Physical Therapy at Lebanon Valley College

Admission and Application Information
Students are admitted to the Pre-Physical Therapy Program of study as freshmen, after completion of high school. Admission to Lebanon Valley College is a prerequisite to competing for a position in the pre-physical therapy class. Students with bachelor's degrees can also be admitted to the Physical Therapy Program depending on space availability prior to the start of the professional phase of the curriculum. Prospective students are encouraged to attend Lebanon Valley College's Day at the Valley, Open House, or related programs before applying for admission, to explore their interests in pursuing a physical therapy education at LVC. Letters of recommendation from physical therapists are welcomed, but not required, as part of the physical therapy admission portfolio.

Students applying as freshmen may apply for an early admission decision, which reserves a place in the appropriate class, by submitting Lebanon Valley College application materials and the required Physical Therapy Program application information (see below) by November 1st for a December 1st decision. Early admission does not obligate the student to commit to enrollment, but rather reserves a place in a class. The remainder of class seats will be determined during regular admission with application to the College and submission of all required Physical Therapy Program application information by February 1st for a March 1st decision.

There are physical, cognitive, and affective requirements for the professional phase of the program. Prospective students should review these essential requirements prior to admission to the program. Requests for accommodations should be made to the department once the student is accepted.

The application deadline for regular admission and for all applicants with bachelor's degrees is February 1st.

Doctor of Physical Therapy Application Information
The Physical Therapy Program requires the following supplemental application information:

Documentation of Clinical Hours: The program requires that interested students complete a total of 30 hours direct observation of the physical therapy profession in two different settings (at least 15 hours at each site). All 30 hours of documented clinical observation hours must be completed at the time of application. Observation opportunities can be found in such settings as:

  • acute care hospitals
  • outpatient or ambulatory care centers
  • long-term care facilities
  • pediatric rehabilitation settings

Observations or work experience in the following areas will NOT be accepted as physical therapy observation:

  • athletic training
  • personal or other family experience with physical therapy
  • personal trainer or fitness facility

Students should use theDocumentation of Clinical Hours form to verify completion of observation. Early decision candidates must submit admission materials by November 1st; regular admission candidates by February 1st. The Documentation of Clinical Hours form should be returned to:

      Lebanon Valley College
      Admission Office
      ATTN: Physical Therapy Liaison
      101 North College Avenue
      Annville, PA 17003-1400

Offers of admission into the Physical Therapy Program are based on academic performance. The Admission Office mails letters of acceptance to the Physical Therapy Program by early March. All students must maintain the program's academic standards throughout the pre-professional phase of study to progress to the professional phase of the program.

Admission Process for Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Interested individuals who have previously completed a bachelor's degree are welcome to apply to Lebanon Valley College and the Physical Therapy Program. Official copies of all college transcripts must be submitted with the application along with the required physical therapy application materials described above. Submission of a form indicating course taken to fulfill prerequisites is also required. All materials must be submitted by February 1. Early decision does not apply to applicants with bachelor's degrees.

There are physical, cognitive, and affective requirements for the professional phase of the program. Prospective students should review these essential requirements prior to admission to the program. Requests for accommodations should be made to the department once the student is accepted.

To be admitted to the Physical Therapy Program as a student with a bachelor's degree, applicants must also:

  1. Complete all prerequisite requirements; Submit Prerequisite Verification Form;
  2. Have at least a 3.0 overall GPA and a 2.5 science GPA; and,
  3. Submit documentation of clinical observation as described in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Application information section.
  4. Please submit the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test scores with the admissions material. The GRE must be taken within the last five years and meet the minimum scores in all areas of the GRE: (1) Verbal Reasoning ≥ 150, (2) Combined Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning ≥ 300, (3) Analytical Writing ≥ 4. The GRE code for the Lebanon Valley College DPT program is 2364.

Contact Information
If you would like additional information about the Physical Therapy Program, please contact the Admissions Office at (717) 867-6181.

Lebanon Valley College admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the college. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other college-administered programs.