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.

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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.

SchoolStateGPA RequirementObservationREQUIRED Hours
AdventHealth UniversityFL3.0Recommended0
Alabama State UniversityAL3.0Required40
Alvernia UniversityPA3.25Required100
American International CollegeMA3.2Required20
Anderson UniversitySC3.0Required40
Andrews UniversityMI3.4Required80
Angelo State UniversityTX3.0Required50
Arcadia University (Sponsored)PA3.0RequiredUnknown
Arkansas State UniversityAR3.0Considered0
Army-Baylor UniversityTX3.25 PrerequisiteRequired100
AT Still UniversityAZ2.8Required30
Augusta UniversityGA3.0Required100
Azusa Pacific UniversityCA3.0Required100
Baylor UniversityTX3.0Recommended0
Bellarmine UniversityKY2.75Required25
Belmont UniversityTN3.2Required50
Boston UniversityMA3.0Required30
Bradley UniversityIL3.0Required40
Brenau UniversityGA3.0Required40
Briar Cliff UniversityIA3.0Required60
Campbell UniversityNC3.0Required50
Carroll UniversityWI3.0Required45
Central Michigan UniversityMI3.0Required50
Chapman UniversityCA3.0Required40
Chatham UniversityPA3.0RequiredUnknown
Clarke UniversityIA3.0Required30
Clarkson UniversityNY3.2Required50
Cleveland State UniversityOH3.2Not Considered0
College of Saint MaryNE3.0Required50
College of St. ScholasticaMN3.0RequiredUnknown
College of Staten IslandNY3.0Required100
Columbia UniversityNY3.0Required75
Concordia University St. PaulMN3.0Required100
Concordia University WisconsinWI3.0Required40
Creighton UniversityNEUnknownRequired60
CSU FresnoCA3.0Required100
CSU Long BeachCA3.0Required100
CSU NorthridgeCA2.7Required200
CSU SacramentoCA3.0Required100
D’Youville CollegeNY3.0Required60
Daemen CollegeNY2.8Required60
Des Moines UniversityIAUnknownRequired40
DeSales UniversityPA3.0Required40
Dominican College of BlauveltNY3.0Required60
Drexel UniversityPA3.0Required50
Duke UniversityNCUnknownRecommended100
Duquesne UniversityPA3.0Required100
East Carolina UniversityNC3.0Required100
East Tennessee State UniversityTN2.7Recommended0
Eastern Washington UniversityWA3.0Required75
Elon UniversityNC3.2Required100
Emory & Henry CollegeVA2.75Required40
Emory UniversityGA3.0Required100
Endicott CollegeMAUnknownUnknownUnknown
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical UniversityFL3.0Required20
Florida Gulf Coast UniversityFL3.2Required10
Florida International UniversityFL3.0Required60
Florida Southern CollegeFL3.0Required25
Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady UniversityLA3.0Required60
Franklin Pierce University ArizonaAZ3.0Required40
Franklin Pierce University New HampshireNH3.0Required40
Gannon University EriePA3.0Recommended0
Gannon University RuskinFL3.0Required100
George Fox UniversityOR3.25Required200
George Washington UniversityDC3.0Recommended0
Georgia Southern UniversityGA3.0Recommended0
Georgia State UniversityGA3.0Required80
Governors State UniversityILUnknownNot Considered0
Grand Valley State UniversityMI3.2Required50
Hampton UniversityVA3.0Required40
Hardin-Simmons UniversityTX3.2Required100
Harding UniversityAR3.0Required100
High Point UniversityNCUnknownRecommended0
Howard UniversityDC3.0Required200
Hunter CollegeNYUnknownUnknownUnknown
Husson UniversityME3.0Required20
Idaho State UniversityID3.0Required80
Indiana State UniversityIN3.0Required60
Indiana UniversityIN3.2Required40
Ithaca CollegeNYUnknownUnknownUnknown
Kean UniversityNJ3.0RequiredUnknown
Langston UniversityOK3.0Required50
Lebanon Valley CollegePAUnknownUnknownUnknown
Loma Linda UniversityCA3.0Required80
Long Island University BrooklynNY3.0Required36
Long Island University PostNYUnknownUnknownUnknown
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New OrleansLA3.0Required60
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in ShreveportLA3.2Required60
Marist CollegeNY3.0Required80
Marquette UniversityWI3.2Recommended0
Marshall UniversityWV3.0Required30
Mary Baldwin UniversityVA3.0Required40
Marymount UniversityVA3.0Required40
Maryville University of St. LouisMON/ARequired20
Mayo Clinic School of Health SciencesMN3.0Required40
MCPHS UniversityMA3.0Required10
Medical University of South CarolinaSC3.0Recommended0
Mercer UniversityGA3.0Required40
Mercy CollegeNY3.0 PrerequisiteRequired40
Messiah CollegePA3.0Required50
Methodist UniversityNC3.0Recommended0
MGH Institute of Health ProfessionsMAN/ARequired10
Midwestern University Downers GroveIL3.0Recommended0
Midwestern University GlendaleAZ3.0Required60
Misericordia UniversityPA3.2Required50
Missouri State UniversityMO3.0Required50
Mount Saint Mary’s UniversityCA3.0Required120
Mount St. Joseph UniversityOH3.0Required30
Nazareth College of RochesterNY3.0Required40
New York Institute of TechnologyNY3.0Required50
New York Medical CollegeNY3.0Required50
New York UniversityNY3.0Required24
Northeastern UniversityMA3.0Required40
Northern Arizona UniversityAZ3.0Recommended0
Northern Illinois UniversityIL3.0Required50
Northwestern UniversityIL3.0Required100
Nova Southeastern University Ft. LauderdaleFL3.0Required100
Nova Southeastern University TampaFL3.0Recommended0
Oakland UniversityMI3.0Considered0
Ohio State UniversityOH3.0Required40
Ohio UniversityOH3.0Required40
Oklahoma City UniversityOK3.0Required48
Old Dominion UniversityVA3.0Required45
Pacific UniversityOR3.2Required100
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine SuwaneeGAUnknownConsidered0
Plymouth State UniversityNH3.0Recommended0
Quinnipiac UniversityCTUnknownConsidered0
Radford UniversityVA3.25Required40
Regis UniversityCO2.75Recommended0
Rockhurst UniversityMO3.0Recommended0
Rocky Mountain University of Health ProfessionsUT3.0Required100
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and ScienceILUnknownRequired40
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (Blackwood/South)NJ3.0RequiredUnknown
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (Newark/North Campus)NJ3.2Required300
Sacred Heart UniversityCT3.2Required50
Saint Francis UniversityPA3.2Required80
Saint Louis UniversityMOUnknownRequired30
Samford UniversityAL3.0Required30
Samuel Merritt UniversityCA3.0Required40
San Diego State UniversityCAUnknownUnknownUnknown
San Francisco State UniversityCA3.0Required100
Seton Hall UniversityNJ3.2Required50
Shenandoah UniversityVA2.8Required40
Simmons UniversityMA3.0Required30
Slippery Rock UniversityPA3.0Required50
South CollegeTN3.0Recommended0
Southwest Baptist UniversityMO2.75Considered40
Springfield CollegeMA3.0Required10
St. Ambrose UniversityIA3.0Recommended0
St. Catherine UniversityMN3.0Required60
State University of New York Upstate Medical UniversityNYUnknownRecommended0
Stockton UniversityNJ3.0RequiredUnknown
Stony Brook UniversityNY3.0Required100
SUNY BuffaloNY3.0Required40
SUNY DownState Medical CenterNYUnknownUnknownUnknown
Temple UniversityPA3.0Recommended0
Tennessee State UniversityTN3.0Required40
Texas State UniversityTX3.0Recommended0
Texas Tech University Health Sciences CenterTX3.0Required100
Texas Woman’s UniversityTX3.0Required80
The Sage CollegesNY3.25Required40
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San AntonioTX3.2Required50
The University of Texas Medical Branch at GalvestonTX3.0Required80
Thomas Jefferson UniversityPA3.0Recommended0
Touro CollegeNY3.0Required50
Touro UniversityNV2.75Required100
Trine UniversityIN3.0Required40
Tufts UniversityMA3.0Recommended0
University of Alabama at BirminghamAL3.0Required40
University of Arkansas for Medical SciencesAR3.0Considered0
University of Central ArkansasAR3.0Required30
University of Central FloridaFL3.0Recommended0
University of CincinnatiOH3.0Required50
University of ColoradoCO3.0Required45
University of ConnecticutCTUnknownUnknownUnknown
University of DaytonOH3.0Required40
University of DelawareDEUnknownRequired50
University of EvansvilleIL3.0Required60
University of FindlayOH3.0Required40
University of FloridaFL3.0Required40
University of HartfordCT3.2Required10
University of IllinoisILUnknownUnknownUnknown
University of Illinois at ChicagoIL2.5Required40
University of IndianapolisIN3.0Recommended0
University of IowaIA3.0Recommended0
University of JamestownND3.0Required40
University of Kansas Medical CenterKS3.0Required40
University of KentuckyKY2.75Required50
University of LynchburgVA3.0Required80
University of MaryND2.75Required40
University of Mary Hardin-BaylorTX3.0Required80
University of Maryland – BaltimoreMD3.0Required100
University of Maryland – Eastern ShoreMD3.0Required50
University of Massachusetts – LowellMAUnknownUnknownUnknown
University of MiamiFL3.0Required100
University of Michigan – FlintMI3.0Required30
University of MinnesotaMNUnknownUnknownUnknown
University of MississippiMSUnknown UnknownUnknown
University of MissouriMOUnknown UnknownUnknown
University of Montana – MissoulaMT3.0Required80
University of Mount UnionOH3.2Required80
University of Nebraska Medical CenterNE3.0Recommended0
University of Nevada, Las VegasNV3.0Required50
University of New EnglandME3.0Recommended0
University of New MexicoNM3.0Required45
University of North Carolina at Chapel HillNC3.0RequiredUnknown
University of North DakotaNDUnknownRequired60
University of North FloridaFL3.0Required80
University of North GeorgiaGA3.0Required100
University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort WorthTX3.0Recommended0
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences CenterOK2.75Recommended0
University of PittsburghPA3.0Required150
University of Puget SoundWA3.0Required100
University of Rhode IslandRI3.2Required30
University of Saint MaryKS3.0Not Considered0
University of ScrantonPA3.2Required30
University of South AlabamaALUnknownRequired50
University of South CarolinaSC3.0Recommended0
University of South DakotaSD3.2Required50
University of South FloridaFL3.2RequiredUnknown
University of Southern California (Sponsored)CA3.0Required150
University of St. Augustine for Health SciencesFL3.0Required80
University of Tennessee at ChattanoogaTN3.2Required1
University of Tennessee Health Science CenterTNUnknownRequired50
University of Texas at El PasoTX3.0Required50
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at DallasTX3.0RequiredUnknown
University of the Incarnate WordTX2.9Required50
University of the PacificCA3.0Required50
University of the Sciences in PhiladelphiaPA3.0Recommended0
University of ToledoOH3.3Recommended0
University of UtahUT3.0Required100
University of VermontVT3.0Considered0
University of WashingtonWA3.0Required50
University of Wisconsin-LaCrosseWA3.0Required40
University of Wisconsin-MadisonWA3.0Required40
University of Wisconsin-MilwaukeeWA3.0Required40
Utica CollegeNY3.2Required40
Virginia Commonwealth UniversityVA2.7Required45
Walsh UniversityOH3.0Required30
Washington University – St. LouisMO3.0 PrerequisiteConsidered0
Wayne State UniversityMI3.0Recommended0
West Coast UniversityCA3.0Required40
West Virginia UniversityWV3.0Required60
Western Carolina UniversityNC3.0Required32
Western Kentucky UniversityKY3.0Considered0
Western Michigan UniversityMI3.0Recommended0
Western University of Health SciencesCA3.0Required60
Wheeling Jesuit UniversityWV3.0Required80
Wichita State UniversityKS3.0 PrerequisiteRequired20
Widener UniversityPA3.0Required40
William Carey UniversityMS3.0Required20
Wingate UniversityNC3.0Required50
Winston-Salem State UniversityNC3.0Required50
Youngstown UniversityOH3.2Required40