Undergraduate Progression Standards

In order to assure seamless progression toward the graduate program curriculum, undergraduate applicants in all three pathways will be advised (3+3) or co-advised (either 4+3 pathway) by DPT program faculty.  Guaranteed admission to the graduate curriculum will be based on the following progression standards:

  • Maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA and a 3.2 mathematics/science GPA while in the undergraduate curriculum.* Academic performance for each student in the undergraduate pathways will be evaluated by the DPT Program Director and faculty at the end of every semester.  Failure to achieve the required single semester 3.0 cumulative GPA or the 3.2 mathematics/science GPA will result in the student being placed on DPT program academic probation.  Failure to meet these requirements in any subsequent semesters will result in academic dismissal from the DPT program.  Undergraduate students are allowed only one academic probation period in the entirety of the undergraduate phase of the DPT curriculum.  Any student in this situation may continue to attend the University, provided he/she meets the University’s academic standards.  The student may reapply to the DPT program after meeting all progression requirements, however reacceptance is not guaranteed.

  • All undergraduate prerequisite courses to be included in the calculation of the mathematics/science GPA must be taken at DeSales University.

  • Earn no less than a C in any prerequisite course for the DPT program.

  • Only one retake of any prerequisite course will be allowed in the calculation of the mathematics/science GPA.

  • Students admitted in the 3+3 Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Health Science/DPT pathway must complete all major and undergraduate curriculum requirements in three years (six consecutive semesters).

  • For those in either of the 4+3 BS/DPT pathways, all graduate admission requirements must be met prior to matriculation into the professional curriculum. 

  • Present two favorable letters of recommendation from DeSales faculty describing excellence in undergraduate academic and extracurricular activities prior to admission to the graduate curriculum.

  • Demonstrate understanding of the field of physical therapy through completion of 100 hours of volunteer observation and a typed 500-word essay describing those experiences.  Observations must take place in two or more physical therapy facilities representing different healthcare organizations.  Observation in a minimum of two physical therapy practice settings is recommended (e.g., outpatient rehabilitation, pediatrics, acute care/hospital, extended care facility, geriatrics, etc.).  The essay must be submitted prior to the start of the junior year.

*Mathematics/Science GPA will be calculated from a combination of the following courses depending on the undergraduate pathway undertaken by the student:

3+3 Accelerated B.S. in Health Science/DPT:  CH 103, CH 104, BI 151, BI 355, BI 356, MA 111 or SX 285, MA 112, PH 203, PH 204, SX 362.

4+3 Sport and Exercise Science/DPT:   CH 103, CH 104, BI 151, BI 355, BI 356, MA 111 or SX 285, MA 112, PH 221, PH222, SX 362

4+3 Biology/DPT:  CH 101, CH 102, BI 151, BI 355, BI 356, MA 111 or SX 285, MA 121, PH 201, PH 202, SX 362

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