Duquesne University

Information about Physical Therapist program at Duquesne University



Duquesne University (A2, D6, F1, PR)

Last Updated by Program: 03/12/2007
Address:   Department of Physical Therapy
School of Health Sciences
Duquesne University
139 Health Sciences Building
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
Phone:   (412)396-5541
Fax:   (412)396-4399
Admissions/Student Inquiry Phone:   (412)396-6222
Financial Aid Phone:   (412)396-6607
Web Address:   http://www.healthsciences.duq.edu/phyth
Program E-mail:   clemente@duq.edu
F Richard Clemente, PT, PhD
Chair and Program Director
  Accreditor:   Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  Carnegie Classification:   Doctoral/Research Universities
  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Master's degree, May 1993 (no longer offered) DPT degree, July 2001
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2007
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Doctor of Physical Therapy
The program utilizes a 3+3 format. The first three, pre-professional, years are spent taking university core, major specific and physical therapy prerequisite courses, while the last 3 (including three summers), professional, years are dedicated to professional level physical therapy courses. There are 12 full-time and 6 part-time faculty members, and several lab assistants. Students start professional courses in the fall semester of year 4. Students should expect to spend an average of 6 hours per day in class, 5 days a week. There is no thesis requirement.
The Clinical Education Program at Duquesne University is designed to offer the student in physical therapy an opportunity to master skills and abilities necessary to become competent, compassionate, patient centered practitioners who are prepared to practice autonomously offering excellent physical therapy services in a variety of practice venues. The program seeks to do this by developing and monitoring quality in four areas: 1) Comprehensive direction and supervision of the clinical education experiences; 2) Offering professional, diverse and educationally sound clinical education environments with qualified clinical instructors; 3) Providing communication, education and training to clinical instructors; and 4) Effective communication and preparation of students for entry into their professional roles as students in the clinical setting. The DPT program includes 5 clinical education experiences, for a total of 40 weeks. 1) Clinical Education I- 6 weeks - Year 2 of Professional Phase; 2) Clinical Education II - 6 weeks - Year 2 of Professional Phase; 3) Clinical Education III - 8 weeks - Year 3 of Professional Phase; 4) Clinical Education IV - 8 weeks - Year 3 of Professional Phase; and 5) Clinical Education V - 12 weeks - Year 3 of Professional Phase. Each student will have at least one clinical experience in each of the following clinical settings: acute care, rehabilitation, and outpatient physical therapy. Other experiences include but are not limited to: orthopedics, pediatrics, oncology, cardiopulmonary, geriatrics, and home health care. Students must plan for at least one clinical education experience outside of the Pittsburgh area (beyond a 75 mile radius) to allow for a more diverse learning experience and for greater opportunity to become excellent in physical therapy. The Department of Physical Therapy within the John G. Rangos School of Health Sciences maintains contracts with more than four hundred clinical sites. These sites are located throughout the continental US, Ohio, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, Florida, etc. but are primarily located in the State of Pennsylvania. Students are responsible for costs related to travel and housing as well as medical tests and clearances that a clinical site requires.
There are 12 full-time and 6 part-time faculty members. Eleven of the12 full-time faculty members hold post-professional doctoral degrees, 3 are certified as clinical specialists, and 4 are engaged in clinical practice. Over the past 3 years the faculty has averaged 16 publications in peer-reviewed journals. The faculty to student ratio is 1:7.
Total University enrollment is approximately 9,529 students. The physical therapy program admits approximately 45 students as freshmen, with a guarantee of enrollment into the professional curriculum (years 4, 5, and 6) if academic, ethical and legal standards are maintained. Although approximately 74% of physical therapy students are Pennsylvania residents, there is no state residency requirement.
In most cases, students are admitted as freshmen to the physical therapy program at Duquesne. Minimum standards for admission include a combined SAT score of 1100; written evidence of volunteer or employment experience in physical therapy settings; and a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Prerequisite courses include English, Chemistry, Physics, Biology and Math through Trigonometry. Class rank and a personal essay are considered as well. Approximately 70.8% of qualified applicants are accepted into the program. (3-year average)
A three-year average reveals that 61% of admitted students graduate from the program; 100% of the program graduates passed the licensure exam on their first attempt; and 100% of those program graduates responding to surveys are employed.
Tuition for years 1-3 is approximately $26,272 for 2 semesters per year. Tuition for years 4-6 averages approximately $35,579 for a 12-month academic year (three semesters per year). On-campus room and board is approximately $8,296 per year. Approximately 86.7% of Duquesne's students receive some form of financial aid. This includes a variety of scholarships, grants, loans, and student employment opportunities.
Duquesne's 40-acre campus is adjacent to downtown Pittsburgh. The campus is readily accessible to the business, entertainment, and shopping centers of the city while still offering students the privacy and peace of the self-enclosed campus. Major medical centers are only minutes away from campus. Off-campus housing is also nearby.