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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Virtual Graduate School Fair for Veterans and Active Military

by Tom McNamara | Mar 11, 2015

The DeSales University Graduate Programs will participate in a Virtual Graduate School Fair for Veterans on March 18, 2015.

During the fair, which is free and open to all veterans and active military of the United States Armed Forces, DeSales will have its own virtual chat room where prospective students will be able to ask questions of graduate program directors.

“DeSales University is a proud participant in the Post-9/11 GI Yellow Ribbon Program,” said Abigail Wernicki, director of graduate admissions. “We are hopeful that this fair will connect us with veterans and active U.S. military armed forces near and far. This is a great opportunity to spread awareness about our programs and inform these honorable individuals about the educational benefits available to them.”

Click here to register for the Fair.

DeSales has eight graduate programs including the doctor of nursing practice, the doctor of physical therapy, master of arts in criminal justice, master of business administration, master of education, master of science in information systems, masters of science in nursing, and master of science in physician assistant studies.

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