To qualify for the program, you must meet or exceed the following criteria:
1. Earn a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university, with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
2. Successfully complete the following prerequisite courses in biological sciences, physical sciences, behavioral sciences, and statistics. A minimum cumulative GPA for prerequisites of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale is required. In addition, and a grade of C or better in each prerequisite course is required. Prerequisite courses must be completed within ten years prior to admission
- General Biology with laboratory (12 quarter hours or 8 semester hours);
- General Chemistry with laboratory (12 quarter hours or 8 semester hours);
- General Physics with laboratory (12 quarter hours or 8 semester hours);
- Human Anatomy and Physiology with laboratory (12 quarter hours or 8 semester hours);
- Statistics (4 quarter hours or 3 semester hours);
- General Psychology (4 quarter hours or 3 semester hours);
- A minimum on one 3-semester hour or 4 quarter hour) writing intensive course in humanities or social sciences
Physical therapy education and practice requires a strong science background. Additional upper-level Biology or Health Science courses (embryology, advanced physiology, genetics, etc.) are recommended
3. Complete observation or employment in a physical therapy clinic totaling a minimum 20 hours under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist and verified by the physical therapist. An applicant should demonstrate an understanding of the breadth of the physical therapy profession. Observing physical therapists in different setting such as outpatient and inpatient settings is recommended.
4. Submit three letters of reference from professionals who are familiar with your personal and professional characteristics and can best address your potential for success in the DPT program. One letter should come from a college/university faculty member or advisor: one from a licensed physical therapist, and one from an employer or an advisor for an organization.
5. Demonstrate English Fluency. All applicants for whom English is not their first language, or those who completed a bachelor’s degree and prerequisites from a college or university in a foreign country, must achieve satisfactory scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or complete an approved English as a Second Language (ESL) course with the past five years.
6. Demonstrate an ability to meet Program Technical Standards****
A candidate must have abilities and skills in five areas: : 1) observation, 2) communication, 3) motor/psychomotor, 4) cognitive (intellectual, conceptual, integrative, and quantitative), and 5) behavioral and social. Technological compensation can be made for some limitation in certain of these areas, but a candidate should be able to perform in a reasonably independent manner.
Candidates are required to certify that they understand and meet program Technical Standards. Candidates must provide such certification prior to matriculation. Candidates who may not meet the Technical Standards must inform the Director of Admissions, who will then contact the Dean of Students. The Dean of Students, in consultation with the academic dean (and program director), will identify and discuss what accommodations, if any, the College(/Program) would need to make that would allow the candidate to complete the curriculum. The College(/Program) is not able to grant accommodations that alter the educational standards of the curriculum. Students must meet the Technical Standards for the duration of enrollment in their professional program.
Click HERE to view the technical standards for the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program.