Doctor of Physical Therapy

DPT Admission Requirements

Please see all information about the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) requirements for admission below.

Doctor of Physical Therapy Admission Requirements And Prerequisites

Candidates must meet the following DPT requirements to be considered for admission into the Doctor of Physical Therapy program, whether the Residential or Flex DPT path.

Bachelor’s Degree: One of our DPT prerequisites for candidates of our program is 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 DPT prerequisites 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 another one of our requirements for DPT school here at USAHS. 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 as part of our DPT admission requirements. NOTE: Candidates who have an overall cumulative GPA of 3.6 or higher or 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: Another one of our requirements for our Doctor of Physical Therapy school is to include a current resume or curriculum vitae with your application.

Personal Statement: Every applicant is unique in their own way, possessing individual qualities, abilities, and backgrounds. What unique traits will you bring to the physical therapy profession that will help you to be successful?

Statement of Purpose: Include a short statement (7-10 sentences) of what attracts you to the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences and our DPT program.

Prerequisites: Admissions recommends that all DPT program prerequisites course-work be no more than 5 years old. This is a recommendation and is preferred, it is not a DPT degree requirement to apply. Click the box below to see which DPT program requirements you may still need to earn.

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You can find our DPT prerequisites form here.

All PT school prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of “C” (2.0) or better.

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Requirements Starting Spring 2023

Required Prerequisites for the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
General or Upper Level Chemistry with Lab812
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
Social Sciences
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
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.

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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. As part of our DPT program requirements, 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.

Additional Doctor of Physical Therapy Requirements

  • A recommended minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 calculated on Doctor of Physical Therapy programs prerequisites and a required grade of C or better earned in each DPT prerequisite course.
  • 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 40 volunteer, observation, or work hours in a physical therapy setting is another one of our physical therapy program prerequisites. Applicants may apply with 20 hours completed. Please note that proof of 40 hours must be completed by your intended start date.
  • A comprehensive background check, fingerprints and drug screen at the applicant’s expense must be completed upon acceptance into the program prior to matriculation.


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