Pre-DPT Admission

Freshman Admission into the DPT Program

The minimum criteria for consideration for admission as a pre-DPT student for freshman year are:

  1. Class rank in the top one-third of the graduating class.
  2. SAT Score:
    • "Old" SAT: Minimum combined Critical Reading and Math score of 1050 (or equivalent ACT score), with minimum scores of 500 for Critical Reading and 500 for Math sections.
    • "New" SAT: Minimum total score of 1130
  3. Successful completion of three years of mathematics, one year of biology, and one year of chemistry in high school.

Additionally, high school preparation in physics is highly recommended. Exposure to and exploration of physical therapy as demonstrated by paid or volunteer experience is strongly encouraged.


Students admitted as pre-DPT freshmen are guaranteed progression into the graduate DPT program, contingent upon achieving academic standards described in “Advancement to the Graduate DPT Program" (Academic Criteria for Progression). There is no need to re-apply for admission into the graduate program.


The student also will be required to choose the pre-DPT major in which he or she wishes to study. Click here for a list of undergraduate programs.


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Pre-DPT Plans of Study (updated September 2016)

Essential Functions for the Physical Therapy Student

These essential functions are the activities that a student physical therapist must be able to perform, with or without accommodations, in partial fulfillment of the requirements for successful completion of the professional curriculum. They are applicable in the classroom, laboratories, simulated clinical settings, and while on clinical education assignments. The University uses independent clinical education sites that may or may not be willing or able to offer the same reasonable accommodations that are made available by the University. (updated March 2017)

View the Essential Functions

Background Check and Drug Screening Notice

A positive criminal record check, positive child abuse history and/or a positive drug screening may result in any of the following:

  • inability to find or delay in finding a clinical placement
  • dismissal from a clinical placement
  • inability to obtain professional licensure
  • legal ramifications
  • inability to matriculate or continue in physical therapy program
  • inability to meet requirements for graduation from the program

As a result, a student with a positive criminal record check, positive child abuse history, and/or a positive drug screen may not be able to complete the requirements of the physical therapy program, may not be eligible for licensure required for practice, and may be dismissed from the program.

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