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Graduate Bulletin

Physical Therapy, D.P.T.



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Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Application Deadline:

Fall: TBA

The Department of Physical Therapy participates in the Physical Therapy Centralized Application System (PTCAS) and encourages all applicants to the Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) program to make use of this system.  The system can be accessed at the PTCAS website.  For more information on the application process for the D.P.T. degree, see www.temple.edu/chp/departments/pt/PT_DPT_ApplicationForms.htm.

Letters of Reference:

Number Required: TBA

From Whom: Letters of recommendation should be obtained from those who can judge the applicant's capability for success in a graduate program in Physical Therapy, including university faculty, physical therapy clinicians, and/or employers.

Coursework Required for Admission Consideration:

All applicants are required to be physical therapists and must be able to demonstrate completion of coursework from an accredited U.S. professional program in Physical Therapy or the equivalent as determined by credential analysis.  Consequently, international students must have their physical therapy educational transcripts reviewed by a credentialing agency in the United States; must complete any coursework that is lacking; and then must pass the U.S. physical therapist licensure exam prior to admission.

All applicants are also required to have a minimum of one year's experience in practice prior to admission.

Master's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:

An applicant who does not hold a professional (entry-level) master's degree in Physical Therapy must have earned a bachelor's degree, a post-baccalaureate certificate, or professional doctorate in Physical Therapy.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:

All applicants must present credentials that are the equivalent of a baccalaureate degree at Temple University.

Statement of Goals:

The Statement of Goals should be no more than one typed page in length. It should include the following elements: your interest in Temple's program; a summary of your prior clinical and other Physical Therapy experience; your current teaching and research interests; and your future career goals.

Standardized Test Scores:

The GRE is required. The GRE scores should be in the 50th percentile on at least two of the three test sections (Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical).

Minimum TOEFL score needed to be accepted: 550 paper-based, 213 computer-based, or 79 internet-based.


Qualified applicants are invited to interview with three members of the graduate faculty. Phone interviews are available when travel costs are prohibitive.


A resume is required.

Advanced Standing:

Up to 36 s.h. of prior graduate coursework related to Physical Therapy may be transferred into the Ph.D. program. All courses must carry a grade of "B" or better to be transferred. The maximum number of advanced standing credits awarded is 36.

Test Waivers:

The GRE test may be waived if the applicant demonstrates evidence of successful graduate coursework in the past.

Program Requirements

General Program Requirements:

Number of Didactic Credits Required Beyond the Master's: TBA

Required Courses:  TBA

Internship: No internship is required.

Language Examination: No language examination is required.

Culminating Events:


Program Contact Information:


Department Information:

Dept. of Physical Therapy
3307 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19140


Department Contacts:


Stephen Carp, PhD, PT, GCS


Program Director:

Mary Sinnott, PT, DPT, MEd



Department Chairperson:

Emily Keshner, PT, EdD

About the Program

Physical Therapy is a healthcare profession with the purpose to promote human health and function by applying theory to identify, assess, remediate, or prevent human movement dysfunction. Physical therapists are concerned with the physical well-being of their clients and patients, and recognize the need to understand and respond to the sociocultural beliefs of the person and family receiving physical therapy services. They accept full responsibility for the patients or clients in their care and for the development of their profession.

The mission of the Department of Physical Therapy is fourfold: (a) provide the opportunity for individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds to enter the physical therapy profession; (b) prepare physical therapy practitioners to meet the healthcare needs of society; (c) discover and convey knowledge related to physical therapy; and (d) provide services to the academic, professional, and public communities. To meet this mission, two graduate programs are supported by the Department of Physical Therapy: the Doctor of Philosophy and the Doctor of Physical Therapy.

Time Limit for Degree Completion: 7 years

Campus Location:

Health Sciences

Full-Time/Part-Time Status:

All required courses in the Department of Physical Therapy are offered evenings or on weekends. Students may complete the program on a full-time or part-time (8 credit hours or less per semester) basis.

Department Information:

Dept. of Physical Therapy
3307 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19140


Interdisciplinary Study:

The Ph.D. program participates in the interdisciplinary program in Neuroscience at Temple University. Students also are able to earn the Certificate in Gerontology offered by the Institute on Aging.


Not applicable.

Study Abroad:



Not applicable.


Not applicable.

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Job Placement:



Licensure or eligibility for licensure to practice Physical Therapy is required.

Non-Degree Student Policy:

Non-matriculated students may enroll in up to three courses with the permission of the Director of the D.P.T. Program.

Financing Opportunities

Assistantships are available for a limited number of students based on the academic plan of the student and the current needs of the department. The position can be either a Teaching Assistantship or Research Assistantship. The duties of a Teaching Assistant lie primarily in offering teaching support for the D.P.T. program under the direction of teaching mentors. The duties of a Research Assistant are primarily assigned by the research mentor.

Updated 10.7.08