Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

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 I - 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:

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 (4+3), GPA of 3.5 (3+3), or better
  • Science GPA of 3.0 (4+3), GPA of 3.3 (3+3), or better
  • A minimum of 40 hours of observation in a Physical Therapy setting (4+3 and 3+3)
  • Three letters of reference (PT, Professor, other) (4+3 and 3+3)
  • Favorable GRE scores (4+3 only)
  • Written essay (4+3 only)
  • Must apply via the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) (4+3 only)


*Admission Requirements subject to change.

Graduation from a physical therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone; 703-706-3245; 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 will submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage. Submission of this document 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.

Cumulative GPA of 3.0 (4+3), GPA of 3.5 (3+3), or better


  • First Cohort to start Fall 2015.
  • Application deadline for cohort is February 15, 2015.

DPT Program Director

Dr. Christopher Wise, Director of DPT Program
Dr. Christopher H. Wise, PT, DPT
DPT Program Director and
Associate Professor of
Physical Therapy

    Upland Center
    540 Upland Avenue
    Reading, Pennsylvania 19611

    Phone: 610-230-5708

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