Doctor of Physical Therapy—DPT

Physical therapy is a health profession dedicated to evaluating, treating, and preventing physical injury and disease. Physical therapists design and implement the necessary therapeutic interventions to promote fitness, health and improve the quality of life in patients. They also become active in consultation, education and research.

Physical therapists work closely with their client's family, physician, and other members of the medical team to help their client return to their home environment and resume activities and relationships of normal daily living.

This three-year program begins after a student completes 92 semester credits of specific college prerequisites. Students taking the appropriate prerequisites will earn a Bachelor of Health Science (BHS) after the first year in the professional program and the DPT degree upon successful completion of the program. A previous bachelor's degree is not required however applicants holding a bachelor's degree are eligible to apply as well.

The DPT program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). After receiving the DPT degree graduates may apply to take the physical therapy licensure exam in the state of their choice.

Program length

This 116-credit program can typically be completed in three years.

Application deadline

October 15

Prerequisites

Each student must submit proof of satisfactory completion with a minimum grade of "C" from an accredited institution for each of the following prerequisites courses.

Prerequisite courses including general education requirements for students WITHOUT an earned bachelor's degree
Prerequisite courses including general education requirements (includes 92 semester credits with at least 15 credits being upper-division). Applicants are considered when a minimum of 4 or more prerequisite science courses and a minimum of 60 semester credits have been completed.

  • Religion*: One religion course per academic year of attendance at Andrews University.
  • Language/Communication*:
    • English - Two courses of English Composition which include writing components.
    • Communication - One course covering human communication, one-to-one, small group, and public speaking.
  • History*: One course from the following options: world history, western civilization, American or Canadian history.
  • Fine Arts/Humanities*: One course of appreciation/theory, or an introductory course in music, art, photography, philosophy, literature (200 level or higher), or one year of ensemble music (private lessons do not apply).
  • Life/Physical Sciences*
    • Life Science
      • A full sequence of Anatomy and Physiology with labs.
      • One course of the General Biology sequence required for pre-med students (not botany) with lab.
      • One 3-semester credit upper division human biology, human physiology, or exercise physiology course.
    • Physical Science
      • A full sequence of General Physics with labs as required for pre-med students.
      • A full sequence of General Chemistry with labs as required for pre-med students.
  • Mathematics*: One course covering basic statistics or research methods.
  • Service*: fulfilled through professional components of the program
  • Social Sciences*:
    • Psychology - One course covering introductory psychology.
  • Fitness Education*: Two courses from personal fitness, outdoor skills or team activity.
  • Human Development: One course that covers human development throughout the lifespan.
  • Medical Terminology: One course in basic medical terminology. May be taken by distance learning.
  • Electives: To fulfill the 92 total semester credits with at least 15 in upper division courses required, some course suggestions include business course, ethics, cultural and diversity courses, arts and humanities, nutrition and physical activities.

* See General Education: Professional Degrees & Programs in the Andrews University Bulletin.

Prerequisite courses for students WITH an earned bachelor's degree

  • Life/Physical Sciences*:
    • Life Science
      • A full sequence of Anatomy and Physiology with labs.
      • One course of the General Biology sequence required for pre-med students (not botany) with lab.
      • One 3-semester credit upper division human biology, human physiology, or exercise physiology course.
    • Physical Science
      • A full sequence of General Physics with labs as required for pre-med students.
      • A full sequence of General Chemistry with labs as required for pre-med students.
  • Mathematics: One course covering basic statistics or research methods.
  • Social Sciences:
    • Psychology: One course covering introductory psychology.
    • Human Development: One course that covers human development throughout the lifespan.
  • Medical Terminology: One course in basic medical terminology. May be taken by distance learning.

Eligibility and admission requirements

All applicants applying for admission to the DPT professional entry program must apply via the Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS).

There are three tracks for admission into the DPT program. The minimum requirements to be considered for admission are:

Freshman Acceptance (Requires PTCAS application, but no interview or confirmation deposit). Freshman enrolling as a BHS: Physical Therapy major are guaranteed acceptance into the DPT program if they complete at least 90% of prerequisite course requirements at Andrews, maintain at least a 3.4 science and overall prerequisite GPA, meet all program admission requirements, uphold University standards and display professional behavior.

Preferred Acceptance (Requires a PTCAS application, interview and confirmation deposit). Acceptance into the program is PREFERRED when a student transfers into Andrews University for at least their last semester of prerequisite requirements, has at least a 3.3 science and overall prerequisite GPA, meets all program admission requirements, and upholds University standards and display professional behavior.

General Acceptance (Requires a PTCAS application, interview and confirmation deposit). The Andrews University physical therapy program enrolls students from a nationwide pool of applicants. GENERAL Acceptance includes any student who has completed all prerequisite requirements from any U.S. accredited college or university (or U.S. equivalent), maintains at least a 3.2 science and overall prerequisite GPA, meets all program admission requirements, and upholds University standards and displays professional behavior.

International applicant requirements

Applicants who have been given any part of their education outside the US or Canada or whose first language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency by providing evidence through one of the following methods. Exceptions may be granted by the Physical Therapy Department on an individual basis. Test must be taken within one year prior to application. TOEFL internet-based test (iBT) is preferred. Official TOEFL scores must be sent directly to PTCAS from Educational Testing Service (ETS). The PTCAS ETS code is 531. 
 
TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) * Combined score of 111
(Must achieve the following minimum scores in each of the  four areas: 15 in reading, 15 in listening, 18 in speaking, and 17 in writing)
TOEFL paper-based test  (ITP) Combined score of 640
(Minimum of 56 in each section)
MELAB Combined score of 92
(Minimum of 80 in each section)
IELTS Academic version 8.0
PTE Academic version 72

* Preferred 

Additional requirements for students with and without an earned bachelor’s degree:

  • GPA:  Applicants must have a 3.2 GPA minimum in both life/physical sciences and general courses to be eligible and a 3.4 GPA to be competitive.
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE):  A minimum composite (Verbal and Quantitative) GRE score of 270 is required and a minimum Writing score of 3.0. Submit scores from the General Test taken less than five years prior to enrollment in the program. Phone 609-771-7670 or email gre-info@ets.org or check their website for more information (Andrews University Physical Therapy school code is 7614). GRE must be submitted by July 1 of each admissions year. 
  • Observation Hours:  Students must complete a minimum of 80 observation hours supervised by a licensed physical therapist in at least 2 different settings; at least 20 hours must be in an inpatient acute care or hospital setting. Please note that a skilled nursing home facility does not qualify as a hospital or acute care setting. See PTCAS for a copy of  an Observation Hour Verification form.
  • Personal Interview:  Our Admissions Office will invite the most qualified applicants for an interview with a member of the Admissions Committee or their designee on campus or by phone.

Finances

To learn more about tuition costs and scholarship opportunities please visit our financial section.

Next steps

You can learn more about the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program including how to apply on the Physical Therapy Department website.

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