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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
CAPTE Accredited
Supplemental Requirements
Supplemental FEE required?
Supplemental fee amount
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
Description of supplemental materials required
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.
Supplemental forms and materials required by program - item 1
Prerequisite Coursework Form
Supplemental forms and materials required by program - item 2
Technical Standards and Essential Functions of Physical Therapy Practice
Document upload requirements
Documents must be uploaded in PDF or Microsoft Word format.
Deadline for Submission of Supplemental Materials
Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
Is GRE Required?
Your program's GRE codes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
A combined verbal and quantitative score of 300 are the recommended minimums to be considered for the program. Significant consideration is also given to a verbal GRE score of 150 or greater.
Minimum and average GRE scores
Verbal reasoning scaled score
Quantitative reasoning scaled score
Reference Requirements
Physical Therapist-1
Applicant must send one reference from this specific type of evaluator
Physical Therapist-2
Evaluator type accepted
Professor in Major
Evaluator type accepted
Evaluator type accepted
Evaluator type accepted
Evaluator type accepted
Teaching Assistant
Evaluator type not accepted
Evaluator type accepted
Pre-PT Advisor
Evaluator type accepted
Evaluator type not accepted
Health Care Professional
Evaluator type accepted
Evaluator type not accepted
Family Member
Evaluator type not accepted
Evaluator type accepted
Evaluator type accepted
Evaluator type not accepted
Number of references required by program
Additional information about program's reference requirements
Submission of a minimum of three references is 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.  

PT Observation Hours
Information about your PT requirements
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
DEADLINE for completion of all PT hours
GPA Requirements
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative
Program-specific prerequisite
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.

Background Checks
Background check required prior to matriculation.
Program participates in PTCAS Background Check process through Certiphi Screening.
International Students
Program considers Canadian coursework?
Send original Canadian transcript to PTCAS (recommended)
Program policy for non-U.S. (foreign/international) coursework
Additional information for the foreign transcripts
All undergraduate and graduate transcripts must be evaluated by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). The original foreign transcript as well as the results of the evaluation must be submitted to PTCAS.
Are non-native English Speakers required to submit TOEFL scores?
Citizenship requirements
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)
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 (