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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Physical Therapy News

DPT Program Welcomes New Faculty Member

by Heidi Troxell | Apr 22, 2015

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program is excited to welcome Dr. Christos Karagiannopoulos, PT, PhD, ATC, CHT to our faculty.   

Dr. Karagiannopoulos earned a Bachelor of Science in athletic training and a Master of Education in Kinesiology from Temple University. He received a Master in Physical Therapy from MCP-Hahnemann (currently Drexel) University in 1999, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Kinesiology from Temple University in 2014. He has been practicing physical therapy in the field of orthopedic rehabilitation for more than 15 years and has spoken locally and nationally on various physical therapy related topics. 

Dr. Karagiannopoulos' career has been highlighted by his invitation to serve as a physical therapist for the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.  He also practices as a part-time certified hand therapist for ATI Physical Therapy.  

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Karagiannopoulos to the DeSales community!

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