Application Process

For the charter class, all prospective students from Alvernia or other institutions will apply to the Program through the Alvernia Office of Graduate and Adult Education Admissions. Beginning in the Fall of 2016, the Program will utilize PTCAS ( for submission of applications. The Program will begin accepting applications after July 1, 2014 on a rolling admissions cycle up to April 1 each year.

Upon receipt of the application in the Admissions office, the admissions staff will screen each application. If an application is incomplete, this office will work with the applicant in completing the application. All viable applications will be forwarded to the DPT Admissions Committee who will then proceed through the following process:

  • Upon receipt, the Program Director will evaluate each application to ensure that the application is complete and that all criteria have been met.

  • All completed applications will be passed on for further evaluation by the DPT Program Admissions Committee, which is comprised of DPT Program core, associated, and clinical faculty.

  • Each application will undergo review by three readers on the committee. Each reader will review the application independently and score the applicant using the DPT Program Admissions Scoring Sheet. Each reader will conclude their review by placing the applicant on a 4-point Likert scale ranging from: 1. Accept enthusiastically, 2. Accept, 3. Accept with reservations, 4. Not Accept

  • The Program Director, in collaboration with the DPT Admissions Committee, will review the scoring sheets and utilize the triangulated data to make a final decision regarding each applicant. The top 30 applicants will be accepted into the program. In addition, another 60 applicants will be placed on a prioritized waiting list. All other applicants will receive a letter of rejection. Each applicant will receive written notification from the Program Director or Office of Admissions regarding their status by April 1. To secure their place in the incoming class, each accepted student must submit an acceptance for admission in writing along with a non-refundable security deposit in the amount of $300.00 by May 1, 2015.  Formal entrance interviews will NOT be conducted.

  • Should accepted students decline, applicants on the waiting list will be offered acceptance into the program via written notification resulting in a final number of students reporting on the first day of class set at no more than 30.

  • This admissions process is ongoing with final applications to be submitted by February 15 with final decisions regarding the incoming class made by April 1. Those accepted for entrance into the charter class in the Fall of 2015 will be granted “conditional acceptance” contingent upon CAPTE’s decision to grant candidacy.

  • Once candidacy has been achieved, all accepted students will be notified of the change in the Program’s status and expected to begin the Program of study beginning in the Fall of 2015.

Graduation from a physical therapist program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states. Alvernia University is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist education program from CAPTE. The program submitted an Application for Candidacy on June 1, 2014, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage and underwent an on-site review on July 29-31, 2014. Submission of this document and on-site review does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the professional phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in professional courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation. All students accepted into the charter DPT class of 2018 will be accepted conditionally and graduation will be contingent upon full accreditation status as granted by CAPTE.


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