Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University
Jefferson College of Rehabilitation Sciences
Department of Physical Therapy

3+3 Doctorate in Physical Therapy Partnership Program

High School seniors who are committed to earning a Doctorate in Physical Therapy have the opportunity to do so in 6 years after graduation from high school, through partnerships with select colleges and universities. During their senior year of high school, students may apply to our partner institutions.

If accepted into the 3+3 Doctorate in Physical Therapy Partnership Program, students will have a guaranteed seat in the Doctorate in Physical Therapy program upon successful completion of their first three years of academic and professional prerequisites at the partner institution.

Students will earn their bachelor’s degree from the partner institution and their Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Thomas Jefferson University.

Application Deadlines

Application deadlines vary based on which partner institution you apply to.

Application Timeline

August - January Apply to Partner School(s)
January Qualified applicants are forwarded from the partner schools to Thomas Jefferson University’s PT Admissions Committee
  Qualified applicants are emailed a Jefferson supplemental application with a $50 application fee to complete
February Qualified applicants, who complete the supplemental application, are notified if they are invited to interview for a seat in the program
February - March Interviews for selected candidates
April 1 Applicants are notified of final decision
May 1 Deposit deadline for accepted candidates

Application Requirements

During their senior year of high school, students apply to the partner institution(s) and meet the requirements as outlined by our partner institutions:

The partner institutions for the 3+3 Program are:

English Language Proficiency

TOEFL Requirements

Send official TOEFL scores (if applicable) to Thomas Jefferson University at the following address:

130 South 9th St.
Suite 100
Philadelphia, PA 19107
TOEFL code = 2903

Requirements for Accepted 3+3 Students

Students accepted into the 3+3 Doctorate in Physical Therapy Partnership Program must complete their prerequisites during the first three years enrolled at the partner institution, prior to the time the student enters Thomas Jefferson University. Prerequisite coursework will be taken at the partner institution you attend.


When the student enters Thomas Jefferson University, he/she must have completed three years of coursework at the partner institution. A 3.3 Cumulative GPA and 3.3 Science Prerequisite GPA is required for the program.

Courses & Credits

56 semester credits from specific course areas. All science prerequisite coursework must be taken in an on-campus format and completed with an earned letter grade of a "B" or better. All non-science prerequisite coursework must be completed with an earned letter grade of a "C" or better.

Prerequisite coursework must be taken at the partner institution.

Anatomy & Physiology I w/Lab * 4
Anatomy and Physiology II w/Lab * 4
General Biology I w/Lab 4
General Biology II w/Lab 4
General Chemistry I w/Lab 4
General Chemistry II w/Lab 4
Physics I w/Lab ** 4
Physics II w/Lab ** 4
College Algebra/Trigonometry or higher math 3
Statistics 3
Psychology *** 6
Sociology/Cultural course **** 3
English Composition/Writing 6
Philosophy/Ethics 3

* 8 credits of A&P I and II or 4 credits of Human Anatomy and 4 credits of Human Physiology. Labs must be included.
** Algebra or Calculus-based.
*** Introduction or General Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Child Psychology, or Health Psychology.
**** 3 credits of Sociology or a Cultural course.  Cultural course cannot be history or religion-based.

PT Observation Hours

Thomas Jefferson University’s PT Department requires students to observe PTs in at least two settings for a minimum of 50 total hours during their three years at the partner institution. One outpatient and one inpatient setting is preferred, however, two inpatient or two outpatient setting with different populations will be accepted.

Advising Appointments

Students accepted into the 3+3 Doctorate in Physical Therapy Partnership Program are required to attend mandatory advising appointments each summer prior to their start at Thomas Jefferson University. These advising appointments with Thomas Jefferson University’s Office of Admissions ensure the student is on track to successfully transfer into Jefferson at the completion of their three years at the partner institution. 

Performance Requirements/Technical Standards

The information below delineates the cognitive, affective and psychomotor skills deemed essential to complete the Physical Therapy degree programs at Thomas Jefferson University and to perform as a competent generalist physical therapist.

If a student cannot demonstrate the following skills and abilities, it is the responsibility of the student to request an appropriate accommodation. The University will provide reasonable accommodations, which may include accommodations that do not fundamentally alter the nature of the program offered and do not impose undue hardship, such as those that are unduly costly or are disruptive to the educational process.

The following requirements are based on skills identified in the Guide to Physical Therapist Practice, 2nd ed. Physical Therapy 2001; 81:9-744. Reviewed and adopted by the Physical Therapy Department, September 2006.

Cognitive Skills

Students must be able to:
  • Receive, interpret, remember, reproduce and use information in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective domains of learning to solve problems and generate new ways of processing or categorizing information as listed in course objectives
  • Perform a physical therapy examination, including analysis of physiologic, biomechanical, behavioral, cultural and environmental factors, in a timely manner that is consistent with the norms of clinical settings
  • Use examination findings to execute a plan of care in a timely manner that is appropriate to the problems identified and consistent with the acceptable norms of clinical settings

Psychomotor Skills


Students must be able to:

  • Get to lecture, laboratory and clinical locations and move within rooms as necessary to change groups, partners and workstations
  • Physically maneuver in required clinical settings to accomplish assigned tasks
Manual Skills

Students must be able to:

  • Maneuver another person's body parts to perform examination and treatment techniques effectively
  • Manipulate common tools used for screening and examination tests (e.g. sphygmomanometer, goniometer, cotton balls, safety pins, reflex hammer)
  • Safely and effectively guide, facilitate, inhibit and resist movement and motor patterns through physical facilitation and inhibition techniques, including the ability to give urgent verbal feedback
  • Safely manipulate another person's body in transfers, gait, positioning, and exercise and mobilization techniques
  • Manipulate examination and intervention equipment and safely and accurately apply to patients
  • Manipulate bolsters, pillows, plinths, mats, gait assistive devices, and other supports or chairs to aid in positioning, moving or treating a patient safely and effectively
  • Competently perform and supervise cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) using guidelines issued by the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross
Fine Motor Skills

Students must be able to:

  • Legibly record/document examinations, patient care notes, referrals, etc. in standard medical charts in clinical settings in a timely manner and consistent with the acceptable norms of the clinical setting
  • Legibly record thoughts for written assignments and tests
  • Sense changes in an individual's muscle tone, skin quality, joint play, kinesthesia and temperature to gather accurate objective information in a timely manner, and sense that individual's response to environmental changes and treatment
  • Safely apply and adjust therapeutic modalities
  • Use a telephone
Visual Acuity

Students must be able to:

  • Receive visual information from classmates, faculty and patients regarding movement, posture, body mechanics and gait necessary for comparison to normal standards for purposes of examination and evaluation of movement dysfunctions
  • Receive visual information from the treatment environment, including but not limited to dials on modalities and monitors, assistive devices, furniture, flooring and structures

Students must be able to:

  • Effectively communicate with other students, faculty, patients, peers, staff and personnel to ask questions, explain conditions and procedures, teach home programs, and for safety in a timely manner and within the acceptable norms of academic and clinical settings
  • Receive and interpret written communication in both academic and clinical settings in a timely manner
  • Receive and send verbal communication in life threatening situations in a timely manner and within acceptable norms of clinical settings

Affective Skills

Students must be able to:
  • Demonstrate appropriate affective behaviors and mental attitudes in order not to jeopardize the emotional, physical, mental and behavioral safety of clients and other individuals with whom they interact in the academic and clinical settings
  • Comply with the ethical standards of the American Physical Therapy Association
  • Sustain the mental and emotional rigors of a demanding educational program in physical therapy, which includes academic and clinical components that occur within set time constraints
  • Acknowledge and respect individual values and opinions in order to foster harmonious working relationships with colleagues, peers and patients

Contact Us

Thomas Jefferson University
Office of Admissions
Phone: 215-503-8890