Doctor of Physical Therapy Admission Requirements
Candidates must meet the following admission requirements in order to be considered for the Doctor of Physical Therapy program, whether the Residential or Flex DPT format.
Bachelor’s Degree: Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. You can apply while you are still enrolled in an undergraduate degree program or while you are completing prerequisite coursework. You should submit a plan of study with your application that indicates all remaining courses that will be completed before program enrollment.
GRE: An official GRE score report sent directly to the University from ETS is required. The test must have been taken within the past five (5) years. A combined minimum GRE score of 294 for the verbal and quantitative sections is recommended. The analytical writing score is also evaluated. Candidates who have previously earned a master’s degree are exempt from the GRE requirement.
- When applying for our DPT programs, use PTCAS. The University’s GRE institutional code number is 2209.
Resume: Include a current resume or curriculum vitae with your application.
Statement of Purpose: Every person has a story that has led them to a career. Since there are a variety of health professions that “help” others, please go beyond your initial interaction or experience with physical therapy, and share the deeper story that has confirmed your decision to specifically pursue physical therapy as your career.
Prerequisites: Admissions recommends that all prerequisite course work be no more than 5 years old. This is a recommendation and is preferred, it is not a requirement to apply. Click the box below to see which physical therapy school requirements you may still need to earn.
You can find our DPT prerequisite form here.
All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of “C” (2.0) or better.
Requirements Starting Spring 2023
|Required Prerequisite Courses|
|General or Upper Level Chemistry with Lab||8||12|
|General or Upper Level Physics with Lab|
Biomechanics or Anatomical Kinesiology can be substituted for one course
|General or Upper Level Biology|
Must be Human Based Biology; knowledge of human body, structure and function. Exercise Physiology can be substituted for one course.
|General or Upper Level Human Anatomy & Physiology with Lab|
Knowledge of human body, structure and function
Any combination of Psychology, Sociology, Sociocultural/Socioeconomic, Anthropology, Human Behavior and Development, Public Health, Humanities (must show human relationships), Ethnicity, Gender Studies, Statistics or Nutrition courses can be used toward this requirement.
Medical terminology is language used to precisely describe the human body including its components, processes, conditions affecting it, and procedures performed upon it. Medical terminology is used in the field of medicine and other health professions. Applicants may complete this requirement one of three ways – (1) standard credit-bearing course with submission of an official transcript, (2) CEU course with submission of a certificate of completion or official transcript or (3) USAHS non-credit course with evidence of successful completion. Option #3 is only available to deposited DPT or Flex DPT incoming students and is offered online free of charge. Deposited students electing to take the USAHS non-credit medical terminology course must successfully complete the experience at least one week before new student orientation.
Misrepresentation of Academic Credentials
Misrepresentation of academic credentials includes presenting information known as false and with the intent of obtaining employment or admission to an educational program at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. Statements made and documents supplied by University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences’ applicants and students must be complete and accurate. The University will not tolerate any misrepresentation by a student or applicant of past or current academic programs, degrees, or professional accomplishments. If unexplained discrepancies appear between statements or documents provided to USAHS and information obtained otherwise, except in the case of misspellings and other such inadvertent errors, applicants may be rejected for admission and enrolled students may be dismissed.
- A minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 calculated on program prerequisites and a required grade of C or better earned in each prerequisite course is preferred; however, the grade trend of the applicant will be considered.
- A total of two (2) references from the following: Two licensed physical therapists (preferred) or one physical therapist and one faculty member or academic advisor.
- A minimum of 80 volunteer, observation, or work hours in a physical therapy setting is required. Applicants may apply with 40 hours completed. Please note that proof of 80 hours must be done by your intended start date.
- A comprehensive background check requiring fingerprints and drug screen will be administered after acceptance into the program and at the applicant’s expense
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