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Admissions Requirements

Each program has specific admissions requirements.  The following includes the basic admission requirements for the degree program.  Additional information is available for each program by clicking the Programs tab.

First-Professional Programs - Doctor of Physical Therapy

  • Application for admission and a $50 processing fee
  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. Official transcripts from all previous colleges and universities are required and must be submitted to the University directly from the issuing institution.
  • An official GRE score report sent directly to the University from ETS.  The test must have been taken within the last five (5) years.  A combined minimum GRE score of 294 (new version) or 1,000 (old version) for the verbal and quantitative sections is recommended. Candidates who have previously earned a Master’s degree are exempt from the GRE requirement.
  • Required prerequisite coursework (must be completed with a grade of “C” or better):
    • Two semesters of general college chemistry
    • Two semesters of general college physics 
    • Two semesters of general college biology
    • Two semesters of anatomy and physiology
    • Three semesters of social sciences – psychology, sociology, anthropology
  • A minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 calculated on program prerequisites is preferred; however, the grade trend of the applicant will be considered.
  • Four (4) references from the following:  two physical therapists, one faculty member or faculty advisor, one person of your choice.  
  • Autobiography, statement of purpose, current resume
  • A minimum of 80 volunteer or observation experience hours (volunteer hours, work hours, observation hours, etc.) in physical therapy settings is required.

First-Professional Programs - Master of Occupational Therapy

  • Application for admission and a $50 processing fee
  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • An official GRE score report sent directly to the University from ETS.  The test must have been taken within the last five (5) years.  A combined minimum GRE score of 294 (new version) or 1,000 (old version) for the verbal and quantitative sections is recommended. Candidates who have previously earned a Master’s degree are exempt from the GRE requirement.
  • Required prerequisite coursework (must be completed with a grade of “C” or better):
    • One semester of general college physics
    • One semester of general college biology
    • Two semesters of anatomy and physiology
    • Five semesters of social sciences  –  psychology,  sociology, anthropology, abnormal psychology, human growth and development
  • A minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 calculated on program prerequisites is preferred; however, the grade trend of the applicant will be considered.
  • Four (4) references from the following:   two occupational therapists, one faculty member or faculty advisor, one person of your choice. 
  • Autobiography, statement of purpose, current resume
  • A minimum of 80 volunteer or observation experience hours (volunteer hours, work hours, observation hours, etc.) in occupational therapy settings is required.

First-Professional Programs - Dual Degree Option (Master of Occupational Therapy and Doctor of Physical Therapy)

Students who desire to complete both programs must meet the admissions requirements of both the Doctor of Physical Therapy and Master of Occupational Therapy programs above.

First-Professional Programs - Master of Orthopaedic Assistant

  • Application for admission and a $50 processing fee
  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. 
  • An official GRE score report sent directly to the University from ETS.  The test must have been taken within the last five (5) years.  A combined minimum GRE score of 294 (new version) or 1,000 (old version) for the verbal and quantitative sections is recommended. Candidates who have previously earned a Master’s degree are exempt from the GRE requirement.
  • Required prerequisite coursework (must be completed with a grade of “C” or better):
    • Two semesters of general college chemistry
    • Two semesters of general college physics
    • Two semesters of  biology – microbiology and cell biology
    • Two semesters of anatomy and physiology
    • Three semesters of social sciences – psychology, sociology, anthropology
    • One semester of medical terminology
  • A minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 calculated on program prerequisites is preferred; however, the grade trend of the applicant will be considered.
  • Autobiography, statement of purpose, current resume
  • Four (4) references from the following:   two medical professionals, one faculty member or faculty advisor, one person of your choice. 
  • Students are strongly encouraged to gain experience and/or observation hours in the health care field particularly with orthopaedic physicians, orthopaedic assistants and/or physician assistants to ensure full understanding of the profession.

Additional requirements for international or foreign-educated students:

  • Applicants who completed their education outside the US must also provide an academic credentialing evaluation from an agency recognized by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) that provides evidence of that degree earned is equivalent to a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in the United States.
  • Applicants from a country where English is not the primary language, or for whom English is a second language, must submit an official TOEFL score report.  A minimum score of 550 (paper-based testing), 210 (computer-based testing), or 83 (internet-based testing) is required.

Transitional and Post-Professional Programs - Master of Health Science Athletic Training:

  • Application for Admission
  • A bachelor’s or master's in athletic training from an accredited institution.  Official transcripts from all previous colleges and universities attended are required, and must be submitted to the University directly from the issuing institution(s).
  • Two recommendations from professional colleagues
  • Current resume or CV
  • Copy of professional license. It is expected that all applicants are licensed or eligible for licensure in the United States of America.

Transitional and Post-Professional Programs - Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy:

  • Application for Admission and a $50 processing fee
  • A bachelor’s* or master’s degree in physical therapy from an accredited institution.  Official transcripts from all previous colleges and universities attended are required, and must be submitted to the University directly from the issuing institution(s).
  • Two recommendations from professional colleagues
  • Current resume or CV
  • Copy of professional license, if applicable.  It is expected that all applicants are licensed or eligible for licensure in the United States of America.
  • If the student plans to complete a Clinical Residency, he/she must be a licensed physical therapist in the state where the residency is located.
  • *Candidates with a BSPT must document five (5) years of clinical experience.

Transitional and Post-Professional Programs - Doctor of Occupational Therapy:

  • Application for Admission and a $50 processing fee
  • A bachelor’s* or master’s degree in occupational therapy from an accredited institution.  Official transcripts from all previous colleges and universities attended are required, and must be submitted to the University directly from the issuing institution(s).
  • Two recommendations from professional colleagues
  • Current resume or CV
  • Copy of professional license, if applicable.  It is expected that all applicants are licensed or eligible for licensure in the United States.
  • Must be currently employed as an occupational therapist or have a minimum of one year's experience as an occupational therapist.
  • *Candidates with a BOT or BSOT must document one (1) year of clinical experience.

Transitional and Post-Professional Programs - Doctor of Education

  • Application for Admission and a $50 processing fee
  • Admission is open to professionals who have a master's degree or a doctoral degree.
  • A minimum of three years professional experience.
  • Two recommendations from professional colleagues
  • Writing assessment
  • Current resume or CV
  • Copy of professional license, if applicable.  

Transitional and Post-Professional Programs - Doctor of Health Science

  • Application for Admission and a $50 processing fee
  • Admission to the program is open to physical and occupational therapists that have a master's degree or a clinical doctoral degree (DPT, OTD) from an accredited institution and are currently licensed and/or practicing in their profession.
  • A minimum of three years of experience.
  • Two recommendations from professional colleagues
  • Writing assessment
  • Current resume or CV
  • Copy of professional license, if applicable.  

Transitional and Post-Professional Programs - Additional requirements for international or foreign-educated students:

  • Applicants who completed their education outside the US must also provide an Academic credentialing evaluation from an agency recognized by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) that provides evidence of that degree earned is equivalent to a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in the United States.  This requirement is waived for physical therapists applying to the transitional DPT program who completed their education at a PEAC accredited institution.
  • Applicants must be a graduate of a physical therapy or occupational therapy program in a country that is a member of the World Confederation of Physical Therapy or Occupational Therapy and must be eligible for licensure in the United States.  
  • For international applicants from a country where English is not the primary language, or for whom English is a second language, may be required to provide an official TOEFL score report.  A minimum score of 550 (paper-based testing) or 210 (computer-based testing), or 83 (internet-based testing) is required. 
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