2019-20 Applicants

Thomas Jefferson 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...

Office of Admissions
TJU.Admissions@jefferson.edu
Thomas Jefferson University
Office of Admissions
130 South 9th Street
Suite 100
Philadelphia PA, 19107
(215) 503-8890
TJU.Admissions@jefferson.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
05/26/2020
Additional information about the class profile
A portion of the class will be made up of students who are enrolled via our 3+3 high school applicant program.
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Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
64
Anticipated size of next entering class
60
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
44%
% of WICHE applicants accepted
3%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
53%
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
0%

Sex

% Male
28%
% Female
72%

Race / Ethnicity

% Hispanic
9%
% Asian
6%
% African-American/Black (Non-Hispanic)
9%
% White (Not of Hispanic Origin)
74%
% Declining to State
2%

Program Description more...

A Message from the Department Chair:

Welcome to the Department of Physical Therapy at Thomas Jefferson University!

If you want a career that involves helping people of all ages to meet their individual health needs and improve their quality of life, then physical therapy is the field for you. If you want to pursue a physical therapy degree from a highly ranked program with a great reputation, located in a dynamic medical environment, in a vibrant urban setting, with faculty committed to graduating students who are prepared to practice in tomorrow's healthcare environment, then the DPT program at Thomas Jefferson University is the program for you!

Jefferson's Department of Physical Therapy offers a two year and nine months entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) post-baccalaureate program based on a clinical problem-solving approach to healthcare issues. The curriculum features a strong basic science background with emphasis on evidence-based physical therapy practice and a variety of opportunities for students to gain hands-on experience through laboratory, simulations, and clinical education experiences. Graduates of the program are not only prepared to examine and treat individuals with cardiopulmonary, integumentary, musculoskeletal and neuromuscular problems, they are also prepared to provide patients with information on injury prevention and to develop health maintenance programs for people at all stages of life. They are prepared to apply scientific knowledge, humanistic values, critical analysis, and a systematic approach to patient care when making clinical decisions.

A Jefferson education involves more than simply learning the skills and facts that a physical therapist needs to know; students also learn how to adapt quickly to today's dynamic healthcare environment. The curriculum emphasizes the development of professional core values in concert with the APTA Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct, such as respecting the rights and dignity of patients, acting in a trustworthy manner, and maintaining and promoting high standards for physical therapy practice, education and research.

Please contact us should you have any questions regarding our programs.

Susan Flannery Wainwright PT, PhD
Professor and Chair, Department of Physical Therapy

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
12/16/2019
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
Yes
Important dates

Decisions are granted on a rolling basis throughout the cycle until the class is filled, as a result, early application submission is highly recommended. Admissions Interviews, for qualified candidates, are a part of the admission process. Interviews begin in September and continue until the program is full. Decisions include: Offer of Admission, Denied Admission, Hold for Grades and Waitlist.

Please see below for an estimated timeline for the release of admissions decisions. Decisions include: invitation to an interview, denied admission, hold for grades, or waitlist for an interview.

Application Completed                                           Decision To Be Released By

July - August                                                                          October 5

September - October                                                              January 5

November - December                                                           February 15


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
Enrollment deposits are non-refundable. Deposit amount will count towards tuition.
Deposit Refundable?
No
Due Date of First Required Deposit
01/15/2020

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
3.66
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.00
Prerequisite Science GPA (includes only prerequisite science courses)
3.00
3.61
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
All prerequisite science courses must be completed within 10 years of application to Jefferson and must be in an on-campus format. Non-science courses can be completed in an on-campus or online format. Courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or above to be eligible for transfer. A grade of “C-“ or below will not be eligible for transfer. While a grade of a “C” is required for a course to be eligible to transfer, admission to the program is competitive and we prefer to see a grade of “B” or better for admission.

If courses were repeated, the original and repeated grade are calculated into the cumulative overall GPA. The highest grade earned is used in the prerequisite science GPA calculation, if a course was repeated.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
No

Observation Hours

 
Thomas Jefferson University’s PT Department requires students to observe licensed PT's for a minimum of 50 hours in at least two different settings. The two settings may include: two outpatient settings, two inpatient settings, or preferably one outpatient and one inpatient 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
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Accepted/Considered
Outpatient
Accepted/Considered

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
Not sure at this time
Supplemental fee amount
$0.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
Not sure at this time
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
No
Description of supplemental requirements
Once an applicant's application is verified by PTCAS, Jefferson will send the applicant the supplemental application, via email. Two emails will be sent, one with a link to the supplemental application along with a login ID and a second with their password.
Deadline for supplemental materials
2020-01-02
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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?
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
Demonstration of English Language Proficiency:

All international students and U.S. permanent residents must demonstrate English language proficiency as one of the conditions for admission to Jefferson. The Doctor of Physical Therapy program will accept any one of the following items to satisfy the proficiency requirement:

• Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with an overall score of at least 87 and individual section scores as follows: Writing: 21, Speaking: 23, Reading: 21 and Listening: 22.*

• Associate degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university.

• At least 60 college credits earned from no more than three (3) U.S. regionally accredited colleges or universities.

• U.S. national or state licensure or certification in a nursing or allied health field.**

• Citizenship from a country where English is an official language.

*Report TOEFL scores on PTCAS and request official scores to be sent to Jefferson via our TOEFL school code 2903.
** Certain certification may not be sufficient to demonstrate proficiency.

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 prerequisite science courses must be completed within 7 years of application to Jefferson and must be in an on-campus format. Non-science courses can be completed in an on-campus or online format.

Courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or above to be eligible for transfer. A grade of “C-“ or below will not be eligible for transfer. While a grade of a “C” is required for a course to be eligible to transfer, admission to the program is competitive and we prefer to see a grade of “B” or better for admission.
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
Yes
Anatomy
Coursework older than 7 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: Comparative
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Biology I
Coursework older than 7 years not accepted
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: Molecular
Biology II
Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: General II
  • Biology: Molecular
Chemistry I
General or College Chemistry. Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry I
Chemistry II
General or College Chemistry. Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry II
English Composition / Writing
1 of 2 english composition/writing.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • English Composition
  • Literature
  • Technical Writing
  • Writing
English Composition / Writing
2 of 2 english composition/writing.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • English Composition
  • Literature
  • Technical Writing
  • Writing
Ethics
Ethics or Philosophy.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Ethics
Math
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Mathematics: Calculus
  • Mathematics: Pre-Calculus
  • Mathematics: Trigonometry
Physics I
Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physics II
Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Physiology
Coursework older than 7 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: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Human
Psychology
1 of 2 psychology courses required.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Adolescent
  • Psychology: Child
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: General
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
  • Psychology: Psychopathology
Psychology
2 of 2 psychology courses required.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Adolescent
  • Psychology: Child
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: General
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
  • Psychology: Psychopathology
Social/Behavioral Science
Sociology or a Cultural Course.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Anthropology
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Any
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Ethnic Studies
Statistics
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Business: Statistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics