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Graduate Admission

Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS)

Graduate students are admitted into the DPT program on a space-available basis. Applicants must submit an application using the Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service. Applicants who apply through PTCAS will submit a completed web-based application comprised of biographical data, colleges and universities attended, academic course history, physical therapy observation hours, list of reference providers, work experience, extracurricular activities, honors, professional licenses, and a personal essay. It is the applicant's responsibility to read and follow all PTCAS and program-specific instructions.

The 2014-2015 PTCAS admissions cycle begins in July, 2014 and ends on May 15, 2015. Applicants may start and submit the PTCAS application at http://www.ptcas.org

The next graduate applications will be for  the cohort that begins in Spring 2016. The deadline for submitting an application for graduate admission into the DPT program is May 15, 2015. Contact the Admissions Office for further information: www.admissions.misericordia.edu.


Essential Functions for the Physical Therapy Student

These essential functions are the activities that a student physical therapist must be able to perform, with or without accommodations, in partial fulfillment of the requirements for successful completion of the professional curriculum. They are applicable in the classroom, laboratories, simulated clinical settings, and while on clinical education assignments. The University uses independent clinical education sites that may or may not be willing or able to offer the same reasonable accommodations that are made available by the University. (updated 10/2012)

Link to Essential Functions:
Essential Functions


Background Check & Drug Screening Notice

A positive criminal record check, positive child abuse history and/or a positive drug screening may result in any of the following:
 

  • inability to find or delay in finding a clinical placement
  • dismissal from a clinical placement
  • inability to obtain professional licensure
  • legal ramifications
  • inability to matriculate or continue in physical therapy program
  • inability to meet requirements for graduation from the program

As a result, a student with a positive criminal record check, positive child abuse history, and/or a positive drug screen may not be able to complete the requirements of the physical therapy program, may not be eligible for licensure required for practice, and may be dismissed from the program.


Internal Graduate Admission

Students who currently attend Misericordia University and who wish to apply for admission into the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) graduate program will be evaluated by the Physical Therapy Admissions Committee, along with external transfer applicants. Admission to the Physical Therapy major is not guaranteed, and is on a space available basis.

The criteria for admission into the DPT graduate program are:

  • Completion of requirements for baccalaureate degree.
  • Completion of required prerequisite courses with a grade of at least C for each course.
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.
  • Pre-requisite GPA of at least 3.0.
  • Exposure to and exploration of physical therapy as demonstrated by documented paid or volunteer experience of 50 or more hours in at least two different facilities or a minimum of one year’s full-time professional experience within the health care system.
  • Evidence of Medical Terminology competency, which can be fulfilled in several ways:
  1. Demonstration of college level credit-bearing coursework of at least one credit, with a grade of C or better.
  2. Completion of "Advanced Medical Terminology with Sound Recordings", non-credit course available at www.webbycyberclasses.com.
  3. Completion of MI 106 Medical Terminology (1 credit) with a grade of C or better.
    • Offered for non-Medical Imaging students in Spring semester only.
    • Medical Imaging majors have priority for registration for this course.
    • Students wishing to pursue this option should register during their junior year.
  4. Previous employment or training in a health care profession involving the use of medical terminology.
    • Must be approved by the Physical Therapy Department
  5. Additional requirements specific to the prerequisite Natural Science courses (CHF 104 General Chemistry, CHM 105 Introduction to Organic & Biochemistry, BIO 211 Anatomy & Physiology I, BIO 212 Anatomy & Physiology II, PHY 117 Introductory Physics I, and PHY 118 Introductory Physics II, or their equivalents):

    • The student’s transcript may have no more than one grade of C for the prerequisite Natural Science courses.
    • The student may repeat no more than one prerequisite Natural Science course.<.li>

    External Graduate Admission

    The criteria for admission into the DPT graduate program are:

    • Completion of requirements for baccalaureate degree.
    • Completion of required prerequisite courses with a grade of at least C for each course.
    • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.
    • Exposure to and exploration of physical therapy as demonstrated by documented paid or volunteer experience of 50 or more hours in at least two different facilities or a minimum of one year’s full-time professional experience within the health care system.
    • Successful completion of one credit medical terminology course or its equivalent.

    Additional requirements specific to the prerequisite Natural Science courses (General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Anatomy & Physiology , and Physics):

    • The student’s transcript may have no more than one grade of C for the prerequisite Natural Science courses.
    • The student may repeat no more than one prerequisite Natural Science course.

    If SAT scores are older than five years, GRE or Miller's Analogy Test scores are required.


    Required Prerequisite Courses
    CHM 104 General Chemistry with lab 4 credits
    CHM 105 Introduction to Organic Chemistry with lab 4 credits
    PHY 117 Introductory Physics I with lab 4 credits
    PHY 118 Introductory Physics II with lab 4 credits
    BIO 211 Anatomy & Physiology I with lab 4 credits
    BIO 212 Anatomy & Physiology II with lab 4 credits
    PSY 123 Introduction to Psychology 3 credits
    SOC 101 Comparative Sociology 3 credits
    MTH 115 Basic Statistics 3 credits
    PSY 275 Child & Adolescent Psychology 3 credits
    PSY 290 Psychopathology 3 credits

    Policies related to grading policies and transfer of credit to the University, as well as the academic calendar can be found in the “Academics” section of the University catalog. Click here - Policies