Our new Physical Therapy program features state-of-the-art equipment and facilities and a contemporary curriculum to train compassionate physical therapists.

  • Enter our program as a freshman Health Science major

  • Guaranteed entry into the DPT curriculum in year 4 is contingent upon meeting all undergraduate progression standards

This 3+3 accelerated program allows an exceptionally qualified high school graduate to enter the University as a freshman student to pursue a bachelor of science in health science degree in the first 4 years of study, followed by completion of the remaining 2 years in the graduate phase of the DPT program.  The program is competitive and continuation beyond admission depends on each student’s academic progression.

The curriculum includes courses that will use DeSales’ new gross anatomy laboratory, medical simulation center, and standardize patient care suites.  

Important deadlines:
  • December 15 - Application
  • January 15 - Interview

In addition to the University's undergraduate admission requirements, qualified candidates to the freshman entry program must meet these additional DPT program admission requirements:

  • Enter the University from high school in the top 10% of the graduating class, with a strong mathematics and science background

  • Minimum GPA of 3.75 in all mathematics and science courses (on a 4.0 GPA scale)

  • 3 or 4 math courses, including algebra, geometry, trigonometry and pre-calculus

  • 3 or 4 science courses, including biology, chemistry and physics, with human anatomy and physiology strongly encouraged if available

  • Minimum combined critical reading and math score of 1270 on the SAT; minimum ACT score of 26, with no subsection score below 24

  • Demonstrate understanding of and ability to meet all Technical Standards and Essential Functions of physical therapy practice


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B. Braun Medical, Inc., Donates Medical Equipment to Healthcare Programs

by Tom McNamara | Dec 04, 2013

Fr. O'Connor and Caroll Neubauer Check Presentation

Caroll H. Neubauer, chairman and chief executive officer of B. Braun Medical, Inc. (right) presents a check to Fr. Bernard F. O’Connor, OSFS, president of DeSales University (left), representing the value of medical equipment and surgical instruments that the company donated to the school. The in-kind gift, valued at $140,000, is the largest donation that B. Braun has made in the history of the company.

The presentation was made in the clinical skills nursing laboratory in the Gambet Center for Business and Healthcare. Staff members from B. Braun and faculty and administrators from DeSales, including all the directors of the University’s healthcare programs, were present. The B. Braun group then received a tour of the building and stops included the simulation laboratories, standardized patient areas, and the gross anatomy laboratory.

Equipment donated to DeSales by B. Braun will be used primarily for skills training programs for nursing, nurse practitioner, and physician assistant students. In addition, B. Braun equipment is used in the major hospitals and health networks where DeSales nurses, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants have their clinical placements. Having the opportunity to be trained on B. Braun products (such as the smart pumps) will greatly enhance students' skills and better prepare them for real life medical scenarios.

“DeSales is grateful to be able to partner with B. Braun to better prepare our healthcare students for their careers,” said Fr. O’Connor. “That’s what partnerships do, they enrich each of the participants.”

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