Accepted Post-Bac Physical Therapy Students

Important Information for Post-Baccalaureate Physical Therapy Students, accepted for 2016

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 to the USciences Admissions Department: 

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

If proof of course completion was previously submitted with admission materials, please contact Aimee Viggiani at 215.596.7505 or a [dot] viggiani [at] usciences [dot] edu.

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 2016 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 on April 11th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Check your email for further information closer to the date. 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 Frank Washington for additional information at 215.596.8677.

PT 400 Human Anatomy, a seven week course, will begin in May. Check your email in the spring for the course start date. 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, iPad 2, or iPad mini. 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 these prior to anatomy orientation in April. You can access them at http://www.usciences.edu/academics/collegesdepts/pt/essentialfunctions.aspx

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

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

Next Steps

  • Submit your FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1 to be considered for financial aid. For outside scholarship information, click here.
  • Attend Anatomy Prep Day on April 11th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 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 Frank Washington at 215.596.8677. You must also sign and mail in the essential functions document. 
  • Complete and submit your student health information. Upon acceptance to the University, you will receive a Student Health Packet from USciences’ Student Health and Counseling (SHAC). The Student Health Packet contains an introductory letter to all new students and instructions for completing the Student Health Record. The Student Health Record is to be downloaded from the SHAC webpage, completed, and uploaded to the Student Health Portal by August for a fall start. Because you will be arriving on campus in May, your completed Health Record should be uploaded to the Student Health Portal to no later than the first day of class.  Please make a copy of your completed Health Record to turn in to Frank Washington to be kept on file in the PT department. For questions or concerns, please visit the SHAC webpage or call 215-596-8980.
  • Attend orientation on Friday, May 20th. 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.
  • Join the DPT Class of 2019 Facebook group. Connect with your classmates and get your questions answered by current students.