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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.

Students in this program are required to have a computer that meets the minimum software and hardware requirements.

Undergraduate Degree

A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution must be completed prior to start of physical therapy program classes. The degree can be in any field, but course work must have included the prerequisite courses.

Physical Therapy Experience

Applicants are expected to possess a general understanding of health care and physical therapy based upon employment, observation, and/or volunteer experiences. Although KU does not require specific hours, students are encourages to invest the time they need to acquire knowledge of the role of physical therapists in health care.


GRE Update

  • Beginning with the application window opening July 1, 2021, the Graduate Record Examination will no longer be considered in the admissions process for KU's physical therapy program.

To achieve regular admission status, an overall 3.0 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0-scale for college course work 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.

A passing grade of "C" higher 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.

Background Check

The Joint Commission requires all incoming students to submit for and provide KU with a background check report. This one-time fee must be paid by the student directly to the company performing the background investigation. Students will be asked to provide information and make payment after official acceptance into the program.

For more information, please see the School of Health Professions background check instructions.

International Students

An applicant is considered an international student if they require a visa, or currently reside in the U.S. with non-immigrant status, or currently reside 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.

The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression and genetic information in the University's programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access,, 1246 W. Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS, 66045, (785) 864-6414, 711 TTY.

Last modified: Apr 05, 2021

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Important Dates

2019-2020 Admissions Cycle

July 1
PTCAS opens for online applications

November 1
Deadline to submit PTCAS application

June 1
Classes begin

Note: these dates are subject to change for future admissions cycles.

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