Frequently Asked Questions

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Admissions Information

What factors do you consider for admission to the DPT program?

Admission decisions will be made based on the following:

  • 3.0 GPA in the prerequisite courses.
  • Volunteer Observation Hours. A minimum of 40 hours of volunteer experience under a licensed physical therapist. Documentation of volunteer experience is part of the PTCAS application.
    • Applicants will need to provide the following information on the PTCAS application:
      • Facility Name
      • Facility Address
      • Phone Number of Facility
      • Name of Supervising Physical Therapist
      • Email Address of Supervising Physical Therapist
      • Number of Hours Completed
    • Self-reported hours (hours without the above information) will NOT be accepted.    
    • We no longer accept volunteer forms.
  • Two references. One MUST be from a PT.
  • Essay and Short Answer Questions.
  • TOEFL scores or Duolingo scores (if applicable).
  • Interview.

Are the GRE's required?

No. The GRE's are no longer required as part of the admissions process.

I was accepted, is there a deposit to hold my seat?

A deposit is not required to hold your seat in the DPT Program.

Program Information

How long does it take to complete the DPT program?

The DPT program is a three-year, graduate professional program that follows three years of undergraduate coursework. From high school to graduating with a DPT degree will take a minimum of six years.

Career Information

Where do physical therapists work?

With a DPT degree and licensed in the state of your choice, you’ll be able to practice in a wide range of settings:

  • Hospitals, including specialty areas such as acute care or geriatrics
  • Outpatient practices
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Schools and universities
  • Physician offices
  • Home health agencies
  • Nursing homes