Applications are being accepted for Fall 2021. The application deadline is May 15, 2021.

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

 

 

The Alvernia University Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program has been granted full Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) (see statement below). The DPT program is a clinical post-graduate doctoral program that is 3 years in length that represents the required credential for the preparation of graduates to be eligible for licensure and employment as a physical therapist.

 

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 1 of 4 majors to follow a curricular plan in that major with the intention to be admitted to the DPT program in their senior year, upon completion of all requirements.

 

Interested students should contact Dr. Christopher Wise, Physical Therapy Department Chair at christopher.wise@alvernia.edu.

 

The processes and policies that govern admission into and progression through the DPT Program can be found at https://www.alvernia.edu/academics/graduate-programs/dpt-doctor-physical-therapy

 

Admission Criteria into the 4+3 Program

In order to enter the DPT program within the 4+3 format, students must complete the following pre-admission criteria:

  • Completed Application for Admission through the Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) at http://www.ptcas.org/home.aspx

  • 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.

 

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • All decisions are contingent upon maintaining admissions criteria throughout the final semester.

  • 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.

 

Important Dates

May 15: Application close

 

 

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, 1170 SAT). 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. Admission criteria for Alvernia 4+3 applicants who desire conditional guaranteed admission are the same as those required for 4+3 applicants from other universities with the exception of the minimum GPA requirements (see 4+3 admissions criteria for full details). Alvernia 4+3 applicants who desire conditional guaranteed admission into the DPT Program post graduation must achieve the GPA required of 3+3 applicants (3.5 science GPA, 3.5 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), as well as 3 credits of Humanities/Communications, that includes COM 103 OR Interpersonal Communication (COM 213).

 

Application/Admission Timeline: 

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) students must achieve the required cumulative and science 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 3.5, Science GPA of 3.5, 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)

 

Doctor of Physical Therapy Program (DPT)

  • Completed Application for Admission through the Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) at: http://www.ptcas.org/home.aspx

  • 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.

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • All decisions are contingent upon maintaining admissions criteria throughout the final semester.Successful completion of a formal interview that demonstrates the applicant’s ability to engage in professional verbal communication with the DPT Admissions Committee

  • 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.  

 

Important Dates

May 15: Applications close

 

 


 

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: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 610-568-1546 or email christopher.wise@alvernia.edu.

 

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
Email: accreditation@apta.org

DPT Doctor of Physical Therapy