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Application Requirements

Prerequisite Courses

The courses below are required for admission; you may apply while coursework is in progress:

Prerequisite Coursework Semester hours Quarter hours
General Biology with lab 4 6
General Chemistry with lab 8 12
Physics with lab 8 12
Humanities/Social Studies (must include Psychology) 9 12
English, including Composition 3 4
Statistics 3 4
Anatomy & Physiology with lab 8 12
  • All prerequisite course work must be completed at an accredited institution of higher education prior to matriculation.
  • Applicants must have completed at least two-thirds of the required prerequisite coursework prior to application.
  • Please see PTCAS for further details on prerequisite coursework.

The Department of Physical Therapy has temporarily relaxed some admissions policies and requirements to ensure applicants are not negatively or disparately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Online and/or distance learning courses: In recognition of many undergraduate institutions which have moved courses to online instruction, the program will waive typical requirements for prerequisite courses including laboratory experiences to be completed in person, and will accept spring, summer, and fall 2020 coursework delivered via online or remote / distance learning to fulfill a prerequisite course requirement.

Pass/Fail or Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory courses: The program will waive letter grade requirements for prerequisite courses, and accept spring, summer, and fall 2020 coursework that is graded on a Pass/Fail or Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis to fulfill a prerequisite course requirement, particularly if the applicant was not given the choice to take the course on this basis. When provided the choice by an undergraduate institution, applicants are encouraged to maintain letter grade requirements.

Interviews: Remote interviews will be conducted beginning in October 2020. Additional programming including curricular information, campus tours, and the ability to interact with current students which is normally included in the interview day will also occur online.

GRE Test Requirement: In recognition of test facilities closing in parts of the country and scheduled test dates being canceled or postponed, the program will accept the new at-home GRE testing being offered by ETS in place of in-person exams. Under exceptional circumstances as self-identified in the PTCAS application by the applicant, the test requirement will be waived.

PT shadowing/observation hours: As applicants may have difficulty obtaining or completing shadowing experiences as facilities adjust to providing care during this public health pandemic, the program will demonstrate flexibility in assessment of applicant experiences in relation to number of hours, diversity in setting types and patient diagnoses. Under exceptional circumstances as self-identified by the applicant in the PTCAS application, the 40-hour requirement will be waived.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete a new PTCAS optional question intended to allow them to share with designated programs how the COVID-19 pandemic has specifically impacted their journey toward DPT education, either personally or educationally. The applicant’s response to this question will be used to guide the above policies and any other committee actions related to requirements identified as impacted by the pandemic.

The above modifications to admission policies and requirements not intended as a permanent admissions policy changes but rather temporary accommodations driven by the current extraordinary circumstances. 

Bachelor's Degree

Applicants must earn a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education prior to matriculation into the program.

If enrolled in a Rosalind Franklin University DPT Pathways program, bachelor’s degree completion is required after DPT Year 1.


  • Competitive overall and science GPAs.
  • Successful candidates typically have overall and science GPAs above 3.5.
  • All prerequisite coursework grades must be “C” or higher
  • Science prerequisite coursework (Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Anatomy and Physiology) must have been completed within the last five years. Evidence of continued competence in science coursework beyond the five-year requirement may be demonstrated by completion of additional upper-division courses beyond the general science prerequisites.
  • Transfer credits from professional programs are not accepted. RFUMS does not grant advanced standing regardless of previous academic experience or professional status.


  • The Graduate Education Record (GRE) examination must have been taken within five years of the time of application.
  • The General Examination is sufficient to meet this requirement.
  • There is no minimum score for the GRE requirement. 
  • Please release your GRE scores to code #7675 for "Rosalind Franklin U Phys Therapy".
  • Applicants who have taken the GRE multiple times are strongly encouraged to submit all scores.

Physical Therapy Exposure

  • Applicants must have a strong understanding of the profession; applicants must have worked or volunteered for a minimum of 40 hours in a physical therapy practice.
  • To be the most competitive applicant, PT exposure in a variety of settings is encouraged.

Letters of Recommendation

  • Letter from a licensed physical therapist.
  • Letter from a science, math, or liberal arts professor under which the applicant has studied.
  • Letter from a person of the applicant’s choice who has supervised work experience or is otherwise uniquely qualified to comment on potential for professional study.
  • These three letters are required and must be submitted through PTCAS.

Computer Competency

Applicants are expected to have proficiency in basic computer skills.


The Department of Physical Therapy is committed to the enrollment of a diverse body of talented students who will fulfill our mission to prepare entry-level physical therapists to serve society through excellence in person-centered practice, service, discovery, and professional and societal leadership. A diversity of backgrounds, preparation, and interests is desirable in fostering excellence in patient care, research, education, and service to an increasingly diverse society.  Utilizing a holistic review admission process, we consider a balance of applicant experiences, personal attributes, and characteristics in addition to prior demonstrated academic accomplishments. We are committed to selecting students who have demonstrated dedication to healthcare and science through healthcare and service-related employment, volunteer activity, or scholarly research; leadership potential as evidenced by participation in community and school service activities; and important noncognitive personal competencies such as strong communication and interpersonal skills, ethical integrity, problem solving, self-awareness, and empathy. The holistic review allows our program to assess an applicant’s potential to become a highly competent, diverse, and caring physical therapist.