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DPT Admission Requirements

The post-baccalaureate student who has satisfied the prerequisites can make application to the Physical Therapy Program.  Upon successful completion of the Physical Therapy curriculum, the student will be awarded a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.


All candidates must apply online utilizing the APTA's Centralized Application Service which can be accessed here: www.ptcas.org.


The following prerequisites must be completed prior to admission to the entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy Program.

  • Biology: I, II 4, 4 cr
  • Statistics: 3 cr
  • Anatomy and Physiology I, II: 4, 4 cr
  • Physics I, II: 4, 4 cr
  • Developmental Psychology I, II: 3, 3 cr
  • Chemistry I, II: 4, 4 cr

Prerequisite courses are offered by Dominican College in either the traditional semester-based weekday schedule or the Weekend College format. Although the prerequisite courses may be taken at other accredited colleges or universities, preference for admission to the Physical Therapy Program is given to the most qualified applicants who have taken 30 or more credits at Dominican.

The overall grade point average,  as well as in the prerequisites grade point average must be at least a 3.0 with no course grade lower than a C. A 3.0 G.P.A. is also required for the last 60 credits of the student’s most recent coursework as a whole.

Applicants whose native language is not English must obtain a minimum score of 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (T.O.E.F.L.) or 213 on the computer-based T.O.E.F.L. (C.B.T.).

Voluntary/Work Clinical Experience 

In addition to the prerequisite courses, all applicants must document a total of 100 hours of voluntary or work experience in settings where a licensed physical therapist is employed.  These hours must be completed in diverse healthcare settings providing exposure to therapeutic intervention across the life span.  While 100 clinical experience hours are mandatory, it is recommended to complete 200 hours.

Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) 

Dominican College’s DPT program now subscribes to the new Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service, known as PTCAS.  Applicants need to apply online using the PTCAS application which is available here: www.ptcas.org.

  • PTCAS Application Deadline – PTCAS application deadline is March 3, 2014 for the Class of 2017 starting May 30, 2014
  • Program has rolling Admissions Process?  YES

Applications received after the deadline date will be considered subject to space availability in the entering class.  To learn more about the PTCAS application process and to get started, please go the PTCAS website at www.ptcas.org.  Once processed, the Admissions Committee looks forward to receiving your application.  If you encounter difficulty with the PTCAS, please do not contact the program at Dominican College.  Inquiries should be made directly to Customer Service at www.ptcas.org/Contact.html.