4 + 3 and 3 + 3 (accelerated) Curriculum Formats:
Beginning in the Fall of 2014, the DPT program will be offered in a 4 + 3 year curricular format at Alvernia University's Reading campus. Prospective students with an earned bachelor’s degree from Alvernia, or another four-year accredited institution, are welcome to apply. A 3 + 3 year option will also be available in the Fall of 2015. This option would allow Alvernia students who are admitted as undergraduate students into one of 3 majors (Healthcare Science, Biology, or Psychology) will begin the professional phase of the curriculum in their senior year. Upon maintaining the required GPA and completion of all requirements, these students are guaranteed admission into the DPT program and can expect to complete their undergraduate training and doctoral degree within 6 years.
Curricular Overview and Highlights:
Alvernia University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program endeavors to create an educational culture of excellence which culminates in graduates who are clinically-competent and culturally-conscious. The curriculum has been established upon several core values:
The DPT Program Curriculum consists of:
Graduation from a physical therapist program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) email@example.com is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states. Alvernia University is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist education program from CAPTE. The program submitted an Application for Candidacy on June 1, 2014, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage and underwent an on-site review on July 29-31, 2014. Submission of this document and on-site review does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the professional phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in professional courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation. All students accepted into the charter DPT class of 2018 will be accepted conditionally and graduation will be contingent upon full accreditation status as granted by CAPTE.