2015 Freshman Applicants: Pathways to the Graduate Health Professions

Freshman applicants interested in graduate programs in Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Athletic Training have various academic pathways to these health professions at Shenandoah University.

  1. The Traditional Track

    A student enters Shenandoah as a freshman, completes a bachelor’s degree, and competitively applies to the graduate program of their choice.

  2. The Fast-Track Competitive Admission Track

    A student enters Shenandoah as a freshman, completes all graduate prerequisite courses and the bachelor’s degree in three years, and competitively applies to the graduate program of their choice.

  3. The Fast-Track, Guaranteed Admission Track

    Freshman applicants submit a regular application for admission and are then notified by the Office of Admissions if they qualify to be considered for the Graduate Guaranteed Admission Track. When students are notified of their qualification to be considered, they will be given information regarding submission of all required supplemental materials (observation hours), arranging their interview, and visiting campus. Information will be provided via email.

Priority consideration for all Graduate Guaranteed Admission tracks is November 17, 2014.
Firm deadline for all Graduate Guaranteed Admission tracks is February 1, 2015.

Freshman applicants who are accepted into the guaranteed admission tracks are guaranteed a non-competitive seat at the graduate program he/she has been accepted into as long as all outlined criteria have been met. If a student fails to maintain the outlined criteria while in the program, the guaranteed seat will become competitive.

The Guaranteed Admission Track provides the student with two benefits:

  1. The student has the ability to begin the graduate program prior to completing the “traditional” bachelor’s degree at Shenandoah University.
  2. The student has a guaranteed seat in the graduate program waiting for them. They are no longer in competitive admission for the graduate program.

Requirements to be considered for a guaranteed admission track:

Guaranteed Admit Pharmacy Program

  • 15 seats available per year
  • Undergraduate: Chemistry or Biology degree; Graduate: Doctor of Pharmacy
  • Fast Track is a 2+4 or 3+4 program
Freshman application minimum requirements:
  • High School GPA: minimum 3.5
  • SAT: 1200 (combined score of Critical Reading and Math), ACT: 27
  • Pass Interview with the School of Pharmacy faculty
While at Shenandoah a student must maintain:
  • A minimum GPA of 3.40.
  • Successfully complete the School of Pharmacy‘s prerequisite coursework for the year you are seeking admission. Note: Given the appropriate documentation, Advanced Placement (AP) hours may be used for all prerequisite courses except biology, chemistry and physics.
  • Complete the Pharmacy College Aptitude Test (PCAT) with a score in the 60th percentile or greater, with all subject scores above the 40th percentile. The PCAT can be taken no later than January of the year you are seeking to enroll in Graduate level courses.
  • Submit a Graduate Application for Admission to the Doctorate of Pharmacy program
  • Submit favorable recommendations from the Dean of the Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy or his designee, two letters of recommendation from Shenandoah University faculty, and one letter of support from a healthcare provider.

Guaranteed Admit Physical Therapy Program

  • 10 seats available per year
  • Undergraduate: Biology or Exercise Science degree; Graduate: Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • Fast Track is a 3+3 program
Freshman application minimum requirements:
  • High School GPA: minimum 3.5
  • SAT: 1100 (combined score of Critical Reading and Math), ACT: 24
  • Complete 50 hours of documented observation with a licensed Physical Therapist. For priority consideration, observation hours are due no later than November 15. For regular decision, observation hours are due no later than February 1.
  • Pass Interview with Physical Therapy faculty
While at Shenandoah a student must maintain:
  • All courses must be completed at Shenandoah University. AP Science courses are not accepted by the Doctor of Physical Therapy program.
  • Obtain a minimum 3.4 cumulative GPA, including a 3.4 GPA for prerequisite courses by the end of the spring semester of the junior year.
  • Complete the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  • Submit an application through PTCAS for admission to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program during the fall semester of the junior year of undergraduate study.
  • Complete a successful interview with the Division of Physical Therapy faculty
  • Specific guidelines outlined in the Guaranteed Admission contract.

Guaranteed Admit Occupational Therapy Program

  • 10 seats available per year
  • Undergraduate: Psychology degree; Graduate: Master’s of Occupational Therapy
  • Fast Track is a 3+2.5 program
Freshman application minimum requirements:
  • High School GPA: minimum 3.3
  • SAT: minimum 1000 (combined score of Critical Reading and Math), ACT: 22
  • Complete 10 hours of documented observation with a licensed Occupational Therapist by February 1
  • Pass Interview with Occupational Therapy faculty
While at Shenandoah a student must maintain:
  • Maintain an overall 3.2 cumulative GPA
  • Successfully complete all general education and Psychology coursework.
  • Submit documentation of a minimum of 40 hours volunteer/observational/paid experience in a variety of occupational settings.
  • Submit an application through OTCAS for admission to the Master of Occupational Therapy program during the fall semester of the junior year of pre-requisite study. Follow all application requirements listed on Shenandoah’s program specific pages located on the OTCAS website.
  • Specific guidelines outlined in the Guaranteed Admission contract.

Guaranteed Admit Athletic Training Program

  • 10 seats available each year
  • Undergraduate: Exercise Science or Biology degree; Graduate: Master’s of Athletic Training
  • Fast Track is a 3 + 2.5 program
Freshman application minimum requirements:
  • High School GPA: 3.2
  • SAT: 1000 (combined score of Critical Reading and Math), ACT: 22
  • Pass Interview with Division of Athletic Training faculty
While at Shenandoah a student must maintain:
  • Successfully complete 95 hours general education and prerequisite coursework. Note: Given the appropriate documentation, Advanced Placement (AP) hours may be used for all prerequisite courses except biology, chemistry and physics.
  • Maintain a minimum overall GPA of 3.2 with a 3.0 or higher in all science/math courses.
  • Submit GRE scores. The recommended score for admission is at least a 300.
  • Send a list of sport/student athletic training experiences to the Division of Athletic Training.
  • Submit a graduate application for admissions to the SU Graduate Office of Admissions during the final semester of pre-requisite study.
  • Submit three favorable letters of recommendation.
  • Complete essay on becoming an Athletic Trainer and signed Guidelines for Technical Standards form.
  • Specific guidelines outlined in the Guaranteed Admission contract.