2019-20 Applicants

Temple University


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Contact Information more...

Tre Grue
Director of Admissions, Enrollment Management and Student Recruitment- College of Public Health
Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
Temple University
1301 Cecil B. Moore
6th Floor
Philadelphia PA, 19122
(215) 204-5806
DPTadmissions@temple.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
06/01/2020
Dual-degree programs offered in conjunction with PT degree
Temple University offers a dual DPT/PhD in Neuromotor Science. Any interested applicants should contact the program for additional information dptadmissions@temple.edu.
Institution's religious affiliation
None
Additional information about the class profile
One of the missions of Temple University is diversity and we strongly welcome applications from persons of diverse ethnic, socio-economic, religious and cultural backgrounds. Temple DPT does not give preference to Temple University undergraduate applicants or Pennsylvania residents in the admission's process.
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Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
55
Anticipated size of next entering class
55
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
70%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
30%
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
40%

Sex

% Male
27%
% Female
73%

Race / Ethnicity

% Hispanic
3%
% Asian
13%
% African-American/Black (Non-Hispanic)
15%
% White (Not of Hispanic Origin)
69%

Program Description more...

Temple University, situated in historic Philadelphia, is a large, diverse, urban university with a long tradition of physical therapy education. The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, located on Temple University's main campus and is in a state-of-the-art new building with updated lecture and laboratory spaces. The location has all the benefits of Temple's main campus and is only 2 miles away from Temple University Hospital, Shriner’s Hospital for Children, the Medical School, Dental School, Pharmacy School and programs in Nursing, Health Information Management, and Occupational Therapy, spans a total of 35 months with contemporary coursework combined with integrated part-time clinical experiences over the first 5 semesters. This is followed by 3 full-time clinical experiences that are situated after the majority of the clinical management coursework. Over the course of the entire professional program, students will complete a total of 36 weeks of full-time (40 hours/week) clinical experiences (divided into 3 distinct and separate clinical experiences) within a large nation-wide network of over 350 clinical sites. When not participating in full-time clinical internships, students carry an average of just over 13 credits per semester and can expect to spend approximately 20 hours per week in the classroom, laboratory settings and part-time clinical education experiences. Students also have the opportunity to select from an array of advanced clinical training opportunities through elective courses during their final year of training. These include: Advanced Musculoskeletal Management, Geriatrics, Global Health, Vestibular Disorders, and Research. Students also have the opportunity to become involved in clinical and bench research with our faculty. We are one of approximately 10 programs in the country that offer a stand-alone pain science course that discusses physical therapists roles in treating the chronic pain epidemic and opioid dependent populations.

The first year of the DPT program begins with courses related to the acquisition of foundational knowledge: anatomy, physiology, teaching and learning, neuroscience, research methods and clinical examination and intervention skills. Throughout the first year, there will be integrated clinical experiences on a part-time basis to allow students to apply their knowledge in an actual clinical setting. Toward the end of the first year, students will begin the clinical management coursework in areas of musculoskeletal, neuromuscular and cardiopulmonary areas of physical therapy. The majority of the second and third curricular years are utilized to acquire knowledge of all the necessary evaluative, assessment, clinical decision making, and intervention skills and techniques required by the entry-level therapist. This is accomplished through classroom work, experiential learning, standardized patients, clinical simulation, and clinical experience. Our goal is to develop therapists who are not only licensed to practice our science but who also become leaders in our profession and exhibit the behavioral characteristics necessary to become an expert clinician and professional: diligence, empathy, kindness, teamwork, professionalism, and caring.

Didactic coursework begins in mid-May of the first year and ends 35 months later with completion of the last clinical internship in early May that coincides with official University graduation. A total of 9 periodic breaks of at least 10 days (several of the breaks exceed 20 days) away from the classroom, lab, and clinic have been built into the curriculum to provide students the opportunity to rest and reflect on their training. A total of 16 full-time faculty members and well over 25 part-time faculty members provide instruction in the academic courses, actively engage in research, and are engaged in clinical practice, academic and professional service.

We strongly encourage our students to serve the poor, impaired, disabled, and ill through a variety of volunteer or service opportunities. Examples of volunteer activities our students current participate in include: providing maintenance for a local home for unwed, pregnant, and homeless women; teaching rowing to persons with developmental and physical disabilities; Habitat for Humanity; Martin Luther King Day of Service; and, providing physical therapy services to the poor of Guatemala. Additionally, Temple DPT students have initiated a service opportunity in the form of a pro-bono physical therapy center located on the Health Science Campus. The North Broad PT Center is located on the health campus and serves the community members that are uninsured, under-insured with a variety of physical therapy related services. The North Broad PT Center includes several other health disciplines including pharmacy, nursing, occupational therapy, speech and many more. The North Broad PT Center allows current DPT students the first-hand opportunity to provide care to several individuals with the guidance of a licensed physical therapist. Additionally, many of our students are involved at some level with the American Physical Therapy Association.

Research opportunities exist as a laboratory volunteer or work-study student. Most faculty members maintain an active research agenda and welcome the involvement of DPT students. Current research topics include: virtual reality, outcome measures, concussion, fall prevention in adults and children, balance reactions in children and adults with cerebral palsy, vestibular disorders, musculoskeletal treatment options including manual therapy, and primary care physical therapy.Temple University offers a dual DPT/PhD in Neuromotor Science which may be of interest for DPT students that have a long-term goal of performing research or joining an academic faculty.

Please review our website: https://cph.temple.edu/pt/degrees-offered/doctor-physical-therapy-dpt for further information. Please contact us at DPTadmissions@temple.edu with any questions or needs.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Temple University requires all applicants to complete and submit the PTCAS application and official GRE scores. Applications will not be reviewed unless all three parts or the application are submitted.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
11/01/2019
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
Yes
Important dates

With our rolling admissions process, Temple University strongly encourage applicants apply early in the cycle.

We strongly recommend applicants take the GRE prior to the PTCAS application submission.  Applications received without the GRE scores are considered incomplete and review is deferred until the GRE scores are received.  The PTCAS application and GRE are required by Temple University prior to review of the application.  

In-person and virtual open houses are scheduled periodically throughout the year. Please refer to this webpage for current offerings: http://cph.temple.edu/pt/degrees-offered/doctor-physical-therapy-dpt.  If you require additional information or advising, please email DPTadmissions@temple.edu.

Admitted DPT cohort day and/or interviews are scheduled beginning in the fall. The admitted DPT cohort day or interviews include information pertaining to programmatic information related to curriculum, clinical experiences, the student volunteer opportunities, student research opportunities and faculty meet and greet.  There are presentations to the applicants by current students, faculty, and administrators.  A facility tour is conducted by current students.  Private Q&A time with faculty is available.  

Temple utilizes a three-tier applicant review process to ensure objectivity and fairness.

Since most correspondences from Temple are via email we recommend applicants, when completing the PTCAS application, submit as their preferred email address, an email that will remain active throughout the admissions process (1+ years).

Please do not hesitate to contact the Doctor of Physical Therapy program admissions at DPTadmissions@temple.edu with any questions. We take pride in our customer service and wish to make your application process as seamless as possible.


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
Yes
Special eligibility requirements for Early Decision candidates
Early decision applicants must have minimum cumulative GPA of at least a 3.0. The GRE must be taken prior to submission of the application and submitted to PTCAS utilizing the following code: 7581.

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$500.00
Additional Information about Deposit
We follow the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT) traffic rules regarding deposits. Deposits are not mandatory until January 15th annually; however, they are encouraged to fully secure a seat in the DPT program.
Deposit Refundable?
No
Additional Information about Refunds
Deposits are non-refundable.
Due Date of First Required Deposit
01/15/2019

Interviews

Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
Yes
Additional information about Interviews
The Interview Day is an invitation to selected applicants to hear directly from faculty, staff and students regarding the program. We also have a small group discussion with current faculty, students and interviewees. We value our applicants being able to hear from our faculty and students, so they are able to make informed decisions about their DPT education.

GPA

GPA Scores
MINIMUM GPA Score
AVERAGE GPA score for accepted students
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative
3.00
3.59
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Temple University does not have a minimum pre-requisite or science GPA or GRE in order to apply to the program.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
7581
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle
11/01/2019
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle
11/01/2009
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score
 
151
Verbal reasoning % score
 
50%
Quantitative reasoning scaled score
 
153
Quantitative reasoning % score
 
55%
Analytical writing scaled score
 
4.0
Analytical writing % score
 
60%
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
We recommend applicants take the GRE prior to the PTCAS application submission. Applications received without the GRE scores are considered incomplete and review is deferred until the GRE scores are received.

Observation Hours

 
Temple strongly believes that observational hours in varied areas of physical therapy are a necessary prelude to making a cogent decision on a career in Physical Therapy. Observation hours in multiple areas of physical therapy will allow the applicant to communicate more effectively regarding their career choice.
Program's PT hours requirement
PT hours are not required but are highly recommended
Total number of PT hours RECOMMENDED
20+
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

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
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
All international applicants must have their foreign transcripts evaluated by WES (www.wes.org). The evaluation is to be sent to PTCAS. International applicants who have received a bachelor's or master's degree from a US institution are exempt from the TOEFL.

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
All pre-requisites must be completed within 10 years of application. High school AP coursework may only be used for the non-science pre-requisites (psychology, statistics and behavioral science) and must be documented on college/university transcript to be accepted.

All science pre-requisite laboratories are preferred to be taken in a traditional classroom setting (online laboratories may be considered and applicant should email the program the course syallbi for the online laboratory for review). Science pre-requisite lectures may be taken online.
Bachelor's degree required prior to matriculation into PT program?
Varies
Anatomy and/or Physiology (A&P) course prerequisites MUST be completed in biology, neuroscience, anatomy, or integrated physiology department
No
Anatomy
Course must total 4 credits unless approved by Department. Lab cannot be taken online. One semester of combined ‘A & P’- 4 credits with lab is also accepted in lieu of Human Anatomy. Invertebrate A&P is not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Neuroanatomy
  • A&P: Neurophysiology
  • A&P: Pathophysiology
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • Biology: Any
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Any
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Exercise Physiology
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Biology I
One course offered by a Biology Department (or its equivalent) that includes a lab portion. Lecture may be taken in a traditional classroom setting or online; lab must be taken in a traditional classroom setting.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: Embryology
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Immunology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
Chemistry I
Two course sequence that covers matter, atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, equilibrium and energy. Most students elect to enroll in two general, 4­-credit, Chemistry courses. Lab cannot be online.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Advanced
  • Chemistry: Any
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry I
Chemistry II
See course description for Chemistry I
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Advanced
  • Chemistry: Any
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry II
Physics I
Two course sequence covering fundamentals of physics, classical and modern, including mechanics, heat, light, electricity, magnetism, &modern physics. Lecture can be traditional or online. Lab cannot be taken online.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics: Any
  • Physics I
  • Physics: General
  • Physics II
Physics II
See course description for Physics I
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics: Any
  • Physics: General
  • Physics II
Physiology
A 4-credit course unless approved by Department. Courses in physiological function of the human mammalian body are indicated. 1 semester of combined A&P with lab will be accepted. Invertebrate A&P is not acceptable.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Neuroanatomy
  • A&P: Neurophysiology
  • A&P: Pathophysiology
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • Biology: Any
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Any
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Exercise Physiology
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Psychology
Course examining psych theory and practice of the individual. Courses include: Intro to Psych, Personality, Sensation and Perception; Learning & Motivation; Brain & Behavior; Child Psychology; Abnormal Psych; Cognition.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Adolescent
  • Psychology: Advanced
  • Psychology: Any
  • Psychology: Child
  • Psychology: Death & Dying
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: General I
  • Psychology: General
  • Psychology: General II
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Human Behavior
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
  • Psychology: Psychopathology
  • Psychology: Rehabilitation
  • Psychology: Social
  • Psychology: Sports
Social/Behavioral Science
Course examining group behavior theory &practice. Intro to Sociology, Race Racism, Sexuality & Gender, Sociology of Health Care, Marriage&Family, Social Psych, Cultural Anthropology, Comparative Religions are accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Social
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Anthropology
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Any
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Community Health
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Criminal Justice
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Cultural Geography
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Ethnic Studies
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Human Sexuality
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Marriage/Family
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Personal Health
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Social Science
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Social Work
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Sociology
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Women’s Studies
Statistics
Course covering these principles probability; estimation; classical statistical inference (through t­ test); modern decision theory. This course may be taken in a traditional classroom setting or online.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Business: Statistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics