DPT Admissions Requirements by School

Before applying to DPT programs, it is good to understand what the minimum admissions requirements are so that you can select programs that are a good fit for you. Some admissions requirements, such as interviews and letters of recommendation, may not be things that you need to worry about until it is time to start applying (you should be thinking about who might write your letters of recommendation). However, other requirements, such as GPA minimums, GRE test scores, and PT observation hours require earlier preparation so that you can meet your goals.

To help you prepare for applying to programs, we have compiled a list of school data on GPA and observation hour requirements as reported by the Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS). Additionally, you can check out our GRE requirement page.

Last Updated 10/5/22

Arcadia University

College of Health Sciences


Doctor of Physical Therapy

Earn your DPT from a hybrid program. Experience on-campus immersions and apply skills learned online to patients in person. Complete the program in 25 months. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree but do not need to submit GRE test scores for admission.

  • Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) 
  • Complete in 25 months  
  • 32 weeks of in-person experience


Note that once you check overall minimum scores, you should always check PTCAS for any additional requirements- some schools may have additional minimums for GPAs in certain subject areas. Also, just because observation hours are not required does not mean they aren’t recommended- if it is recommended that you complete observation hours, you should look to PTCAS to see if there is a recommended number of hours. You may also want to check schools that do have minimum requirements, because the number of recommended hours may be higher than the minimum. Due to COVID-19, some of these requirements may be temporarily relaxed by the schools – check with the programs you are applying to to see if this is the case. Last Updated 3/16/2021.