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: http://www.ptcas.org/GPA/
  • Total of 20 volunteer, observational, or employment hours’ experience. Strongly recommended from 2 different types of sites (inpatient, outpatient, acute care, etc.). ***2020-2021 Update: Due to current situations we are not requiring a minimum number of hours. We recommend trying to get some hours if possible, but it is not a requirement this year due to constraints caused by Covid19 and clinic availability. If you have completed hours please add them for review.
  • All degree requirements completed or no more than 2 prerequisite courses outstanding at the time of application.
  • Two references from licensed Physical Therapists with knowledge of the applicant's aptitude and potential for success in professional school. We will not accept Occupational Therapists, PhDs, or Physical Therapist Assistants. **All items must be submitted directly to PTCAS, we do not receive any items at USF. Keep in mind you only have 4 reference letter spots in PTCAS. Please ensure two of them are from licensed PT's if applying to USF**. *** 2020-2021 Update: We ask that applicants submit at least two letters of recommendation, preferably from licensed PT’s, Academic Faculty, or Supervisors. Any letters you submit via PTCAS will be reviewed by the selection committee.
  • 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 SPTRS 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. 

Admissions Update for upcoming 2020-2021 PTCAS Cycle due to Covid19

Pass/Fail or U/S courses:

Due to the current COVID19 pandemic we recognize that some students may be taking courses or have future courses scheduled as pass/fail, either as an individual choice or institutional decision. If you have a choice to take courses for a grade, they will impact your PTCAS GPA’s, whereas pass/fail will not impact your GPA’s. We support our future DPT students in making the best decision during this unique time. Courses, including prerequisites, for the DPT program taken as pass/fail during the COVID19 response will be accepted and will not negatively impact admissions decisions for prospective students.

Observation Hours:

Due to current situations we are not requiring a minimum number of hours. We recommend trying to get some hours if possible, but it is not a requirement this year due to constraints caused by Covid19 and clinic availability. If you have completed hours please add them for review.

Online Courses/Labs:

We will accept online courses for prerequisite and science courses for our DPT program. However, if possible we always recommend that you complete these courses on campus and/or in person. Always stay in touch with your advisor and/or pre-health advisor to determine the best plan of action during this time.

Letter of Recommendation: 

Letters of reference must be submitted through the PTCAS portal. Application materials sent directly to the program will not be accepted. We ask that applicants submit at least two letters of recommendation, preferably from licensed PT’s, Academic Faculty, or Supervisors. Any letters you submit via PTCAS will be reviewed by the selection committee.

GRE:

We still require the GRE for the 2020-2021 cycle. We will accept the new at home test format, or traditional GRE scores taken at a testing center. Scores must be submitted by November 1, 2020.

If you have any questions as we navigate this unique period do not hesitate to email us at dpt-admissions@usf.edu.