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.

Curriculum

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.

    Why Choose Scranton?

    Nationally Ranked

    US News & World Report rated The University of Scranton among the 10 top master’s universities in the North in its “America’s Best Colleges” ranking.

    Jesuit Education

    As one of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States, The University of Scranton is dedicated to developing the whole person.

    Faculty Engagement

    Faculty are active in professional relations and continuing research. Most faculty are concurrently practicing physical therapists.

    Student Research

    Over the last 5 years, the Physical Therapy program has had outstanding success in getting research accepted at the annual national convention. This past year, 13 out of 13 submitted faculty-student research projects were accepted for presentation at the national conference in San Antonio, TX.

    Beyond the Classroom

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    Assistantships

    Graduate Assistants, who assist faculty in the delivery of course content, receive a stipend as well as tuition scholarships.

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    Service Experiences

    Service trips enable the students to actively participate in cultural experiences while practicing patient treatment.

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    Clinical Education

    Students are required to complete four internships. Sites are located throughout the US, with many being in PA, NJ and NY.

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    Leahy Hall

    Leahy Hall is designed to offer the best simulation environments, laboratories, equipment and technology for our students.

    Successful Graduates

    Career Opportunities

    Health-related facilities including inpatient and outpatient settings. Settings include; Orthopedics, Neurology, Geriatrics, Pediatrics, Acute Care.

    Accreditation

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    The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at The University of Scranton is accredited by:
    1111 North Fairfax Street
    Alexandria, Virginia 22314
    Phone: 703-706-3245
    Email: accreditation@apta.org

    Graduation Rates

    Licensure Pass Rate

    Year

    2013

    2014

    2015

    2016

    Aggregate Pass Rate

    100%

    100%

    94.3%

    97.4%

    First Time Pass Rate

    89.5%

    89.2%

    91.4%

    94.9%

     

    Graduation Rate

    Year

    2013

    2014

    2015

    2016

    Percentage

    97.4%*

    92.5%

    94.87%*

    97.4%

    Employment Rate **

    Year

    2013

    2014

    2015

    2016

    Percentage

    95%

    100*

    92%

    94%

    * Graduation percentage as weighted by CAPTE in 2015 and 2016 Annual Accreditation Report

    ** As reported by respondents in Alumni Survey completed approximately 15 months after graduation

    Meet the Department Chair

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    Renee Hakim, PT, PhD, NCS

    Chair of Doctor of Physical Therapy Department Assistant Professor

    Education

    B.S., The University of Scranton M.S., University of Pittsburgh Ph.D., Temple University

    Contact

    (570) 941-7935

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