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Information about Physical Therapist program at Temple University




Temple University (A4, D6, F1, PU)

Last Updated by Program: 07/27/2004
Address:   Department of Physical Therapy
College of Health Professions
Temple University
3307 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19140
Phone:   (215)707-4815
Fax:   (215)707-7500
Admissions/Student Inquiry Phone:   (215)707-4815
Financial Aid Phone:   (215)707-2755
Web Address:   http://www.temple.edu/pt
Program E-mail:   deptpt@temple.edu
Emily A Keshner, PT, EdD
Department Chair
  Accreditor:   Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  Carnegie Classification:   Research Universities (high research activity)
  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Bachelor's degree, June 1969 ( no longer offered) Master's degree, April 1990 (no longer offered) DPT degree, November 2000
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2014
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Doctor of Physical Therapy
The program is 3 years in length. Primarily all clinical and academic work takes place during the fall and spring semesters. Students carry approximately 43 credits per year. Approximately 25 hours are spent in class each week during the first 2 years. Classes begin in late August and generally end by mid-May. Students graduate in late June. There are 14 full-time faculty members, ten of whom have PhDs, as well as over 25 part-time faculty members. These faculty members provide academic courses, are active researchers, and are engaged in clinical, academic and professional service. A unique feature of this program is the opportunity to work closely in groups with an expert clinician to develop evidence-based reviews to guide clinical practice.
First-year students participate in clinical clerkships. During the second year, students complete an 18-week, full-time clinical experience. The third year of study ends with an 18-week, full-time clinical experience. Students complete clinical experiences in inpatient, and outpatient facilities. Specialized clinical experiences are available to third-year students. These clinical experiences are available in the Delaware Valley, across the country, and internationally. Students are assigned to clinical sites by the Director of Clinical Education based on assessment of the student's academic needs.
There are 14 full-time and 25 part-time faculty members. Of the full-time faculty 86%hold post-professional doctoral degrees, 8% are certified as clinical specialists, and 46% are engaged in clinical practice. Over the past 3 years, the faculty has averaged 15 publications in peer-reviewed journals. The faculty-to-student ratio is 1:11.
Thirty thousand students of diverse cultural backgrounds are enrolled. The numbers of women and men enrolled at the University are almost equal. In the Department of Physical Therapy, 144 students are enrolled in the Doctor of physical therapy program; up to 52 in each of three classes. Additionally, 25 students enrolled in the PhD program, and 75 students are enrolled in the all-distance transition-DPT (t-DPT) program.
Students are accepted after obtaining a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. Prerequisite courses include: behavioral science (2 courses), introductory psychology, upper-level psychology, statistics, biology with lab; chemistry with labs (2 courses), physics with labs (2 courses), human anatomy, and human physiology. Graduate Record Exam scores, letters of recommendation, and a statement of personal goals are also required. Applications are available at the Department web site, are preferred by January 15, and will be accepted until the class is full. Classes begin September 1. In 2003 there were 125 qualified applicants, Please direct all inquiries to: Physical Therapy Admissions, Temple University, 3307 North Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19140. 60% of qualified applicants are offered admission to the program (3-year average).
86% of admitted students graduate from the program (3-year average). 95% of the graduates passed the licensure exam. (3-year average); and 99% of those program graduates responding to surveys are employed (3-year average).
In the 2003-2004 academic year, graduate tuition for full-time in-state students was $19,406 per year and for full-time out-of state students was $26,898 per year. Fees were approximately $200 per semester. Room and board costs vary according to housing options. Almost all students receive financial aid. For information, contact Temple University Financial Aid Office, SFC Building, LB-41, Broad and Ontario Sts. Philadelphia, PA 19140. 215/707-2667.
Dormitories provide housing for less than 10% of the students. A wide range of community housing opportunities exist throughout the metropolitan area. Excellent public transportation is available. Temple has a wide-range of athletic, cultural, and recreational opportunities available.