Applicants interested in applying for the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Alvernia University will need to apply through PTCAS.  The application will be available as of July 1st.


Admission Requirements:

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
  • 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

Additional admission requirements include:

  • Achievement of a Bachelor's degree and an official transcript(s) from each college or university attended revealing a Cumulative and Science GPA of 3.0 or better (4+3)
  • A minimum of 100 hours of observation, which includes experiences in both outpatient and inpatient physical therapy settings (4+3 and 3+3)
  • Three letters of reference from a: licensed PT, professor, other non-family member (4+3); licensed PT, Alvernia professor, other non-family member (3+3)
  • GRE taken within the past 5 years with a minimum score of 150 on Verbal and Quantitative and 3.5 on Analytical (4+3 only) (Alvernia Code 1619) (
  • 1 Written essay (4+3 and 3+3)
  • 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. (

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) as well as any student who may not have entered the university as a DPT accelerated student but who desires to transition into the 3+3 track after admission to the university. In order for already admitted students to transition into the accelerated DPT program, students must do the following: 1. Complete 8 credits of anatomy and physiology at Alvernia, 2. Achieve a cum and Science GPA of 3.5 by the completion of his/her freshman year, 3. Add DPT as a second major by obtaining the signature of the DPT Program Director and completing and submitting an add major form to the registrar by the end of his/her freshman year. Students from within the university may transfer into the 3+3 Program up until the end of his/her freshman year only, however, students transferring from outside of the university are not permitted to enter the 3+3 Program. The 4+3 program is, however, available to transfer students from other universities.

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. Entrance into the Accelerated DPT Program upon admission to the university, 2. science GPA, 3.cumulative GPA.

Students must achieve the required cumulative and science GPA for admission into the DPT Program by January 15 of his/her junior year to progress into the professional phase of the DPT curriculum. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance status into the Program by April 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.

In order to enter the DPT program within the accelerated 3+3 year format, students must complete the following pre-admission criteria by January 15 of his/her junior year:

  • Achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.5, Science GPA of 3.5, pre-requisite GPA of 3.0
  • Achieve a minimum grade of a “C” in all pre-requisite courses
  • Once a student declares his/her intention to pursue the accelerated track, 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 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, by January 15 of his/her junior year.  


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: The program's current status is probationary accreditation; for more information see If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 610-568-1546 or email


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