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Physical Therapy (DPT) - Application Process, Graduate

If you have earned a bachelor’s degree and wish to pursue a doctorate in physical therapy, you can enter the DPT program in the First Professional Year.

Questions? Contact, 888-996-8747 or 215-596-8810.

Physical therapy students must consistently demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, the physical, emotional, and cognitive essential functions and technical standards that are necessary for successful completion of the physical therapy program at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia.

Graduate Option

Application Process

We will begin accepting applications for 2022 via the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) on July 1. A supplemental application is not required.  Please submit all documentation directly to PTCAS.


  • 3.00 cumulative GPA and a 3.00 math/science GPA with a “C” or better in all pre-requisite courses.
  • The Physical Therapy program has a priority application deadline of November 1.
    Final Application deadline is February 15.
  • A GRE is not required.
  • Shadowing hours are not required but highly recommended of all applicants.
  • Interview
      • An invitation only interview is required for admission into the program. Interviews begin in October and continue until all seats are filled.
      • Interviews for the 2021-2022 cycle will be held live.
  • Classes for the Physical Therapy program typically begin in May.  


Required prerequisite courses should be completed by the end of the Spring term preceding enrollment at USciences:

  • Chemistry, with lab (2 semester sequence, 8 credits)
  • Biology, with lab (2 semester sequence, 8 credits)
  • Physics, with lab (2 semester sequence, 8 credits)
  • Anatomy & Physiology (2 semester sequence, 8 credits-inclusive of labs I and II.)
  • Nutrition (3 credits)
  • Mathematics (3 credits of pre-calculus and 3 credits of statistics; 6 credits total)
  • Psychology (6 credits)
    • Complete two of the following: Introduction to Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology, or Abnormal Psychology
  • Additional Social Science coursework (6 credits)
    • Examples of social sciences are:
        • Psychology
        • Economics
        • Political Science
        • Sociology
        • Anthropology
  • English (6 credits)
    • One writing intensive course
    • One additional English course
  • Medical Terminology (2 credits)^

^ If you have not completed medical terminology at the time of acceptance, you can opt to complete a free online proficiency course prior to the start of the program in May.

**International Students should check the graduate admission page for additional requirements