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

DeSales DPT Program to Offer Free Physical Therapy Clinic

by Heidi Troxell | Feb 16, 2016

The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program at DeSales University will offer weekly physical therapy appointments in its newly renovated Research & Rehabilitation Lab in Chappuis Hall on the Center Valley Campus from March 17, 2016, through May 5, 2016.

Physical_TherapyTreatments will be provided free of charge by second year DPT students under the direct supervision of state licensed physical therapy faculty members.

The program seeks adult volunteer clients to participate in the clinic who are experiencing activity limitations due to neurologic health conditions, including, but not limited to, stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury and multiple sclerosis. 

“We hope to serve those who still require treatment, but have no insurance benefits, cannot afford physical therapy co-payments, or have reached the cap on the number of treatment visits permitted by their insurance carrier,” said Dr. Kay Malek, director of the DeSales physical therapy program.

Appointments will be scheduled between 10:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on clinic days and preregistration is required.  For additional information or to register for an appointment, contact Heidi Troxell by phone at 610.282.1100, extension 1898 or via e-mail at Heidi.Troxell@desales.edu.

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