Admission Requirements

  1. Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college/university completed prior to the starting date of the DPT program.
  2. Prerequisite Courses:
    • Must complete all prerequisite courses prior to the summer term for which you are applying for; for example, if you are applying for the class that starts in May 2020, all of your prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of Spring 2020. (Did or Do I take the right prerequisites before applying to MU DPT program?  Click here to find out!
      • Science*:
        • Biology (& lab)- 8 credits
        • Chemistry (& lab)- 8 credits
        • Physics (& lab)- 8 credits
        • Human Anatomy**- 3 credits
        • Human Physiology**- 3 credits
        • Statistics- 3 credits
      • Behavioral/Social Science:
        • Psychology- 6 credits (preferably life developmental, life span or abnormal)
    • *All science prerequisite courses must be for science majors (science course older than 10 years will not be accepted). Courses with a grade of C- or lower will not be accepted for prerequisites. Anatomy and physiology courses should preferably be completed with a grade of B or better.  Note that students will be allowed to have one or two courses in progress at the time of interview (early January); however, outstanding course(s) must be completed with the appropriate minimal grade, prior to commencing the DPT program in May of the year for which students are applying.
    • **Students must document 6 hours of anatomy and physiology regardless of how the courses are offered.  Many universities offer a two semester integrated human anatomy and physiology course instead of three credits human anatomy and three credits human physiology.  A qualified course shall cover all major human body systems.  Functional anatomy with a main emphasis on the musculoskeletal system and Exercise physiology are not accepted.
  3. Clinical Observation Hours: Complete at least 60 clinical observation hours, preferably from two different settings under the direct supervision of a licensed physical therapist by the time of application.  Please follow the instructions listed on the PTCAS website (http://www.ptcas.org/PTHours/) to submit your hours for verification.  For PTCAS general application, PT observation hours need to be completed no later than October 1, 2019.  For PTCAS Early Decision application, PT observation hours need to be completed no later than July 31, 2019.
  4. Grade Point Averages
    • A minimum 3.0 for Overall Undergraduate GPA
    • A minimum 3.0 for Prerequisite Science GPA (excluding psychology)
    • A minimum 3.0 for All Prerequisites Combined GPA
  5. GPA calculation for repeated courses:
    • If a student retakes the same science course at the same institution and earns a higher grade on the second attempt, we will use the higher grade to calculate GPAs.
    • In other situation (i.e. taking the same science course more than two times at the same institution; retaking the same or equivalent course at a different institution), if a science course is repeated, we will use all grades earned for that course to calculate GPAs.
  6. Completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with submission of scores at the time that the application is submitted.  Please contact ETS to determine testing dates and sites. (1-800-GRE-CALL; http://www.ets.org/gre).  For submitting your score report, our program code is “Marshall U Sch Phy Therapy PTCAS (0323).”  Your score report will be received and verified by PTCAS.  For PTCAS general application, GRE needs to be completed no later then October 1, 2019.  For PTCAS Early Decision application, GRE needs to be completed no later than July 31, 2019.  DO NOT have ETS send your score report directly to Marshall University.
  7. Completion of the CASPer test by November 3, 2019 for PTCAS General applicants. (for Early Decision applicants, CASPer needs to be completed by August 20, 2019).  CASPer is an online test which assesses for non-cognitive skills and interpersonal characteristics that we believe are important for successful students and graduates of our program, and will complement the other tools that we use for applicant screening.  In implementing CASPer, we are trying to further enhance fairness and objectivity in our selection process.
  8. Provide two references: one from a physical therapist and the other from either another physical therapist, or a faculty member or an employer.  Please follow the instructions on the PTCAS website to complete the acquisition of references. (www.ptcas.org).
  9. All applicants who are admitted into the DPT Program are expected to demonstrate the attributes and meet the expectations listed in the Technical Standards.  These Technical Standards are required for admission and must be maintained throughout a student’s participation in the program. Click on Technical Standards for more information.
  10. Provisional Admission: A student who possesses a baccalaureate degree from an accepted, regionally accredited college/university and has submitted all other application materials, but still has 1-2 prerequisite courses in progress at the time of interview (early January) may be provisionally admitted.  However, outstanding course(s) must be completed with the appropriate minimal grade prior to commencing the DPT program in May of the year for which the student is applying.
  11. Conditional Admission: A student who does not already possess a baccalaureate degree from an accepted, regionally accredited institute, and/or has 1-2 prerequisite courses in progress at the time of interview (early January), but has submitted all other require application materials, may be conditionally admitted.  However, the bachelor’s degree must be earned, and outstanding course(s) must be completed with the appropriate minimal grade prior to commencing the DPT program in May of the year for which the student is applying.
  12. International applicants will be required to submit an official TOEFL score report to PTCAS in addition to the other requirements described for consideration.  TOEFL iBT score must be consistent with the standards established by the Foreign Credentialing Commission on Physical Therapy (FCCPT) as acceptable for physical therapists desiring to enter practice in the U.S. from a foreign country.  The minimum scores to be considered for admission must be a Total Score of 89 with the minimum section requirement of “Speaking” of 26.  TOEFL requirement is waived for applicants who hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States.
  13. International applicants who hold a bachelor’s degree from a college or university outside of the United States will have to complete their credential evaluation [WES International Credential Advantage Package (ICAP)] from the World Education Services (WES) to prove that their education is equivalent to the US undergraduate education and have the report sent to PTCAS. 
  14. Admission decisions are based on a variety of factors.  The primary factor in all admission decisions is prior academic achievement (overall, science, and/or prerequisite grade point average – GPA and GRE scores) and the potential for an applicant to be successful in a rigorous PT curriculum.  An applicant’s volunteer experience, letters of recommendation, and interview performance are reviewed by members of the Admissions Committee.  The Admission’s Committee will also consider additional factors in the final admissions review process (e.g., undergraduate attendance at Marshall University or West Virginia state residency, veteran of the US military, and certain economic, environmental, or geographic indicators contained in the PTCAS application).

    ***MU DPT program participates in the PTCAS Early Decision process.  The Early Decision application is for applicants who have decided MU DPT program is their first choice and have met all of the following requirements: 1) a minimum overall GPA of 3.5; 2) a minimum total GRE score (verbal + quantitative) of 300; 3) a minimum GRE analytical writing score of 3.5; 4) no more than two outstanding science prerequisite courses at the time of application.  Please click here for more information.