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DeSales University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
Doctor of Physical Therapy Program 2755 Station Avenue Center Valley PA 18034 United States
Phone+1 610.282.1100 x1898
Private
CAPTE Accredited

This page is intended for individuals that are in the process of completing or have already earned a Bachelor's degree. High school students should not apply using PTCAS. Instead, high school students should contact DeSales University Undergraduate Admissions directly for information about the Health Science to DPT - 3+3 program.

Program Description

What makes the DeSales University 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 service, 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 coordinated with the musculoskeletal curriculum in the first year
  • Opportunity to participate in faculty-led student research
  • 4 integrated early clinical experiences in orthopaedics, pediatrics, neurologic and geriatric practice in our pro bono clinic courses
  • Special Topics elective course in year three exploring practice areas such as vestibular rehabilitation, pain science, alternative therapies
  • 36 weeks of full-time Clinical Education in 4 separate experiences

We invite you to visit our webpages at https://www.desales.edu/academics/graduate-studies/dpt-doctor-of-physical-therapy to learn more about all the great things that happen when we CONNECT with you as a prospective student at DeSales University!

General
Program offers a guaranteed freshman admission pathway?
Yes
Dual Degrees
Will the professional (entry-level) PT program offer a satellite or branch campus to applicants during the upcoming admissions cycle?
No
Institution's Religious Affiliation
Roman Catholic
Admission 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 interview with DPT faculty prior to any admission decision. During the interview, 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 written communication skills.

Deposits
Is a Deposit Required for Accepted Applicants?
Yes
Total cumulative deposit
$750
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.
Deposit Refundable?
No
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.
Deposits collected on a rolling basis after offer of admission made?
Yes
Additional information about rolling deposits
A determined deadline to submit your deposit will be scheduled after each interview.
Cost
Total Cost of Education for In-State Students
$107459
Total Cost of Education for out of State Students
$107459
Incoming Class Profile
Anticipated Size of the Next Entering Class
28
Size of Most Recent Entering Class
27
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
78%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) U.S. applicants accepted
22%
Sex
% Male
37%
% Female 
63%
Race/Ethnicity
% Hispanic 
4%
% American Indian/Alaskan Native
0%
% Asian
11%
% African-American/Black (Non-Hispanic)
4%
% Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
4%
% White (Not of Hispanic Origin) 
77%
% Two or More Races 
11%
% Declining to State 
0%
Additional information about the class profile
The program reserves a limited quantity of seats for qualified graduates of DeSales University undergraduate programs.
Minority-Serving Institution (MSI) Status
Program housed at a Minority-Serving Institution No
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Founded2014
Employees1 to 25
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