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
Bachelors Degree Required
Bachelor's degree required prior to matriculation into PT program?
Yes
Course Prerequisites
General Information
No grade below “C” and no more than one retake on any prerequisite course will be accepted. Prerequisite coursework GPA will be calculated to include all occurrences, including retakes and failures, of all required prerequisite courses.

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.

For any conditionally accepted applicant, all outstanding prerequisite requirements must be completed no later than June 30th prior to matriculation into graduate coursework in the subsequent fall semester.
Anatomy and/or Physiology (A&P) course prerequisites MUST be completed in biology, neuroscience, anatomy, or integrated physiology department
Yes
Anatomy & Physiology I
Two semesters of Anatomy and Physiology with labs for a total of 8 credit hours. Must be taken in the biology/anatomy department. Labs cannot be taken online. May be taken as 2 combined courses with labs or as one anatomy and one physiology course each with a lab. Applied or functional anatomy courses are not accepted. Courses must have been completed within the last 10 years.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Any
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg. A&P)
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Exercise Physiology
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
  • A&P: Neuroanatomy
  • A&P: Neurophysiology
  • A&P: Pathophysiology
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • Biology: Any
Anatomy & Physiology II
The second course in the series of Anatomy and Physiology with labs for a total of 8 credit hours combined. Must be taken in the biology/anatomy department. Labs cannot be taken online. May be taken as 2 combined courses with labs, or as one anatomy and one physiology course each with a lab. Applied or functional anatomy courses are not accepted. Courses must have been completed in the last ten years.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Any
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg. A&P)
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Exercise Physiology
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
  • A&P: Neuroanatomy
  • A&P: Neurophysiology
  • A&P: Pathophysiology
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • Biology: Any
Biology / Biological Science
One general introductory biology course taught by a Biology department with a lab (3 or 4 credits). Lab cannot be taken online. Courses must have been completed within the last 10 years
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Advanced
  • Biology: Any
Chemistry I
Two-course sequence in general chemistry with labs (total of 8 credits). Must be taken in the chemistry department. Labs cannot be taken online. Topics should cover inorganic and organic principles of chemistry to include modern atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, periodic reactions, thermodynamics, stoichiometry, states of matter, solutions, acid-base balance and metabolic pathways. Courses must have been completed within the last 10 years
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry I
  • Chemistry: Advanced
  • Chemistry: Any
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
Chemistry II
The second course in a two-course sequence in general chemistry with labs (total of 8 credits combined). Must be taken in the chemistry department. Labs cannot be taken online. Topics should cover inorganic and organic principles of chemistry to include modern atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, periodic reactions, thermodynamics, stoichiometry, states of matter, solutions, acid-base balance and metabolic pathways. Courses must have been completed within the last 10 years
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry II
  • Chemistry: Advanced
  • Chemistry: Any
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
Exercise Physiology
One upper division course taught in the exercise science/exercise physiology/kinesiology department with a lab. Cannot be an introductory or survey course. Lab cannot be taken online. Topics to include biomechanics, injury and prevention and the adapative response of the human body to physical exercise and training. A course that introduces fitness assessment and development of a program of activities to reach personal fitness goals is preferred. Courses must have been completed within the last 10 years
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 3 or 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Exercise Physiology
Physics I
Two-course sequence of non-calculus based physics with labs (total of 8 credits). Must be taken in the physics department. Labs cannot be taken online. Topics should cover the principles of classical and modern physics including mechanics, heat, light, electricity, magnetism and motion. Courses must have been completed within the last 10 years
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
  • Physics: General
Physics II
Two-course sequence of non-calculus based physics with labs (total of 8 credits). Must be taken in the physics department. Labs cannot be taken online. Topics should cover the principles of classical and modern physics including mechanics, heat, light, electricity, magnetism and motion. Courses must have been completed in the past 10 years.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
  • Physics: General
Psychology
One introductory or survey-based psychology course taught in the psychology department of 3 credits. Online courses are acceptable. May not substitute sociology or anthropology courses. Courses must be completed within the past 10 years.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: General
  • Psychology: General I
Psychology
Any additional psychology course (total of 3 additional credits beyond the introductory course) taught in the psychology, behavioral science or exercise science department. Online courses are acceptable. May not substitute sociology or anthropology courses. Courses must be completed in the past 10 years.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Adolescent
  • Psychology: Any
  • Psychology: Child
  • Psychology: Death & Dying
  • Psychology: General
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Human Behavior
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
  • Psychology: Psychopathology
  • Psychology: Rehabilitation
  • Psychology: Social
  • Psychology: Sports
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Community Health
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Ethnic Studies
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Human Sexuality
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Marriage/Family
Statistics
One basic statistics course taught by the mathematics, psychology, or exercise science department (3 credits) with emphasis on the collection, presentation, analysis and interpretation of quantitative and qualitative methods for decision-making including principles of probability, estimation, descriptive and inferential statistics. An online course is acceptable. Courses must be completed within the past 10 years.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics