Freshman Admission into the DPT Program
Misericordia University will continue test-blind admission review. Students who have taken the SAT or ACT are not required to submit their scores. Test scores will not be used in determining admission or academic scholarship awards.
The minimum criteria for consideration for admission as a pre-DPT student for freshman year are:
- Class rank in the top one-third of the graduating class.
- Successful completion of three years of mathematics, one year of biology, and one year of chemistry in high school.
Additionally, high school preparation in physics is highly recommended. Exposure to and exploration of physical therapy as demonstrated by paid or volunteer experience is strongly encouraged.
The student also will be required to choose the pre-DPT major in which he or she wishes to study. Click here for Academic Programs - undergraduate programs indicated as Pre-DPT Specialization meet our requirements.
A limited number of students is typically accepted on a space-available basis into the graduate portion of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. To apply, contact the Admissions Office directly: www.misericordia.edu/apply.
The next graduate applications will be for the cohort that begins in Spring 2025. The deadline for submitting an application for graduate admission into the DPT program is April 15, 2024. Contact the Admissions Office for further information: www.admissions.misericordia.edu.
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 http://www.webbycyberclasses.com.
- 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.
- 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.
Applications can be submitted at: www.misericordia.edu/apply.
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.
|Course Code||Course Title||Credits|
|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|
- Essential Functions for the Physical Therapy Student
- Background Check and Drug Screening Notice
- PSU Memorandum of Understanding
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:
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.
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.