8 TERMS | 2 YEARS AND 8 MONTHS, FULL-TIME
SPRING: JANUARY 8TH, 2024 – PTCAS APPLICATIONS OPEN NOW
FALL: SEPTEMBER 3RD, 2024 – PTCAS APPLICATIONS OPEN JUNE ’23
Graduates of the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program (pending WSCUC and CAPTE1 approval) will be agents of excellence who are able to provide patient/client-centered care and thrive in a curriculum guided by a clinical framework for learning, integration of knowledge for practice with patient care skills, wellness, and evidence-based care, delivered in an environment focused on equity and imbued with kindness.
SCU offers a unique blend of online interactive and on-ground learning. All lecture content will be delivered online, and all lab skills will be delivered on-ground weekly, meaning students only need to come to campus two days a week.
SCU’s model of experiential learning in interprofessional settings combines learning alongside other healthcare disciplines, coursework, clinical experiences, community engagement, and campus clubs to expose students to a variety of philosophies, practices and treatment options; help students develop a broad base of knowledge; and prepare future healthcare professionals with a deep understanding of integrative, evidence and team-based, whole-person healthcare.
Education at SCU is supplemented by advanced anatomical teaching tools. All learning technologies are available on site, and many are also accessible at home. SCU offers convenient access to anatomy educational materials outside of normal classroom hours. Advanced learning technologies include:
Our practitioner faculty bring timely experience to the classroom every day, supplementing their lectures with practical advice. Discover real-world insights from faculty who currently practice physical therapy, and who are deeply connected to the field beyond a theoretical and academic perspective. At the intersection of two worlds, our practitioner faculty help guide your first steps into the world of physical therapy practice, paving the way for a more gentle and gradual transition from student to professional.
Cadaver-based anatomy is a classic teaching method that offers invaluable lessons and insight into the shape, feel, and function of the body. During this unique experience for future physical therapists, students express reverence and awe as they approach the body to make their first cut in real tissues and structures. The cadaver lab offers unparalleled insight into anatomical variation, structure, and function to help you become an outstanding provider.
Students are involved in skills content from the first day. With skills content closely following basic knowledge content, students will be better able to master skills by applying learning in a clinical experience.
Students train at a modern health center with an enriched teaching environment. The SCU University Health Center provides care to over 45,000 patients per year and is equipped with an expansive herbal pharmacy, diagnostic imaging, and an electronic health record system. Located on-campus in Whittier, it has 36 private treatment rooms and 1,000 square feet dedicated to active care space. Interact with other health professions and disciplines and learn how to co-manage patients in an integrated setting within an interdisciplinary team environment.
Graduates will be eligible to sit for the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE)1 and the California jurisprudence (law) exam administered by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) and the Physical Therapy Board of California (PTBC). The curriculum is mapped to the licensure exam and embeds exam prep questions throughout courses to prepare students for NPTE success, which is necessary for clinical practice as a physical therapist. All states require a jurisprudence (law) exam and students opting to practice in other states will need to determine those state requirements.
Expected growth between 2018 and 20282
U.S. News & World Report Best Health Care Jobs3
Median annual wage for physical therapists in California4
1 Graduation from a physical therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; phone: 703-706-3245; email@example.com is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states. Southern California University of Health Sciences is seeking accreditation for a new physical therapist education program from CAPTE. The program is planning to submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage, on June 1, 2023. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the professional phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in professional courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.
2 Based on O*Net 2018-2028, Physical Therapists in California
At SCU, modern medicine unites with ancient and traditional healing arts to create an environment of experiential learning. SCU’s groundbreaking Interprofessional Education (IPE) model combines curriculum, clinic, community, and clubs to help you develop a broader base of knowledge and gain a deeper appreciation for different perspectives on care. The depth and breadth of this dynamic experience prepare students to one day serve as a vital part of an Interprofessional care team. Learn more about SCU’s Interprofessional Education.
Applications must be submitted through the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) portal. Applications may be submitted with pending requirements; however, applications will not be reviewed until all requirements are met. Applications with in-progress degrees will be reviewed if all other requirements have been met and the anticipated degree completion date is before matriculation into the DPT program.
Holistic admission process
Academic History is balanced by personal traits that reflect those needed within the healthcare environment and by skills and background characteristics to provide an opportunity for admission of students with a wide variety of strengths. This process promotes a learning community that can learn together and from each other, as we all focus on developing toward excellence while celebrating differences. All admissions requirements are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
The DPT program does not offer advanced placement or accept transfer credits. Transfer students are not accepted.
Email DPTAdmissions@scuhs.edu with any questions.
Below are the most important dates applicants should be aware of in the current application cycle.
A. Bachelor’s Degree or Higher
U.S. Bachelor’s Degree or higher from an accredited institution (college or university). An accredited college or university is an institution that holds active accreditation recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or an equivalent foreign agency. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (generally expected).
Note: SCU’s DPT program is currently not enrolling international students. Please check the website for updates.
B. Prerequisite Courses
All prerequisite courses must be completed at an accredited U.S. college or university. Official transcripts verifying successful course completion must be submitted through PTCAS.
*Any course not titled “English Composition” must be a writing-intensive course that includes instruction on comprehension, investigation, evaluation, explanation, and refutation.
Applications may be submitted with pending requirements; however, the application will not be reviewed until the official transcript for each pending course is submitted via PTCAS. More than two pending prerequisite courses may delay the application review process.
Pass/fail grades will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis; however, please note that pass/fail grades are not calculated into the PTCAS GPA.
Students who are missing a prerequisite course requirement or are looking to improve their GPA can choose to take an SCU Accelerated Science course and complete the requirements in as little as five weeks. SCU’s Accelerated Science courses are prequalified if they meet the requirements listed above. Click here to learn more.
The program seeks applicants whose personal traits are compatible with physical therapy practice and SCU’s commitment to the values of integrative health, evidence-based, health equity, and inclusivity. Personal traits that are compatible with physical therapy practice include communication, teamwork, empathy, clinical and ethical reasoning, and decision-making. The program will evaluate these personal traits through:
To experience what a physical therapist (PT) does and what is involved in this career, we ask that prospective students have 40 hours (paid or volunteer) watching or assisting a licensed PT. As there are many settings in which a PT can work, please split these work hours into at least two different physical therapy clinic settings. Types of settings may include outpatient settings (pediatrics, orthopedics, neurological, geriatrics, etc.) or inpatient settings (hospitals or skilled nursing facilities). An alternative option that we will accept is one PT setting with proven interactions of two or more diverse populations (children, athletes, seniors, etc.). An alternative option that we will accept is one PT setting with proven interactions of two or more diverse populations (children, athletes, seniors, etc.).
**SCU does not refund PTCAS application fees under any circumstance, including loss of accreditation during the application cycle.
Prior to starting the program, information about additional requirements will be provided. These may include the following requirements, which must be completed prior to matriculation:
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*Tuition is charged at $960 per credit hour.
**Program fees listed are for the 2023/2024 academic year and are subject to change. Program fees include charges for technology, malpractice insurance, professional affiliation, student health, and ASB.
** Books, supplies, additional back ground checks, drug screens, and other equipment not included in the tuition and fee schedule may be required for this program.
$114,240 tuition to complete the program.*
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Our approach to Interprofessional Education is unique in California and across the country. Here, modern medicine unites with ancient and traditional healing arts to create an environment of engagement. SCU’s groundbreaking IPE model combines curriculum, clinic, community, and clubs to help you develop a broader base of knowledge and gain a deeper appreciation for different perspectives on care which leads to a seamless transition from student to practitioner.
We bring together aspiring students from different disciplines so you can learn and excel side-by-side. The depth and breadth of this dynamic experience will prepare you to one day take the lead in a collaborative, interprofessional practice.
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