Pre-DPT Admission

Freshman Admission into the DPT Program

The minimum criteria for consideration for admission as a pre-DPT student for freshman year are:

  1. Class rank in the top one-third of the graduating class.
  2. SAT Score:
    • SAT: Minimum total score of 1130 out of 1600.
  3. Successful completion of three years of mathematics, one year of biology, and one year of chemistry in high school.

Additionally, high school preparation in physics is highly recommended. Exposure to and exploration of physical therapy as demonstrated by paid or volunteer experience is strongly encouraged.


DPT entry is guaranteed to 50 rising undergraduate students. Program attrition for pre-DPT students typically allows for all students meeting program progression requirements to access graduate level slots in the DPT program. However, in the unlikely occurrence that more than 50 students meet the progression criteria, the top 50 as ranked by cumulative Misericordia University undergraduate grade point average (GPA) will be selected.


The student also will be required to choose the pre-DPT major in which he or she wishes to study. Click here for Academic Programs - undergraduate programs indicated as Pre-DPT Specialization meet our requirements.


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Essential Functions for the Physical Therapy Student

These essential functions are the activities that a student physical therapist must be able to perform, with or without accommodations, in partial fulfillment of the requirements for successful completion of the professional curriculum. They are applicable in the classroom, laboratories, simulated clinical settings, and while on clinical education assignments. The University uses independent clinical education sites that may or may not be willing or able to offer the same reasonable accommodations that are made available by the University. (updated March 2017)

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Background Check and Drug Screening Notice

A positive criminal record check, positive child abuse history and/or a positive drug screening may result in any of the following:

  • inability to find or delay in finding a clinical placement
  • dismissal from a clinical placement
  • inability to obtain professional licensure
  • legal ramifications
  • inability to matriculate or continue in physical therapy program
  • inability to meet requirements for graduation from the program

As a result, a student with a positive criminal record check, positive child abuse history, and/or a positive drug screen may not be able to complete the requirements of the physical therapy program, may not be eligible for licensure required for practice, and may be dismissed from the program.

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