Physical Therapy, DPT
The Doctor of Physical Therapy program provides a comprehensive academic program to prepare students to work as physical therapists. The program is rich with opportunities to train alongside professionals in diverse environments.
Program Specific Admission Requirements
The Physical Therapy department at The University of Scranton participates in the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service, known as PTCAS. To learn more about the PTCAS application process, please visit the PTCAS website. Please submit all application documents through PTCAS. For general application requirements, please click here.
Admission is competitive and limited. To be eligible for admission to the DPT program, applicants must have an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.20 or higher, and a science GPA of 3.20 or higher (Biology, Chemistry, Physics) as calculated by the Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS). The following pre-requisite courses must be completed with a grade of C or better:
- Biology with labs – 2 courses, 8 credits minimum *
- General Chemistry with labs – 2 courses, 8 credits minimum *
- General Physics with Labs-2 courses, 8 credits minimum *
- Mammalian/Human Physiology – 1 course, 3 credits minimum *
- General Psychology – 1 course, 3 credits minimum
- Advanced Psychology (Childhood, Adolescence, Aging or Abnormal Psychology) – 1 course, 3 credits minimum
- Statistics – 1 course, 3 credits minimum
- Mathematics (Trigonometry or higher) - 1 course, 3 credits minimum
Each pre-requisite is independent of each other and courses cannot be applied to more than one pre-requisite. All starred courses must be taken at a 4 year college or University. Advanced Placement credit can be used for the pre-requisites of Psychology, Statistics, and Mathematics.
Applicants must submit documentation and verification of 60 hours of physical therapy patient contact experience by the time the application to the DPT program is submitted. All experiences must be supervised by a licensed physical therapist. Experiences must be in at least two distinctly different settings and must be a minimum of 20 hours each. Documentation and verification must be submitted through the PTCAS application process.
Students will be required to complete a Criminal Background Check, Child Abuse clearance and/or the FBI Fingerprint clearance prior to internships; and other clearances as requested by specific clinical sites.
The DPT curriculum is 111 credits and progresses from basic science courses to clinical application, and addresses the practice of physical therapy in all settings throughout the lifespan. Clinical internships account for 24 credits and 32 weeks. Safety, ethics and evidence-based practice are common themes reoccurring throughout the curriculum.
During the three year professional phase of the program, DPT students will have the opportunity to participate in multiple professional activities. This includes activities on the state, regional, and national levels. Students will additionally have an opportunity during their third year in the DPT program to submit a research project with a faculty advisor for presentation at a professional conference.
For additional information on the curriculum, please visit the Graduate Course Catalog. You can also view the proposed curriculum structure and curriculum hours information.