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Important Information for Graduate Professional Physical Therapy Students, accepted for 2021

Medical Terminology Requirement

A medical terminology course is a prerequisite 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 2020 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 informational session in April. During this session, you will meet the professor of the course, have an opportunity to interact with teaching assistants and your classmates, and learn more about the requirements of the class including necessary materials and texts.  We have not yet determined if this will be an in-person or a webinar session. This space will be updated and an email sent this Winter with updated information. 

PT 400 Human Anatomy, an eight week course that will take place this summer; exact dates and locations of course are TBD. 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 the Anatomy info session in April. If you cannot attend the session, you must sign this document before and send it to:

University of the Sciences
Attn: Academic Advising Center
600 South 43rd Street 
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Student Health Requirements

You will need to complete health requirements for both Student Health and Counseling (SHAC) and the department of physical therapy. More information will be sent to you from SHAC and the PT department’s clinical education team regarding health requirements a few weeks prior to the start of anatomy in May. These health requirements will be due in early August. Exact due dates will be contained in the information you receive from SHAC and the PT department. Please do not schedule an appointment or complete your requirements until you receive these guidelines.

Student Housing and Commuting

Our Department of Residence Life is here to help you with on and off campus housing options. Short term on-campus housing is available for PT students starting this summer. Explore our Off-Campus Housing Website for current listings. Direct any questions that you may have to

Commuting to campus? 

If you plan to take public transportation: The university partners with SEPTA for a select number of discounted student commuter passes per semester. Passes are purchased on a first come, first served basis. To obtain a SEPTA commuter pass, you will need to obtain a SEPTA Key Card (if you do not already have one) and register your card online. You will find details about where you can obtain a Key Card here. Record your Card Reference ID, which you will need to load your semester pass onto your card. Please email Lisa Corratofrom your USciences email account for more information. The deadlines set by SEPTA for the discounted passes are July 6th (fall passes) and the end of November (spring passes).

If you plan to drive: The university offers parking permits for commuter students on a first come, first served basis for an annual fee.  Please email Terry Reilly starting in early July to apply for a parking permit for a fall semester start or in November for a spring semester start.

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

  • Submit your FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1 to be considered for financial aid. For outside scholarship information, click here.
  • Join our physical therapy Facebook group and GroupMe.
  • Participate in the Anatomy Information Session. At this event you will receive your syllabus for Anatomy and have an opportunity to interact with faculty and classmates. Check your email for more information this winter.
  • Send final transcripts. All final transcripts should be received by the first day of class. 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 Admissions or complete the on-line proficiency for medical terminology.  If your medical terminology course is listed on transcripts submitted via PTCAS no further action is necessary.  Details for the online proficiency will be sent at a later date.
  • Read the Essential Functions prior to the Anatomy Information Session. If you cannot attend the session, 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.