- Bachelors degree in any discipline so long as prerequisite requirements are met (see Admissions - Prerequisites).
- Bachelors degree must be completed before matriculation.
- Individuals who have received their baccalaureate degree outside of the United States must have their credentials and transcripts evaluated by a recognized credential evaluation agency before the application for admission to the DPT degree program will be considered.
- Cumulative Undergraduate Grade Point Average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
- Prerequisite Grade Point Average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
- Application Essay
- Three letters of recommendation: one from an academician with direct knowledge of the applicant's academic ability; one from a physical therapist who can address the applicant's clinical potential and communication skills; and one from an individual who can address the applicant's problem solving skills.
- Accepted students must send one copy of each official transcript directly to Graduate Admissions.
- Graduate Record Exam scores for verbal reasoning (150), quantitative reasoning (150) and analytical reasoning (4.0). GRE scores are submitted through PTCAS. The program specific GRE code for PTCAS is 7606.
- For applicants whose first language is other than English, a TOEFL score of at least 550 is required.
- Applicants for admission are considered on the basis of the qualifications of each student without regard for race, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, age, and national or state origin.
- Knowledge of the profession attained preferably by paid or volunteer clinical experience. Applicants must document experience in at least one inpatient and one outpatient setting.
- Completion of all prerequisites by the end of the Spring semester of the year of intended enrollment (a maximum of four prerequisites may be outstanding at the time of application)
Doctor of Physical Therapy Prerequisites
To be acceptable, letter grades of C or higher are required. All prerequisite courses must be taken on a graded basis. All science courses must be for science majors and have laboratories. The requirements presented are on the semester system. If the applicant has attended an institution which is on the quarter system, it must be recognized that three quarter units are equivalent to two semester units. Prerequisite science courses must have been taken within the last seven years at an accredited college or university in the United States. Survey or general college courses are not accepted for credit toward prerequisite course work. All applicants must show evidence of satisfactory completion of the following courses:
- Biology (General) 2 semesters with lab (8 units)
- Upper division science (3 units)
- Chemistry: 2 semesters with lab (8 units)
- Communication: 1 semester written (3 units), 1 semester speech (3 units)
- Human Anatomy: 1 semester with lab (4 units)
- Human Physiology: 1 semester with lab (4 units)
- Physics: 2 semesters with lab (8 units)
- Psychology: 3 semesters (9 units): general, two elective
- Statistics: 1 semester (3 units)
Recommended (not required):
- Critical Thinking
- Motor Learning/Development
- Exercise Physiology
All courses must be completed by the summer prior to enrollment in the program.
Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis.
The Physical Therapy Admission Committee retains discretionary authority in the application of all the criteria for admission and their decision is final. Applicants for admission are considered on the basis of the qualifications of each student without regard for race, religion, sex, age, national or state origin. Individuals who have received their Baccalaureate degree outside of the United States must have their credentials and transcripts evaluated by a recognized credential evaluation agency before the application for admission to the DPT degree program will be considered.
Clinical facilities in the clinical portion of the curriculum are utilized throughout California and the United States.
DPT Financial Arrangements
Students are responsible for the financing of their education. Information and assistance is available and should be directly requested from the Office of Student Financing. For the tuition expenses for the DPT program, see the tuition expense section at the beginning of this catalog, or on the University website at www.msmu.edu
Requirements for the Professional Program
The Doctor of Physical Therapy program offers the student an entry-level professional degree. In order to progress in the curriculum, students must achieve letter grades of "C" or better in each didactic course and letter grades of "A" or "B" in all clinical affiliations. A letter grade of "C-" or "D" in one course or "NC" in a long-term clinical affiliation results in suspension from the program until the course is repeated and a letter grade of "C" or higher, or "A" or "B" , in a clinical course is achieved. Two letter grades of "C-", "D" or "NC", or one "F" results in dismissal /disqualification from the program. If student performance in a clinical setting is deemed unsatisfactory or unsafe according to the standards of the facility, the College, the accrediting agency, or the state, the student may be suspended or disqualified from the program. In addition to passing each didactic course with a "C" or better, and clinical course with an "A" or "B", students must maintain a cumulative average GPA of 3.0 or better in order to remain in the program. A cumulative GPA of less than 3.0 in any given semester will result in being placed on academic probation. In order to remain in the program and be reinstated to regular academic standing, the student must achieve a 3.0 semester GPA in each of the next two semesters. Students will receive notice of academic probation from the Graduate Dean and/or the Department Chair. Additional information regarding Department Policies and Procedures are available on the Mount Saint Mary’s University website. Before enrollment and prior to each clinical practicum/affiliation/internship, evidence of acceptable health status must be on record with The Department's Clinical Education Office. This includes but is not limited to tuberculosis screening, current immunization and a physical examination. Students must also fulfill any additional clinical site specific requirements including, but not limited to, background checks and drug screening. Students are responsible for their own housing and transportation. During all clinical aspects of the program, students are required to carry health insurance and malpractice insurance.
DPT Curriculum: Design
The curriculum is a sequential 3-year, 9-semester design based on a foundation of hierarchical and adult learning theory. The curriculum design incorporates values, content, and process components. In the domain of values, six values serve as a core for the program and are based on the mission and philosophy of the University and department. These values are compassion, communication, collaboration, community, critical thinking and competence (including professionalism).
Seven themes serve as the conceptual framework around which the curriculum is organized. They are Foundational and Basic Sciences, Medical Sciences, Critical Thinking/Research, Patient/Client Management, Practice Management, Integration Seminar, and Clinical Experiences. The program design incorporates the presentation of foundational sciences prior to clinical application; the appreciation of "normal" prior to learning "pathological;" a hierarchical organization that progresses content and process presentation from simple material to more complex content and skill application, and from the cognitive processing domains of knowledge and comprehension to application, analysis, synthesis and evaluation. There is also an interweaving of progressively more complex clinical experiences with didactic learning within and outside of the classroom environment; and a consistent integration of learning (current and prior) through intentional learning activities and experiences. The program includes a total of 36 weeks of clinical experiences, culminating with two 12- week clinical internship.
To be acceptable, prerequisite courses must be similar in unit value to those offered by Mount Saint Mary’s University and letter grades of C or higher are required. All prerequisite courses must be taken on a graded basis. All science courses must have laboratories except for Upper Division Science prerequisites. The requirements presented are on the semester system. If the applicant has attended an institution which is on the quarter system, it must be recognized that three quarter units are equivalent to two semester units.
Prerequisite science courses must have been taken within the last seven (7) years at an accredited college or university in the United States. Introductory courses for biology, chemistry, and physics are not accepted for credit toward prerequisite coursework.