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Doctor of Physical Therapy Admission Requirements

Application/Admission Timeline for fall 2015 please click here. Notifications regarding interviews (on-campus and required) are sent in late December and interviews are held in late January. 

Minimum recommended criteria for admission consideration includes:

  • Completion of baccalaureate and all prerequisites, from a regionally accredited institution, by the end of spring term before entry
  • Minimum recommended cumulative GPA: 3.0
  • Minimum recommended prerequisite GPA: 3.0
  • Minimum GRE Verbal score of 150 and a minimum GRE Quantitative score of 144;
    The PTCAS institution code for the DPT program is 7593. We do not require the Analytical section of the GRE, nor is it taken into consideration when applying if taken. The GRE must be taken prior to the application deadline, and the verbal and quantitative scores must be entered into the PTCAS application prior to e-submitting. The deadline for official scores to be received is October 15th.  Please see http://www.ets.org/ for more information on registering and score reporting timelines for the GRE.
  • Supplemental Essay:
    In addition to the standard PTCAS essay questions. The PTCAS application will automatically prompt you to respond to our custom essay once you designate Samuel Merritt University on your application. Applications without the custom essay will be considered incomplete.
  • Inpatient Experience: a minimum of forty (40) hours of volunteer or paid experience in an inpatient physical therapy setting is required:
    Outpatient hours cannot be used in lieu of the inpatient experience. The PTCAS Physical Therapy Observation Hours Verification Form must be signed by the physical therapist who supervised you and submitted through PTCAS. This form must be completed and verified by the end of the PTCAS cycle you are applying for. Acceptable locations for completing this requirement are: Skilled Nursing facilities, Rehabilitation Centers, and Hospitals.
  • Two letters of reference:
    One from a professor (science or non-science) who can address your academic preparedness for a DPT program and one from a physical therapist who has supervised you in a clinical environment (inpatient or outpatient). You may also submit up to 2 additional letters of your choosing but this is not a requirement. Letters of reference are submitted through PTCAS.
  • TOEFL (U.S. citizens or international students):
    The need for TOEFL will be assessed based on information provided by applicants on the application for admission; if required, a score of 100 must be achieved and official score results must be provided.

Prerequisites : Please see the Course Resource Guide for helpful information regarding prerequisites.

All prerequisites must be completed with a grade of "C-" or better by the end of Spring term before entry. 

We accept online classes from regionally accredited institutions.

GPA Calculation and Course Repeat Policy

Overall GPA: All grades earned will be included in the overall GPA calculation. If a course is repeated, both the initial and repeat grade will be included in the overall GPA calculation.

Prerequisite GPA: Courses satisfying a prerequisite requirement may be repeated once if the initial grade earned is a C+ or below. If a prerequisite course is repeated, the new grade will be used in the prerequisite GPA calculation if available at the time of application.

 

RequirementsDefinition of RequirementUnit values required
General PsychologyGeneral or Introductory course in psychology is acceptable.3 semester/ quarter units
StatisticsIntroductory statistics/quantitative method course offered by any department is acceptable.3 semester/ quarter units
General Chemistry with lab*General Chemistry courses area acceptable. Introductory Chemistry classes are not acceptable. Prefer a standard 2-semester or 3-quarter course sequence.8 semester units or 12 quarter units
Physics with lab*Any lab classes taken within the Physics department are acceptable. Prefer a standard 2-semester or 3-quarter course sequence.8 semester units or 12 quarter units
Introduction to Biology with lab*+

Prefer a standard 2-semester or 3-quarter course sequence. First term must be an Introduction to Biology course and remaining units can be fulfilled by Microbiology, Genetics, or other Biology lab classes. Exercise Physiology will not fulfill this requirement.

8 semester units or 12 quarter units
Human Anatomy with lab**Introductory course is acceptable, lab required. Combined Anatomy & Physiology course series can be used to satisfy this requirement provided the entire series is taken. The Anatomy, Physiology prerequisites must be completed within the last ten (10) years from the time of application to the program. 4 semester units or 5 quarter units
Human Physiology with lab**Introductory course is acceptable, lab required. Combined Anatomy & Physiology course series can be used to satisfy this requirement provided the entire series is taken. The Anatomy, Physiology prerequisites must be completed within the last ten (10) years from the time of application to the program.

4 semester units or 5 quarter units

 


International Transcripts

All foreign academic transcripts must be evaluated and should be sent to PTCAS along with any other US transcripts. For more information please see the PTCAS Foreign Transcript Instructions.

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