Physical Therapy

Through the partnership between Saint Joseph’s University and Thomas Jefferson University’s School of Health Professions, students can earn both the Bachelors of Science (BS) degree and the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree in six years.

Students in this program will spend their first three years at Saint Joseph’s University completing the majority of courses needed for a BS degree in either Biology or Interdisciplinary Health Services. They will also complete specific prerequisite courses necessary for transfer into the Physical Therapy program.

Students will transfer to Thomas Jefferson University for the next three years to complete degree requirements for the Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Credits from the first year at Jefferson will transfer back to SJU to complete the remaining credits needed for the Bachelor’s degree. Students will receive their BS degree from SJU after their first year at Jefferson and will earn their Doctorate in Physical Therapy after their third year at Jefferson.

Eligibility Requirements

Students must apply to the 3+3 DPT program by November 1 of their senior year in high school by applying directly to Saint Joseph's University.

Saint Joseph's accepts both the Common Application and the Saint Joseph's Application. Students interested in the 3+3 DPT program must select either Biology or Interdisciplinary Health Services as their major. For students using the Common Application, the 3+3 DPT program interest section is located on the SJU Member Page. For students using the Saint Joseph's Application, the 3+3 DPT program interest section is located on the "Academic Plans" page.

To be academically qualified, students must meet the following minimum eligibility requirements. 

  • Cumulative high school GPA of 3.30 or higher
  • Minimum 1270 SAT score (Evidence-based Reading and Writing + Math) or 26 ACT composite score

Application Requirements

Students who are academically qualified will be emailed a Jefferson Supplemental Application in early January to complete for consideration of an admissions interview. The Jefferson Supplemental Application includes:

  • Application
  • $50 application fee
  • Preferred minimum of 15 hours of shadowing or volunteering with a physical therapist prior to the admissions interview (more hours and varied experiences are recommended)
  • Resume with any PT shadowing hours listed
  • Essay: As a high school student, what influenced your decision to pursue accelerated entry into graduate school and specifically, why are you interested in Thomas Jefferson University’s DPT 3+3 program?

Select candidates will be invited for an Admissions Interview at Jefferson in February or March. The top candidates from these interviews will be offered one of the limited spaces for admission to the 3+3 DPT program through Saint Joseph’s University.

Final admission decisions will be communicated to all students who interview no later than April 1. Accepted students have until May 1 to accept their offer of admission by submitting a $500 enrollment deposit to Jefferson.

For additional information

Prospective students can direct all questions about the 3+3 DPT Program to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at admit@sju.edu or 610.660.1300.