Admission & Application
The planned cohort size for each year is 35 students. Admissions requirements and standards are designed to ensure scholastic success in the professional program. Selecting a candidate for the future practice of physical therapy involves many important factors. Applications are accepted only through the Physical Therapy Centralized Application System (PTCAS).
- Completion of bachelor’s degree with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 and a minimum science grade point average of 3.0.
- A TOEFL score of 550 (if the applicant is an international student whose first language is not English)
- Participation in an onsite interview
- 100 hours of observation in a variety of physical therapy settings
- Completion of the GRE
- Completion all prerequisite coursework (see below)
- Three (3) letters of recommendation (character and/or academic)
General Biology (for Biology majors recommended)
At least one upper level animal based biology course is highly recommended (300/3000 or 400/4000 course). Preference given to applicants who have taken one upper level biology course.
General Biology or Zoology highly recommended.
Recommended upper level biology courses include cell, or genetics
|Anatomy & Physiology 1|
|Will accept 4 hours of physiology and 4 hours of vertebrate or human anatomy|
|Anatomy & Physiology 2|
|General Chemistry 1|
|General Chemistry 2|
|General Physics 1|
|General Physics 2|
|College Algebra , Trigonometry or Calculus|
|Psychology statistics, biostatistics, or math statistics accepted|
|Hours determined by those offered at applicant’s undergraduate institution|
Tuition is charged as a flat rate per semester (not based on credit hour) that remains the same throughout the academic year. The per semester (eight semesters) 2020 tuition is $14,419 which includes the cost of the mission practicum to Zambia in the third year. Tuition costs are adjusted annually by the University, usually by no more than 2% to 5%. Students will also be responsible for the technology fee of $270 per semester and a graduation course fee. There will be additional costs of books, equipment, laptop, living expenses, and travel to clinical sites that are the students' responsibility.
The performance of DPT Harding graduates is as follows:
- 2014 Graduation rate - 87.5%
- 2015 Graduation rate - 85.3%
- 2016 Graduation rate - 93.9%
- 2017 Graduation rate - 93.5%
- 2018 Graduation rate - 84.9%
- 2019 Graduation rate - 91.9%
NPTE Pass Rate:
The first time pass rate for the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE):
- 2014 pass rate – 100%
- 2015 pass rate – 100%
- 2016 pass rate – 96.8%
- 2017 pass rate - 100%
- 2018 pass rate - 100%
- 2019 pass rate - 97%
100% (of those seeking employment)
Requirements following Admission
Student Handbook & Academic Catalog
Application for Fall 2021 will open in July 2020.
The deadline for application submission is November 2, 2020.
All applicants are required to submit the PTCAS application via the PTCAS. Students will need to go to this web site and complete the web application and submit PTCAS application fees, send official transcripts from each university attended, and official GRE scores.
Note: Submission of a completed application does not guarantee an interview, selection or admission into the Program.