Graduate Admission Criteria

Please note: We are currently not accepting graduate applications to the DPT program for the fall of 2020. Please check back in the summer of 2020 to find out if we will have space for the fall of 2021.

The curriculum is three (3) years in duration (Profefor students admitted as graduate students.  At the end of your third year, you will graduate with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT).  The Rangos School of Health  Sciences will review your application based on the following guidelines:

  • Undergraduate degree from a four-year, degree-granting institution
  • A GPA of 3.0  or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • GRE score of 1100 or higher for exam taken prior to August 1, 2011
  • GRE score of 303 or higher for exam taken after August 1, 2011
  • Pre-requisites Course work with a GPA of 3.0 or higher with no less than a "C" grade in all prerequisite courses which includes: Two courses with labs in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics;  Three (3) credits in Introduction to Biostatistics/Statistics; Three (3) credits or more in Psychology.  These courses must be taken at a four year, degree granting institution.
  • Documentation of 100 hours of volunteer, paid or shadowing hours with a licensed PT. Volunteering/shadowing must be evenly divided between two different areas of physical therapy practice
  • Three professional references (references will not be accepted from a family member, friend, or PTA)

If offered admission, the following will also be required:

  • CPR certification (adult, infant, and child)
  • Verification of all Pre-Clinical Health Requirements
  • Physical Exam
  • Verification of Health Insurance

Admission to the professional program as a graduate student is limited.  Typically, we have between five and fifteen seats available for this pathway to admission. Consequently, for you to compete well for one of these seats you should probably have higher than the minimum criteria mentioned above.  In particular, students who are competitive for these seats will have:

  • GPA at 3.2 or higher
  • GPA  for prerequisite courses of 3.2 or higher
  • GRE at 1100 or higher for exam taken prior to August 1, 2011
  • GRE at 308 or higher for exam taken after August 1, 2011

Although space is limited for this admission pathway, we very much value our graduate students as an integral part of the class and strongly encourage qualified applicants to apply.

To apply for graduate admission, please go to Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service: