Physical Therapy Affiliate Program

In conjunction with Thomas Jefferson University's College of Health Professions, Villanova University offers students considering a career in Physical Therapy the possibility of completing both the Bachelor’s degree and Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree in six years.

Students in this program will spend three years at Villanova, completing the majority of the requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Biology or in Psychology. They must complete the Core Curriculum of the College and the major requirements; for a sample program, check the following sites:  Biology, Psychology.  They must maintain a 3.3 overall GPA, as well as a gpa of 3.3 or better in all science prerequisite coursework, with no individual grade in science prerequisite coursework below a B, to transfer to Jefferson.  All prerequisite coursework must be taken at Villanova University.  For further details on transfer requirements, students should consult their Health Professions Advisor.  Credit toward completion of the Bachelor’s degree will be given from courses taken at Jefferson; the students will receive the Bachelor’s degree from Villanova upon completion of the first year at Jefferson.

The Jefferson portion of the program is three years in length.  Jefferson awards a Doctoral degree in Physical Therapy after successful completion of the final year at Jefferson.  The combined degree program will allow a student to enter the DPT program after three years of undergraduate work, enabling the student to enter the profession a year earlier than under the traditional approach.

To be academically qualified, students must have:

  • SAT I score of 1340 or better on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing + Math (ERW + M), taken no later than October of the applicants senior year. 
  • or ACT score of 30 or better, writing portion (taken no later than October of the applicants senior year) also taken into account.
  • Rank in the top 10% of their high school class where class rank is reported.
  • GPA of at least 3.7 (weighted) on a 4.0 scale (weighted GPA determined by school's policies regarding honors and AP classes; for schools that do not offer honors and AP classes, unweighted GPA is reviewed).

Students who are academically qualified will be emailed a Jefferson supplemental application in early January to complete for consideration of an admissions interview.  The Jefferson supplemental application, which is to be submitted directly to Thomas Jefferson University, includes:

  • Application
  • $50 application fee
  • Preferred minimum of 15 hours of shadowing or volunteering with a physical therapist prior to the admissions interview (more hours and varied experiences are recommended)
  • Resume with any PT shadowing hours listed
  • Essay:  As a high school student, what influenced your decision to pursue accelerated entry into graduate school and specifically, why are you interested in Thomas Jefferson University’s DPT 3+3 program?

Select candidates will be invited for an Admissions Interview to Jefferson in February or March.  Students who have a successful interview will be offered direct admission into the 3+3 DPT program.  Candidates who are interviewed will receive their final admissions decision no later than April 1.  Accepted students will have until May 1 to accept their offer of admission by submitting a $500 enrollment deposit to Jefferson.

Please note:  Health Science Affiliation programs are available to first-time freshman applicants only.  To apply to the Health Affiliation programs, you must submit a completed application packet including the Common Application with the Member School Section for Villanova by November 1.  When completing the Academics section of the member screen, the Health Affiliation programs can be found under the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.  Please choose an alternate major that you would pursue as an undergraduate in the event you are not selected as a final candidate for the Health Affiliation Program.  Students who are not selected for the second stage will be evaluated through the regular admission process for the major listed on their application.

For details pertaining to Thomas Jefferson's College of Health Professions, view their web site at Jefferson College of Health Professions - Physical Therapy.   For more information, contact the Health Professions Advising Office at 610-519-4833 or hpa@villanova.edu.