Graduate Admissions

How to Apply:

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program

Along with your completed application you’ll need to provide a few supporting materials. Because there’s lead time required for some items, here’s a step-by-step process that seems to work best for candidates:

Complete your online application. You may begin your online application after July 1, 2014. The online application lets you build, edit and save sections of your application along the way.

Order your official transcript(s). Official transcript(s) indicating that the applicant has earned a bachelor's degree from a four-year accredited college or university. Transcripts from all institutions are required. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 (4+3) or 3.25 (3+3), or better and a Science GPA of 3.0 (4+3 and 3+3), or better.

The following pre-requisite courses must be completed with a final grade of “C” or better from a four-year college or university:
• 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

Three letters of recommendation. Please have name and email address for each reference to fill in this area during the online application process. Letters should include one from each: licensed PT, professor, other non-family member (4+3); licensed PT, Alvernia professor, other non-family member (3+3)

Written Essay. Please download the essay questions form and upload your response in a saved document as part of the online application process. (500 word requirement per essay) Or you can mail it directly to: Alvernia University, School of Graduate Studies, 540 Upland Avenue, Reading, PA 19607.

Scores from a graduate entrance exam. Favorable scores submitted from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken within the last 5 years with a score of 150 on Verbal and 300 on Verbal + Quantitative combined (4+3 only). Alvernia University's GRE institution code is 2431 to be used when taking the test or requesting to have the results sent here. (

Observation. A minimum of 100 hours of observation in a minimum of 1 outpatient and 1 inpatient physical therapy setting (4+3 and 3+3). Please download the site observation form and fill out appropriately.

International Applicants. International Applicants must submit official TOEFL results for all students for whom English is a second language ( Transcripts from a university outside of the United States must be evaluated by an independent service. ( For more information about applying, please visit our international application website.