The DPT (Doctor of Physical Therapy) program is for students who already possess a baccalaureate degree and desire to enter the field of physical therapy.

The professional courses meet on eight alternate weekends per trimester with each instructional weekend including a Friday evening, and full days on Saturday and Sunday. The four full-time clinical affiliations, totaling 36 weeks, are scheduled during the regular work week.

The weekend format allows students to continue part-time employment, to maintain family responsibilities, and to pursue other interests. Students are cautioned, however, that long work hours are generally incompatible with success in the program, which does require extensive study time. Our past experience has been that students who work more than 20 hours/week on a regular basis have difficulty in meeting the rigorous demands of this program.

The Entry Level DPT program consists of 99 credits.

Program FAQsAdmissionsApplication ProcessCost of AttendanceProgram Outcomes
May I meet with an adviser? 

Members of the Physical Therapy faculty/staff are available for counseling appointments either in person or by phone. These appointments must be scheduled in advance, please contact us with specific questions and days/times you are available. Please email  lori.russo@dc.edu.

What do I do once I’m accepted? 

You must sign and return your acceptance letter along with a $500 non-refundable deposit (to be applied towards tuition) in order to confirm your status in the program. Additional information on many aspects of the program,  faculty, books, curriculum, schedules, etc., will be provided during orientation.

Do you offer informational Open House events? When is the next event scheduled?

The College holds a Graduate Open House each semester. Physical Therapy faculty will be available to answer questions on admissions, prerequisites and the program. The Doctor of Physical Therapy faculty are available as needed for those who cannot make the Open House. Please email lori.russo@dc.edu for additional information.

Prerequisites

The following prerequisites must be completed prior to admission to the entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy Program.

  • Biology: I, II 4, 4 cr
  • Statistics: 3 cr
  • Anatomy and Physiology I, II: 4, 4 cr
  • Physics I, II: 4, 4 cr
  • Developmental Psychology I, II: 3, 3 cr
  • Chemistry I, II: 4, 4 cr

Prerequisite courses are offered by Dominican College in either the traditional semester-based weekday schedule or the Weekend College format. Although the prerequisite courses may be taken at other accredited colleges or universities, preference for admission to the Physical Therapy Program is given to the most qualified applicants who have taken 30 or more credits at Dominican.

The overall grade point average,  as well as in the prerequisites grade point average must be at least a 3.0 with no course grade lower than a C. A 3.0 G.P.A. is also required for the last 60 credits of the student’s most recent coursework as a whole.

Applicants whose native language is not English must obtain a minimum score of 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (T.O.E.F.L.) or 213 on the computer-based T.O.E.F.L. (C.B.T.).

The post-baccalaureate student who has satisfied the prerequisites can make application to the Physical Therapy Program.  Upon successful completion of the Physical Therapy curriculum, the student will be awarded a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.

Voluntary/Work Clinical Experience  In addition to the prerequisite courses, all applicants must document a total of 100 hours of voluntary or work experience in settings where a licensed physical therapist is employed.  These hours must be completed in diverse healthcare settings providing exposure to therapeutic intervention across the life span.  While 100 clinical experience hours are mandatory, it is recommended to complete 200 hours.

All candidates must apply online utilizing the APTA’s Centralized Application Service which can be accessed here: www.ptcas.org.

Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS)

Dominican College’s DPT program subscribes to the new Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service, known as PTCAS.  Applicants must apply online using the PTCAS application which is available here: www.ptcas.org.

  • PTCAS Application Deadline – PTCAS application deadline is March 1, 2016.
  • Program has rolling Admissions Process?  YES

Applications received after the deadline date will be considered subject to space availability in the entering class.

To learn more about the PTCAS application process and to get started, please go the PTCAS website at www.ptcas.org.  Once processed, the Admissions Committee looks forward to receiving your application.  If you encounter difficulty with the PTCAS, please do not contact the program at Dominican College.  Inquiries should be made directly to Customer Service at www.ptcas.org/Contact.html.

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) $976 per credit
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) $976 per credit
All other programs: $900 per credit
Graduate Audit Fee: $750 per course
General Fees:
Application fee $50
Registration: Full-time (more than 12 credits) $430/term
Registration: Part-time $200/term
Replacement of I.D. cards $20
Graduation Fee $200
In addition to the general tuition and fees described above, students should anticipate the following estimate of annual expenses associated with attending the College during the 2014-2015 Academic Year.
Books $1,450
Transportation $1,700
Personal Expenses $1950


For specific tuition information, fee schedules, or financial aid information, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions

Graduating class 2014   Graduating class 2015
Initial Class Size n/a 30
% Graduates n/a 96.70%
Employed 6 months post graduation n/a 100%
Ultimate Licensure Exam Rate n/a 88.90%

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