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Doctor of Physical Therapy Application Process

To be eligible to apply to the DPT program, applicants must have earned a bachelor's degree, taken and successfully passed all prerequisite coursework, taken the Graduate Record Exam (GRE-general) within the last five years, and must demonstrate evidence of experience in a physical therapy setting in either a volunteer or paid capacity. 

Admissions Requirements

  • Graduate Record Examination - (GRE -general). GRE scores must be sent to institution code 7754;
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 (based on a 4.0 scale);
  • 3 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; 1 from either of the following: a licensed physical therapist or a supervisor/employer.
  • 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. It is preferable for applicants to show evidence of the willingness to work with a variety of patients in different physical therapy settings;
  • The Department 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;
  • Please note that 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.

Prerequisite Coursework (minimum credit hours listed is based on a semester system equivalent)

  • Chemistry I and II sequence with labs, 8 credit hours
  • Physics I and II sequence with labs, 8 credit hours
  • Biology I and II sequence with labs, 8 credit hours
  • Anatomy (human, vertebrate, comparative or anatomical kinesiology), 3 credit hours
  • Physiology (human physiology preferred), 3 credit hours
    *A two course sequence of anatomy/physiology may meet the anatomy and physiology requirements as long as there is a total of 6 credit hours
    **Science courses must be for science majors or pre-med majors. Introductory or remedial courses are not accepted as prerequisites.
  • Two courses in Psychology: should include a general psychology course and a specialized psychology course such as:  developmental psychology, abnormal psychology, psychology of disability, sports psychology - 6 credit hours
  • Statistics, 3 credit hours
  • English Writing (English composition or an upper-division writing course), 3 credit hours

At the time of application no more than 2 courses can be outstanding and must be completed prior to starting the program. Courses MUST BE completed within the past 5 years. 

DPT Application Procedures

Applications for the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program are now closed for the 2017-2018 applications cycle. Please visit the PTCAS application portal in July 2018 to review upcoming information regarding 2018 admissions.

**Please note that next year's deadline for PTCAS applications will be November 15, 2018.

Preparing to Complete the Application

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.

For each applicant, the Admissions Committee:

  • Reviews the applicant's orientation toward physical therapy as well as his/her communication skills as revealed by written essays and statements in reference letters
  • Reviews college transcripts and standardized test scores to determine the applicant's ability to manage and excel in the program's rigorous course work
  • Evaluates perceived potential to perform as a physical therapist

**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.

Financial Matters

The annual tuition rate for students entering in June 2017 was $39,786 for PA residents and $45,591 for out of state residents.