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Arnold School of Public Health

For Future PT Students

Interested in joining the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program? Attend our annual Information Session, schedule a DPT visit, or get answers to your questions in the FAQ below. 

As of the 2018 Admissions Cycle, our DPT program is participating in the Early Decision program of PTCAS. The Early Decision program is a binding option for applicants who have decided that a particular PT program is their first choice, and that they will enroll if accepted. As an Early Decision applicant, you can apply to only one PTCAS program until a decision is made.

For more information on Early Decision, the PTCAS website has more information.

Want to know more about the program?


Program Summary

View our program summary here.

Frequently Asked Questions 

What other expenses may I have as a PT student?

In addition to tuition and fees, students are responsible for costs associated with clinical education, including travel and housing in another city. Most students will perform 3 out of 4 clinical education experiences outside the Columbia metropolitan area.

What pre-requisite coursework do I need?

In addition to a baccalaureate degree, students must have completed the following courses:
Physics w/labs – 8 credits
Chemistry w/labs – 8 credits
Biology w/labs – 8 credits
Human Anatomy and Physiology w/labs – 8 credits
Statistics – 3 credits

Do all of my prerequisites need to be completed prior to submitting my application to the DPT program?

No. You may submit your application prior to completing all your prerequisites for the program. Prerequisite courses must be completed prior to enrolling in the program.

How can I tell if a course will be counted toward my prerequisites?

When in doubt, contact us and we will provide you guidance. Please forward to us the catalog description of the course(s) in question.

Is there an application deadline?

Completed applications must be received by PTCAS and the supplemental application fee paid by November 1 of the year proceeding the fall you wish to enroll. When November 1 falls on a weekend, the deadline is the Monday immediately following November 1.

How many students do you enroll each year?

Our class size is small. We typically enroll up to 30 students each year.

What are your minimum requirements for applying?

Our minimum requirements are a: 1) 3.0 GPA (prerequisite), 2) 3.0 GPA (undergraduate or masters), 3) combined GRE of 300 (with no less than 145 each section) with a 3.5 or greater on the writing score. If you apply with scores below this, your file will not be reviewed for admission.  Note that this is our minimal requirements, please see the program summary for our average admission scores.

Do your students get jobs?

100 percent of our students across the past three years have secured employment.

Is the program accredited?

Yes. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. Learn more.

Can I talk with somebody?

Absolutely. Please feel free to take advantage of this opportunity by using the information at right.

I noticed that you don’t require admission interviews. Why?

Research has demonstrated that they do not assist in selecting applicants. If you would like to meet with us please feel free to contact us regarding our open house schedule.

What are classes like?

Most of our classes are informal and students have a collegial relationship with faculty. We expect our students to be on time, attend class, and when required dress appropriately. We treat our students as mature adults who know what appropriate behavior is. When they don’t, we tell them.

What type of anatomy is taken?

Our students take the full cadaver anatomy. Special emphasis is provided on the extremities.

Can I talk to students that are currently enrolled?

If you let us know this is what you would like to do we can set this up for you.

How much does your program cost?

This value changes, please refer the Arnold School web site for the link to tuition and fees.

Why is your program a half of year longer than most?

Our students complete a research project. We feel that this is one thing that makes our students different. If you are going to be an evidence-based clinician you need to understand how research is conducted.

The research project scares me, I don’t even have an idea for a topic?

You don't have to!  Your ideas will come as you proceed and interact with faculty members. We believe that completing the research project is vital and makes you a better clinician.

Do you require a) observation hours or b) letters of recommendations for the application? 
  1. We do not require a certain number of observation or volunteer hours, however, we strongly suggest that you show evidence of PT related experience. We want to make sure you know what PT is all about and are committed to entering the profession. 50 hours of observation are recommended.
  2. We require 2 letters of recommendation on your application. There is no need for more than two.

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