2019-20 Applicants

Drexel University


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Contact Information more...

Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences
Drexel University
1601 Cherry Street
Mail Stop 7502
Philadelphia PA, 19102
(267) 359-5535
ptadmissions@drexel.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
09/21/2020
Social networking
Facebook Page for PT Program
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Twitter Page for PT Program
 

Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
56
Anticipated size of next entering class
62
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
32%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
68%
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
0%

Program Description more...

The Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program is designed to prepare competent physical therapy clinicians who understand the delivery of patient care within the changing health care environment. The curriculum values the physical therapist as a health care provider who gives particular attention to the anatomical, physiological, and biopsychosocial aspects of the mind and body. Emphasis is placed on evidence-based examination, evaluation and intervention plans. The student will be competent in making diagnoses and prognoses, which affect optimal outcomes throughout the continuum of care.

The program is a little under 3 years and the curriculum spans 11 academic quarters and consists of integrated didactic and clinical study with an emphasis on adult learning methodology. The curriculum consists of foundational courses during the first year, with subsequent quarters sequenced to progress through the hierarchy of educational objectives from simple to complex. All didactic material is organized for synthesis and application to professional practice.

Consistent with Drexel’s reputation as a leader in technology, the college affords cutting edge technology via the Center for Interdisciplinary Clinical Simulation and Practice (http://www.drexel.edu/cnhp/about/CICSP), which is utilized throughout the DPT curriculum. Students use technology for “bedside” point of care, Standardized Patient Labs (SPL), and Human Simulation Labs to practice clinical skills. Point-of-care technology is infused throughout the curriculum and used in both academic courses and during clinical rotations. This allows students immediate access to information for clinical decision making. The SPL is designed to look like a typical physical therapy outpatient setting where professional actors play the role of the “patient.” The SPL lab is equipped with state of the art video and audio equipment which allows students to be remotely monitored by faculty as they perform various examination and/or treatment interventions with the “patients.” Through this technology, students can view themselves for self-critique as well as receive feedback from the actor and faculty.

The Human Simulation Lab consists of two large labs, control and “prop” room, which can be transformed into an acute setting (ICU, OR, ED), medical surgical, or community environments (home, community centers, etc). These labs not only enhance clinical skills but also promote communication skills between physical therapists and patients, as well as with other health care providers. The use of advanced technology has become an invaluable resource for preparing students for real life patient interactions.

Graduates of our program are able to function in a variety of heath care settings and are well-prepared to seek licensure by state board examination. In fact, the DPT program at Drexel University and its predecessor, Hahnemann University, have a 100% pass rate on the state board license examination, including first-time pass rate of over 98%. In addition, the program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
10/01/2019
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
Yes
Important dates

* Applications and supporting materials must be completed and verified by the application deadline.

* Applicants deemed competitive will be invited to interview on campus between September and December.


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
Yes
Special eligibility requirements for Early Decision candidates
PTCAS Early Decision application deadline is August 15, 2019. Qualified applicants will be invited in for an on-campus interview in September.

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$500.00
Deposit Refundable?
No
Due Date of First Required Deposit
03/01/2020

Interviews

Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
Yes
Additional information about Interviews
Interviews are scheduled throughout the fall. Interview days include an overview of the program, an interview with a faculty member or alumni, a meet-and-greet session, a tour, and a Q&A session with current students.

GPA

GPA Scores
MINIMUM GPA Score
AVERAGE GPA score for accepted students
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative
3.00
3.66
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.00
Cumulative Science
3.00
3.60
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
Drexel's DPT program uses both the cumulative overall GPA and science GPA in making admissions decisions. If any coursework was repeated, both the previously earned grade as well as the new grade will be used in the GPA calculation.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
7795
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle
10/01/2014
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score
150
155
Quantitative reasoning scaled score
150
154
Analytical writing scaled score
4.0
4.5
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
GRE exam scores must be submitted by the application deadline in order for the application to be reviewed by the admissions committee. The scores that are shown on PTCAS at the time of the completed application will be the scores used for review.

We require a minimum combined Verbal & Quantitative score of 300 and a 4.0 Analytical score.

If an applicant has taken the GRE exam more than once, we will use the highest score from each section of the GRE. Applicants who plan to retake the GRE during the application cycle must notify the Admissions Coordinator (ptadmissions@drexel.edu) of their planned test date, and again once the updated scores have been submitted.

Observation Hours

 
We require 50 hours of exposure to physical therapy. This can include volunteer work, shadowing a physical therapist, or employment as a PT aide/tech. Exposure to a variety of PT settings is encouraged.
Program's PT hours requirement
PT hours are required - a licensed PT must verify hours w/ signed form uploaded or online via PTCAS
Total number of PT hours REQUIRED
50
Total number of PT hours RECOMMENDED
100
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Accepted/Considered
Outpatient
Accepted/Considered

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
No
Supplemental fee amount
$0.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
No
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
No
Legend
Applicant must send one reference from this SPECIFIC type of evaluator
Applicant must send reference from ONE OR MORE evaluators in category to fulfill program's requirements
Evaluator type ACCEPTED
Evaluator type NOT accepted

Evaluator Types

Physical Therapist
Physical Therapist (additional)
Professor in Major
Professor
Academic
Supervisor/Employer
Teaching Assistant
PTA
Pre-PT Advisor
Politician
Health Care Professional
Friend
Family Member
Co-worker
Clergy
Other
Number of references required by program
2
Additional information about program's reference requirements
One letter of recommendation must come from a licensed physical therapist with whom you have volunteered or worked. A second letter must come from a professor of a science-based course, professor in major, or from an academic advisor.

Foreign Applicants and Transcripts

Citizenship types eligible for admission U.S. citizens
  • U.S. citizens
  • U.S. permanent residents
  • Canadian citizens
  • Foreign (non-U.S.) citizens with a visa
  • Foreign (non-U.S.) citizens
  • Other non-citizens (e.g., refugees)
Non-native speakers must submit official TOEFL scores?
Yes
Program policy for non-U.S. (foreign/international) coursework
Send WES foreign transcript evaluation to PTCAS
Program policy for CANADIAN coursework
  • Send original Canadian transcript to PTCAS
  • Send WES foreign evaluation for Canadian courses to PTCAS
Additional information about program's policy on foreign coursework
Non-native English speakers who have not received a degree in the United States must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The official score report must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service. Drexel's TOEFL code is 2194. We require a score of at least 100.

All foreign transcripts must be evaluated by World Education Services (www.wes.org).

After you select the program and enter your coursework on the application, you may be required to match your courses to the program's course prerequisites in the "Prerequisites" tab of the "Program Materials" section.
General information
Bachelor's degree required prior to matriculation into PT program?
Yes
Anatomy and/or Physiology (A&P) course prerequisites MUST be completed in biology, neuroscience, anatomy, or integrated physiology department
Varies
Anatomy
One course (or the two-part series of Anatomy and Physiology I, II) with laboratory. Coursework older than 7 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Biology I
General Biology I is preferred, but other checked courses may be taken. Coursework older than 7 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Advanced
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: Embryology
  • Biology: General I
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Immunology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
Biology II
General Biology II is preferred, but other checked courses may be taken. Coursework older than 7 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Advanced
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: Embryology
  • Biology: General II
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Immunology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
Chemistry I
General Chemistry I is preferred but other checked courses may be taken. Coursework older than 7 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
Chemistry II
General Chemistry II is preferred but other checked courses may be taken. Coursework older than 7 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
Physics I
General Physics I can be algebra-based or calculus-based. Coursework older than 7 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
  • Physics: General
Physics II
General Physics II can be algebra-based or calculus-based. Coursework older than 7 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
QH: 6
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics: General
  • Physics II
Physiology
One course (or the two-part series of Anatomy and Physiology I, II) with laboratory. Coursework older than 7 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Exercise Physiology
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Psychology
General Psychology is preferred, but other checked courses may be taken. Coursework older than 7 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
QH: 4.5
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Adolescent
  • Psychology: Child
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: General
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
  • Psychology: Psychopathology
  • Psychology: Rehabilitation
  • Psychology: Sports
Statistics
One basic statistics course is required. A social- or biology-based course is preferred. Coursework older than 7 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
QH: 4.5
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Business: Statistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics