2019-20 Applicants

Messiah College - Doctor in Physical Therapy Program*


Effective October 31, 2018, Messiah College 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: accreditation@apta.org).  If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 717-766-251 ext. 2126 or email Dr. Valerie Olson, DPT Program Director at VOlson@Messiah.edu. Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates the program is progressing toward accreditation and may matriculate students in professional courses.  Candidate for Accreditation is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation.


Contact Information more...

Allan C Mathew
Director of Graduate Enrollment
Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
1 College Ave
Suite 3060
Mechanicsburg PA, 17055
(717) 796-5061
amathew@messiah.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
08/25/2020
Institution's religious affiliation
Christian
 

Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
36
Anticipated size of next entering class
36
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
0%

Program Description more...

Messiah College’s DPT program is designed to successfully prepare you for the National Physical Therapy Examination to become a licensed physical therapist and to serve in a variety of professional settings.

Effective October 31, 2018, Messiah College 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: accreditation@apta.org). If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 717-766-251 ext. 2126 or email Dr. Valerie Olson, DPT Program Director at VOlson@Messiah.edu. Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates the program is progressing toward accreditation and may matriculate students in professional courses. Candidate for Accreditation is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation.

Program Details:
* A 110-credit program that can be completed in eight semesters.

* A cohort-learning model.

* A state-of-the-art, 32,000 square-foot educational facility custom-designed for physical therapy (PT).

* A program that incorporates community service, cultural relevancy and global engagement.

* International collaboration with healthcare facilities across the globe using Skype communication, instructional modules and the opportunity to serve and learn on missions trips.

* The academic distinction of a nationally ranked, accredited private Christian college. Messiah College is the first institution within the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities in the Northeast or Mid-Atlantic Region to offer a graduate program in PT.

* Faculty who are experienced Christian educators, PT professionals and accomplished scholars who will take time to mentor you in your education, faith and career.

* Networking and partnership opportunities with the local PT community.

The DPT program is located in Winding Hill, a newly renovated, state-of-the-art educational center. The facility includes an exercise lab, cadaver lab, musculoskeletal lab, pediatric lab and full-size apartment for activities of daily living.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
05/15/2020
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
Yes
Important dates

* Applicants will be reviewed when their application is verified and all the requirements have been submitted.  

* Once a student has been evaluated and meets our minimum requirements they will be invited for an interview.  

* Interviews are held once a month through the Spring/Early Summer.  

* Our admissions process is rolling, so students will be accepted after the interview on a rolling basis. 

Open House Dates


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
No

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$200.00
Additional Information about Deposit
A non-refundable $200 deposit is required upon acceptance to the Program.
Due Date of First Required Deposit
01/15/2020

Interviews

Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
Yes
Additional information about Interviews
Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis, and students who have their applications verified and meet our requirements will be invited for interview.

GPA

GPA Scores
MINIMUM GPA Score
AVERAGE GPA score for accepted students
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative
3.00
 
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.00
 
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
All prerequisite courses must have been successfully completed with a C or better with an average of 3.0 for the prerequisite courses.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
2336
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
While there is no minimum GRE score requirement, we will be using the scores as part of the overall scoring system used to rate and rank applicants.

GRE scores must be no more than 5 years old.

Observation Hours

 
Common options include inpatient, outpatient and pediatric settings, such as rehabilitation centers, hospitals, outpatient therapy centers, school districts, acute care hospitals, subacute rehabilitation, extended care facilities, nursing homes, free standing PT or hospital outpatient clinic, wellness/prevention/fitness centers, industrial/occupational health facilities or home health agencies.

Students must complete 25 hours in an inpatient setting, 25 hours in an outpatient setting
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
50
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Required
Outpatient
Required

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
3
Additional information about program's reference requirements
Three letters of recommendation addressing your professional experience and/or academic performance, excluding relatives, are required (at least one from faculty and at least one from a physical therapist.)

Foreign Applicants and Transcripts

Citizenship types eligible for admission U.S. citizens
  • U.S. citizens
  • U.S. permanent residents
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
Additional information about program's policy on foreign coursework
With few exceptions, international students are required to submit official TOEFL or IELTS scores from within the last two years. The minimum acceptable TOEFL score is 80 on the internet based version or 550 on the paper based version. The minimum acceptable IELTS score is 6.5.

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
* Applicants must demonstrate satisfactory completion of the undergraduate courses listed below. Admission decisions are based on a holistic review of each application; however, performance in these prerequisite courses is a significant factor.

* Therefore, a grade of “C” or better must be achieved in each course, with a minimum cumulative prerequisite GPA of 3.0.
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
Yes
Link to program's prerequisite instructions
Anatomy & Physiology I
Coursework older than 5 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Any
Anatomy & Physiology II
Coursework older than 5 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Any
Biology I
Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: General
Biology II
Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: General II
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: Microbiology
Chemistry I
Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry I
Chemistry II
Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry II
Physics I
Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physics II
Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Psychology
Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Any
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
Statistics
Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Business: Statistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics