DPT Program admission requirement and the admissions procedures can be found at alvernia.edu/academics/graduate-programs/dpt-doctor-physical-therapy/dpt-admission-requirements.
Admission Criteria into the 4+3 Program
To be considered for general (4+3) admission into the DPT Program, the following admission requirements must be fulfilled:
- Completed Application for Admission through the Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS).
- Official transcript(s) from each college or university attended, demonstrating the achievement of a Bachelor’s degree,cumulative GPA of 3.25 or better, and a science and pre-requisite GPA of 3.0or better.
- A minimum of 100 hours of observation, which includes experience in both outpatient and inpatient physical therapy settings. It is recommended that these observations be diverse, providing each applicant with perspective on the depth and breadth of physical therapy practice across setting and across the lifespan.
- Three letters of reference from a: licensed PT, a professor from a course they have completed, and another non-family member who can speak to character and attributes that will make the applicant successful in graduate study and as a Doctor of Physical Therapy.
** The licensed Physical Therapist should not be a member of the applicant’s family or a family friend.
** If more than three references are received, one from each category (a maximum of three) will be used for consideration and ranking.
- GRE scores taken within the past five years, with a minimum score of 150 on Verbal and Quantitative and 3.5 on Analytical (Alvernia Code 1619)
- One (1) written essay (4+3 and 3+3) 500 words or less, addressing the question as stated. Content, as well as spelling and grammar, are deemed to be important for readability and consideration by faculty.
- The following pre-requisite courses must be completed with a final grade of “C”, or better:
· Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II – 4 credits each with lab (4+3 and 3+3)
· Biology – 3-4 credits (4+3 and 3+3, excluding BIO 109, BIO 203, BIO 115/116)
· Chemistry I and II – 4 credits each with lab (4+3 and 3+3)
· Physics I and II – 4 credits each with lab (4+3 and 3+3)
· Social Sciences – 6-9 credits (psychology, sociology/anthropology, humanities) (4+3 and 3+3)
· Statistics – 3 credits (4+3 and 3+3)
· English Composition/Writing – 3 credits (4+3)
· All prerequisite courses must be completed within 10 years of application to the DPT Program.
· Advanced Placement (AP) courses taken in high school, if accepted by undergraduate admissions upon entrance into the university, will be accepted as fulfilling the pre-requisites for entrance into the DPT Program. These courses must appear on the undergraduate transcript.
Non-science pre-requisites, (statistics, social science, psychology) may be completed on line. For science pre-requisites (biology, chemistry, physics, anatomy and physiology) may have the lecture portions taken online but the laboratory must be taken in a traditional laboratory setting.
July 1st: Applications open
January 15: Application deadline
March 1: Admission decisions are complete and applicants are notified
Admission Criteria into the Alvernia Accelerated 3+3 Program and Alvernia 4+3 Program
· Accelerated 3+3 Program Admission
Decisions regarding admission into the university will be made by the Office of Admissions. Admission into the DPT accelerated (3+3) program will be available to students who meet the criteria (3.5 high school GPA). Admission into the accelerated program will be determined by the Department of Physical Therapy admissions committee in accordance with the university undergraduate admissions policies. Upon timely completion of ALL admission criteria, applicants will be offered admission into the accelerated program upon entrance into the university and upon timely completion of ALL admission criteria will be offered conditional guaranteed admission into the graduate DPT Program, as determined by the maximum number of allotted seats in the program as determined by accreditation. Students within the accelerated (3+3) format will follow a curricular plan in one of four majors with “DPT” listed as the student’s second major. The majors include Biochemistry, Biology, Healthcare Science or Psychology. It is also highly recommended that the Alvernia 3+3 students take Neuroscience (BIO 208) and Kinesiology (BIO 211).
· Alvernia 4+3 Program Admission
Students who do not meet the admission criteria into the accelerated program upon entrance into the university may be offered conditional guaranteed entrance into the DPT program upon graduation as a 4+3 student upon completion of ALL criteria for admission. In addition, 4+3 students who have met ALL admission criteria prior to the completion of their junior year (with the exception of in-progress criteria that will be completed prior to admission into the DPT Program) will be offered the possibility of transitioning into the 3+3 accelerated track with admission into the graduate DPT Program in their senior year. Alvernia 4+3 applicants who desire conditional guaranteed admission into the DPT Program post graduation, or upon completion of their junior year, must meet all of the admission criteria, including the required GPA, of the 3+3 applicants (3.0 science GPA, 3.25 overall GPA, 3.0 pre-requisite GPA). Admission is also contingent upon successful completion of a formal interview with the DPT admissions committee. It is also highly recommended that the Alvernia 4+3 students take Neuroscience (BIO 208) and Kinesiology (BIO 211).
Accelerated 3+3 track applicants, Alvernia 4+3 applicants desiring conditional guaranteed admission, and applicants who desire to enter the program from another university through a formal matriculation agreement, must submit their application through the physical therapy centralized application service (PTCAS) by October 1 of the year prior to matriculation. Accelerated 3+3 and 4+3 students who have met all of the criteria, must achieve the required GPA for admission into the DPT program by January 15 of their junior year to progress into the graduate DPT program. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance status into the program by March 1.
Note: If the number of 3+3, Alvernia 4+3 applicants who desire conditional guaranteed admission, or applicants desiring to enter the program from another university through a matriculation agreement who meet all admission criteria exceeds the number of available seats in the program, as determined by the program’s accrediting agency, Alvernia 3+3 and 4+3 students will be given first preference followed by students entering within a matriculation agreement from another university. In such cases, Alvernia student applicants then matriculating student applicants will be rank ordered based on: 1. Science GPA, then 2. Overall GPA for final decisions related to admission.
In order to enter the DPT program within the Alvernia accelerated (3+3) format, students must complete the following pre-admission criteria:
- Achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.25, Science GPA of 3.0, pre-requisite GPA of 3.0
- Achieve a minimum grade of “C” in all pre-requisite courses
- All DPT prerequisite courses (listed below) must be taken at a four-year accredited institution. If taken at another institution, only courses in which the student achieved a grade of "B", or higher, will be transferred.
- All 3+3 students must follow the guidelines for applying to the program and submit all required documents through the Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS), which can be accessed through the DPT Program homepage. All decisions are contingent upon the applicant’s maintaining admission criteria throughout the final semester.
- A minimum of 100 hours of observation, which shall include experiences in a broad range of settings that include both outpatient and inpatient physical therapy settings. Recommended settings include: skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, pediatric intervention settings, home health settings, acute or sub-acute inpatient rehabilitation settings, acute hospital settings, sports and orthopedic settings, and/or private practices.
- Three letters of reference that shall include one each from a: licensed PT, professor, and other non-family member. Applicants should ensure that their chosen references have knowledge of and can speak to the qualities/attributes required of a doctorally prepared health professional and to their readiness to handle the academic rigor of doctoral study.
- Advanced Placement (AP) courses taken in high school, if accepted by undergraduate admissions upon entrance into the university, will be accepted as fulfilling the pre-requisites for entrance into the DPT Program. These courses must appear on the undergraduate transcript.
- Non-science pre-requisites (statistics, social science, psychology) may be completed online. For science pre-requisites (biology, chemistry, physics, anatomy and physiology), the lecture portion of each course may be taken online, but the laboratory portion of each course must be taken in a traditional laboratory setting.
DPT Prerequisite Courses
- Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II - 4 credits each with lab
- Biology – 3-4 credits (excluding BIO 109, BIO 203, BIO 115/116)
- Chemistry I and II - 4 credits each with lab
- Physics I and II - 4 credits each with lab
- Social Sciences – 6-9 credits (psychology, sociology/anthropology, humanities)
- Statistics - 3 credits
- English Composition/Writing - 3 credits
- Humanities/Communications - 3 credits (COM 103) OR Interpersonal Communication - 3 credits (COM 213)
The Program’s pre-requisite courses for admission are reflective of the position of the Academic Council of the APTA (Position: Standard Prerequisite Course for Admission in Entry Level Physical Therapist Education Programs). This motion was heard before the council in October of 2012. The council supports the standardization of prerequisite requirements for the purpose of assisting program applicants in achieving required courses as they apply to multiple programs and for the purpose of assisting pre-professional institutions with program development. The list of courses recommended by the council is consistent with information presented in the PTCAS Course Prerequisites Summary; 2011- 12 Admissions Cycle, APTA, August 27 2011 and the publication by Lake, et al1. Additional rationale for the choice of these pre-requisite courses was obtained following close analysis of the pre-admission course requirements of other accredited DPT Programs. This information is available through PTCAS at ptcas.org.
1. Lake DA, Breckenridge W, Beverly M. Admission requirements for physical therapist education programs: an uDCate. The Advisor. 2012;3:30-37.
2. Hayward, L. M., & Blackmer, B. (2010). A model for teaching and assessing core values development in Doctor Of Physical Therapy students. Journal of Physical Therapy Education, 24(3), 16-26.
3. Jaschik, Scott. Popularity of Early Admission Grows and Grows. 2017, 2018, January 30, https://www.insidehighered.com/admissions/article/2017/12/11/despite-concerns-many-early-admissions-programs-continue-see-growing
Transfer into the Program
Students may transfer a maximum of two graduate courses (six graduate credits) from an accredited university with a CAPTE-accredited DPT Program. Courses that are to be transferred must have been taken within 1 calendar year. The student must have earned a minimum grade of “B” in each course to receive transfer credit. An official transcript indicating the grade received and a complete course description or syllabus must be forwarded to the Coordinator of Graduate Admissions and Student Services as well as the DPT Admissions Committee for review for equivalence.
Students wishing to enter the DPT Program must apply in the usual cycle of admissions and must meet all other requirements to gain entrance into the University. Transferred credits do not count towards the cumulative grade point average at Alvernia University.
Transfer of students who are currently enrolled in a DPT Program that has failed to achieve accreditation will be considered on an individual basis. This transfer policy will ensure that there are no gaps in the education of transfer students and that the curricular framework of the Program is preserved. Exceptions to the credit transfer policy will be considered by the DPT Admissions Committee on an individual basis.
Minimum 60% marks in intermediate (FSc/ ALevels) with pre-medical subjects, from a recognized board/ university/institute. Degree holders from foreign institutes should submit the equivalence certificate from Inter Board Committee of Chairmen (IBCC). Candidates are required to take the entry test & interview.What is the best major to get into PT school? ›
- Biology. Physical therapy requires knowledge of the human body, so it should be no surprise that biology is one of the best degrees to pursue when embarking on a physical therapy career. ...
- Kinesiology. ...
- Exercise Science. ...
- Psychology. ...
- Business. ...
- A Note About Prerequisites.
What physical therapy school has the highest acceptance rate? University of Iowa. The university of Iowa is on the list of easiest PT schools to get into. They have a very high acceptance rate of 82.55% in 2021, with over 21.000 admitted students out of almost 26.000 applicants.How do u become a physical therapist? ›
- Book your PT. course. Choose from our Complete, Specialist and Ultimate PT course packages which can be studied online or part-time.
- Study & qualify. Your study is now complete and you've become a Personal Trainer with CIMSPA and REPs recognition.
- Your first PT. job. ...
- New clients & income.
The entry test MDCAT is not compulsory for application of DPT at Lahore College of Physical therapy to-date. However, the institution reserves right to announce and conduct its own entry test or refer to another professional test as per change in policy or HEC requirements.How much merit is required for DPT? ›
Minimum 60% (660/1100) marks, in F.Sc. (Pre-Medical) or A-Level equivalent duly certified by the Inter-Board Committee of Chairmen (IBCC). Minimum 50% marks in SZABMU TEST 2021 OR Minimum 50% marks in National MDCAT 2021.How can I increase my chances of getting into PT school? ›
- Boost Your GPA. Let's get the most obvious point out of the way. ...
- Land a PT Aide/ Tech Job. ...
- Higher GRE Scores. ...
- Attend Open House Events. ...
- PT Volunteer Experience. ...
- Non-PT Volunteer Experience.
- Sports medicine. Physical therapists who specialize in sports medicine treat professional and amateur athletes. ...
- Cardiovascular. ...
- Geriatrics. ...
- Neurology. ...
An In-depth Look at The Personal Training Profession. Yes, you can good make money as a personal trainer is the short answer. The longer answer is that, as most things are, if you are fantastic at your job and if you market and sell yourself well, you can make good money.What are the easiest DPT programs to get into? ›
- University of Iowa. The university of Iowa tops our list of easiest PT schools to get into. ...
- University of Delaware. ...
- Baylor university. ...
- University of Washington. ...
- University of Miami. ...
- University of Pittsburgh.
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Most students accepted to DPT programs have a GPA of 3.5 or better.How long does it take to start physical therapy? ›
If appropriate, physical therapy may begin as soon as a few days after the injury is sustained. For patients who delay physical therapy, their injuries and symptoms often become worse and may be more difficult and/or more expensive to treat.What does being a physical therapist entail? ›
Physical therapists evaluate and record a patient's progress. Physical therapists help injured or ill people improve movement and manage pain. They are often an important part of preventive care, rehabilitation, and treatment for patients with chronic conditions, illnesses, or injuries.How much percentage is required for DPT in King Edward? ›
The candidate must have scored at least 60% marks in the latest NMDCAT exam. Only Punjab Residents can apply for DPT Program.
. Yes,you can open your own clinic with Graduation. You are now a licensed physiotherapist. If you are well strong and confidential that you are now ready to open it go for it without any hesitation.Can arts student do DPT? ›
As a art student you are not eligible to apply for physiotherapist course. Aspiring candidate should hold a Bachelors degree in Physiotherapy (BPT) to become a Physiotherapist. For this course, he should be 10+2 passed or equivalent examination with physics, chemistry, biology and English.How much percentage is required for merit? ›
Student should have passed Class X Examination from the CBSE and secured 60% or more. Pursuing Class XI & XII from CBSE affiliated Schools.Which country is best for DPT? ›
The best countries for physiotherapy are the USA, the UK, Australia, New Zealand and parts of western Europe. Due to the quality of healthcare in these countries, physiotherapy is taught to a high standard using the latest research methods.How many points are needed for physical therapist? ›
Subject requirements for Bachelor of Physiotherapy: Maths, Life Sciences and Physical Sciences, all at level 4 with a minimum of 30 points. Only students applying for Physiotherapy as 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choice will be considered. Admission requirements are subject to change.
They are also highly competitive. Many schools choose only 30 students from over 200 to 600 applicants. You need to find ways to gain experience and work hard in order to be accepted into a physical therapy graduate program. Programs are typically looking for around 100 observational hours in a variety of settings.Is it hard to get an interview for PT school? ›
Nearly ½ of all applicants never make it past the PT School Interview! If you're lucky enough to get a PT School interview invite, you'll need to set yourself apart from the crowd.What makes a good PT applicant? ›
Still University and Sacred Heart University. The panel agrees a great PT applicant is someone who is strong academically, has grit, can persevere, is passionate, caring, compassionate and ready to change gears. Applicants are highly encouraged to do their research when selecting a school.Is physical therapy harder than nursing? ›
Physical therapists usually require more education than nurses. In the United States, physical therapy students must complete a doctoral degree, which often takes about seven years. A nurse may practice at much lower levels of education—the fastest route for starting a career in nursing is a two-year associate degree.Which is higher DPT or PT? ›
DPT stands for Doctor of Physical Therapy. That's a more advanced degree than many practicing physical therapists (PTs) have. Down the road, though, all practicing PTs will be DPTs.Is it worth it becoming a PT? ›
If you're an extroverted person who enjoys getting to know people over the course of a workday, physical therapy may be a career that you enjoy. Physical therapists can help patients get their mobility or activity level back, making this a rewarding career for people who enjoy nurturing working relationships.Is physical therapy a stressful job? ›
Every time you work with a patient, you will be responsible for completing a ton of documentation. This added workload can be very stressful, time-consuming and is one of the cons of being a physical therapist.Is PT in high demand? ›
Yes, physical therapist assistants and aides are in very high demand, with expected job growth of 32% over the next decade.Are physical therapists underpaid? ›
Compared to many other professions in the US, the average salary of a physical therapist hovers around a livable $85k a year, with new graduates earning just under $70k. Once you're finally debt-free, you'll enjoy this healthy income as a PT.What is the lowest degree for physical therapy? ›
To practice as a physical therapist in the U.S., you must earn a doctor of physical therapy degree from a Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education-accredited physical therapist education program and pass a state licensure exam. The length of professional DPT programs is typically three years.
While GPA requirements across the US are universally similar, there is in fact enough variance that it's worth checking out the specific requirements of each school; one school may require an overall GPA of, say, 3.3 while another might require only 3.2 as a bare minimum.Is DPT worth the money? ›
In summary, most DPT programs cost less than $142k. Therefore, when you look at the level of income you receive (i.e. physical therapist salary both today and growing over time) and the lower risk to that income relative to just having an undergrad degree, then yes the DPT in our opinion is absolutely worth it.Who is a famous physical therapist? ›
1. Mary McMillan. Mary McMillan is often considered the “founding mother” and pioneer of PT as we know it in the United States.What is the difference between a DPT and PT? ›
A Physical Therapist, a PT, is a licensed healthcare professional that completed a graduate program to help patients reduce pain and restore or improve mobility. A DPT, Doctor of Physical Therapy, is now the entry level for the professional degree for physical therapists.Can I get into PT school with a 3.0 GPA? ›
The admissions committee requires that you have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and a minimum science GPA of 3.0. Higher GPAs tend to be more competitive within the applicant pool.Do grades in PT school matter? ›
GPA within physical therapy school needs to stay above the minimum requirement, but aside from that, it doesn't matter nearly as much as other factors such as your overall commitment to work hard for your own personal benefit and future patients. GPA is hardly everything in PT school.Do PT schools look at science GPA or overall? ›
Full Member. PTCAS calculates an overall science and math GPA and also a prerequisite GPA. It will show up in your science GPA since the subject (chemistry) is a science, but when you add the course to the PTCAS coursework don't add it as a prerequisite since it's not.Is physical therapy easy? ›
California is often considered one of the most difficult states in which to get your physical therapy license. However, if you know what you're doing (by reading this guide), the process isn't very complicated.What can you not do in physical therapy? ›
Physical therapy never includes sex. It also never includes verbal sexual advances or any other kind of sexual contact or behavior. Sexual contact of any kind in the course of a physical therapy treatment is illegal and unethical.How long does PT usually last? ›
A good physical therapist will track progress and check whether you are making gains in range of motion, function, and strength. Generally, soft tissues will take between six and eight weeks to heal, meaning that a typical physiotherapy program will last about that long.
The responsibilities of a physical therapist include:
Consulting with patients to learn about their physical condition and symptoms. Diagnosing movement dysfunction and developing a treatment plan. Teaching patients how to properly use therapeutic exercise techniques. Providing stimulation or massage to promote healing.
Physical Therapist Responsibilities
Developing treatment plans using a variety of treatment techniques. Creating personalized fitness-oriented health care programs for patients. Administering medically prescribed physical therapy treatments to relieve pain and improve mobility. Advising patients on exercise techniques.
- Regain Movement and Function After an Injury or Illness. ...
- Help Patients with Sports Injuries. ...
- Help Patients with Back Pain. ...
- Improve Quality of Life. ...
- Help Reduce Pain & Improve Joint Function.
This course can be pursued after passing class 12th from the science stream with a minimum aggregate of 50% from a recognised board. The admission to the DPT course is done either on the basis of merit list or through entrance examination.Does DPT have scope in Pakistan? ›
DPT scope in Pakistan is great when it is chosen as a profession. Any field or profession that aims to serve your country and its people is the best. People work harder to become a doctor or engineer. These two fields are considered the most famous and demanded by society.Which institute is best for DPT in Pakistan? ›
UMT Lahore or University of Management & Technology. University of Health Sciences. University of Sargodha. Sargodha Medical College.How much percentage is required for Doctor? ›
For general category students minimum 50% marks is required in 12th class and for St/SC/OBC category students have to get minimum 40% marks in 12th class. You have to mandatory biology, chemistry, physics and english subject in your 12th class. Otherwise you can't get admission in MBBS.How many semesters are in DPT? ›
Dpt is a five year program,having 10 semesters. each semester is of 6 months which includes 18 weeks of education,examination and semester break. The mission of BUMDC is to discover, disseminate, and apply knowledge in the various areas of the health sciences.Which is higher PT or DPT? ›
DPT stands for Doctor of Physical Therapy. That's a more advanced degree than many practicing physical therapists (PTs) have. Down the road, though, all practicing PTs will be DPTs.Are DPT called Doctor? ›
APTA has a position, Use of the Title "Doctor " By Physical Therapists (HOD P06-06-21-14) that states: "The American Physical Therapy Association supports the use of the title of 'Doctor of Physical Therapy' only for those physical therapists who have graduated from a DPT program.
This option is highly appreciable but one needs to have enough experience to start a clinic of their own. A Physiotherapist also needs to register himself/herself with MIAP which stands for Member of Indian Association of Physiotherapists. I hope you find this information helpful.Which college is best for Physiotherapy? ›
- St Johns Medical College, Bangalore. ...
- MS Ramaiah Medical College, Bangalore. ...
- IMS BHU - Institute of Medical Sciences Banaras Hindu University. ...
- HIMSR New Delhi - Hamdard Institute of Medical Sciences and Research. ...
- Shree Guru Gobind Singh Tricentenary University, Gurgaon.
Salary Rs 145k — Rs 860k.What type of DPT makes the most money? ›
- Sports medicine. Physical therapists who specialize in sports medicine treat professional and amateur athletes. ...
- Cardiovascular. ...
- Geriatrics. ...
- Neurology. ...
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It focuses on treating a variety of conditions including but not limited to Musculoskeletal, Neurological, Cardio-Respiratory, Pediatrics, Geriatrics, Women Health and Sports Injuries.Which government colleges offer DPT? ›
University of Health Sciences Lahore
University of health sciences is the first top-ranked in Government University for Dpt in Lahore, Punjab. Approximately ten thousand students are enrolled every year. University of health science is known as UHS in Pakistan. UHS managed all the types of medical fields in Pakistan.
My 3-year DPT degree does not equal a 4-year medical degree (MD), requiring a minimum of 3 years in additional residency training.