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The following information is for enrolled students of the physical therapy department.

Student Handbooks

The Student Handbook outlines the policies and procedures of the program. This book defines our expectations and plans for enrolled students.

2015 - 2016 PTA Student Handbook

DPT Class of 2016 Student Handbook

DPT Class of 2017 Student Handbook

DPT Class of 2018 Student Handbook 


Clinical Education

Clinical education is a crucial part of any PT educational program. Students are sent, usually individually, to various clinical sites to practice physical therapy procedures and patient care under the supervision of a licensed PT. Student performance in clinical education is evaluated by both the clinical and academic faculty.

Clinical Information: Coming Soon!

Background Check

Arkansas State University College of Nursing and Health Professions requires background checks for students admitted to professional programs if the screening is required by an affiliate requirement. This is to ensure compliance with agreements between the College and Clinical Facilities.

Verified Credentials

Arkansas State University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions works with Verified Credentials, Inc. to establish an acceptable screening procedure. This cost of the background check is between $50 and $100. Applicants who fail to submit a background check will not be eligible to participate in the clinical experience.

View the step-by-step background check guide >>  

After Completion

Upon completion, the results of the background screening will be sent to you via email that will apprise you of the findings as well as your final score of:

  • Red: Convictions or Discrepancy Found
  • Yellow: Possible Discrepancy Found
  • Green: No Convictions or Discrepancies Found

If any information is found that would negatively affect your eligibility for clinical placement in the program, you will be given an opportunity to challenge the information through the Adverse Action process associated with Verified Credentials. The clinical site will receive the information concerning any reports that are yellow or red and will determine your eligibility to participate in the clinical experience based on their criteria.

Student Health Insurance

Students are required to have current health insurance for clinical rotations. Arkansas State University offers each student the opportunity to purchase an accident and hospitalization insurance policy through a reputable insurance company. ASU assumes no responsibility for collecting premiums or for paying claims. 

Below are some options if you do not already have health insurance.

Visit AIG's website for college student health insurance >>>

Visit APTA's Student Health Insurance page >>>




In addition to general university scholarships, physical therapy students have college & department specific scholarships available.

Learn more >>

CEUs: APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program - To be hosted by the Arkansas State University Department of Physical Therapy on April 16 - 17, 2016. View the information >>>        

Complete the CCIP Participant Dossier Form >>>

ArPTA Regional Course - Vestibular Rehabilitation - Hosted at Arkansas State University in the Department of Physical Therapy on April 9, 2016. See the brochure with registration instructions >>>

Billy Joe Emerson Grief Seminar: Monday, May 23, 2016 - A-State Fowler Center

Download the registration brochure >>>

See our ASTATE - PT Buzz Fall 2015 Newsletter here!