College Misericordia

Information about Physical Therapist program at College Misericordia

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College Misericordia (A2, D5, F1, PR)

Last Updated by Program: 05/25/2005
Address:   Physical Therapy Department
College of Health Sciences
College Misericordia
301 Lake Street
Dallas, PA 18612-1098
Phone:   (570)674-6465
Fax:   (570)674-3052
Admissions/Student Inquiry Phone:   (570)675-4449
Financial Aid Phone:   (570)674-6280
Web Address:
Program E-mail:
Susan P Barker, PT, PhD
  Accreditor:   Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  Carnegie Classification:   Master's Colleges and Universities (medium programs)
  Date of Initial Accreditation:   May 1996
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2010
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Master of Science in Physical Therapy
The physical therapy program is a 5-year professional program resulting in a master of science in physical therapy. Graduates who enrolled as freshmen or as undergraduate transfers are concurrently awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in health science. The program's first 2 years of pre-professional study provide a strong foundation in the liberal arts and sciences to develop the ability in students to think independently, weigh values, and understand fundamental theory. This further serves to develop skills of critical thinking and communication. The professional curriculum is initiated in the third year and continues for 3 years. Undergraduate students continue to take electives and meet core requirements for the baccalaureate degree during the three professional years. Although the curriculum can be completed in 5 calendar years, this requires taking courses each summer. The professional curriculum includes six academic semesters and two summer school sessions. The curriculum has been designed and sequenced to integrate professional foundation sciences, clinical sciences, and transcurricular processes throughout. Teaching-learning strategies promote problem solving, critical thinking and analysis and self-directed learning. The student faculty ratio is 10:1 in all seminar and laboratory courses.
Senior students have one 6-week clinical experience. Graduate students have two 10-week clinical experiences. Graduate students return to campus for the final semester of the professional program with graduation occurring in May.
There are nine full-time and five part-time faculty members. Five of the full-time faculty hold post professional doctoral degrees, three are enrolled in academic doctoral programs, one is enrolled in a transition DPT program, three are certified clinical specialists, and five are engaged in clinical practice. The overall faculty to student ratio is 1:10.6.
There are currently 1,384 full-time and 583 part-time undergraduate and 155 graduate students enrolled at College Misericordia. Overall, the student body is 73% women and 27% men. The current total enrollment in the physical therapy program is 105 pre-professional and 106 professional students. Continued matriculation into the professional program is assured for pre-professional students who meet the criteria for advancement.
The majority of students are admitted as freshmen. For the 2004-05 academic year, of the 156 applicants, 105 were accepted and 55 enrolled as freshmen for the fall semester. You may refer to our website admissions page, for additional information. Enrollment in the professional curriculum is limited to 50 in each class. Criteria for freshman admission include minimum SAT scores of 1050; high school science grades of B; rank in the top 20% of high school class; and 3 years of math and 3 years of science. Applicants who already have a baccalaureate degree or are PTAs may be accepted for enrollment in the professional phase on a space available basis. Criteria for postbaccalaureate admission include Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Millers Analogy scores; undergraduate GPA of 3.0; 1 year in each: chemistry, physics, anatomy and physiology and psychology, and a statistics course. All students must have completed a minimum of 50 hours of volunteer or paid experience/career exploration in physical therapy prior to matriculation into the professional program. Applicants are accepted for fall admission only. Applications are accepted from September 1- February 1, for the year in which the person seeks admission. All inquiries should be directed to the Admissions Office. Interviews are not required.
98% of students who enroll in the professional phase of the program graduate from the program (3-year average). 96% of graduates passed the licensure exam (3-year average). 99% of those program graduates responding to surveys are employed (3-year average).
Full-time tuition and fees for 2004-05 total $19, 060 per year. The estimated annual cost for resident students is $26, 810. Summer school tuition is $395 per credit. Information on institutional, federal, and state financial aid programs is available through the Financial Aid Office or our web site, Approximately 94% of students enrolled in the College receive some type of financial aid.
College Misericordia is a co-educational Catholic college that welcomes individuals of all faiths. The College was founded and is supported by the Religious Sisters of Mercy whose attitudes and values of justice, mercy, service and hospitality are reflected in the commitment of the college to the complementary relationship between liberal arts and professional studies, cultivation of academic excellence and critical thinking, preparation of graduates for productive lifelong careers and fostering a cooperative environment in which students, faculty, and staff demonstrate personal concern for each individual as a valued member of the college community.