Doctor of Physical Therapy Admissions

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident Alien (PRA) with a green card in possession before we will consider your application.
  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States (This must be completed prior to matriculating into the program).
  • Minimum GPA of a 3.2 (out of 4.0) overall, and in science and prerequisite courses. We use the GPAs calculated by PTCAS. To learn more about their calculations, visit: HERE
  • Total of 20 volunteer, observational, or employment hours’ experience. Strongly recommended from a variety of different types of sites (inpatient, outpatient, acute care, sports, etc.). We will also accept telehealth and/or virtual observation hours. Observation hours should focus on the quality of the experience, not the number of hours as overall number of hours is not a deciding factor for admissions. The selection committee uses observation hours to see if you have a basic understanding/knowledge of the profession before committing to the rigorous process of attaining a physical therapy degree. For the 2022-2023 admissions cycle this is not required, we just ask that any hours completed are submitted for review.
  • All degree requirements completed or no more than 2 prerequisite courses outstanding at the time of application. If admitted, all coursework, prerequisites, and degree must be awarded/completed by June 30th prior to matriculation in August.
  • Two references letters from anyone other than a family member or friend. The recommended letters are ones from a licensed physical therapist, academic faculty member during your undergraduate of graduate education, and a supervisor. **All items must be submitted directly to PTCAS, we do not receive any items at USF.***
  • GRE Scores must be submitted. There is no minimum score required, but your GRE results will be used in the selection process. We recommend that students try to achieve a score close to the national average of a 50 percentile for each section (written, analytical, and quantitative). Make sure you use GRE code 4083 to have your scores sent to USF SPT&RS.
  • For applicants for whom English is not the native language, a minimum Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score is required at the time of application. This requirement may be waived by the SPT&RS Selection Committee if the applicant has received an undergraduate degree from an accredited school in the United States by the time of matriculation into the DPT degree program.

Meeting minimum admissions requirements does not guarantee admission to the School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences. Visit the USF Graduate Catalog for more information.

The Application Review Process:

1. We review your application to ensure that you meet the minimum requirements for admissions to our program, all listed above.

2. If you meet the above requirements, then the DPT selection committee will begin a comprehensive review of all items in your PTCAS application. This includes:

Academic Success - We will review your GRE scores, GPAs, transcripts, and more to ensure you are prepared to succeed academically in our program.

Understanding of the Profession - We will review observation hours and letters of recommendation to see that you have an understanding of physical therapy. For observation hours the focus should be on the quality of the experience, not the number of hours. More hours do not equate to better understanding.

Involvement - We will review your extra-curricular activities, work experience, research, etc. to see what experiences you have that might relate well to our program and profession. We also look to see if there are any leadership positions or just membership.

Professionalism - We will review letters of recommendation, your personal statements, and other essays to get a sense of your level of professionalism and work ethic. 

Research - If you have any research this will be reviewed as part of your application.

All other items - The committee will review everything in your application to determine which students will be the best fit for our program.

Lastly, we DO NOT interview for our program. All admissions decisions are made based on your PTCAS application, and all decisions from the selection committee are final.