Graduate DPT Admission


A very limited number of students is typically accepted on a space-available basis into the graduate portion of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. The Physical Therapy Department anticipates having no more than five seats available in the DPT class for graduate admission during the 2019-2020 admissions cycle. The DPT program may, however, have available seats in the future. To apply, contact the Admissions Office directly:


The next graduate applications will be for the cohort that begins in Spring 2021. The deadline for submitting an application for graduate admission into the DPT program is April 15, 2020. Contact the Admissions Office for further information:

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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 2017)

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.

Information for Graduate Applicants

Graduate students are admitted into the graduate DPT program that begins in the spring semester on a space-available basis. Students who currently attend Misericordia University and who wish to apply for admission into the DPT program will be evaluated along with external applicants. Admission to the Physical Therapy major is not guaranteed, and is on a space available basis. The deadline for submitting an application for graduate admission into the DPT program is April 15th of the year before the student wishes to begin the graduate program. Applicants can expect a response by June 30th of the same year.


The criteria for admission into the graduate DPT physical therapy 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 3.2.
  • DPT Prerequisite Natural Science GPA of at least 3.0.
  • The student may repeat no more than one prerequisite Natural Science course.
  • Any grades earned in Natural Science courses taken for transfer credit are included in the DPT Prerequisite Natural Science GPA.
  • 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. It is strongly recommended that any medical terminology coursework should occur after the student has completed BIO 211/212 Anatomy and Physiology 1&2 or the equivalent. This competency 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

    • Students pursuing this option do not have to purchase a certificate of completion.Inform the instructor that you are a Misericordia student.

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.

o Must be approved by the Physical Therapy Department.


Applications can be submitted at:



If all prerequisite courses or other requirements are not completed by the time of application, the applicant must submit a Plan of Study that details when the courses or other requirements will be completed.


The PT Graduate Admission Committee will consider only applications received by the Department by April 15th of the year before the student wishes to begin the graduate program.

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

Graduate DPT Curriculum

Student Goals and Expected Outcomes

Student & Graduate Goals



Students & graduates of the program will:



1. Be prepared to practice as physical therapist generalists capable of contemporary, reflective, competent, legal, autonomous and ethical practice,


2. Competently utilize and contribute to, evidence for the validation and advancement of the art and science of physical therapy,


3. Apply appropriate and effective teaching methods to educate others,


4. Effectively communicate and interact with colleagues from various disciplines for the benefit of optimal service to clients, and


5. Respect and respond to individual differences in interactions with clients, families, colleagues and the community.



Student Expected Outcomes



Students and graduates will:



1.1 Demonstrate competence in professional practice based on:

o Demonstration of professional behaviors

o Adherence to APTA Core Values and Code of Ethics

1.2 Demonstrate competence in patient/client management, including:

o Screening

o Examination, evaluation, diagnosis

o Prognosis, plan of care

o Intervention

o Outcomes assessment

1.3 Demonstrate competence in care delivery, including:

o Prevention, health promotion

o Fitness, wellness

o Supervision and direction of support staff

o Consultation

1.4 Demonstrate competence in practice management, including:

o Business and administrative practices



2. Demonstrate evidence-based practice by identifying, analyzing, evaluating and synthesizing sources of information to support clinical decisions.



3. Develop educational programs that are effective for intended audiences.



4. Communicate and collaborate with others in an accurate, appropriate and timely manner.



5. Provide optimal care in a compassionate manner that considers client wishes and respects cultural and societal values.


PSU Memorandum of Understanding

Memorandum of Understanding between
The Pennsylvania State University
& Misericordia University

This agreement is an arrangement for qualified graduates of the Physical Therapist Assistant program at Pennsylvania State University to matriculate into the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Misericordia University. The articulation agreement contains eligibility information.

DPT Course Descriptions

Link to course descriptions in catalog:


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Physical Therapy Program Video

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