2019-20 Applicants

DeSales University


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Contact Information more...

Heidi Troxell or Wendy Thomas
Program Support Staff
Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
DeSales University
2755 Station Avenue
Center Valley PA, 18034
(610) 282-1100 X1898 (W
(610) 282-1100 X2150 (H
dpt@desales.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
08/26/2020
Institution's religious affiliation
Roman Catholic
Additional information about the class profile
The program reserves a limited quantity of seats for qualified graduates of DeSales University undergraduate programs.
Social networking
Facebook Page for PT Program
Facebook Page for Parent University/College/School
Twitter Page for Parent University/College/School
 

Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
27
Anticipated size of next entering class
28
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
82%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
18%
% of CANADIAN applicants accepted
0%
% of INTERNATIONAL (non-U.S./non-Canadian)
0%
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
0%

Sex

% Male
29%
% Female
71%
% Declining to State
0%

Race / Ethnicity

% Hispanic
4%
% American Indian/Alaskan Native
0%
% Asian
0%
% African-American/Black (Non-Hispanic)
0%
% Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
0%
% White (Not of Hispanic Origin)
96%
% Two or More Races
0%
% Declining to State
0%

Program Description more...

What makes the DeSales Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program so special? Our contemporary graduate curriculum will prepare you for success in a variety of physical therapy settings. Our program boasts first-year cadaver anatomy, a state-of-the-art simulation center, service-learning community outreach experiences, and much more.

DeSales has long been recognized as a leader in healthcare education. Now you can pursue your passion to become a highly-educated physical therapist and movement expert right here in the beautiful Lehigh Valley.

The mission of the DeSales University Doctor of Physical Therapy program is to provide a quality physical therapy education consistent with Christian humanism and Salesian values of faith and reason. Students and graduates use their knowledge and skills to integrate scientific inquiry and evidence-based clinical reasoning into everyday practice, addressing the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of movement dysfunctions. With a focus on social responsibility and ethical conduct, students and graduates are committed to the advancement of the physical therapy profession and to an ongoing personal desire for learning and growth. Through inter-professional communication and collaboration, graduates are prepared to be adaptable in the complex healthcare environment of today and tomorrow.

The DPT curriculum is nine consecutive semesters in length, conducted over a three year period. Curriculum highlights include:
- 3-course series in Human Anatomy with cadaver laboratories over the first professional year
- 2-course series in Special Topics (electives in specialty areas of practice, with possibility of certification)
- 36 weeks of full-time Clinical Education

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
10/15/2019
Deadline type
Soft
Application close date (for soft deadlines only)
12/02/2019
Program has rolling admissions process?
No
Important dates

Qualified applicants with applications completed by the October 15th early application deadline will be invited to participate in an on-campus interview with DPT program faculty in mid-November.  Notification of acceptance decisions for these individuals will be made by late-November.

Qualified applicants with applications completed by the December 2nd final application deadline will be invited to attend an on-campus interview with DPT program faculty by mid-February.  Notification of acceptance decisions for these individuals will be made by early-March.

All accepted applicants are required to attend a two-day, on-campus orientation beginning August 26, 2020.


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
No

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$750.00
Additional Information about Deposit
The tuition deposit is required of all candidates that are offered acceptance into the program. Your deposit will be applied to your tuition upon matriculation into the DPT program.
Additional Information about Refunds
In the event that you decide to withdraw your acceptance or fail to complete all conditions of your acceptance, the tuition deposit is forfeited.
Due Date of First Required Deposit
01/15/2020

Interviews

Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
Yes
Additional information about Interviews
Qualified applicants considered for acceptance into the DPT Program will be required to participate in an on-campus interview with DPT faculty prior to any admission decision. During the interview, your oral communication skills, professional demeanor, ability to interact in a group, ability to solve problems, commitment to learning, and motivation to pursue a career in physical therapy will be observed. An on-demand writing sample is also required to assess your written communication skills.

GPA

GPA Scores
MINIMUM GPA Score
AVERAGE GPA score for accepted students
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative
3.00
3.53
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.20
3.46
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and a minimum GPA of 3.2 in program specific math/science prerequisite courses is recommended. No grade below “C” and no more than one retake on any prerequisite course will be considered. Prerequisite coursework GPA will be calculated to include all occurrences, including retakes and failures, of all required prerequisite courses.

Material presented in prerequisite courses is the foundation for DPT program coursework and student knowledge is expected to be current. All prerequisite courses must have been completed within 10 years of the application deadline. Individuals who completed coursework outside of this time frame, but are currently working in a physical therapy setting (i.e. physical therapist assistant, exercise physiologist, athletic trainer), will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
4460
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle
11/02/2019
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle
11/02/2016
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score
150
150
Quantitative reasoning scaled score
150
151
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
A combined verbal and quantitative score of 300 is recommended to be considered for the program.

Observation Hours

 
A minimum of 40 observation/volunteer/internship/employment hours at a single physical therapy facility is required. Additional observation hours beyond the 40 hour minimum requirement completed in a variety of physical therapy practice settings (i.e. acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient rehabilitation, geriatrics, pediatrics, home health care, sports medicine) is evidence of a stronger application and is highly recommended. All observation hours must be completed no more than two years prior to application submission. The signature of a licensed physical therapist and the therapist's state license number is required to verify the number of clinical observation hours completed.
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
40
DEADLINE for completion of all PT hours
11/15/2019
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?
Yes
Description of supplemental requirements
Technical Standards and Essential Functions of Physical Therapy Practice:
Participation in and successful completion of the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program at DeSales University requires that all candidates and any enrolled students possess the ability to acquire academic knowledge, perform essential physical functions, and demonstrate professional attitudes and behaviors involved in physical therapy practice. The clinical doctorate degree awarded at the completion of the student’s educational process certifies to the public that each individual has acquired this broad foundation of knowledge and skills requisite for safe, effective and efficient care to the community being served. These technical standards and essential functions represent minimum skill sets ensuring the successful completion of the degree requirements and future success in the provision of physical therapy services.

Prerequisite Coursework Form:
The completed Prerequisite Coursework Form indicates to the program the prerequisite courses completed at the time of application, as well as an applicant’s plan for completion of any outstanding courses. It will be used to track an accepted candidate’s progress toward completion of those courses indicated as conditions of acceptance.
Description of Supplemental and Document Upload Requirements
Documents must be uploaded in PDF or Microsoft Word format.
Supplemental Requirements
Technical Standards and Essential Functions of Physical Therapy Practice
Prerequisite Coursework Form
Deadline for supplemental materials
2019-12-02
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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
3
Additional information about program's reference requirements
Submission of a minimum of three references are required. One reference must be completed by the licensed physical therapist with whom the 40 hours of required physical therapy observation was performed. The remaining two references must be completed by non-relative, professional individuals, including, but not limited to, professors, employers, coaches, and licensed physical therapists with whom additional clinical observation was performed.

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
Other
Program policy for CANADIAN coursework
  • Send WES foreign evaluation for Canadian courses to PTCAS
Additional information about program's policy on foreign coursework
International applicants (regardless of citizenship) for whom English is a second language must submit English proficiency test scores as part of their application. All English proficiency exams must have been taken within two years of application submission.

Please note that graduate admissions requires the following minimum scores on the TOEFL, IELTS, or the Cambridge English Language Assessment: Advanced (CAE):

TOEFL iBT 104 total score with a minimum of 26 in all subscales
IELTS 7.5 total score with a minimum of 8 in speaking, 7 in reading and listening, 6.5 in writing
CAE C1 or higher

To assist with your graduate school application, prospective international students are welcome to schedule an appointment with the director of graduate admissions to learn more about opportunities for graduate study at the University (gradadmissions@desales.edu).

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
No grade below “C” and no more than one retake on any prerequisite course will be accepted. Prerequisite coursework GPA will be calculated to include all occurrences, including retakes and failures, of all required prerequisite courses.

All prerequisite courses must have been completed within 10 years of the application deadline. Individuals who completed coursework outside of this time frame, but are currently working in a physical therapy setting (i.e. physical therapist assistant, exercise physiologist, athletic trainer), will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

For any conditionally accepted applicant, all outstanding prerequisite requirements must be completed no later than June 30th prior to matriculation into graduate coursework in the subsequent fall semester.
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
Anatomy & Physiology I
Two semesters of Anatomy and Physiology with labs for a total of 8 credit hours. Must be taken in the biology/anatomy department. Labs cannot be taken online. May be taken as 2 combined courses with labs or as one anatomy and one physiology course each with a lab. Applied or functional anatomy courses are not accepted. Courses must have been completed within the last 10 years.
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
Anatomy & Physiology II
The second course in the series of Anatomy and Physiology with labs for a total of 8 credit hours combined. Must be taken in the biology/anatomy department. Labs cannot be taken online. May be taken as 2 combined courses with labs, or as one anatomy and one physiology course each with a lab. Applied or functional anatomy courses are not accepted. Courses must have been completed in the last ten years.
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 / Biological Science
One general introductory biology course taught by a Biology department with a lab (3 or 4 credits). Lab cannot be taken online. Courses must have been completed within the last 10 years
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Advanced
  • Biology: Any
Chemistry I
Two-course sequence in general chemistry with labs (total of 8 credits). Must be taken in the chemistry department. Labs cannot be taken online. Topics should cover inorganic and organic principles of chemistry to include modern atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, periodic reactions, thermodynamics, stoichiometry, states of matter, solutions, acid-base balance and metabolic pathways. Courses must have been completed within the last 10 years
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
The second course in a two-course sequence in general chemistry with labs (total of 8 credits combined). Must be taken in the chemistry department. Labs cannot be taken online. Topics should cover inorganic and organic principles of chemistry to include modern atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, periodic reactions, thermodynamics, stoichiometry, states of matter, solutions, acid-base balance and metabolic pathways. Courses must have been completed within the last 10 years
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
Exercise Physiology
One upper division course taught in the exercise science/exercise physiology/kinesiology department with a lab. Cannot be an introductory or survey course. Lab cannot be taken online. Topics to include biomechanics, injury and prevention and the adapative response of the human body to physical exercise and training. A course that introduces fitness assessment and development of a program of activities to reach personal fitness goals is preferred. Courses must have been completed within the last 10 years
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 3 or 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Exercise Physiology
Physics I
Two-course sequence of non-calculus based physics with labs (total of 8 credits). Must be taken in the physics department. Labs cannot be taken online. Topics should cover the principles of classical and modern physics including mechanics, heat, light, electricity, magnetism and motion. Courses must have been completed within the last 10 years
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
  • Physics: General
Physics II
Two-course sequence of non-calculus based physics with labs (total of 8 credits). Must be taken in the physics department. Labs cannot be taken online. Topics should cover the principles of classical and modern physics including mechanics, heat, light, electricity, magnetism and motion. Courses must have been completed in the past 10 years.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics: General
  • Physics II
Psychology
One introductory or survey-based psychology course taught in the psychology department of 3 credits. Online courses are acceptable. May not substitute sociology or anthropology courses. Courses must be completed within the past 10 years.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: General I
  • Psychology: General
Psychology
Any two additional psychology courses (total of 6 additional credits beyond the introductory course)taught in the psychology, behavioral science or exercise science department. Online courses are acceptable. May not substitute sociology or anthropology courses. Courses must be completed in the past 10 years.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Adolescent
  • Psychology: Any
  • Psychology: Child
  • Psychology: Death & Dying
  • Psychology: General
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Human Behavior
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
  • Psychology: Psychopathology
  • Psychology: Rehabilitation
  • Psychology: Social
  • Psychology: Sports
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Community Health
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Ethnic Studies
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Human Sexuality
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Marriage/Family
Psychology
courses must be completed in the past 10 years.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Any
  • Psychology: General
Statistics
One basic statistics course taught by the mathematics, psychology, or exercise science department (3 credits) with emphasis on the collection, presentation, analysis and interpretation of quantitative and qualitative methods for decision-making including principles of probability, estimation, descriptive and inferential statistics. An online course is acceptable. Courses must be completed within the past 10 years.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics