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Eligibility and Requirements

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Below is an overview of admission requirements for KU's doctoral degree program in physical therapy. For more details, please review the KU program page at the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service.

  1. Undergraduate Degree
    A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution must be completed prior to start of DPT program classes. The degree can be in any field, but course work must have included the DPT prerequisite courses.

  2. Physical Therapy Experience
    Applicants also are expected to possess a general understanding of health care and physical therapy based upon employment, observation or volunteer experiences. Although we do not require specific hours, we encourage applicants to invest the time they need to acquire knowledge of the role of physical therapists in health care.

  3. 3.0 Grade Point Average
    To achieve regular status, an overall 3.0 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0-scale is required. Historically, accepted applicants have had a cumulative GPA significantly higher than 3.0. In addition, student transcripts must document a minimum 3.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) in all prerequisite courses including math and science course work.

  4. "C" Grade or Higher
    A passing grade is required in all prerequisite courses. A “D” is not considered a passing grade. All prerequisite science courses must be completed within the last 10 years.

  5. Satisfactory GRE Score
    GRE scores must be reported to PTCAS, not KU; please use the PTCAS program code 7815. To be a competitive applicant, recommended scores on the Graduate Record Examination should be within the 50th percentile range on the verbal, quantitative, and analytical sections. The GRE scores are meaningful to the admissions committee as these scores are highly predictive of success in graduate studies and national licensure examination. The GRE must have been taken within the past five (5) years to be valid on an application.

  6. Background Check
    The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations requires all incoming students to pay for a background check. This one-time fee must be paid directly to the company performing the background investigation. You will be asked to provide information and make the payment once you have been officially accepted into the program. For more information, please see the School of Health Professions Background Check Instructions.

  7. International Students:
    An applicant is considered an international student if he or she requires a visa, or currently resides in the U.S. with non-immigrant status, or currently resides in the U.S. while applying for permanent residency. Additional requirements and documentation, such as proof of English language proficiency, are required for international students to become eligible for KU programs. Please review the information for international students before applying.

For more details, please review the KU program page at the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service.

NOTE: The KU Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science reserves the right to waive any documentation normally required and to accept or deny admission whenever it believes sufficient information exists to make a decision.

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Last modified: Jan 08, 2019

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KU undergraduate students seeking advising on the KU Lawrence campus, and high school students, should contact Robin Merritt in the Undergraduate Advising Center, 785-864-2834 (711 TTY).

Important Dates

July 1
PTCAS opens for online applications

Mid-August 15
PTCAS Early Decision applications due

November 1
Deadline to submit PTCAS application

June 1
Classes begin