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

Free Physical Therapy Offered by DPT Students at Good Shepherd Sites

by Tom McNamara | May 09, 2016

Once a week from June 16 until August 5, 2016, DeSales University doctor of physical therapy (PT) students will treat volunteer clients at four area Good Shepherd Rehabilitation sites free of charge.

Physical_TherapyPhysical therapy services will be provided by students under the supervision of the PT faculty from the program and are for individuals experiencing pain and loss of motion, as a result of osteoarthritis, low back or neck pain, spinal stenosis, or other musculoskeletal conditions.

“Sometimes people reach the limit of their therapy per their insurance company but they still have a way to go to be back to full function,” says Dr. Kay Malek, director of the DeSales physical therapy program. “Or people may not have insurance for PT.” 

Good Shepherd sites offering the physical therapy include locations in Allentown and Center Valley on Thursday afternoons and Souderton, Pa., and Macungie, Pa., on Friday afternoons.

For more information, call 610.282.1100, ext. 1898, or email to Heidi.Troxell@desales.edu

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