Admission

 

Applicants interested in applying for the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Alvernia University will need to apply through PTCAS.  The application will be available as of July 1st.


 

Admission


Admission Requirements:

The following pre-requisite courses must be completed with a final grade of “C” or better:

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II - 4 credits each with lab
  • Biology – 3-4 credits
  • Chemistry I and II - 4 credits each with lab
  • Physics I and II - 4 credits each with lab
  • Social Sciences – 6-9 credits (psychology, sociology/anthropology, humanities)
  • Statistics - 3 credits
  • English Composition/Writing - 3 credits


Additional admission requirements include:

  • Achievement of a Bachelor's degree (4+3) and an official transcript(s) (4+3 and 3+3) from each college or university attended revealing a:
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 (4+3) or 3.25 (3+3), or better
  • Science GPA of 3.0 (4+3 and 3+3), or better
  • A minimum of 100 hours of observation, which includes experiences in both outpatient and inpatient physical therapy settings (4+3 and 3+3)
  • Three letters of reference from a: licensed PT, professor, other non-family member (4+3); licensed PT, Alvernia professor, other non-family member (3+3)
  • GRE taken within the past 5 years with a minimum score of 150 on Verbal and Quantitative and 3.5 on Analytical (4+3 only) (Alvernia Code 1619) (www.ets.org)
  • 2 Written essays (4+3 and 3+3)
  • International Applicants must submit official TOEFL results for all students for whom English is a second language (www.ets.org). Transcripts from a university outside of the United States must be evaluated by an independent service. (www.wes.org)


Admission Criteria into the Accelerated 3+3 Program
Decisions regarding the admission of 3+3 undergraduate students into the University will be made by the Office of Admissions in accordance with University Undergraduate Admissions procedures for the DPT 3+3 Program by meeting the admissions criteria listed below. Such students will follow a curricular track in one of four majors with a "DPT academic interest". The majors include Biochemistry, Biology, Healthcare Science, or Psychology. Students who have met the criteria and progression requirements will confirm their decision to accept a seat within the DPT Program by January 15 of their junior year through written notification to the DPT Program Director. The DPT Program Director will confirm that the student has successfully completed all admission criteria and the student will be notified of their acceptance into the Program in written form by April 1. Students who have not met the criteria required to maintain a seat in the 3+3 Program will also be notified in writing by April 1. A student’s inability to enter the Program through the 3+3 format will not preclude them from completing his or her final year of undergraduate study in BIO, HCS or PSYCH and then applying to the Program through the 4+3 format after earning his or her Bachelor’s degree. In the event whereby a student does not meet the progression requirements within the DPT Program during their 4th year in the 3+3 DPT curriculum, that student may complete the undergraduate curriculum and earn a BS in Biochemistry, Biology, Healthcare Science or Psychology.

In order to enter the DPT Program within the accelerated 3+3 year format, students must complete the following pre-admission criteria by the completion of their junior year:

  • Overall GPA of 3.25 and a Science GPA of 3.0
  • Once a student declares their intention to pursue the accelerated track, all DPT prerequisite courses (listed below) must be taken at a four-year accredited institution. If taken at another institution, only courses in which the student achieved a grade of "B" or higher will be transferred.
  • The repeat/delete option may be used only once for any DPT prerequisite course.
  • Students who have met the progression requirements will confirm their decision to accept a seat within the DPT Program by January 15 of their junior year through written notification to the DPT Program Director.


Transfer Admission into the Accelerated 3+3 Program:
In order to be admitted into the Accelerated 3+3 Program, a student must declare one of four undergraduate majors prior to the completion of his or her sophomore year. Admission of students into the accelerated program will be based on available space. These majors include Biochemistry, Biology, Healthcare Science, or Psychology all with "DPT academic interest". The curricular tracks and the 8 semester plans for each of these majors as part of a 3+ 3 year curricular track are specifically detailed and differ from the 8 semester plans for the 4 year undergraduate major. Students who have met the criteria for inclusion into the 3+3 Program must achieve all criteria for admission into the DPT Program by the completion of their junior year. 

Students who have not met the criteria for admission into the accelerated program as undergraduate applicants to the University or students who did not declare an interest in the 3+3 Program until after they have matriculated at Alvernia must proceed with coursework in one of the four previously mentioned majors with "DPT academic interest" and demonstrate academic success as evidenced by a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 and science GPA of 3.0 at the conclusion of their sophomore year in order to be admitted into the Accelerated Program.

Alvernia students or transfer students from other universities may also enter the 3+3 Program. Freshmen or first semester sophomores that express interest in the 3+3 Program, must change their major to one of the four aforementioned majors with "DPT academic interest" and demonstrate academic success as evidenced by a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 and science GPA of 3.0 at the conclusion of his or her sophomore year in order to be admitted into the Accelerated Program. Second semester sophomores who express interest in the 3+3 Program must have demonstrated academic success as evidenced by a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 and science GPA of 3.0 in his or her chosen major at the conclusion of his or her sophomore year in order to be admitted into the Accelerated Program. Students who are beyond their sophomore year, based on number of total credits completed, will not be eligible for the Accelerated 3+3 Program. Students admitted into the Accelerated 3+3 Program must also meet all admission requirements by the conclusion of his or her junior year in order to be admitted into the DPT Program. 

If the maximum capacity of Program enrollment has been reached, all students who have met the criteria, as described above, will be rank ordered based on the following: 1. order of confirmation into the Accelerated Program, with those confirmed as first semester freshman having precedence, 2. science GPA, 3. cumulative GPA.  




Effective November 12, 2014, the Physical Therapy Program at Alvernia University has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org). Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates that the program is progressing toward accreditation and may matriculate students in technical/professional courses. Candidate for Accreditation is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation.




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