Graduate Application Requirements - Physical Therapy

Graduate Application Requirements - Physical Therapy

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Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) - Campus-based Program

Utica College participates in the centralized Application process for PT (PTCAS). To apply, please go to their website at

Note: All program applicants must read the DPT information guide thoroughly before applying:

DPT Info Guide

Applicants to the graduate physical therapy program (DPT) program must have:
  • Bachelor’s degree with a “B” average (3.2 or higher) from an accredited institution.
  • Two personal recommendations (one from a currently practicing physical therapist and one from an academic professor).
  • For non-native speakers of English, a minimum TOEFL score of 550 on the paper-based examination; a minimum TOEFL score of 213 on the computer-based examination; 79 on the internet-based examination (minimum of 25 on the speaking portion required).
  • 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 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. Students must earn grades of “B-” or better in the following science courses:

    a. Biological Sciences: two courses (anatomy/ physiology course with laboratory would meet this requirement).
    b. Upper Level Science: one upper level course (300–400) of at least 3 credits with a biology focus. This course can be taken through another department such as Exercise Science or Kinesiology but preferably should be taken through the biology department. Examples of courses that would fulfill the requirement are: Neuroscience, Principles of Motor Control, and Biology of Aging.
    c. Physical Sciences: four courses, two courses in general chemistry with laboratory (equivalent to 8 semesters hours) and two courses in physics with laboratory (equivalent to 8 semester hours).
    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

    Prerequisite science courses can only be repeated once in order to get a grade of B- or better. Applicants must have an overall Science GPA of 3.0 or higher as configured in the PTCAS application.
  • Students must earn grades of "C" or better in the following:

    a. Psychology: three courses, one being general or introductory psychology.
    e. Statistics: : one course. (Content should include descriptive statistics, differences between two means, correlation, and beginning concepts of analysis of variance.)

    Note for Canadian Applicants: All Canadian applicants to Utica College need to review and understand the requirements of the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators regarding credentialing in Canada for “internationally educated applicants.” Please go to for more information.
  • Plan of Prerequisite Completion Form 

Transitional Program in Physical Therapy (tDPT ) - Online Program

Applicants to the tDPT program (who are living in the US and licensed or license-eligible as physical therapists) must have:
  • Transcript from a physical therapist degree program
  • Professional portfolio
  • Current US state professional license (or proof of eligibility to sit for licensure in the US)
  • Two written recommendations
  • Brief essay articulating goals for ppDPT study
Applicants to the tDPT program (who are living in the US OR outside of the US and who are NOT YET licensed or license-eligible as physical therapists) must have:
  • A comprehensive credential evaluation from the Foreign Credentialing Committee on Physical Therapy (FCCPT) noting that their entry-level physical therapy education is “substantially equivalent to the first professional degree in physical therapy in the United States. The first professional degree in the United States is the master’s degree or higher.”

    NOTE: The Utica College tDPT curriculum does not provide the education that offers a path for US licensure as a physical therapist and/or a Visa to practice physical therapy in the US.
  • Professional portfolio
  • Current license from country of origin (if living outside of the US)
  • Two written recommendations
  • Brief essay articulating goals for ppDPT study
  • English language proficiency tests such as TOEFL or IELTS if English is not your first language -- UC requires a TOEFL score of 550 written, 213 computer-based, 79 internet-based and IELTS of 6.0.

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