2019-20 Applicants

University of the Sciences in Philadelphia


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...

Aimee Viggiani
Director of Transfer, Professional & Graduate Admission
University of the Sciences
Admission Office, Box 4
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia PA, 19104
(888) 996-8747
(215) 596-8810
healthprofessions@usciences.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
05/20/2020
Institution's religious affiliation
n/a
Social networking
Facebook Page for PT Program
Twitter Page for PT Program
Twitter Page for Graduate Admissions Office
Twitter Page for Parent University/College/School
 

Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
72
Anticipated size of next entering class
80
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
29%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
71%
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
0%

Program Description more...

100% of USciences DPT students have job offers within 6 months of board exam.

Hands-on research and experiential learning at USciences ensure you’re prepared to advance your career in physical therapy:

• Treat patients in your first professional semester at the USciences–Mercy Pro Bono Clinic.
• Collaborate on research using innovative equipment at the BTE Technologies Advanced Evaluation and Rehabilitation Lab.
• Conduct inventive movement analysis at the Patricia Leahy Lab.
• Doctoral-trained, clinically certified faculty who specialize in sports medicine, orthopedics, geriatrics, and more guide you on campus—and specialty rotations in various settings throughout the country await.

Enrich your classroom education with service learning and volunteer clinical experiences throughout your three years and participate at specialist clinics during your third rotation.

As a DPT student at University of the Sciences, you’ll find special opportunities to learn on every level in many different environments—not just in the classroom. You’ll work in the field, where you’ll do things that prepare you for the real world. You’ll work with real patients in real clinic settings and have the opportunity to pursue research with faculty. Our DPT program is about more than a degree--it's about experiences that prepare you for a fulfilling career in physical therapy.

The Pro Bono Physical Therapy Clinic

Launched in 2002 as a partnership among University of the Sciences, Mercy Health System and the City of Philadelphia, the Pro Bono Physical Therapy Clinic provides underserved residents of Southwest and West Philadelphia with access to physical therapy services while giving you a unique context in which to learn. Through clinic experiences, you benefit from a faculty mentorship beginning in the first year of your professional curriculum.

Participation in the clinic—working hands-on with patients in a real-world environment—helps bolster your self-confidence and decision-making skills. Faculty members derive a greater sense of their role as professionals in addressing society’s needs. After student and faculty recognition of its importance, the Pro Bono Clinic was permanently added to the physical therapy curriculum. Since its inception, the clinic has provided care to more than 800 uninsured patients and countless invaluable experiences to students and faculty alike.

Clinical rotations in a variety of health care settings

In the summer after your third year, you begin the professional phase of your education. Clinical education is a vital component of this professional education. Under the supervision of a clinical instructor who is a licensed physical therapist, you integrate knowledge, skills and professional development in the field through part-time and full-time clinical education experiences.

University of the Sciences affiliates with more than 350 clinical sites, including:
• Large medical systems with acute-care and specialty clinics
• Inpatient rehabilitation centers
• Community hospitals and clinics
• Skilled nursing facilities and sub-acute rehabilitation centers
• Outpatient offices that may offer specialties such as women’s health, work hardening and neurological rehabilitation
• School and preschool programs
• Occupational medicine
• Home health care
• Sports medicine clinics

Many of the full-time clinical rotations will take place at locations within two hours of Philadelphia, but you may receive training outside of this geographical area.

Application Deadlines

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

Interview dates are typically held in the fall, with admission decisions rendered immediately after completion of interview.

Deposited students will start their program in mid-May, specific date to be determined.


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
Yes

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$500.00
Additional Information about Deposit
Deposit deadlines are communicated in the official letter of acceptance. Deadlines may range from 2-6 weeks from receipt of acceptance letter.
Deposit Refundable?
No
Due Date of First Required Deposit
01/31/2020

Interviews

Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
Yes
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GPA

GPA Scores
MINIMUM GPA Score
AVERAGE GPA score for accepted students
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative
3.00
3.40
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.00
3.30
 

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
No
University GRE code
2663

Observation Hours

Program's PT hours requirement
PT hours are not required but are highly recommended
Total number of PT hours RECOMMENDED
75 - 100 hours
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
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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
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
  • Foreign (non-U.S.) citizens
  • Other non-citizens (e.g., refugees)
Non-native speakers must submit official TOEFL scores?
No
Program policy for non-U.S. (foreign/international) coursework
Send WES foreign transcript evaluation to PTCAS
Program policy for CANADIAN coursework
  • Do not send any Canadian documentation
Additional information about program's policy on foreign coursework
TOEFL is not required if student has been instructed in English for at least 4 years

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
Yes
Link to program's prerequisite instructions
Anatomy & Physiology I
Anatomy is required IF student has also taken a stand-alone physiology course with lab. The 2-course sequence of Anatomy & Physiology with lab is the accepted alternative, and will fulfill both the Anatomy and the Physiology requirements. Coursework older than 10 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: Animal
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Anatomy & Physiology II
Coursework older than 10 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: Animal
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
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: Advanced
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: Embryology
  • Biology: General I
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Immunology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
  • Biology: Zoology
Biology II
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: Advanced
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: Embryology
  • Biology: General II
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Immunology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
  • Biology: Zoology
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
English Composition / Writing
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • English Composition
English Composition / Writing
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Technical Writing
Math
Applicants are required to complete either Pre-Calculus or Calculus.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Mathematics: Calculus
  • Mathematics: Pre-Calculus
Math
Applicants who have taken Calculus I or higher, achieving a grade of B or better, are exempt from this additional math requirement.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Mathematics: Any
Medical Terminology
If you have not completed medical terminology at the time of acceptance, you can opt to complete an online proficiency course prior to the start of the program in May.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 2
Acceptable Courses
  • Medical Terminology
Nutrition, Health, Wellness
USciences requires a Nutrition course (Health & Wellness is not accepted).
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Nutrition, Health, Wellness
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
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
Social/Behavioral Science
2 of 2 social/behavioral courses required
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Any
Social/Behavioral Science
1 of 2 social/behavioral courses required
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Any
Statistics
Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Business: Statistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics