DPT admissions requirements by school

Before applying to DPT programs, it is important to know the various admissions requirements so that you can select programs that are a good fit for you. Some admissions requirements, such as interviews and letters of recommendation, may be addressed later in the application process, but identifying potential recommenders is advisable. However, other requirements, such as GPA minimums, GRE test scores, and PT observation hours require immediate attention and preparation.

To help you prepare for applying to programs, we have compiled a list of schools with information  including GPA and observation hour requirements from the Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS). Additionally, you can check out our GRE requirement page.

The program cards and tables featured on this page were last updated in March 2021. For the most current program information, please refer to the official website of the respective school. All other content on this page was last updated in December 2023.

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


Once you’re aware of minimum scores, be sure to check PTCAS for any additional requirements. Certain schools may have minimum GPA requirements in specific subject areas. It’s important to note that even if observation hours aren’t mandatory, they may be recommended. And if observation hours are recommended, PTCAS is the go-to resource for specified hour recommendations.