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Admission Requirements

Admission requirements and procedures listed below are for the DPT Residential and Hybrid program formats. Applicants, Residential and Hybrid, will select the University of Pittsburgh Doctor of Physical Therapy program in the PTCAS application portal. In the portal, applicants will be asked to select the specific program format (Residential or Hybrid) to which they wish to apply. 

Applicants who are interested in the dual degree Doctor of Physical Therapy/PhD in Bioengineering program must apply directly to that program in the PTCAS application portal. NOTE: There is a specific designation for the Pitt DPT/PhD dual degree program and at this time, the dual degree DPT/PhD program is only available to students participating in the DPT Residential option.

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
    Undergraduate degrees MUST be conferred and final transcripts received two months (July) prior to the start of the program
  • ​​A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Demonstrated evidence of adequate exposure to the field of physical therapy and an appreciation of the breadth, depth, and scope of practice. This can be accomplished through either volunteer or paid work experience in a physical therapy setting; there is no minimum number of hours required, however 150 hours are recommended. It is preferable for applicants to show evidence of the willingness to work with a variety of patients in different physical therapy settings.

Prerequisites

  • Chemistry I and II sequence with labs*, 8 credits
  • Physics I and II sequence with labs*, 8 credits
  • Biology I and II sequence with labs*, 8 credits
    *Science courses must be for science majors or pre-med majors. Preparatory courses (i.e. any course preceding a 101-level course) leading up to Biology 101, Chem 101, Physics 101 will not fulfill the pre-requisite requirement
  • Anatomy**, 3 credits
  • Physiology**, 3 credits
    **A two course sequence of anatomy/physiology may meet the anatomy and physiology requirements as long as there are a total of 6 credits.
  • Introduction to Psychology, 3 credits
  • Additional Psychology course, 3 credits
  • Statistics, 3 credits
  • English Writing, 3 credits

Prerequisite Evaluations

Thank you for your interest in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program! We are happy to assist you with a pre-requisite evaluation to help you determine your eligibility for the program. In order to assist you we ask that you first complete the self-assessment process below.

Prerequisite Self-Assessment

Use the rubric below to identify the pre-requisites that must be successfully completed to be considered eligible for entry into the Pitt DPT program.  The rubric should also be used as a resource to identify suggested courses that would fulfill the requirement of a given pre-requisite.

Prerequisite Rubric/Worksheet

Prerequisite Program Assessment

If after the self-assessment you are still unsure if your coursework meets the pre-requisite requirements, you may request a Pre-requisite Program Assessment.  The program assessment will provide applicants with feedback on no more than two pre-requisites. To request a program assessment of pre-requisites, please complete and email the following items to Grace Hariharan (gpm21@pitt.edu):

  • Pre-requisite Rubric/Worksheet
  • Course syllabus for course in question (maximum of two courses)

Please note we may request you provide additional course descriptions and/or transcript if needed, and that once we have received all required materials the approximate response time is one week.

Other Prerequisite Information

  • Minimum credit hours listed are based on a semester system.
  • At the time of application no more than 4 courses can be outstanding and must be completed prior to starting the program. No exceptions will be made. 
  • Any pre-requisite course work that remains incomplete at the time of application submission MUST be successfully completed and reflected in the final transcript no later than July 1 prior to the start of the DPT program.  Academic performance on outstanding coursework should not deviate from the performance reflected in the application materials.
  • Courses are recommended to be completed within the past 5 years; exceptions can be discussed by contacting the student services administrator
  • Students will benefit from having completed an exercise physiology course prior to enrolling in the program.
  • The program does accept Advanced Placement® (AP) credit for prerequisite coursework that appears on a college/university transcript.

Application Procedures for DPT Residential and Hybrid Applicants

Application Deadlines: The application deadline for the 2021-2022 cycle is now closed
Application Cycle for 2022-2023 will open in June, 2022 ​

All applicants must:

​Complete the application in the PTCAS application portal​ which includes the following requirements:

  • Application fee of $155 (U.S.)
  • 1 short essay
  • Three letters of recommendation: 1 from a licensed physical therapist (from applicant's volunteer or work experience in a PT setting), 1 from a college-level professor, and 1 from either a second licensed physical therapist or a supervisor/employer, preferably in a health care related job
  • Official transcripts from every U.S. college and university attended
  • Optional GRE scores completed in the last five years can be submitted to institution code 7754

If applicable:

  • Enter all international (non-United States/foreign) institutions you have attended on your PTCAS application. Order a WES ICAP Course-by-Course evaluation from World Education Services (WES) through the PTCAS application.
  • Verification of English Language Proficiency is required unless the following apply:
    • the applicant is a citizen of a country whose official language is English
    • the applicant has completed a degree program at a regionally accredited institution in the U.S., or
    • the applicant is not a citizen of a country whose official language is English but has completed a degree program at an institution outside of the U.S. where the language of instruction is English and where the official national language of the country in which the institution is located is English.
  • If required, provide Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores in your PTCAS application, and request an official TOEFL scores report be sent to TOEFL code "5312" by the application deadline.

We recommend that you review the application process completely before entering data or filling out forms so that you are aware of all the information you need to gather and how much time the entire process will take. 

Once PTCAS has verified your application, you are no longer able to make edits or updates to your application materials. We will not be accepting supporting materials such as updated transcripts with additional prerequisite courses after your application has been submitted. Please keep this in mind as you plan to submit your application so that you can include all information and coursework that you would like the Admissions Committee to review. 

Need help with application-related questions? Visit the PTCAS Applicant Help Center.

Additional Information

Although a personal interview is not a requirement for admission to the DPT program, applicants are welcome to come and tour the department and meet the physical therapy department faculty.

The faculty have outlined the Technical Standards deemed essential for successful completion of the DPT curriculum. Students admitted to the DPT program must review the Technical Standards and submit a signed form at the time of matriculation.

Many clinical sites will require a Child Abuse clearance (Act 33), Criminal Background check (Act 34), and a drug screen prior to participation in a clinical education experience. If you do not have a clean background check for either Act 33/34 clearance, or a clean drug screen you may not be able to participate in Clinical Education and therefore will not be able to meet the DPT requirements for graduation.

Additionally, in order to become licensed, many states will inquire as to whether the applicant has been convicted of a misdemeanor, a felony, or a felonious or illegal act and if you have a record you may not be able to become licensed to practice your profession after graduation.

Information Sessions

Meet one of our DPT faculty members and learn what it takes to be a qualified applicant. View a schedule and sign up here.

Admitted Class Profile

The successful applicant averaged a cumulative GPA of 3.7 overall and program specific GPA of 3.65.

Financial Matters

Visit this page for detailed information about program costs including tuition and fees.