Admission Requirements

Now accepting applications for Fall 2019

Graduate Admissions 4 + 3

  • 3-year graduate phase after you've earned your 4-year bachelor's degree at an accredited university

  • 3-year graduate phase after you've earned your 4-year Sport and Exercise Physiology or Biology degree from DeSales University

 Undergraduate Admissions 3 + 3 

  • 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

Learn more about degree pathways and undergraduate admission requirements »

Graduate Admissions (4 + 3 year program) 

The DPT program at DeSales University accepts applications from qualified post-baccalaureate candidates with degrees from accredited institutions and all of the following prerequisite requirements, which must be completed and submitted no later than June 30 prior to the start of the session to which the candidate has applied:

  • Submission of official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended, received in sealed envelopes or via electronic transfer, with evidence of completion of all required prerequisite courses.

  • Submission of completed Prerequisite Coursework form.  Recommended minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and a recommended minimum 3.2 GPA in mathematics and science prerequisite courses at time of application.  No grade below C and no more than one re-take on any prerequisite course will be accepted. Prerequisite coursework GPA will be calculated to include all occurrences, including retakes, of all required prerequisite courses.

  • Submission of Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores – recommended minimum combined verbal and quantitative score of 300.  Visit for additional information. 

    DeSales University’s institutional reporting code is 002021

  • Demonstrate understanding of and ability to meet all Technical Standards and Essential Functions required of physical therapy practice.

  • Complete 500 word cover letter/essay detailing interest in the field of physical therapy, and including a description of academic, employment and volunteer preparation and experiences to support the application.

  • Complete 40 hours of observation/volunteer/internship/employment hours in a single physical therapy facility.  Additional observation hours in a variety of physical therapy practice settings is highly recommended  (outpatient rehabilitation, inpatient rehabilitation, pediatrics, acute care/hospital, extended care facility, geriatrics, home health, sports medicine, etc.).  All completed Verification of Physical Therapy Clinical Observation Form(s) should be submitted directly to the DPT program by the licensed physical therapists that complete them and not submitted by the applicant.

  • Submission of a minimum of two Applicant Recommendation Forms, completed by non-relative, professional individuals, including, but not limited to, professors, employers, and coaches, and excluding the licensed physical therapist(s) with whom clinical observation was performed. All completed forms should be submitted directly to the DPT program by the individuals that complete them and not submitted by the applicant.

  • If selected for application review, qualified candidates must complete an on-campus interview with DPT program faculty for final determination of admission.  

  • All international applicants from a country where the official language is other than English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and present documentation of scores with the minimum requirement of 104 for the Internet-based test.  Please visit for additional information.

    DeSales University’s institutional reporting code is 002021

  • All transcripts from any degree-granting institution outside the United States must be evaluated by a NACES approved evaluation service with the resulting report submitted with the DPT program application.  Please visit for additional information.

Undergraduate Admissions - Freshman Entry (3 + 3 year program) 

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

The deadline for application to the undergraduate Health Science program is December 15.

Fall 2019 Graduate Program:

Early application deadline:  10/15/18
Final application deadline:  1/10/19

Fall 2019 Undergraduate
(BS in Health Sciences 3+3 majors):

Application deadline: 12/15/18

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