Admission Requirements
Physical Therapy Program

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program

Admissions Requirements

Applicants to the graduate physical therapy program (DPT) must have:
  • A bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 or higher average from an accredited institution.
  • Two personal recommendations (one from a currently practicing physical therapist and one from a professor).
  • No graduate examination is required for application to the DPT program.
  • For non-native speakers of English, a minimum TOEFL score of 550 on the paper-based examination, and a minimum TOEFL score of 213 on the computer-based examination.
  • Knowledge of the profession through work or volunteer experience. A broad overview of the profession is preferable to experience in a limited area. More than one experience is required (total 40 hours). Complete a Clinical Observation Sheet for each experience. Complete at least 10 hours of this experience in an acute care/ hospital setting with the remainder of the experience in one or more other clinical settings.
  • An academic history that includes the courses listed below. All courses should have been taken through the appropriate departments, e.g. Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology. All prerequisite courses must have been completed prior to the start of the Physical Therapy Program. All science courses must have been taken within 10 years prior to applying. Science courses must have been passed with a grade of “B-” or above, and a cumulative grade point average in these course areas of no less than “B” (3.0). Psychology and Statistics courses must have been passed with a grade of “C” or above.

Prerequisite Courses

Course Credits
Biological Sciences: two courses, (anatomy/physiology course with laboratory would meet this requirement).
Upper Level Science: one upper level course (300-400) of at least 3 credits with a biology focus
General Chemistry: Two courses with laboratory
Physics: Two courses with laboratory
The above courses must have been passed with a grade of “B” or higher
Psychology: Three courses
Statistics: One course (Content should include descriptive statistics, differences between two means, correlation, and beginning concepts of analysis of variance).  3
The above courses must have been passed with a grade of “C” or higher

Important Note:
Prerequisite courses equivalent to the following Utica College courses (Check UC Catalog):

BIO 101/L and BIO 102/L
CHE 211/L and CHE 212/L or CHE 263/L
PHY 151/L and PHY 152/L

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John Rowe
Director of Graduate Admissions

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