Important Information for Graduate Professional Physical Therapy Students, accepted for 2019

Medical Terminology Requirement

A medical terminology course is a pre-requisite for the DPT program. If you have completed a medical terminology course, send proof of course completion, if not on your PTCAS application, to the USciences Admissions Department:

University of the Sciences
Attn: Aimee Viggiani
Office of Admission
600 S 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

If you have questions about this requirement, please contact Aimee Viggiani at 215-596-7505 or

If you have not completed a medical terminology course:

Your admission into the Physical Therapy program is contingent upon your passing an on-line proficiency in terminology. This proficiency is presented in modules; the first module will focus on terms that will help you succeed in Human Anatomy. You should allow yourself one to two weeks of dedicated time to complete this module. The other modules are required to be completed prior to the start of the fall 2019 semester.

Detailed information about the proficiency content, recommended text, and how to access the on-line system will be sent to you after your enrollment deposit is received; most likely in late March or early April.

Human Anatomy Course

We will hold an anatomy orientation in early to mid-April. Check your email for further information closer to the time. At this orientation you will meet the professor of the course, teaching assistants, your classmates, and learn more about the requirements of the class including necessary materials and texts. If you are unable to attend, please contact Kerry Will for additional information at 215-596-8677.

PT 400 Human Anatomy, an eight week course, will begin May 16, 2019 and end July 12, 2019. The course is held off-campus at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) located at 4170 City Avenue, Philadelphia, PA  19131. Check your email for more information.

Mobile Technologies

The Department of Physical Therapy requires that all students have a mobile technology device for classroom use prior to the start of the Anatomy class; the University recommends that it should be an iPad 2, iPad mini or newer model. This mobile device will be used throughout the curriculum to enhance your learning and problem solving. 16GB of memory is sufficient if you also use iCloud or Dropbox; otherwise, please consider purchasing more memory.

The adoption of this device is not to be seen as a replacement for a traditional laptop or desktop computer. Our goal is for you to utilize your device as a complementary device. While the laptop/desktop is a great place for research, writing papers, and other scholarly activities, your complementary device should be viewed as a highly portable, in-class, and around campus companion.

Essential Functions

The DPT program meets our responsibility to society to graduate knowledgeable, competent, and caring physical therapists, by requiring that students meet academic standards as well as the essential functions of the program. Consistent performance across all of these domains is required to enter into the program, to progress through the curriculum, and to meet the requirements for graduation from the DPT program.

You are expected to read the Essential Functions document prior to anatomy orientation in April. Access the Essential Functions document.

Read the essential functions, sign them, and bring a printed copy with you to orientation in April. If you cannot attend orientation, you must sign this document before the April orientation and send it to:

Kerry Will
University of the Sciences
600 S. 43rd Street
Philadelphia Pa 19104
Re: Essential functions

Student Health Requirements

Student Health Record

For students starting in Summer 2018/Fall 2019, the Student Health Record is to be completed, and uploaded to the Student Health Portal no later than August 2, 2019.  You will need to make a copy of parts of the Student Health Record to upload to the Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy electronic record management system (CORE ELMS), as well.  Physical Therapy students must submit their Health Record and other documents to CORE ELMS by the dates listed on their forms.

If you will be residing in University Housing during the summer session, you must submit proof of Meningococcal vaccination (after the age of 16) no later than May 10, 2019.  

For questions or concerns, please visit the Student Health and Counseling Center webpage or call 215-596-8980.

Health Checks

In addition to the Student Health Record, you will have other health and background check requirements for the PT program so you may participate in patient contact.When you get your physical for your physician to fill out the student health record, you will also need to have them fill out a physician clearance form. We recommend this is done between May and August as this must be done on a yearly basis and it will require you to have the least amount of visits during your time in the program. You will also need to get a 2-step PPD or a quantiferon test to prove you do not have tuberculosis in order for you to participate in patient care. Have your health care provider complete the tuberculosis screening form. We recommend you do not get this done until late July/early August in order to minimize the amount of testing you will need done while in the program.

Background Checks

You will receive more information about the background check requirements and how to access our electronic management system closer to the start of Anatomy.

Next Steps

  • Join us for a graduate PT accepted student chat and get your questions answered by our admission staff.
  • Submit your FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1 to be considered for financial aid. For outside scholarship information, click here.
  • Attend the Graduate Student Social at University of the Sciences on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
  • Join our Physical Therapy Facebook group.
  • Attend Anatomy Prep Day in early to mid-April at University of the Sciences.  At this event you will receive your syllabus for Anatomy, meet faculty, and classmates. Check your email for more information closer to the date.
  • Send final transcripts. All final transcripts should be received by the first day of class in May. Students taking coursework that will be completed after the first day of class are required to submit evidence of academic good standing in that course(s).
  • Submit proof of completion of a medical terminology course to Aimee Viggiani or complete the on-line proficiency for medical terminology.  Details for the online proficiency will be sent at a later date.
  • Read the Essential Functions prior to Anatomy Orientation. If you cannot attend orientation, please contact Kerry Will at 215.596.8677. You must also sign and mail in the essential functions document.
  • Attend orientation. Check your email in the spring for more information.
  • Explore housing options.  Summer housing is available on campus for summer classes. Please visit our Residence Life page for more information about on- and off-campus housing options.
  • Review tuition and fee information.