charlotter

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What questions did you ask or what questions do you wish you would have asked when you visited or interviewed with a program? Reading over program sites gives you a pretty clear picture of what to expect when it comes to graduation rates and passing the NPTE, but I'm wondering what else I should be looking at when deciding on a program?
 

beyoutiful_sunshine

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The question that I asked at every interview I went to was "In your opinion, if you could pinpoint the one quality that I can cultivate that you think make someone the best PT, what would it be"? Interviewers were usually impressed and surprised by the question and it often started nice conversations :)
I also asked some specific questions like "Do students in the program get to assist faculty in their research or design their own research project?" (although I'm not interested in research lol), and because I'm an international students I also asked if there had been any international student in the program
 
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charlotter

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May 2, 2014
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Pre-Physical Therapy
The question that I asked at every interview I went to was "In your opinion, if you could pinpoint the one quality that I can cultivate that you think make someone the best PT, what would it be"? Interviewers were usually impressed and surprised by the question and it often started nice conversations :)
I also asked some specific questions like "Do students in the program get to assist faculty in their research or design their own research project?" (although I'm not interested in research lol), and because I'm an international students I also asked if there had been any international student in the program
Those are amazing questions -- I'm sure you blew them away!
 
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Just had two interviews this week. Asking good questions can really help make yourself stand out.

General Questions:
What interactions do 1st year students have with 2nd years and 3rd years? Does the program have its own cadaver lab and if so are the cadavers only used by the PT students or shared with other programs? Are there any scholarship/tuition assistance/work study opportunities available? What type of community service programs are the students involved with? What are the options for on-campus/off campus housing? Are there any discounted fare options for commuters? Are there any electives students can choose? How are clinical rotations/internships selected? Is the program affiliated with any hospitals/clinical institutions? How many of the professors still practice PT? What types of specialists are on the faculty (OCS, PCS, NCS)? Are the students involved with the APTA?

To interviewer:
What classes do you teach? What do students here often struggle with in terms of adjusting to graduate level education. (If researcher) What type of research do you conduct? My interviewer was a PhD biomechanics researcher - What type of equipment do you use? What qualities do excellent student researchers exhibit? What obstacles have you encountered as a researcher? How does being a researcher alter your perspective of PT? Are the research projects here interdisciplinary?
Another interviewer was a pediatric PT -If you had to work in a different field of PT, what would it be? How has the profession of PT changed since you were a PT student? What role do you think these next generations of PT students will have in terms of progressing the profession as a whole?

To current students:
What was the hardest class? What class did you most enjoy? How do you study (group, by yourself, mix)? Are there any resources (classrooms, labs, facilities) with 24/7 access for studying? What are the class schedules like? How much personal time do you have? How do you retain information like anatomy for future classes?

I probably left out a few more that I've heard other people ask. Also, even if you know the answers because you've researched the school thoroughly, still ask questions because it shows you're interested in learning more.
Best of luck!
 

nd_dpt

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What was it that brought you to this program? What is it about the program that is leading to these high graduation and licensure rates? What do you think the program could possibly improve on? What kind of community service opportunities is the program involved in?
 
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