Neumann College

Information about Physical Therapist program at Neumann College




Neumann College (A4, D6, F3, PR)

Last Updated by Program: 01/25/2005
Address:   Physical Therapy Program
Neumann College
Division of Nursing and Health Sciences
One Neumann Drive
Aston, PA 19014-1298
Phone:   (610)558-5534
Fax:   (610)361-5290
Admissions/Student Inquiry Phone:   (610)558-5534
Financial Aid Phone:   (610)558-5521
Web Address:
Program E-mail:
Robert E Post, PT, PhD
  Accreditor:   Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  Carnegie Classification:   Master's Colleges and Universities (smaller programs)
  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Master's degree, October 1988, (no longer offered) DPT degree, December 2004
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2012
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Doctor of Physical Therapy
This weekend program is on a 12-month cycle. Full-time students enter the weekend program in early May, continue through the program for 3 calendar years and graduate in May of the third year. Classes begin in May and are scheduled on Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. for thirty weekends per calendar year. The philosophy for the graduate program reflects the original Franciscan mission in recognizing the value of intellectual excellence, professional competence and strong community life. Knowledge, while valuable in itself, is to be used in the service of others. Students build upon existing knowledge in order to develop an extended knowledge base that includes research skills applicable to the area of concentration. Learning is seen as a dynamic process that provides feedback, which includes evaluations, promotes self-directed pursuits, fosters student-teacher interaction and involves mastery of subject matter. The teaching-learning process is goal-oriented, self-directed, dynamic and perceptive.
The Program includes a total of thirty of weeks of clinical education divided over three clinical practica. Clinical Education I occurs in the spring of Year Two. Clinical Education II and III occur in the spring of Year Three, prior to program completion. Clinical experiences are scheduled Monday through Friday and, therefore, preclude the student's full-time employment at that time. Every student is required to complete an assignment in an acute care setting, in-patient rehabilitation setting and an out-patient setting. The College has more than 180 clinical experience sites along the eastern seaboard and nation-wide.
There are five full-time and eight part-time faculty members. Three of the full-time faculty hold post-professional doctoral degrees, and all are engaged in clinical practice. Over the past 3 years, the faculty has averaged one publication in a peer- reviewed journal. The faculty to student ratio is 1:9.
There are approximately 2,200 undergraduate students, and 480 graduate students at the college. There are 70 students enrolled in physical therapy program.
The grade point average (GPA) for the Graduating Class of 2007 was 3.27. Twenty-six students from a pool of approximately 120 applicants are accepted each year and begin in the summer session (early May). Minimum requirements for admission include: an overall GPA of 3.0, science GPA and prerequisite GPA of 2.5; three recommendations (one from a physical therapist); a minimum of 200 hours of documented experience with a physical therapist; and a personal interview. The prerequisite courses required (with a C or higher) include: Anatomy and Physiology (8 credits), Physics (8 credits), College Algebra (3 credits), Psychology (6 credits), Statistics (3 credits), Humanities (6 credits), English Composition (6 credits), and Chemistry (8 credits). Students are offered admission to the program on a rolling basis. Thirty-four percent of qualified applicants are admitted to the program (3 year average).
90% of admitted students graduate from the program (3-year average); 96% of the graduates passed the professional licensure exam (3-year average); 100% of those program graduates responding to surveys are employed (3-year average).
The graduate tuition is determined by credit hours. The 2004-05 tuition is $650 per credit hour. Fall and spring semesters are between 10-13 credits each ($6,500-$8,450). Summer sessions are usually 9-11 credits ($5,850-$7,150). The Federal Stafford Student Loan (FSL) Program is available students enrolled for a minimum of 5 credits per semester. The FSL Program makes two types of loans available to students: subsidized and unsubsidized. Students may obtain an application for the FSL from a local lending institution. Neumann College will mail an application to all new students. If you have already borrowed from the FSL program, you should use the same lender that you used in the past.
Services available to physical therapy students include use of the computer laboratory, library, physical therapy laboratory, foodservice, college bookstore, career services, learning assistance center, institution research, and instructional media services. During the week, the physical therapy program secretary assists students in contacting offices not usually open on weekends, in particular financial aid, the business office, admissions and the registrar.