3-3 Physical Therapy Program (D.P.T.) with Duquesne University
Westminster participates in a cooperative physical therapy program with Duquesne University. Students admitted into in the program spend three years at Westminster, followed by three years at Duquesne. After students have successfully completed 128 semester hours, they receive a B.S. degree in biology from Westminster College. After completing all six years of the program, they receive a D.P.T. from Duquesne University.
Students interested in this program should enter into this agreement with the full understanding that their preparation for a career as a physician assistant begins the moment they step onto the Westminster campus. To be eligible for the program, students must enter Westminster College with a minimum combined verbal/math SAT score of 1100, or an ACT composite score of 24.
To be eligible for transfer to Duquesne’s graduate program after three years, students must have earned 100 credit hours at Westminster, engaged in 100 hours of physical therapy experience in two clinical settings, and met all other published Duquesne admissions requirements. A maximum of five qualified Westminster students per year will be admitted to Duquesne under this program.
Additional information on this program, including specific qualifications and requirements, is available by contacting Dr. John Robertson, chair of the Medical Professions Advisory Committee.
The following courses are required for the 3-3 Physical Therapy Program:
BIO 201 Cell Biology and Genetics
BIO 202 Evolution, Form and Function
BIO 203 Biodiversity and Ecology
BIO 206 Biostatistics and Experimental Design
BIO 301 Microbiology OR BIO 302 Cell and Molecular Biology OR BIO 303 Molecular Genetics and Heredity
BIO 360 Ecology OR BIO 361 Biological Diversity
CHE 117 Principles of Chemistry
CHE 261 Organic Chemistry I
CHE 262 Organic Chemistry II
PHY 141 Foundations of Physics I OR PHY 151 Principles of Physics I
PHY 142 Foundations of Physics II OR PHY 152 Principles of Physics II
And one additional 300-level or higher biology course.
Students who are officially accepted into the Case Western portion of the program are exempt from BIO 601 and BIO 602 (Biology Capstone).
Imagine yourself a physical therapist in a clinic, hospital, hospice, school, or private office.