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

Helping Pint-Sized Patients - DPT Program Hosts Free Pediatric Physical Therapy Clinic

by Janelle Hill | Feb 05, 2018

It’s a Wednesday afternoon and two-year-old Pete Ellis is deciding which sticker he wants to use.

“Which one do you want next: a puppy or a minion” one student asks while another sits behind Pete, stretching his legs out in front of him, one after the other.

Pete instinctively sits with his knees bent and his legs turned away from his body, making the shape of a W.

“Many family members had noticed that he was definitely pigeon-toed,” says Erin Ellis, Pete’s mom. “But it was one of those things where he just got more and more settled into it as he went. We had grown so accustomed to it, and him tripping and falling all the time, that we didn’t think too much of it.”

Ellis told Pete’s doctor, who recommended an evaluation by an intermediate unit. But the wait time there can be weeks, if not months.

That’s when Ellis heard about the Doctor of Physical Therapy program’s Pediatric Physical Therapy Clinic, where students provide services, free of charge, for six weeks. 

While under the mentorship of Dr. Sue Migliore, assistant professor, students work with Pete on a range of motion exercises, including stretching, sitting and standing balance, as well as coordination activities like stepping over foam pads and walking along a taped line.

“He has a lot of internal rotation,” says Chelsea Smelas ’19. “We were trying to get him more into a neutral hip position that will help hit some more of his milestones that he might not have hit early on. And it will help him later on in life be more functional with everyday tasks.”

The clinic has also helped Ellis spot warning signs at home and give positive feedback. “We’ve learned what words work best for us,” she says. “If we say ‘sit nice,’ he immediately corrects the way that he sits and that’s not something we could really get him to do before.”

For Smelas and her fellow students, the clinic provides essential hands-on training. “It’s good experience for us,” she says. “We’re used to sitting in the classroom all day learning about all these conditions and diagnoses. On top of that, just knowing that we’re helping out kids that really need this therapy, it’s just an indescribable feeling.”  

The DPT program holds free clinics throughout the year. The next clinic will be in the spring for individuals experiencing activity limitations caused by neurologic health conditions. •

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