University of Scranton

Information about Physical Therapist program at University of Scranton




University of Scranton (D6, F1, PR)

Last Updated by Program: 09/28/2001
Address:   Department of Physical Therapy
University of Scranton
800 Linden Street
Scranton, PA 18510-4586
Phone:   (570)941-7499
Fax:   (570)941-7940
Admissions/Student Inquiry Phone:   (570)941-7540
Financial Aid Phone:   (570)941-7700
Web Address:
Program E-mail:
John P Sanko, PT, EdD
Associate Professor and Chair
  Accreditor:   Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  Carnegie Classification:   Master's Colleges and Universities (medium programs)
  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Bachelor's degree, May 1984 (no longer offered) Master's degree, October 1992 DPT degree, October 2006
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2009
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Master of Physical Therapy (no longer admitting students); Doctor of Physical Therapy
The program is a five-year master's degree curriculum. The majority of courses during the first two years are general education courses. Students take their first PT Department courses in the spring term of the sophomore year. The professional phase of the program begins with the fall term of the junior year. PT majors receive a BS in Health Sciences at the successful completion of the senior year, and they graduate in May of the graduate (fifth) year with the MPT degree. The MPT qualifies graduates to sit for the licensing exam in all 50 states.
Clinical internships occur during the summers following the junior and senior years and during the spring term of the graduate year. Internship sites are located throughout the United States, with the majority of sites located in Pennsylvania and the surrounding states.
There are eight full-time and 11 part-time faculty members. Of the full-time faculty 50% hold post-professional doctoral degrees, two are certified as clinical specialists, and six are engaged in clinical practice. Over the past three years, the faculty has averaged one publication in peer-reviewed journals annually. The PT Department faculty-to-student ratio is 1:15.1.
The University student population is approximately 4,800, including adult, part-time and graduate students. The 3,600 full-time undergraduate students are evenly divided among men and women, with students from 27 states and over 10 foreign countries. About 900 students enroll each year as freshmen. Approximately 80% of all full-time undergraduates live on campus. The majority of physical therapy majors enter the program as first-time freshmen. Transfer and non-traditional students are also enrolled.
Inquiries should be directed to: The Director of Admissions, University of Scranton, 800 Linden Street, Scranton, PA, 18510 (570/941-7540, 1-888-SCRANTON). Undergraduate admission applications can be completed on-line at The following criteria are considered for applicants who will be first-time freshmen (in order of descending importance): 1) science and math grade point average, 2) SAT score (rated equally with #3), 3) high school and community service (rated equally with #2), 4) physical therapy reference (see more below), 5) high school overall grade point average. Applications must include documentation (by a licensed physical therapist) of at least 10 hours of physical therapy patient contact experience (the "physical therapy reference"). Use forms for documenting this experience that are included with the admissions application. Consideration is given for previous college work on a case-by-case basis to transfer and non-traditional students. The majority of physical therapy majors enter the program as first-time freshmen. A maximum of 45 students is admitted to each class. Once admitted, and provided that minimum academic standards are maintained, students automatically advance to the professional phase of the program in the junior year. Approximately 60% of qualified applicants are admitted to the program as freshmen (3-year average).
Approximately 95% of students admitted to the professional phase of the program graduate from the program (3-year average).
For 2001-02: tuition $21,530, room and board $7,398-$9,242, university fee $200, PT lab fee $40 per lab hour each semester. Inquiries should be directed to: The Office of Financial Aid, 401 St. Thomas Hall, The University of Scranton, Scranton, PA 18510-4689, 570/941-7700, 1-888-SCRANTON, e-mail:, or the web page at: The University offers a variety of scholarships in recognition of academic achievement, financial need, minority status and ROTC service. State and federal assistance, installment payment plans, and traditional work-study arrangements can also be a part of the mix of financing options.
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