Physical Therapy

Doctor of Physical Therapy program (DPT)

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program (DPT) is an entry-level program (first professional degree) for persons who wish to become physical therapists.  The DPT is a 3 calendar year graduate program that begins in June, and includes summer study each year (Year I - Anatomy course, Years II and III - clinical internships).  Students graduate with the DPT degree in late May each year.  A maximum of 40 students are enrolled in the DPT program each year.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the University of Scranton is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website:

Student outcomes, and other consumer information about The University of Scranton can be found here.
FOR ALL ADMISSION QUESTIONS, contact PT Department Chair,
Peter M. Leininger, PT, PhD, OCS,CSCS  (

Pathway To Admission

For The University DPT applicants for the 2017 year: In attempt to be transparent and forthright, we need to inform applicants that there are very few openings for our upcoming class. We are obligated to first accept our guaranteed placement students and at this stage in the start of the fall 2016 semester there are likely no openings for non-guaranteed applicants. Each year we have varying number of open spots in our program. While this might change for the 2017 upcoming year, in all likelihood we will have little to no openings.

  1. Exceptional High school applicants can apply for a guaranteed seat in the DPT program at the time of undergraduate application to The University of Scranton. Guaranteed seat applicants are evaluated and granted by an undergraduate admissions staff committee, not by the Physical Therapy Department directly.  Eventual enrollment in the DPT program requires that guaranteed seat students successfully complete the enrollment requirements stated below. Note that there is no undergraduate major in physical therapy at The University of Scranton. Although any undergraduate major is acceptable (as long as the DPT prerequisites have been met), Exercise Science, Biology, and Neuroscience are undergraduate majors that facilitate careers in physical therapy and completion of the DPT prerequisites. Contact Undergraduate Admissions for more information.
  2. Undergraduate students already enrolled at The University of Scranton, but who do not have a guaranteed seat in the DPT program can apply for admission on a competitive, seat available basis. The enrollment requirements stated above must be completed before enrollment in the DPT Program.
  3. Transfer students from other institutions are encouraged to apply for admission on a competitive, seat available basis. Guaranteed seats are filled first, so there are a limited number of available spaces.  The enrollment requirements stated below must be completed before enrollment in the DPT Program. 

Application Process

1. Complete PTCAS applications

This application is for college graduates or students who plan to graduate with a bachelor's degree by Spring 2017.  PTCAS requires submission of personal and background information, institution and coursework information, extracurricular and work experience, transcripts from each institution you have attended, 3 references and proof of a total of 60 observation hours in a physical therapy setting in at least two distinct settings.  This application opens for applicants each year in July for enrollment in our program the following June.  For all applicants, an overall GPA of 3.20 with a science GPA of 3.00 is required to be considered, with no exceptions.  The deadline for applicants with a guarenteed seat is September 15.  The deadline for all other applicants is February 1st.  

September 15th February 1st
February 1st Based on Acceptance Letter
For more information, contact PT Department Chair,
Peter M. Leininger, PT, PhD, OCS,CSCS 
( or visit our program profile on the PTCAS website.

2. Complete prerequisite courses by time of application of PTCAS

3. Complete bachelor's degree before attending DPT program

DPT Prerequisites

DPT Prerequisite University of Scranton Equivalent Course

1. General Biology with Labs (2 courses, 6 credit minimum)

BIOL 110-111 OR BIOL 140-141

2. General Chemistry with Labs (2 courses, 6 credits minimum)

CHEM 112-113 AND CHEM 112L-113L

3. General Physics with Labs (2 courses, 6 credit minimum)

PHYS 120-121 OR PHYS 141-142

4. Mammalian or Human Anatomy and/or Physiology (1 course, 3 credits)

BIOL 245

5. Mathematics (1 course, 3 credits)

MATH 103 OR MATH 114 OR MATH 221

6. General Psychology (1 course, 3 credits)

PSYC 110

7. Advanced Psychology (1 course, 3 credits)

PSYC 211, OR PSYC 222 OR PSYC 225 OR PSYC 231 OR PSYC 238
8. Statistics (1 course, 3 credits) EDU 120, PSYC 210, MATH 204
**NOTE: All Prerequisite courses must be taken at a 4 year college**

Click here for a more in-depth explanation of our prerequisite courses.

DPT Curriculum

Summer Session

PT 700 Anatomy for PT (6)

6 Credits

Fall Semester

PT 701 Introduction to PT (2)

PT 702 Basic Patient Management in PT (3)

PT 706 Kinesiology and Pathokinesiology for PT (4)

PT 707 Applied Clinical Neuroscience for PT (4)

PT 753 Applied Pathology for PT (3)

PT 781 PT Grand Rounds I (0.5)

16.5 Credits

Spring Semester

PT 703 Advanced Patient Management in PT (2)

PT 704 Therapeutic Exercise in PT (3)

PT 705 Therapeutic Modalities in PT (3)

PT 711 Neurological PT I (3)

PT 713 Orthopaedic PT I (4)

PT 791 PT Clinical Education Seminar I (1)

17 Credits

Summer Session

PT 792 PT Internship I (6)

6 Credits

Fall Semester

PT 712 Neurological PT II (4)

PT 714 Orthopaedic PT II (4)

PT 741 Cardiovascular and Pulmonary PT (3)

PT 752 Pharmacology for PT (3)

PT 753 Scientific Inquiry I in PT (3)

PT 782 PT Grand Rounds II (0.5)

17.5 Credits

Spring Semester

PT 721 Rehabilitation I for PT (2)

PT 731 Pediatric PT (4)

PT 732 Geriatric PT (3)

PT 744 Motor Control/Motor Learning for PT (3)

PT 755 Principles of Teaching and Learning in PT (2)

PT 772 Scientific Inquiry II in PT (1)

PT 793 PT Clinical Education Seminar II (1)

16 Credits

Summer Session

PT 794 PT Internship II (6)

6 Credits

Fall Semester

PT 722 Rehabilitation II for PT (2)

PT 743 Psychosocial Aspects of Disability for PT (2)

PT 754 Diagnosis for PT (3)

PT 756 Professional Practice Issues for PT (1)

PT 757 Organization and Management for PT (3)

PT 773 Scientific Inquiry III in PT (1)

PT 783 PT Grand Rounds III (1)

PT 795 PT Clinical Education Seminar III (1)

14 Credits

Spring Semester

PT 796 PT Internship III/IV (12)

12 Credits