Physical Therapy Program

Georgian Court University BS Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Exercise Science or BA Chemistry and USciences (formerly University of the Sciences in Philadelphia) Doctor of Physical Therapy – DPT 

Program Description

This program is a cooperative arrangement between GCU and USciences.  Students can earn both the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or Arts (B.A.) and the Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) degrees in as little as six years after graduation from high school.  Eligible students may spend the first three years at GCU and then matriculate to USciences for the three professional years of the D.P.T. Program.  Upon successful completion of all requirements for GCU's B.S. in Biochemistry, B.S. in Biology, B.A. or B.S. in Chemistry, or B.S. in Exercise Science, Wellness and Sports degree while matriculated at USciences, students will then receive the bachelor's degree from GCU.  The D.P.T. degree from USciences will be awarded after successful completion of all degree requirements in the three-year D.P.T. Program at USciences.

Cooperative B.S./D.P.T. Dual Degree Program at GCU

Upon enrollment in one of the aforementioned degree programs at GCU, or at any time prior to October 15 of the year preceding when they plan to start USciences' D.P.T. Program, students may enter the Cooperative B.S./D.P.T. Program.  

Georgian Court University students in the Cooperative B.S./D.P.T. Program will complete GCU's general education program, required courses in their baccalaureate degree program, other GCU graduation requirements, and required courses for eligibility to be considered for admission to USciences' D.P.T. Program.  Specific program GCU course requirements for this program can be viewed by selecting the appropriate GCU degree progress chart at http://www.georgian.edu/pcharts1011.htm. 

Students who are admitted to USciences' D.P.T. Program and successfully complete the USciences coursework agreed upon by GCU and USciences will be granted the bachelor's degree from GCU, provided they complete the GCU application for graduation by the established deadline, have earned a “C” or better in each course that needs to be transferred to GCU to meet the requirements of the bachelor's degree program, and have met all other graduation requirements.  GCU students who are admitted to USciences' D.P.T. Program and complete the transfer to USciences, but leave USciences before successfully completing the coursework agreed upon by GCU and USciences, may return to GCU to complete their bachelor's degree in one year or less by completing the appropriate degree requirements at GCU.

Admission Decisions for Formal Acceptance to USciences' Doctor of Physical Therapy Program  

A final determination of eligibility to transfer to USciences' D.P.T. Program will occur following completion of prerequisites, completion of GCU's general education program, and receipt of all completed admissions materials.  For students who enter the Cooperative B.S./D.P.T. Program at the start of their freshman year, this decision will normally be made after completing the fifth semester of enrollment at GCU.  Successful candidates will complete the admission process by applying through the Cooperative B.S./D.P.T. Program.  

Admission materials may include, but are not limited to, the following:   
- Transcript(s) from all completed college/university courses
- Personal essay
- Personal interview
- Letters of recommendation

Completed applications will be reviewed by both the GCU Coordinator for the Cooperative B.S./D.P.T. Program and a member of USciences' D.P.T. Admissions Committee.  Together, they will develop a single ranked list of qualified candidates that will be forwarded to USciences' D.P.T. Admissions Committee for final consideration.

Admissions decisions may be based on, but not limited to, the following:
- Having a grade of “C” or greater in each course.
- Earning a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.00 and a cumulative natural science/math GPA of at least 3.00, with both GPAs calculated based on all courses taken at an institution accredited by a regional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and for which the student received a final grade.
- Evaluation of letters of recommendation and the personal essay.
- Assessment of oral and written communications skills.

USciences shall annually accept at least two (2) students who successfully meet all criteria for admission to the D.P.T. Program.  USciences will determine which students who meet the criteria for admission are accepted into its D.P.T. Program.  If there are more than two (2) students who successfully meet all criteria for admission to the D.P.T. Program, the remaining applicants will be considered for admission to the D.P.T. Program along with other applicants in USciences' transfer pool.  Students not admitted to USciences' D.P.T. Program for any reason may earn a bachelor's degree from GCU by remaining enrolled at GCU until they successfully complete all GCU degree requirements.

For further information contact:

Dr. Michael Gross,
GCU Associate Provost for Academic Program Development, at
732.987.2373 or
gross@georgian.edu

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