Applicants interested in applying for the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Alvernia University will need to apply through PTCAS

The application for Fall 2020 will be remain open until May 15, 2020.

The application for Fall 2021 will be available on July 2, 2020.


The DPT program is offered in a 4+3 year and 3+3 year curricular format. Prospective students with an earned bachelor’s degree from Alvernia or another four-year accredited institution are welcome to apply to the 4+3 year format. The 3+3 year format enables Alvernia students who are admitted into 1of 4 majors (Biochemistry, Biology, Healthcare Science, or Psychology) to follow a curricular plan in that major with the intention to be admitted to the DPT program in his/her senior year, upon completion of all requirements. Interested students should contact Dr. Christopher Wise, DPT Department Chair at 

The processes and policies that govern admission into and progression through the DPT Program can be found at 


Admission Requirements: 

The following pre-requisite courses must be completed with a final grade of “C” or better (4+3 and 3+3): 

  • 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.   

Additional admission requirements include: 

  • Completed Application for Admission through the Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) at:  
  • Official transcript(s) demonstrating the achievement of a Bachelor’s Degree and official transcripts from each college or university attended revealing a Cumulative GPA of 3.25, Science and pre-requisite GPA of 3.0, or better (4+3). 
  • Achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.5, Science GPA of 3.5, pre-requisite GPA of 3.0 (3+3).  
  • All DPT prerequisite courses (listed above) 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 (3+3). 
  • A minimum of 100 hours of observation, which includes experience in both outpatient and inpatient physical therapy settings  
  • Three letters of reference from a licensed PT, professor, other non-family member (4+3) 
  • Three letters of reference from a licensed PT, Alvernia professor, other non-family member (3+3) 
  • GRE taken within the past five years with a minimum score of 150 on Verbal and Quantitative and 3.5 on Analytical 
  • A written essay  
  • The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program participates in the PTCAS early decision option. This is the recommended option if an applicant is 100% confident that Alvernia University DPT Program is where he/she would like to pursue their DPT education. Early decision applicants are informed of an admission decision by September 25. Failure to be admitted via the early decision application process does not preclude an applicant from applying via the general application process.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
  • Non-science pre-requisites, (statistics, social science, psychology) may be completed online. 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. 
  • 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. 
  • All decisions are contingent upon maintaining admissions criteria throughout the final semester.  


Important Dates: 

January 15: General Applications close 

March 1: General applicants notified of decision 


Admission Criteria into the Accelerated 3+3 Program 

Decisions regarding the admission of 3+3 undergraduate students into the university will be made by the Office of Admissions in accordance with the university’s undergraduate admissions policies. The accelerated (3+3) format for entrance into the DPT program is available to students who meet the admission criteria upon entrance to the university (3.5 high school GPA, 1170 SAT). 

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. Although students will be listed with DPT as their second major, entrance into the graduate program is not guaranteed and can only occur after completion of all pre-requisites. If the maximum capacity of program enrollment has been reached, all students who have met the criteria, as described above, will be rank ordered based on the following: 1. science GPA, 2. cumulative GPA. 

In order to enter the DPT program within the accelerated 3+3 year format, students must complete the admission criteria by January 15 of their junior year. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance status into the program by March 1. A Student’s inability to enter the program through the 3+3 year format will not preclude him/her from applying to the program through the 4+3 year format after earning his or her bachelor’s degree. 

*Admission Requirements subject to change. 




Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Alvernia University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website: If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 610-568-1546 or email

For more information regarding the process of accreditation, please contact the:

Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
1111 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: 703-706-3245

DPT Doctor of Physical Therapy