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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.

2016 - 2017 PTA Student Handbook

DPT Class of 2017 Student Handbook

DPT Class of 2018 Student Handbook 

DPT Class of 2019 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 >>>

Obamacare >>>

 

 

Scholarships

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


Learn more >>
Announcements

CEUs

6th Annual PTA Alumni DayWe will have several exciting activities, including free CEUs (4 hrs), 20th Anniversary Celebration of our PTA Program, PT Day of Caring, Homecoming Tailgate and more on October 15, 2016! See the details here >>>

Yoga in Physical Therapy - Incorporating yoga into physical therapy. October 29, 2016. 6.0 Contact hours. See the details here>>>

Kinesio Taping Fundamental Concepts, Advanced Concepts and Corrective Techniques (KT1 and KT2) - February 24-25, 2017 at Arkansas State University See the brochure >>>


See our ASTATE - PT Buzz Spring 2016 Newsletter here!