Drexel University

Information about Physical Therapist program at Drexel University



Drexel University (A2, A4, D6, F1, PR)

Last Updated by Program: 03/16/2007
Address:   Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences
Drexel University
Mail Stop 502
245 North 15th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102-1192
Phone:   (215)762-8852
Fax:   (215)762-3886
Admissions/Student Inquiry Phone:   (215)762-8852
Financial Aid Phone:   (215)895-2537
Web Address:   http://www.drexel.edu/cnhp/rehab_sciences/welcome.asp
Program E-mail:   ptadmissions@drexel.edu
Susan S Smith, PT, PhD
  Accreditor:   Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  Carnegie Classification:   Research Universities (high research activity)
  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Under the aegis of MCP Hahnemann University Certificate Program, June 1981 (no longer offered) MPT, May 1984 (no longer offered) DPT, November 2000 Under the aegis of Drexel University beginning July, 2002
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2014
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Doctor of Physical Therapy
The professional DPT Program at Drexel University provides quality doctoral-level education to students seeking entry-level careers in the profession. The curriculum provides for the acquisition, integration and application of specific content knowledge and fundamental concepts and skills while focusing on evidence-based practice and clinical decision-making. The program places emphasis on teaching-learning processes, leadership development and awareness of health management issues. The course work is designed to provide students with an in-depth knowledge base, refined examination, evaluation and diagnostic abilities, basic competencies as a clinical educator and greater readiness to practice more autonomously. The faculty is committed to preparing entry-level students to understand and appreciate the academic, social, political and economic forces that impinge on practice initiatives. The DPT curriculum progresses from simple knowledge to complex integration and application. The course objectives illustrate a hierarchy of learning within each academic quarter and throughout the curriculum. The methods of instruction include strategies and tactics from both receptive learning (lectures) and discovery learning (problem-based methodology) that are easily applicable in professional practice. Students examine patient/client conditions in both the academic and clinical settings by exploring related health issues, as well as the biopsychosocial and cultural issues that impact practice outcomes. Expected student outcomes demonstrate the principles of self-directed adult learning, critical thinking, problem solving, clinical decision-making and evidence-based practice. The DPT curriculum occurs in a 10-week quarter format over 10 quarters. The program is composed of 128 credits over 31 months, including 38 weeks of clinical education. Clinical education is integrated throughout the curriculum. A Clinical Internship and a Final Project are designed as the final integrative experiences for the DPT curriculum. More detailed information and specific courses can be found on the program’s web site: http://www.drexel.edu/cnhp/rehab_sciences/dpt_about.asp
Thirty-eight weeks of clinical education are integrated throughout the curriculum beginning in the first year. These experiences are designed to progress students from simple to complex applications of knowledge and skills to enhance clinical decision-making and professional judgment. Students interact with patients/clients and health care providers across the continuum of care. The Clinical Internship, 12 weeks in length, occurs during the final quarter of the DPT Program. The internship is based on an adult educational model in which students assume responsibility for negotiating learning experiences and designing learning outcomes. At this level of practice, students appreciate the role of the physical therapist beyond clinical management of patients and clients by participating in administration, consultation, education, professional development, research, and prevention, wellness and health promotion. Students complete a Clinical Internship Portfolio to record their learning experiences and professional development.
There are eleven full-time and two part-time faculty members from the Programs in Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences and four full-time faculty members from other departments within Drexel teaching in the DPT curriculum. Nine faculty members hold terminal degrees (PhD, ScD, EdD, DPT), while 3 others are matriculated in terminal degree programs. Among the faculty there are five certified specialists in Orthopaedics (2), Neurology (1), Hand (1), and Pediatrics (1). Six faculty members are actively involved in clinical practice. In 2005-2006, the faculty had 37 publications in peer and non-peer reviewed sources. Faculty member, Robert Palisano, is editor of Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics. Four faculty members have federal grant funding.
DPT enrollment varies depending on the year to create optimal faculty to student ratios. The fall 2006 incoming class included 31 students.
A bachelor’s degree is required for DPT admission. Required Prerequisite Courses: GENERAL BIOLOGY WITH LABORATORY: 2 courses, MAMMALIAN OR HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY (preferably with lab): 1 course (A course called Anatomy and Physiology with laboratory must be a two-semester course to qualify for credit as one physiology course), ADVANCED BIOLOGY: 1 course (An upper-divisional course at the 300-400 level. IE: Cell Biology, Pharmacology, Comparative Anatomy, Histology, Genetics, Research in Biology, Kines 350 Exercise Physiology at PSU), GENERAL CHEMISTRY WITH LABORATORY: 2 courses, GENERAL PHYSICS WITH LABORATORY: 2 courses, PSYCHOLOGY - General Psychology: 1 course & Second Psychology: 1 course (Abnormal or Developmental preferred), INTRODUCTORY STATISTICS: 1 course, HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES: 5 courses. Applicants must submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores and show work or volunteer experience in the field. Three letters of recommendation are required including 1 from an academic source and 1 from a physical therapist. A resume, essay and supplemental PT application are required as part of the application process. Applications as well as PT supplemental applications are mailed upon request or can be completed on-line at http://www.drexel.edu/em/apply/cnhp/default.html (the $50 application fee is waived if the application is made on-line). Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and are reviewed as they are received throughout the year. Supporting documentation must be received to complete the application process but may be mailed after the application is submitted. Drexel sponsors an early assurance program in which students from select schools can apply in the second semester of their junior year for an early decision on their application. If accepted by this program, a student will get an acceptance letter to Drexel University’s DPT program by the end of their junior year. Currently, this program is offered to Towson University, James Madison University and Drexel University. Students at these institutions should check with their health professions advisors for specific information about the agreement. Other schools will be added to this program so please call to inquire about your school’s participation. Students are encouraged to inquire about the program at any point in their collegiate career. A strong academic record is evidenced by the applicant’s overall and science grade point averages, breadth and depth of science background, and consistency of academic performance. Personal qualities such as maturity and effective interpersonal relationships as ascertained from letters of reference and the personal interview are highly regarded. The DPT class that entered Fall of 2006 had a mean cumulative GPA of 3.4, mean science GPA of 3.24 and GRE scores of 455 verbal, 605 quantitative, and 4.6 analytical writing, respectively. The class is 29% male and 71% female. Drexel University admits high school seniors to the BS/DPT accelerated (3+3) DPT program. Students admitted to this highly selective program receive a B.S. in Pathway to Health Professions and a DPT in less than 6 years. Please contact ptadmissions@drexel.edu for more information.
100% of the students in the 26 year history of the program have passed the licensure exam, including a 98% overall first time pass rate. 100% of the students who graduated in 2005 and 2006 passed the licensure exam on their first attempt.
Tuition for 2007-2008 will be approximately $560 per quarter credit hour for the DPT program. Some fees will also be incurred. Health insurance coverage is required and can be purchased from a university-sponsored group plan. Partial Dean’s Merit Scholarships are offered to qualified entering students. The University’s Office of Financial Aid works with students to obtain the funds necessary to pursue their education from subsidized and unsubsidized federal loan programs and work-study.
The Office of Student Life serves the interests of students as a complement to their academic programs. Recently renovated on-campus housing featuring one, two and three bedroom apartments is available. Free membership to Sweat, a fitness facility located 2 blocks from campus, is offered to all students. Discount tickets are available for movies, ballet, theatre and athletic events. Students may utilize all facilities on the Drexel Main Campus in West Philadelphia which is accessible by a free campus shuttle. Free shuttles also operate between the Main Campus, the Health Sciences Campus and the Medical School Campus. Drexel’s urban setting gives students easy access to historic, cultural, scientific, dining and entertainment advantages of the city. New York, Washington, DC, the Pocono Mountains and New Jersey beaches are within easy commuting distance.