Doctor of Physical Therapy Admission Requirements
Traditional Professional Admission Phase & Guidelines
Students who have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university (or are in the final stages of earning a bachelor’s degree), and want to pursue a Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) degree at LVC, may apply to the 3-year professional phase of the program.
Offers of admission into the graduate phase of the Physical Therapy Program are based on academic performance and are dependent upon the number of students already committed to matriculating into the professional phase.
Applicants accepted into the Traditional Professional Admission cohort will be students of the highest academic quality most likely meeting the following requirements:
- Minimum undergraduate GPA requirements:
- 3.0 GPA cumulative average (on a 4.0 scale)
- 2.8 GPA in all science courses (on a 4.0 scale)
- Note: LVC may consider applicants with an overall GPA below 3.0 and/or a science GPA below 2.8 based on additional factors such as work/life experience, face-to-face meetings, letters of recommendation from colleagues, etc.
- A basic exercise science background is preferred, but not required. It should be noted that the majority of students in the program have completed undergraduate coursework in exercise science prior to entry into the DPT program.
- Completion of all pre-requisite coursework (within the last 10 years) to include General Biology I & II, Principles of Chemistry I & II, General Physics I & II, Statistics, Psychology, Sociology, Anatomy, Physiology, Biomechanics, Kinesiology, and an Exercise Physiology course.
- Exposure to physical therapy as demonstrated by documented paid or volunteer experience of at least 30 observation hours, preferably in more than one PT practice setting.
- GRE (taken within the last five years) with minimum scores in all areas of the GRE:
- Verbal Reasoning > 150
- Combined Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning > 300
- Analytical Writing > 4
Documentation of Clinical Hours
The Traditional Professional Admission Phase requires students to complete a total of 30 hours of direct observation of the physical therapy profession. All 30 hours of documented clinical observation must be completed prior to applying. Observation opportunities can be found in such settings as:
- acute care hospitals
- outpatient or ambulatory care center
- long-term care facilities
- pediatric rehabilitation settings
Observations or work experience in the following areas will NOT be accepted as physical therapy observation:
- athletic training
- personal or other family experience with physical therapy
- personal trainer or fitness facility
Students will be asked to document their clinical observation hours as part of the application process.
Physical Therapy Program Essential Requirements
There are physical, cognitive, and affective requirements for the professional phase of the program. Interested students should review these essential requirements prior to admission to the program. Requests for accommodations should be made to the department once the student is accepted.
2022-2023 Application Deadlines
The application deadlines for students seeking admission to the May 2023 DPT cohort are below.
- DPT Graduate Phase Application Open Date: July 1, 2022
- Application Deadline for consideration for early decision: November 15, 2022
- Please note that your application and all supporting materials must be received by the deadline for your application to be complete and reviewed for early admission by the DPT admissions committee. Applications completed after November 15, 2022 will be considered for admission after February 1, 2023.
- Decisions communicated to early decision applicants: Mid-to-late December 2022 via email
- Final Application Deadline: February 1, 2023
- Please note that your application and all supporting materials must be received by the deadline for your application to be complete and reviewed for admission by the DPT admissions committee. Incomplete applications will not be considered for admission.
- Decisions communicated to final applicants: Early-to-mid March 2023 via email
Traditional Professional Admission Application Requirements
Applicants who possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university will be considered for admission pending a review of the following requirements.
- Lebanon Valley College graduate online application
- An official transcript from your undergraduate college or university showing a minimum college cumulative GPA of 3.00 (on a 4.0 scale) and science GPA of 2.8 (on a 4.0 scale); any applicants not meeting this standard will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
- Official transcripts should be signed and sealed by the issuing school and mailed to the Graduate Admission Office.
- Secure, electronic delivery to firstname.lastname@example.org is also available.
- If pre-requisite courses were completed at multiple institutions, official transcripts from the relevant institution/s are also required.
- A personal statement (maximum 500 words) focused on how you will benefit from and contribute to the program, specifically outlining any applicable professional experience.
- A current résumé.
- Prerequisite Verification Form
- Documentation of Clinical Hours (observation as described in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Supplemental Application Materials section.)
- Official GRE scores (taken within the last five years
- The GRE code for the Lebanon Valley College DPT program is 2364.
Application materials can be uploaded in the Graduate Application Portal, submitted to email@example.com, or mailed to:
Lebanon Valley College
101 North College Avenue
Annville, PA 17003
International applicants for any of the physical therapy admission phases must meet the requirements specified for each phase and must also submit:
- Application Supplement for international applicants. Also, if applicable, please supply copies of any passports, U.S. Visas, and/or I-20 forms you currently possess.
- A course-by-course evaluation of all foreign secondary school and/or university transcripts by an independent service based in the United States. World Education Services (WES) and SpanTran Evaluation Company are two suggested evaluators.
- TOEFL of 80 in iBT, IELTS of 6.5, or STEP Eiken of Grade 1.Please have your official test scores sent directly to Lebanon Valley College. Lebanon Valley College’s institutional code for the TOEFL is 2364. View our full English Language Proficiency Policy.
- TOEFL of 80 in iBT, IELTS of 6.5, or STEP Eiken of Grade 1.
- Please have your official test scores sent directly to Lebanon Valley College. Lebanon Valley College’s institutional code for the TOEFL is 2364. View our full English Language Proficiency Policy.
- A certified bank or financial statement showing financial resources needed for tuition, housing, and cost of living.
- A completed Certification of Financial Support is required for admission and for visa consideration. It must be evident that you can provide the funding necessary to study and live at Lebanon Valley College.
For questions regarding the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Traditional Professional Admission Phase, contact the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at 717-867-6089.