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Doctor of Physical Therapy Admission Requirements

* Due to the impacts of COVID-19, many universities implemented grading policies for the Spring 2020 semester that included the option of pass/fail designations.  The Department of Physical Therapy requires a letter grade (A, B, C) for all prerequisite courses and strongly encourages the use of letter grades for all coursework completed.  Please contact the Department with questions.

To be eligible for admission into the Physical Therapy doctoral degree program, candidates must have the following:

  • Evidence of 40 hours of observation in at least two physical therapy clinical departments or practices obtained in the year of application* ( *Due to the clinical impacts of COVID-19 and the difficulty scheduling observation hours, the Department of Physical Therapy will waive the 40 hour observation requirement for the 2023 admissions cycle. 
  • Past observation hours may be placed on curriculum vitae. 
  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
  • An overall minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants accepted usually have a higher than minimum grade point average.
  • A minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for prerequisite courses
  • A minimum grade of C in each prerequisite course
  • At least 5 of the 8 prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of the fall semester in which the application is submitted. Applicants accepted for admission must successfully complete all prerequisite courses by the end of the subsequent spring semester, with final grades documented by the official transcript.
  • An official report of Graduate Record Examination Scores.
  • All application and support documents (including resume, essay, and transcripts) completed and submitted to the Office of Enrollment Management by the admissions deadline.
  • Read and follow application instructions prior to completing the application
  • Prerequisite coursework requirements
  • Click here to access DPT application instructions for the class entering May 2022.  


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