Admission Requirements

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program admits student on a rolling basis, so applicants are encouraged to apply early. Entry into the program is in the fall semester and full-time.

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As participants in the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS), all applicants must apply to our DPT program using the online PTCAS application. For further information regarding application deadlines and procedures, please visit

Prerequisites and Academic Requirements:

A minimum GPA of 3.0 for all coursework

Satisfactory completion of 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.

How to Apply

You must submit the following as part of your PTCAS application packet

  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores -minimum of 148 verbal and 147 quantitative
  • Transcripts of all college work
  • Two letters of recommendation: one from a licensed physical therapist; the other from a student's former college professor
  • 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
  • Students whose native language is not English, or who did not graduate from a college in the USA or other English-speaking country, 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 agenciesInternational Student Services can help.

Decisions on admission are made by a committee of the faculty based on assessment of the applicant's past academic performance, standardized test scores, references, essay, and commitment to the profession of physical therapy.

Students who do not meet established grade point standards may still apply. On the PTCAS application there is an optional section that allows students to comment if grades are not reflective of their abilities. You must clearly explain the extenuating circumstances that have prevented the student from meeting existing grade point standards, and describe elements of the applicant's background that would indicate the potential for success in the program. The admissions committee may choose to admit students who have not met established admission requirements, based on the student's explanation, and other supporting documents required as part of the application process.

Contact Us

Office of Admissions
Touro College School of Health Sciences
1700 Union Boulevard
Bay Shore, New York 11706
P: 866-TOURO-4-U
F: 646-495-3880