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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.

2019-2020 PTA Student Handbook

DPT Class of 2020 Student Handbook (New Policies)

DPT Class of 2021 Student Handbook (New Policies)

DPT Class of 2022 Student Handbook 

DPT Class of 2023 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.

Background Check

Based on recent legislation in Arkansas, students will be required to complete a background check AFTER they receive conditional admission into the program.

Verified Credentials

Arkansas State University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions works with Verified Credentials, Inc. to establish an acceptable screening procedure. The costs of the background checks are between $50 and $100.

Background Checks for Students Newly Admitted into the PT Program

Students who are conditionally admitted into the PT program must submit an initial background check to complete their admission requirements into the program. View the step-by-step background check guide for new PT students>>>

Background Checks for Current PT Students for Clinical Rotations

PT students must submit a background check to remain eligible to participate in the clinical experience. View the step-by-step background check guide for clinical rotations >>  


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 for members >>>


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

Learn more >>


Starting in 2021, the DPT program will begin classes in Summer!!

Faculty, students and staff at Arkansas State University are mourning the passing of their colleague and friend, Dr. Roy Lee Aldridge Jr., professor of physical therapy, who died Thursday, March 14th 2019.

Two endowments have been created to honor Dr. Aldridge;

Roy Aldridge Hippotherapy Research Fund

Aldridge Family Physical Therapy Program Student Support Endowment

Individuals can donate to either fund online. Please be sure to designate which fund you would like to donate to by selecting the other field. :  https://www.astate.edu/a/advancement/give-now/#state