

3.2

3.2

Minimum Science GPA

3.2

3.2

Minimum GRE Scores

300 (VR 150, QR 150, AW 3.5)

300 (VR 150, QR 150, AW 3.5)

PT Application Deadline

Oct. 1 of year 3

(PTCAS & Supplemental)

Oct. 1 of year 3

(PTCAS & Supplemental)

Documented Experience

60 hours

(documentation of 40 hr submitted with application; balance due by May 15, year 3)

60 hours

(documentation of 40 hr submitted with application; balance due by May 15, year 3)

Bachelor’s Degree

B.S. in Health Sciences

(earned May, year 4)

B.S. in Public Health

(earned Dec., year 4)

 

Table 2. Mercer-Macon Coursework Requirements

CLA’s Health Sciences ASCP (BIO/INT Option)

CHP’s Public Health ASCP

(MIDX of 950+)

INT 101

UNV 101

WRT 120

INT 201

INT 301

FLL competency

Creative Expression

Religious Heritage

Western Heritage

STA 126

Ethics**

COM 210, 230, or 250

EXP 401,403, 404, or 405

PSY 101

ANT 101

PHY 141

PHY 142

 

CHM 111

CHM 112

CHM 221

CHM 222

BIO 211

BIO 212

BIO 202

BIO 203

BIO 310

BIO 3XX/4XX**

 

(MIDX of 950+)

INT 101

UNV 101

WRT 120

INT 201

INT 301

Religious Heritage

Humanities/ Fine Arts

Behavioral/ Social Science

PSY 101

SOC 101

STA 126

CHM 111

CHM 112

CHM 221

CHM 222

BIO 211

BIO 212

BIO 202

BIO 203

BIO 303

BMB 465

PBH 101

PBH 105

PBH 200

PBH 202

PBH 301

PBH 305

PBH 307

PBH 400

PBH 402

PBH 404

PBH 405

PBH 407

CLA’s Health Sciences ASCP (PSY/INT Option)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

** From a list of approved courses

(MIDX of 950+)

INT 101

UNV 101

WRT 120

INT 201

INT 301

FLL competency

Creative Expression

Religious Heritage

Western Heritage

STA 126

Ethics**

COM 210, 230, or 250

EXP 401,403, 404, or 405

PSY 101

ANT 101

PHY 141

PHY 142

 

CHM 111

CHM 112

PSY 150

PSY 221

PSY 230, 250, 260, or 270

PSY 306

PSY 307

PSY 310 or 326

BIO 211

BIO 202

BIO 203

CLA’s Health Sciences ASCP (GHS/INT Option)

(MIDX of 950+)

INT 101

UNV 101

WRT 120

INT 201

INT 301

FLL 111, 112, & 251

Creative Expression

Religious Heritage

Western Heritage

STA 126

Ethics**

COM 210, 230, or 250

EXP 404 or 405

PSY 101

ANT 101

PHY 141

PHY 142

CHM 111

CHM 112

ECN 150, 515, or SEP 200

GHS 200

ENS 250

GHS 330

GHS 350

BIO 211

BIO 202

BIO 203