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The Physical Therapy Department offers a Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree program. This entry-level degree program qualifies the graduate to sit for the physical therapy licensure examination in any state in the United States. The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education accredits the program.
The Physical Therapy Department is housed in McKinly Laboratory and has modern well-equipped laboratories for research, teaching, and clinical practice. In addition, there are two on-site physical therapy practice clinics, which are staffed by licensed physical therapists.
Requirements for Admission
Candidates with baccalaureate degrees from accredited colleges and universities will be eligible to apply for admission into the Doctorate in Physical Therapy graduate program. Applicants must follow the application procedures outlined on the Physical Therapy Department website (http://www.udel.edu/PT/Study%20With%20Us/applicationprocedures.html). Thirty-six students will be admitted annually to the program.
Admission to the program is competitive. Acceptance is based on demonstrated academic excellence, evidence of physical therapy clinical experience, the required essay, and letters of recommendation.
Acceptance will be based on the stated criteria and not based on race, sex, creed, or national origin.
It is recommended that candidates review the core performance standards, found in the DPT Program Policies and Procedures Manual, on our website prior to submitting their application.
The minimum entrance requirements for the graduate entry-level physical therapy program will be:
Students whose first language is not English must achieve a minimum score of 550 (paper-based test) or 79 (Internet-based test, IBT) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
Graduate Record Examination Scores
Documented volunteer or paid clinical experience in physical therapy (100 hours minimum)
Three letters of recommendation (2 from licensed Physical Therapists; 1 from an upper-level Professor)
If selected, an interview with the admissions committee.
Prerequisite coursework requirements are:
Requirements for the Degree
English Writing - 1 course (3 credits)
Psychology - Introductory - 1 course (3 credits)
Psychology - Upper Level - 1 course (3 credits)
Statistics - Introductory - 1 course (3 credits)
Calculus - Introductory - 1 course (3 credits)
Chemistry w/ lab - Introductory - 2 courses (8 credits)
Physics w/ lab - Introductory - 2 courses (8 credits)
Biology w/ lab - Introductory - 2 courses (8 credits)
Human or Mammalian Physiology - 1 course (3 credits)
The DPT program requires 105 hours of graduate course work. These hours are in such areas as didactic instruction, experiential laboratories, research, clinical internships and other equivalent academic experiences. Full-time clinical internships comprise 12 credit hours of the curriculum and occur at a variety of health care facilities located primarily on the east coast. The program is full-time and of two and one-half years duration, including all summer and winter sessions. Part-time matriculation is not permitted.
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