Physical Therapy: Admissions

Program Requirements

We take great pride in the rigor of our curriculum and our students' thirst for success. Setting the bar high in our program admissions requirements helps maintain those standards from the get-go. All are outlined below for you to begin your application.

Applying to the Physical Therapy Program

All applicants for the DPT program must meet ADU’s general admission requirements to enroll for graduate study at ADU. Additionally, applicants for the DPT program must meet all of the following admission requirements in order to be considered for admission:

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    Submit application

    Submit application through the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS). The program does not accept applications through the ADU website.

  2. 2

    Bachelor's degree

    Provide evidence of an earned bachelor's degree in any discipline from a regionally accredited college or university by his or her start date in the program.

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    GPA requirement

    Present a minimum cumulative, science, and prerequisite grade point average of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale. Higher GPA's are more competitive within the applicant pool.

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    Prerequisites

    Must have completed the following prerequisite courses at a regionally accredited college or university. It is recommended that these prerequisites be completed within the five years immediately prior to application to the program. All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to enrolling in the program though 75% should be completed prior to application to the program. Grades of “C” or better are required in all prerequisite courses. Three quarters are considered equivalent to two semesters of course work.

    • Anatomy & Physiology, two semesters with lab (Anatomy with lab, one semester, and Physiology with lab, one semester, may be substituted)
    • General Biology, two semesters with lab
    • General Chemistry, two semesters with lab
    • General Physics, two semesters with lab
    • Statistics
    • General Psychology
    • One course in human development across the lifespan (e.g., developmental psychology, human growth and development)

    It is assumed that the applicant is computer literate and familiar with the use of computers at home, on the job, or in school.

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    GRE Scores

    The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required of all applicants.

    On the Revised General Test, scores of 151 or greater on the Verbal (≥460 on the General Test) and 152 or greater on the Quantitative (≥660 on the General Test) Reasoning sections, and 3.5 or greater on the Analytical Writing section are recommended. Higher scores are more competitive within the applicant pool.

    Test scores more than five years old will not be accepted.

    If there are multiple test scores available for an applicant the program will consider the highest score earned in each section of the GRE. For example, if the applicant’s Verbal Reasoning test score was 153 on their first attempt and 147 on their second attempt, the program will use the first (higher) score when considering the application. However, if the applicant has scores from both the prior General Test and the revised General Test, the program will use the scores from the revised General Test.

    The program requires that one official copy of the GRE scores be sent directly from the Education Testing Service (ETS) to ADU's (“Adventist U of Health Sciences”) PTCAS code - 1777.

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    References

    Three electronic references are required from the following: two physical therapists and one person of the applicant’s choice (employer, professor, academic advisor, etc.). References from friends or family members will not be accepted.

    The applicant must arrange for PTCAS to receive all of the applicant’s references by the program’s application deadline date.

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    English proficiency

    All graduate students for whom English is not their primary language must demonstrate English proficiency in one of the following ways:

    • Successful completion of a bachelor’s degree from an institution where English is the primary language of instruction in the United States; or
    • A minimum score of 570 on the paper-based TOEFL exam; or
    • A minimum score of 230 on the computer-based TOEFL exam; or
    • A minimum total score of 89 on the Internet-based TOEFL exam
      • Composite of reading, listening, and writing: 63
      • Speaking: 26

Interview

All applicants who meet the minimum admissions requirements will be considered on an individual basis. Applicants found to be competitive will be invited for an interview. The interview process serves a dual purpose:

  1. It provides a realistic evaluation of eligibility for admission into the program as it assesses oral communication skills, professional behaviors and attitudes, ability to interact in a group, knowledge of the profession, ability to solve problems, and motivation to pursue a career in physical therapy. The applicants' written communication skills will also be measured with an on-site writing sample.
  2. It gives the applicant an opportunity to learn more about the program's teaching and learning philosophy and to spend time with faculty to appraise the program in terms of meeting personal and professional growth.

Interviews will begin after the preferred deadline of December 1, and may continue until the class is full.

Student Selection

The primary requirement for admission into the DPT program is the applicant's ability, as appraised by the program's Admissions Committee, to successfully complete the 3-year curriculum. Applicants who are admitted into the program have strong academic records as evidenced by their cumulative, science, and prerequisite grade point averages and GRE scores, their breadth and depth of science background and their demonstrated consistency of academic performance. A firm and clear commitment to the profession of physical therapy and to fulfilling the missions of the University and program are additional criterion for admission and are assessed through the writing samples and interview process. Qualities such as maturity and effective interpersonal relationships, as determined from the references and the interview are also important admissions criteria.

Applicants are reminded that, due to the competitive nature of the admission process, meeting the minimum standards for admission does not guarantee admission to the program.

Admission decisions may occur until the program start date in May.

Additional Requirements

An applicant who receives a provisional acceptance on the basis of course work still in progress must satisfactorily complete all outstanding courses prior to enrollment and matriculation. All students must have an official final transcript submitted by the degree-granting institution directly to ADU prior to matriculation that indicates the receipt of the bachelor’s degree.

Applicants who are accepted into the physical therapy program will receive, in addition to their notification of acceptance, guidelines for the submission of the following, which must be completed prior to their enrollment in the program. Adventist University of Health Sciences and the program use VERIFYStudents to verify and ensure compliance with the following requirements. Students will also utilize VERIFYStudents to submit proof of those immunizations that are required on an annual basis:

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    Tuberculosis test

    Yearly verification of tuberculosis screening test. If test is positive, refer to the guidelines provided in the ADU Student Handbook’s Communicable Disease Policy.

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    Immunizations

    Updated verification, on the Adventist University of Health Sciences Student Immunization Form, of the following vaccinations or immunity titer including:

  3. 3

    Health assessment

    Completed and signed Student Health Assessment Form for Professional Programs within the three months prior to the start of the program. Students must update their records annually by submitting the Student Annual Medical Requirements Form.

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    Background check

    All students admitted to the DPT program must complete a criminal background check. A student may encounter potential problems with clinical education placement and/or licensure as a physical therapist if he or she has a criminal record. For specific information, contact the Florida Board of Physical Therapy Practice, or the board that regulates physical therapy licensure in the state in which the student intends to practice. If a student has a criminal record, it is the responsibility of the student to inquire with the Florida Board of Physical Therapy Practice, or the board that regulates physical therapy licensure in the state in which the student intends to practice, as to whether a criminal record may limit the student's ability to obtain licensure as a physical therapist or practice in certain settings.

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    BLS certification

    Each student who is enrolled in the program must complete the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers certification. This training and certification must occur no later than the start of the second trimester and must be maintained throughout the remainder of the professional curriculum. Proof of this certification must be presented as requested by the program. Online training courses will not be accepted.

    Download BLS Course Info
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    Health insurance

    Each applicant who is accepted into the program must demonstrate proof of health insurance, through the use of the ADU Verification of Insurance Form, prior to entry into the program and must maintain health insurance throughout their enrollment. Health insurance is required of all students in the DPT program.

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    Drug test

    Each applicant who is accepted into the program must undergo and pass a drug test prior to entry into the program.

The applicant's acceptance letter will contain a deadline indicating when the nonrefundable $500 deposit must be received by the University, this in order to reserve the student’s place in the program. Once the student enrolls in the program, this deposit will be applied toward the student's account. Students who have paid the deposit, but decide not to, or become ineligible to, enroll in the program, for any reason, will forfeit the deposit. If that student is admitted to the same program at a later date, he or she will be required to pay the full deposit amount again. A professional program deposit is not transferable to another department.

In addition to the information regarding the required deposit, the acceptance letter will include an Essential Functions Acknowledgment form. In order to successfully complete the program, students must perform the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program's Essential Functions. If the student is an individual with a disability and needs reasonable accommodation in order to fully participate in this program, the student must follow the directions provided in ADU’s Catalog under “Rehabilitation Act (1973) Section 504: Services for Students with Special Needs.” The student must complete and submit the signed Essential Functions Acknowledgment form along with their deposit.

The program reserves the right to rescind an acceptance offer if the above are not completed by the start of program classes.

The Program supports and upholds the nondiscrimination policy of the Institution.

Open

Applications for the DPT program are accepted once per academic year. The program will begin to accept applications through PTCAS after June 30. The preferred deadline for submissions is December 1. The final deadline for submissions is February 1. The program starts a new cohort of students each Summer trimester.

  • Submit application
    Completed PTCAS Application. The program does not accept applications through the ADU website.
  • Official transcripts

    Official transcripts from all undergraduate and/or graduate institutions attended. Failure to disclose all colleges previously attended could result in denial or dismissal. Additionally, transcripts from institutions outside the United States must be evaluated by World Education Services (WES, P.O. Box 5087, New York, NY 10274-5087, (212) 966-6311, info@wes.org, http://www.wes.org). This is the only company from which transcript evaluations are accepted. More info on the PTCAS polices related to transcripts →

  • GRE scores

    The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores are required of all applicants, including the Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning and the Analytical Writing sections. The program requires that one official copy of the GRE scores be sent directly from the Education Testing Service (ETS) to ADU's (“Adventist U of Health Sciences”) PTCAS code - 1777. More info on the PTCAS policies related to the GRE →

  • References

    Three electronic references are required from the following: two physical therapists and one person of the applicant’s choice (employer, professor, academic advisor, etc.). References from friends or family members will not be accepted. More info on the PTCAS policies related to references →

  • English proficiency

    All applicants for whom English is not their primary language must submit official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores. The scores should be send directly from TOEFL to PTCAS using the code 5312. More info on the PTCAS policies related to the TOEFL →

  • Supplemental Fee

    Applicants to the ADU DPT program must submit a $50 supplemental fee, which can be online, by check, or over the phone at (407) 303-1631.

    Already have a student ID with ADU? Pay Supplemental fee Here →

    Don’t have a student ID? Pay Supplemental Fee Here →

    If by check it should be:

    • Made payable to: Adventist University of Health Sciences,
    • Labeled as “DPT Supplemental Fee” on the memo line (please include the applicant’s name on the memo line as well), and
    • Mailed to:

      Adventist University of Health Science
      Attn: Financial Services
      671 Winyah Dr
      Orlando, FL 32803
Open

Reapplication Process

Applicants who are not admitted into the Doctor of Physical Therapy program may reapply for the next admissions cycle as long as they have successfully met the minimum admission requirements. Reapplicants are expected to meet the published admission deadlines by submitting their application materials through PTCAS.

Reapplicants are encouraged to submit new references to demonstrate what steps they have taken to improve their application since they last applied.

More information on reapplication via PTCAS →

Reapplicants are required to submit the following directly to ADU:

  • a written self-assessment of the steps that he or she has taken to improve their application since they last applied
  • a non-refundable $50 supplementary application fee

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