Doctor of Physical Therapy

The DeSales Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program's contemporary graduate curriculum will prepare you to succeed in a variety of physical therapy settings.

DeSales has long been recognized as a leader in health care education. Now you can pursue your passion to become a highly-educated physical therapist and movement expert right here in the beautiful Lehigh Valley.

We are currently accepting applications for our graduate and undergraduate programs for the Fall 2019 session. 


Program at a Glance

  • Graduate program (4+3 year program) 
  • Undergraduate program (3+3 year program)
  • First-year human anatomy series with cadaver dissection
  • Emphasis on servant leadership
  • Systems-based differential diagnosis and intervention series
  • 5-course research series, culminating in a faculty-mentored student project
  • 36 weeks of clinical education

Your Future as a Physical Therapist

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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

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Fall 2018 Graduate Program:

Early application deadline: 12/1/17
Final application deadline: 2/1/18

Fall 2018 Undergraduate
(BS in Health Sciences 3+3 majors):

Application deadline: 12/15/17

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