Department of Physical Therapy
Pathways to a Jefferson DPT
If you are currently a high school student:
You have the opportunity to shorten the total amount of time it takes to earn your DPT. By entering Jefferson through our 3+3 program, enrolled high school seniors earn their Doctor in Physical Therapy degree in 6 years following high school, rather than the standard 7 years. Students apply to one of our partner institutions (listed at the right) and spend 3 years there working toward a bachelor's degree. As long as all required coursework is completed, students will then transition to Jefferson where they will complete the DPT in another 3 years.
If you currently have or are working toward your baccalaureate degree:
While students come to Jefferson's DPT program after receiving their baccalaureate degree from an array of accredited colleges, universities and community colleges, it is also good to know that Jefferson University has established partnerships with 40 academic institutions. Added benefits of obtaining your undergraduate degree from one of these General Agreement (GA) schools include:
- Advisors at those schools know our programs very well
- We visit these schools at least once a year, giving updates and presentations
- All of the classes that we need as prerequisites are all offered at the GA schools
Before you can enroll in the physical therapy program, the following courses are required.
In addition to meeting all academic requirements, students must meet all performance requirements for the program. Refer to the online Jefferson catalog for details, or (215) 503-8890.
|Anatomy and Physiology 1,2||8|
|College Algebra/Trigonometry or higher math||3|
|Social Sciences 3||9|
1 Lab required.
2 There is a 10-year time limit on the transferability of sciences courses.
(students with relevant work experience may petition for exception to this rule.)
3 6 credits of psychology (abnormal and developmental) preferred.
4 3 credits of composition/writing required and 3 credits ethics or philosophy preferred.
Don Sharples at donald.sharples@ jefferson.edu or