2019-20 Applicants

Arcadia University


This page is intended for college transfer students and graduates ONLY. High school students MUST contact the institution directly for information about the guaranteed freshman-entry program. Do not apply using PTCAS.

Contact Information more...

Pamela Milcos-Smith
Graduate Programs Assistant, Enrollment Manager
Office of Enrollment Management
Arcadia University
450 S. Easton Road
Glenside PA, 19038
(267) 620-4849
(267) 620-4898
smithp@arcadia.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
08/27/2020
Dual-degree programs offered in conjunction with PT degree
DPT/MPH Degree: Interested applicants please contact Pamela Smith, Graduate Programs Assistant, (smithp@arcadia.edu) for additional information and requirements.
Additional information about the class profile
Arcadia University undergraduates applying for admission should consult the Pre-PT Program requirements online at www.arcadia.edu/academics/programs/pre-physical-therapy.

James Madison University, Messiah College, and West Chester University students applying for admission through assured admission articulation agreements should refer to specific requirements on our website: www.arcadia.edu/academics/programs/physical-therapy-dpt.
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Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
60
Anticipated size of next entering class
60
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
52%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
48%
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
0%

Sex

% Male
25%
% Female
75%

Race / Ethnicity

% Hispanic
2%
% American Indian/Alaskan Native
2%
% Asian
10%
% White (Not of Hispanic Origin)
75%
% Two or More Races
7%
% Declining to State
4%

Program Description more...

Arcadia's entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy program provides clinical experiences where classroom learning is applied to real patients, opportunities for study or pro-bono work in international settings, and personal attention from renowned faculty. Please visit our website at https://www.arcadia.edu/academics/programs/physical-therapy-dpt to hear what students and faculty have to say about our unique DPT program. The program begins in late August and runs over approximately a 2 year period. The D.P.T. program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. All graduates of Arcadia’s program to date have passed the licensure examination in their state of choice and continue to perform well above the national average on the licensure examination.

The entry-level D.P.T. curriculum is organized into 21 patient-based units that integrate knowledge from every practice area of physical therapy. Content ranges from the treatment of the young child to the older adult, from fractures to traumatic brain injury. The program includes 20 weeks of part-time clinical experience in the first year and 32 weeks of full-time clinical education. These experiences play a key role in taking the knowledge obtained in the classroom and applying it to real patients under the direct supervision and mentoring of a licensed physical therapist. Students will learn and work in general hospitals, rehabilitation settings, private offices and in other facilities that provide areas of specialization. Arcadia has clinical internships in a wide variety of local, regional, national and international facilities. The majority of sites are in the mid-Atlantic region.

Arcadia University is recognized as a leader in global education and provides interested students with international opportunities to study. Arcadia believes that to understand the world, students should experience it—and that can mean leaving the campus for a time. Whether it is for a clinical education experience in England, Spain or California or a service trip to Jamaica, Haiti or Guatemala, Arcadia's D.P.T. students have several opportunities to experience the world as medical professionals.

Physical therapists today are required to be critical consumers. Whether assessing medical literature to provide the highest level of care to patients, participating in clinical research trials, or investigating treatments/ideas, physical therapists need a solid foundation in statistics, experimental design and critical thinking. These concepts are integrated into all facets of the D.P.T. program at Arcadia. Students are encouraged to take advantage of research opportunities within the Physical Therapy Department. Please visit www.arcadia.edu/pt for more information regarding our program.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
11/01/2019
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
No
Important dates

Applicants are not considered for admission by Arcadia until ALL materials are received by the Office of Enrollment Management. This includes the verified PTCAS application, GRE scores, and letters of recommendation.  Offers of admission to the DPT program are released in stages between January 15 and March 15.  If you have not received an admission decision from us by March 15, please contact Pamela Milcos-Smith  (smithp@arcadia.edu or 267-620-4849).

Arcadia will hold an admissions information session on July 24. To register and view additional information please visit us at: https://www.arcadia.edu/events/2019/07/24/physical-therapy-admission-information-session   

Arcadia University does not hold individual applicant interviews, but we host PT Admission Information sessions in the summer and fall as opportunities for applicants to interview us.  Upcoming events will be held on May 23, 2019 and four (4) other sessions will be held over the summer and fall of 2019. Please check our website for an additional PT Admission Information Session dates.  Students are expected to attend one of these events, which include meet & greets with our Physical Therapy faculty and current students, optional class observations, tours of the campus and meetings with a graduate financial aid counselor. 

To register, please call 215-572-2912 or check on-line at www.arcadia.edu/academics/programs/physical-therapy-dpt under Upcoming Events.Graduate Open Houses give you the opportunity to learn about the program from a member of the Physical Therapy faculty, meet current students, tour the campus and meet with a graduate financial aid counselor. 


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
Yes

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$1500.00
Additional Information about Deposit
Students who are offered admission into the Program are required to submit a non-refundable deposit to hold their seat. A second deposit is required at a later date. For those students that ultimately matriculate, both deposits are applied to the first semester tuition.
Due Date of First Required Deposit
01/15/2020

Interviews

Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
No
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GPA

GPA Scores
MINIMUM GPA Score
AVERAGE GPA score for accepted students
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative
3.00
3.60
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.00
3.49
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
1. All courses used to meet the minimum prerequisite biological and physical science requirements should be taken through the appropriate science departments (i.e. biology, chemistry, physics). Courses in Kinesiology, Exercise Science, or those taken to fulfill requirements for a physical therapist assistant degree will not automatically meet the prerequisite requirements.

2. All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to the start of the physical therapy program. A grade of "C-" or below is not acceptable for any prerequisite course. However, ALL graded attempts at a course will be included when calculating the prerequisite GPA.

3. One half of the prerequisite courses, including physiology and statistics, must have been taken within 10 years prior to application.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
7637
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle
11/15/2019
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle
12/31/2014
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score
151
155
Quantitative reasoning scaled score
150
155
Analytical writing scaled score
4.0
4.5
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
Verbal + Quantitative scores must total 303 or better.

GRE scores are valid for 5 years from the date on the official score report.

Observation Hours

 
Knowledge of the profession through documented work or volunteer experiences in at least one inpatient and one outpatient setting as defined by PTCAS.
Program's PT hours requirement
PT hours are required - no verification by a physical therapist
DEADLINE for completion of all PT hours
11/15/2019
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
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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
Recommendations required from three (3) people. One must be from a currently practicing licensed physical therapist. One must be from a college professor who is able to judge your academic qualifications and readiness for rigorous work at the graduate level; this professor should have taught one of your academic courses for your major.

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
  • Send WES foreign evaluation for Canadian courses to PTCAS
Additional information about program's policy on foreign coursework
Official results from the TOEFL or IELTS are required for all students for whom English is a second language except for non-native speakers of English who hold degrees or diplomas from post-secondary institutions in English-speaking countries (e.g. the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand). A course-by-course evaluation of all transcripts by an independent evaluation service based in the United States also is required. NOTE: International students applying to the Physical Therapy program must send scores to the PTCAS code 5312.

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
1. All courses used to meet the minimum prerequisite biological and physical science requirements should be taken through the appropriate science departments and intended for science majors (i.e. biology, chemistry, physics). ALL courses taken in these prerequisite subject areas are included in the calculation of the prerequisite GPA. NOTE: Courses in kinesiology, exercise physiology or those taken to fulfill requirements for a physical therapist assistant degree will not automatically meet the prerequisite requirements.

2. All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to the start of the physical therapy program. A grade of "C-" or below is not acceptable for any prerequisite course. However, all graded attempts will be included when calculating the prerequisite GPA.

3. One-half of the prerequisite courses, including physiology and statistics, must have been taken within 10 years prior to application.
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
No
Anatomy
Anatomy with lab is required. The 2-course sequence of A & P with lab is acceptable, and will fulfill both the Anatomy and the Physiology requirements. Coursework older than 10 years not 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: Animal
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
  • Biology: Anatomy
Biology / Biological Science
Course MUST be 300-level or greater, taken through a 4-year institution. If not taken through a Biology department, the course must still be primarily biology-focused.
Course Level
Upper Division
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: Pathophysiology
  • Biology: Advanced
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: Embryology
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Immunology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
  • Biology: Zoology
Biology I
Any biology course with a lab and the biology prefix will fulfill this requirement.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Any
Chemistry I
Minimum requirement of General Chemistry I & II for science majors with respective laboratories.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Any
Chemistry II
Minimum requirement of General Chemistry I & II for science majors with respective laboratories.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Any
Physics I
Course is not required to be calculus-based.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physics II
Course is not required to be calculus-based.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Physiology
Systems physiology with lab is required. The 2-course sequence of A & P with lab is acceptable, and will fulfill both the Anatomy and the Physiology requirements. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Psychology
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Any
Psychology
The second psychology course requirement can also be fulfilled with a course in sociology or anthropology.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Any
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Anthropology
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Sociology
Statistics
Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Business: Statistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics