Doctor of Physical Therapy Program: FAQs

We hope to answer all your questions about the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, but if we miss something, contact us!

Q: When must I complete my application?

The preferred deadline means that when this deadline passes, we will begin reviewing completed applications and accepting students at our discretion.

The final deadline means you can still submit any application materials up until this date, after which we will no longer accept any application materials for this year's cohort. It is important to remember that although you have until this deadline to complete your application, there is a risk that this year's cohort may reach capacity between the preferred and the final deadlines. With that in mind, we encourage you to submit all application materials before the preferred deadline.

Q. Do I have to have all of my prerequisites coursework done before I can apply?

A. No, you do not have to have all of your prerequisite coursework completed before you apply for admission to the DPT program. It is recommended that you have at least 75% of your prerequisite coursework completed before you apply to help ensure all prerequisite courses will have concluded before the program start date.

Q. Is a degree required prior to enrolling in the DPT program?

A. Yes, the DPT program requires a bachelor’s degree in any discipline as well as the program pre-requisites. These pre-requisites may be part of the completed degree, or taken in addition to the degree, from any regionally-accredited institution. If you are looking to obtain your Bachelor’s degree or pre-requisites from ADU please contact Enrollment Services at 407-303-7742 or visit our Academics page for additional information.

Q. What does it mean when a program is a Candidate for accreditation?

A. Candidate for accreditation is a pre-accreditation determination by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). This means that CAPTE has determined that the program has made satisfactory progress toward accreditation requirements and is permitted to enroll students. It does not make any assurance that the program will subsequently become accredited.

Q. When can a program become accredited?

A. According to the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), a developing program is required to submit a self-study report and have an on-site visit from CAPTE during the second to last term for the first cohort. According to the currently planned sequence, the visit to ADU is likely to occur during the fall term, 2018. The program will then be reviewed by CAPTE at its next scheduled meeting for a determination of accreditation status.

Q. When can a graduate of the first cohort take the physical therapist licensure exam?

A. Once a student has successfully completed the Program and accreditation is granted, the student can apply to take the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE). Based on the anticipated review by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy (CAPTE) of the ADU program in spring, 2019, those seeking licensure may be eligible to take the July, 2019 exam.Depending upon the state in which a candidate is seeking licensure, there may be additional requirements.

More info about the NPTE →

Q. How will I know if I've been granted an interview?

A: Invitations to interview will be sent to the email address that you’ve disclosed to PTCAS. Completion of our admission process does not guarantee an interview.