DPT Admissions Requirements


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The DPT program at Andrews University participates in the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS)

All applicants who have completed or are completing their prerequisites for the entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy program and are planning to enter the professional phase of the program this next year  must apply through PTCAS.  This can be done between July 1 and December  17 of each admissions cycle. 

Instructions for submitting the PTCAS application are available on the PTCAS website (www.ptcas.org).  

Students completing the PTCAS and holding a AU PT department-calculated Science and Core GPA of 3.5 or higher will be considered first. 

Priority application deadline is November 1, and our final deadline is December 17. You may submit your application prior to completion of observation hours and coursework. However,  everything must be submitted by May 1. 

If you have completed or are completing your prerequisites and are planning to enter the professional phase of the DPT program within the next year, click the PTCAS App button below to begin the PTCAS Application process.




  • GPA:  Applicants must have a minimum Science and Core GPA of 3.20 to be eligible, and a 3.5 GPA to be competitive.

  • Prerequisites:  For 3+3 applicants, a minimum of 92 semester credits (approximately 3 years) including 15 upper division credits, 9 of which must be in one content area. Applicants who have completed requirements for a minor will have fulfilled this 9-credit requirement. Those with a bachelor's degree may also apply. Each student must submit proof of satisfactory completion with a minimum grade of "C" for each of the prerequisite courses.

  • 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.

  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE):    A minimum Verbal and Quantiative score of 142 each is required, and  minimum Writing score of 3.0. Submit scores from the General Test taken less than five years prior to enrollment in the program. Andrews University offers a generous scholarship based on the combined Verbal and Quantitative scores. GRE must be submitted to PTCAS by April 15 of each admissions year.  After that date, official score reports may be sent directly to Andrews University. Click here for more information about GRE Scholarship. Phone 609-771-7670 or email gre-info@ets.org or check their website www.gre.org for more information. The PTCAS Andrews University Physical Therapy school code is 7614. If you plan to submit directly to Andrews University outside of PTCAS, the school code is 1030.

  • Observation Hours:  Students must complete a minimum of 80 observation hours supervised by a licensed physical therapist in at least 3 different settings; at least 20 hours must be in an in-patient acute care or hospital setting.

    • Please note that sub-acute, rehab, skilled nursing home or extended care facilities do not qualify as a hospital or acute care setting. See PTCAS for a copy of  an Observation Hour Verification form.

  • Recommendations:  At least one reference must be from a physical therapist and another from a professor who taught the student. It is recommended that the third be from an employer/supervisor, clergy, a second physical therapist or health care professional.

  • International Applicant Requirements:  Submit an original foreign transcript directly to the PT program. Photo copies of evaluations are not acceptable.  

  • International Language 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. 



    Internet-based test (iBT) *

    Combined score of 111

    (Minimum scores in each of the  four areas: 15 in reading, 15 in listening, 18 in speaking, and 17 in writing)



    paper-based test  (ITP)

    Combined score of 640

    (Minimum of 56 in each section)


    Combined score of 92

    (Minimum of 80 in each section)

    IELTS Academic version 8.0
    PTE Academic version 72
    * Preferred

PT Admissions Office Staff

If you have questions, please contact us by phone or email at ptinfo@andrews.edu or 269-471-6078.


Spring 2017: (left to right) Prescott, Jessica, Alwayne