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

Doctor of Physical Therapy Program Hosts First Research Symposium

by Janelle Hill | Oct 27, 2016


The Doctor of Physical Therapy program at DeSales University hosted its first annual Research Symposium on October 19. The event capped a yearlong project by third-year students, and many of them will get to present their findings at a state conference this weekend. 

Six groups presented on topics ranging from “Effects of Pelvic Floor Muscle Training on Stress Urinary Incontinence” to “Serial Casting, the Most Effective Initial Intervention for Idiopathic Toe Walking: A Systematic Review.”

Students first showed off their findings in poster presentations in the lobby of the Gambet Center. Then, they made their platform presentations in front of fellow students, faculty members, and the public. “The purpose of it is to help them learn how to add to the professional body of knowledge in PT practice,” says Kay Malek, director of the DPT program.

Students worked in small groups and joined forces with faculty mentors to conduct their research studies. Brandon Frederick, whose group presented on “Influence of Rhythmic Drumming on Gait Speed and Fall Risk in Community-Dwelling Elders,” was drawn to the project from the beginning. “I loved the idea of using a musical instrument as a possible way to help solve a problem in the health-care field.”

The project helped further students’ knowledge of physical therapy practice and prepare them for their careers, while also teaching them about teamwork and leadership. 

“A research project requires a tremendous amount of work, so there is a constant challenge of being good communicators, as well as being attentive listeners,” says Frederick. “I was most benefited by this project in that it allowed me to become a team player, to take responsibility for not only my own involvement in the project, but also to the members of my group.”

The project also helped to set the bar for younger PT students. “I think it helps them to understand the expectations of the profession,” says Malek. “I think it drives home that message that we have a responsibility to the public to drive research.”

Students will be able to use their experience from the symposium when they show their findings again. Five of the six projects will be presented at the annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association, starting October 28 in Lancaster. One project will be presented at the national conference of the American Physical Therapy Association in San Antonio, Texas in February. 

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