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DeSales Comprehensive DPT Program for Passionate Professionals

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program (DPT) at DeSales University is a nationally accredited program that offers you a superior education. We equip students with both the ability to thrive in a variety of physical therapy settings and the clinical skills necessary to serve any patient population. Our philosophy, based on respect, humility, gentleness, and dignity, ties in perfectly with your goal of becoming a highly-educated and compassionate physical therapist. 

Doctor of Physical Therapy

DPT Admissions Requirements

  • Admissions Requirements

    The DPT program at DeSales accepts applications from qualified post-baccalaureate candidates with degrees from accredited institutions.

    All of the following prerequisite requirements 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 Courseworkform. 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, i.e., 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.

    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.

Unique, Dynamic Curriculum for Better Learning

The DeSales DPT Program offers a comprehensive curriculum that prepares you for success.

  • Innovative teaching approaches
  • First-year human anatomy series with cadaver dissection
  • Emphases 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
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Doctor of Physical Therapy

You Matter at DeSales

From the minute you step onto the campus at DeSales University, you’ll be drawn in by our welcoming atmosphere. Faculty, staff, and students go out of their way to ensure you have a positive experience both in and out of the classroom.

To foster comprehensive learning, DeSales keeps the class sizes small. Average classes have 28 students, allowing more direct interaction with faculty, flexibility when scheduling clinical education opportunities, and a more conducive learning environment.

Additionally, our location in the Lehigh Valley offers many choices for clinical education, housing, and access to a host of regional activities.

Kay Malek, DNP
We recognize that there are hundreds of places where you can earn your DPT degree. However, at DeSales University, we don’t separate the academic learning from your growing as a person. Our program philosophy is based on Christian Humanistic values of respect for the individual, of gentleness and humility, and of treating each other with dignity and honesty. Not only are these ideals central to the Salesian way of life, they correlate perfectly with the principles associated with becoming a compassionate, caring physical therapist.
Dr. Kay Malek, Program Director

Choose Success. Choose DeSales.


When you choose DeSales University’s DPT Program, you are choosing to be a successful professional. We are fully accredited. Add that to our unique curriculum, which integrates basic science coursework with clinical applications, and you’ll see why choosing DeSales is your path to success.
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