Jan 20, 2021  
Undergraduate Catalog 2018-2019 
Undergraduate Catalog 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Physical Therapy

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Physical Therapy


Peter M. Leininger, Ph.D., PT, OCS, Chair
Renée M. Hakim, Ph.D., PT, NCS, Program Director
Anthony F. Carusotto, DPT, CLT
Tracey L. Collins, M.B.A., Ph.D., PT, GCS
Dana R. Maida, DPT, GCS
Nicholas P. Rodio, DPT
Janette Scardillo, DPT, MPT, CBIS
Jennifer Schwartz, DPT, NCS


There is no undergraduate major in Physical Therapy. The University of Scranton offers the DPT (Doctor of Physical Therapy) program as a full-time, first professional, entry-level degree with no option for part-time study. Qualified candidates will have earned a baccalaureate degree, completed all of the required prerequisites, and met the academic and professional behavior standards set forth the by the Department of Physical Therapy. The department strives to enroll graduate-level students who are academically strong, caring and committed to the profession of physical therapy.

The DPT curriculum is designed to develop Doctors of Physical Therapy who are knowledgeable, competent, service-oriented, self-assured, adaptable, reflective and sensitive to individual diversity. We are committed to the graduation of entry-level physical therapists who meet the changing needs of the individuals who they will serve and are capable of providing physical therapy services in any physical therapy setting.

The professional phase of the program requires three complete years, comprised of six semesters and three summer sessions. Following completion of all prerequisites and acceptance into the DPT program, course work begins in late May with Anatomy for PT.  Four eight-week clinical internships occur during the second and third summer sessions and the entire final semester of the program. Internship sites are located primarily in the mid-Atlantic and northeastern regions of the United States, but the department also maintains clinical internship contracts throughout the country

Visit the Physical Therapy Department online at www.scranton.edu/pt.

A complete description of the DPT admission requirements, essential functions, curriculum and course descriptions can be found in the Graduate Studies Catalog.

DPT Guaranteed Seat

A select group of incoming freshman who indicate an interest in the DPT program on their applications for admission will be offered a guaranteed seat in the DPT program as they enter The University of Scranton. The guaranteed seat is conditional and is based on the overall strength of the student’s application to the DPT program. All of the requirements for undergraduate students admitted in fall 2018 and offered a guaranteed seat to the DPT in 2022 are delineated in the 2018 Graduate Studies Catalog.

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