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How to Apply

The following process should be followed when seeking admission to the DPT program.

To be considered for admission, all applicants must:

  • Complete and submit an on-line application. 
  • Submit a non-refundable $50 application processing fee. An application fee waiver code will be provided to those that attend a DPT program information session.
  • Submit a completed Prerequisite Coursework form.
  • Send official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate course work from all institutions previously attended.  To be considered official, transcripts must have the college or university seal and be sent directly to the DPT Program, DeSales University, 2755 Station Avenue, Center Valley, PA  18034 from each institution the applicant attended.
  • Submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. Please visit for additional information. DeSales University’s institutional reporting code is 002021.
  • On a separate page, submit a typed 500 word essay detailing your interest in the field of physical therapy, including a description of academic, employment and volunteer experiences related to the field.
  • Submit a completed and signed Verification of Physical Therapy Clinical Observation form(s) verifying at least 40 hours of observation/volunteer/internship/employment hours at a single physical therapy facility.  Additional observation hours in a variety of physical therapy practice settings is highly recommended (i.e. acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient rehabilitation, geriatrics, pediatrics, home care, sports medicine).  All forms should be submitted directly to the DPT program by the individuals that complete them and not by the applicant.
  • Submit 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 observation was performed.  All forms should be submitted directly to the DPT program by the individuals that complete them and not by the applicant.
  • Indicate understanding of and ability to meet all Technical Standards and Essential Functions required of physical therapy practice by submitting the signed and dated acknowledgement form. 

International Applicants

  • 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.  
  • International applicants from a country where the official language is other than English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Please visit for additional information. DeSales University’s institutional reporting code is 002021.


All applicants considered for acceptance into the DPT Program will be required to participate in an on-campus interview with DPT faculty prior to any admission decision.

Candidates selected for an on-campus interview should be prepared to discuss why they have chosen to pursue a career in physical therapy and how they perceive the role of the physical therapist as a member of the healthcare team. They should be able to effectively describe their own skills and strengths and demonstrate their understanding of the qualities expected of a professional healthcare provider. Knowledge of the profession of physical therapy gained through volunteer and work experiences, and familiarity with the American Physical Therapy Association will prepare the candidate to address these questions. During the interview, the DPT Admissions Team will be observing the candidate's oral communication skills, professional demeanor and attitudes, ability to interact in a group, ability to solve problems, expressed commitment to learning, and motivation to pursue a career in physical therapy.  Interview candidates will also be asked to complete an on-site essay to assess written communication skills.

The opportunity to participate in a campus tour will also be available.

Please note: all expenses related to travel and accommodations for the interview are the responsibility of the candidate.

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Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program
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