The Doctor of Physical Therapy program is a dual degree program that leads to a BS in Health Sciences and DPT degree. Though a bachelor's degree is not required, most of our students have earned a bachelor's degree prior to entry.
We admit students on a rolling basis, so applicants are encouraged to apply early. All students start the program in the fall semester.
Application deadline is March 15.
Classes start in the fall.
All applications are made through the Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS), but be sure to review our technical standards, and the requirements below, before applying.
Minimum 3.0 GPA
A minimum GPA of 3.0 for all coursework is required.
Successful completion of all prerequisite courses
We are a dual degree - BS/DPT - program, so though most of our students already have their bachelor's, you do not need it to apply. All applicants - whether you have your bachelor's or not - need to have satisfactorily completed 90 transferable (grade of "C" or better) credits from an accredited college or university or its equivalent is required for admission to the program. These must include 15 credits taken to satisfy a major or minor (of which 9 credits must be upper-division courses), 15 elective credits, and at least 60 credits in the Liberal Arts and Sciences. Specific course prerequisites include:
- 8 credits of Biology*
- 8 credits of Physics*
- 8 credits of Chemistry*
- 6 credits of Anatomy & Physiology
- 6 credits of Psychology including General Psychology
- 6 credits of English Composition, or Composition and Literature
- 3 credits of Mathematics (pre-calculus level)
- 3 credits of Statistics
- 42 additional credits, of which at least 12 must be in the liberal arts.
*These courses must include a laboratory and be designed for science majors. Science courses designed for liberal arts or nursing majors are not acceptable.
Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores - a minimum of 148 verbal and 147 quantitative
50 documented hours of volunteer/work service in two or more different physical therapy settings. At least 25 hours must have been spent in an in-patient setting.
Letters of recommendation
Two letters of recommendation: one from a licensed physical therapist; the other from a student's former college professor.
Official transcripts of all college work must be submitted through PTCAS.
TOEFL or IELTS Examination (if applicable)
Students whose native language is not English, or who did not graduate from a college in the USA or other English-speaking countries, must also demonstrate proficiency in English through satisfactory performance on the TOEFL examination or IELTS examination:
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) – minimum score of either 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), or 80 (Internet-based)
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – minimum score of 6
- Pearson’s Test of English – Academic (PTE) – minimum score of 58
Note: the TOEFL exam does not substitute for the SAT, ACT, or GRE requirement, nor does it fulfill the 6-credit English prerequisite requirement. Foreign credentials must be evaluated by an approved agency. International Student Services can help.
Based on the above criteria, selected applicants are invited to interview virtually. Admission to the DPT program is highly competitive and meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Decisions on admission are made by a committee of the faculty based on an assessment of the applicant's virtual interview, past academic performance, standardized test scores, references, essay, and commitment to the profession of physical therapy.
Ready to Apply?
All application materials – including official GRE scores, transcripts, etc - must be submitted directly to PTCAS. For further information regarding application deadlines and procedures, please visit www.ptcas.org