Physical Therapy

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).  Based on applications received through PTCAS, the acceptance rate for the 2016 cohort year was 61%; the acceptance rate for 2017 cohort was 44%.

Admission Requirements

  • 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)
All application materials, prerequisite coursework, and volunteer experience must be completed by the end of the spring semester prior to beginning the program.


Technical Standards

Prerequisite Coursework

16 Total
General Biology (for Biology majors recommended)
Zoology highly recommended
Anatomy & Physiology 1
Will accept 4 hours of physiology and 4 hours of vertebrate or human anatomy
Anatomy & Physiology 2
Upper Level Animal Based Biology.  This needs to be a junior (300/3000) or senior level (400/4000) course taken in the biology department of a four year university. 
Histology, upper level (junior 300/3000 or senior 400/4000 level) cell biology or Genetics recommended; Lab preferred
8 Total
General Chemistry 1

Will accept organic chemistry or biochemistry.

General Chemistry 2
8 Total
General Physics 1
General Physics 2
6 Total
General Psychology
Developmental or
Abnormal Psychology
3 Total
See comments.
College Algebra , Trigonometry or Calculus
3 Total
See comments.
Psychology statistics, biostatistics, or math statistics accepted
Medical Terminology
1-3 Total
See comments.
Hours determined by those offered at applicant’s undergraduate institution

Program Costs

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) 2018 tuition is $13,593  which includes the cost of the mission practicum to Zambia in the third year.   The tuition costs may be adjusted by the University each year and may be increased 3% to 5%.  Students will also be responsible for the technology fee of $250 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.

Requirements following Admission

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Application for Fall 2019 will open July 5, 2018.
The deadline for application submission is November 1, 2018.

All applicants are required to submit the PTCAS application via the PTCAS website: 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.