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Accepting applications for Fall 2016. Application deadline February 15, 2016.

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program

Along with your completed application you’ll need to provide a few supporting materials. Because there’s lead time required for some items, here’s a step-by-step process that seems to work best for candidates:

  • Complete your online application. You may begin your online application after July 1, 2014. The online application lets you build, edit and save sections of your application along the way. We strongly recommend using either Firefox or Chrome browsers when completing the online application. Please note if you have already submitted your application, you can check the progress of your application by logging onto Alvernia’s Self-Service Center.

  • Order your official transcript(s). Official transcript(s) indicating that the applicant has earned a bachelor's degree from a four-year accredited college or university. Transcripts from all institutions are required. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 (4+3) or 3.25 (3+3), or better and a Science GPA of 3.0 (4+3 and 3+3), or better.

    The following pre-requisite courses must be completed with a final grade of “C”
    or better from a four-year college or university:
    • Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II - 4 credits each with lab
    • Biology - 3-4 credits
    • 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

  • Three letters of recommendation. Please have name and email address for each reference to fill in this area during the online application process. Letters should include one from each: licensed PT, professor, other non-family member (4+3); licensed PT, Alvernia professor, other non-family member (3+3)

  • Written Essay. Please download the essay questions form and upload your response in a saved document as part of the online application process. (500 word requirement per essay) Or you can mail it directly to: Alvernia University, School of Graduate Studies, 540 Upland Avenue, Reading, PA 19607.

  • Scores from a graduate entrance exam. Favorable scores submitted from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken within the last 5 years with a score of 150 on Verbal and 300 on Verbal + Quantitative combined (4+3 only). Alvernia University's GRE institution code is 2431 to be used when taking the test or requesting to have the results sent here. (

  • Observation. A minimum of 100 hours of observation in a minimum of 1 outpatient and 1 inpatient physical therapy setting (4+3 and 3+3). Please download the site observation form and fill out appropriately.

  • International Applicants. International Applicants must submit official TOEFL results for all students for whom English is a second language ( Transcripts from a university outside of the United States must be evaluated by an independent service. ( For more information about applying, please visit our international application website.

Effective November 12, 2014, the Physical Therapy Program at Alvernia University has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates that the program is progressing toward accreditation and may matriculate students in technical/professional courses. Candidate for Accreditation is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation.raduation 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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