Physical Therapy

Through the partnership between Saint Joseph’s University and Thomas Jefferson University’s College of Rehabilitation Sciences, 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 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.

Applying for the 3+3 DPT Program

Students must apply to Saint Joseph's University by November 1 (as an Early Action or Early Decision I candidate) of their senior year in high school. 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 SJU Application, the 3+3 DPT program interest section is located on the "Academic Plans" page.

To be academically qualified, students must have:

  • Cumulative high school GPA of 3.30 or higher and

  • Minimum 1270 SAT score (Evidence-based Reading and Writing + Math) or 26 ACT composite score

Jefferson Supplemental Application

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

  • Minimum of 15 hours of shadowing or volunteering required 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 by Jefferson to all students who interview no later than April 1. Students have until May 1 to accept their offer of admission by submitting a $500 enrollment deposit to Jefferson.

Notes on applying

  • A completed application must be submitted by November 1. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed for academic eligibility. Once an application has been submitted, students can check their status on their SJU Admission Account to ensure all required materials have been received. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure all required materials are submitted to SJU by November 1.

  • Students may apply test optional for admission to Saint Joseph’s University. However, official test scores must be submitted to SJU in order for an academic eligibility review. Students who do not have test scores on file will not be reviewed.

  • Saint Joseph’s will email admitted students in early January whether or not they will advance to the second stage of the application process. Students who academically qualify will receive communication from Jefferson regarding next steps.

For additional information

Prospective students can direct general inquiries to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at or 610.660.1300.

For details about admission and curriculum at Jefferson or SJU advising resources, please use the links below: