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The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences has formed an Ambassador Program with James Madison University. The goal of this program is to allow a student at JMU to select a major while at JMU for undergraduate education and simultaneously select a “targeted” post Baccalaureate admission to the University of St. Augustine entry-level program in Physical Therapy.

The student that will select the targeted program track will meet both JMU’s academic requirements and the academic requirements for the completion of stated prerequisite courses for admission to the physical therapy program at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. The Ambassador program will facilitate the student’s efforts toward accomplishing academic goals and professional development.

The following criteria is in place for JMU student’s interested in the USA Ambassador program:

  • Students interested in USA will follow a specially designed track toward the graduate health care program and will be considered to have preferred admission status.
  • The Pre-PT Coordinator at JMU will serve as the coordinator of the Ambassador Program. The Pre-PT Coordinator will work closely with Dr. Richard Jensen, the Director of the Ambassador Program at USA in an effort to facilitate advising and communication.
  • Students interested in USA should inform the Pre-PT Coordinator so that he in turn can provide Dr. Jensen with the names of prospective candidates for USA. Names of JMU who have met all of the prerequisite requirements for targeted admission will be conveyed to Dr. Jensen and USA. 
  • The University of St. Augustine terms are Fall (September), Spring (January), and Summer (May). The University of St. Augustine will admit the student for the desired term with the completion of the required paperwork in a timely fashion by the prospective student.
  • A student participating in this articulated agreement between JMU and USA will submit the required application for admission and required supporting documentation by the priority processing deadline for the respective term in which initial enrollment at USA is sought. Those dates are January 15 for fall term admission, June 15 for spring term admission, and October 1 for summer term admission. Because of the three (3) enrollment periods each year, it is expected that a duly qualified student will have no difficulty in obtaining satisfactory admission to the University of St. Augustine.

As part of the prerequisite courses, USA requires the following:

  • Chemistry - 6 credit hours
  • Physics - 6 credit hours
  • Biology - 6 credit hours
  • Anatomy and Physiology with Lab - 8 credit hours
    • A course in Kinesiology or Biomechanics can be substituted for a second physics course.
    • It is more important that each student check the most updated information regarding the complete list of all prerequisites required for application and admission.

The University of St. Augustine will expect each student enrolled in the Ambassador Program to meet the following conditions prior to admission to the University:

  • The student will maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in his/her undergraduate major and in the completion of all USA prerequisite course work for the intended graduate program.
  • The student will show a satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General test: a combined score of 1,000 for the verbal and quantitative portions of the examination is recommended.
  • The student will present evidence of volunteer/work experience in physical therapy.
  • The student will submit a minimum of two (2) letters of recommendation, including one from a clinical site for volunteer/work experience, and one from the coordinator for the Ambassador Program at JMU.

Visit the University of St . Augustine for more information on the Doctorate of Physical Therapy Degree . For further questions regarding this agreement, please contact Dr . Richard Jensen at