Frequently Asked Questions

There are two fees required for application to the AU PT program. One fee is required by the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) which starts at $155, with exact amount depending on the number of designations.  In addition, a Supplemental Fee of $25 is required by the AU Admissions Department.  Once your application is complete in PTCAS, an email notification will be sent to access your Augusta University Status portal.  WIthin your portal will be a link to pay a $25 non-refundable supplemental fee.   

PLEASE NOTE that your application is not complete and will not be processed until receipt of the AU Supplemental Fee.

The PTCAS fee is refundable, the Supplemental Fee is non-refundable.

After you submit your application through PTCAS and include the Supplemental Fee, it takes four weeks for your application to get to us.

Please send your GRE scores to both AU and AU PTCAS.  The code for AU PTCAS is 7613 and AU is 5406. 

Learn more by visiting our Admissions page.

Yes. We do allow mixing of GRE scores.

Class of 2025 Averages

  • Overall GPA: 3.72
  • Last 40-hour GPA: 3.78
  • Prerequisite GPA: 3.65

Class of 2026 Averages

  • Verbal Reasoning: 152
  • Quantitative Reasoning: 151
  • Analytical Writing: 4.1

If you re-took a prerequisite course, the grade for the course is calculated as follows:

Prerequisite GPA is calculated using the best grade for the course;

Overall GPA calculation includes all grades for the course.

Yes, if the institution is regionally accredited.

A ½ day on-campus interview is required for admission. Interviews are scheduled by invitation only and include an assessment of the candidate’s personality, motivation and ability to adapt successfully to the demands of the program. We also believe it is important for candidates to have the opportunity to explore our facilities, and interact with current learners and faculty to determine if our program fits their needs.

Twelve consecutive months immediately preceding the first day of classes the independent student is classified as in-state for tuition purposes.  The dependent student is classified as in-state for tuition purposes if the student’s parent has established and maintained domicile in the state of Georgia for at least twelve consecutive months immediately preceding the first day of class for the term.   See the following link for additional information:

It depends from year to year and is based on location of border counties.

You may apply for in-state tuition through the Registrar's Office.

The program is currently 9 semesters but will decrease to 8 semesters for learners entering in 2024.  Graduation will continue to occur in May, but the program will shift from a May start to an August start.  

The faculty made the decision to revise the curriculum based on multiple factors. We recognize the financial burden of physical therapy school and have therefore shortened the program by one semester.  We also recognize the importance of a strong foundation in anatomy and the importance of integrating it throughout the foundational courses.  We have shifted the start date to fall to allow for two full semester courses in anatomy (30 weeks). We believe our new curriculum structure will improve the learning experience and allow improved focus on problem-solving and clinical decision making.

We have a 100% ultimate pass rate for the licensure exam. In 2022, our first-time pass rate was 100% and in 2023, it was 98%. Learn more >>

We use block scheduling. The cohort takes all of their classes together within the department. Learners are typically in class from 9-4:00 on M, T, Th and 9-12:00 on Fridays. Wednesdays are reserved for clinical experiences, research, and group work.

Yes, the physical therapy department recognizes business casual and / or scrubs for normal wear with exception of lab appropriate clothing for clinical labs and business suits when deemed necessary.  More information is available in the Dress Code Policy.

Various clinical experience opportunities occur throughout the curriculum. Learners rotate through a pro bono clinic “Christ Community” each semester. We additional integrated clinical experiences each semester which include learning opportunities at assisted living facilities, cardiac rehabilitation, inpatient rehabilitation, pediatric clinics, and outpatient orthopedic clinics.

All learners must complete an orthopedic rotation which occurs for 8 weeks (semester 4) after the first year. The second rotation begins in fall of the 3rd year (semester 7). The third rotation occurs in the following spring (semester 8). An acute care rotation is required, but the other rotations are based on the learner's preference. Our PT program has contracts with many facilities around the U.S. as well as some out of the country.

Beginning in the fall 2024, learners will experience three clinical rotations.  The first rotation will occur in the fall of the second year (4th semester) and lasts for 8 weeks.  The final clinical rotations occur in semester 7 and 8 and are 12 weeks each. 

Our program values student participation and leadership. The Physical Therapy Student Association (PTSA) is our student run association that offers several leadership or executive positions including a President, Vice President, Service Chair(s), Honor Board, Treasurer, Secretary, Student Affairs Representative, and a PTAG Representative. PTSA provides opportunities for students to participate in a variety of social and service events that benefit the students, the program, and the Augusta community.

There are multiple opportunities to participate in community service in Augusta and through our PTSA. Our program is heavily involved with the nonprofit organization Christ Community Health Services, which provides health care to the underserved population of Augusta. There are also numerous other opportunities provided each semester through various events and organizations, in which learners are highly encouraged to participate.

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