Admission Requirements

Admissions Cycle

The Admissions Cycle for the Class of 2020 will be accessible July 1, 2016 via the PTCAS program website.

Students who are interested in applying for the next Admissions Cycle (Class of 2020) should apply to PTCAS starting July 1, 2016.

Application Deadline: November 1, 2016


Minimum Eligibility Requirements for our Program

Admission to the DPT Program requires the following:

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with either a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 (based on a 4.0 scale) or last 60 hours GPA of 2.75.

  • A minimum cumulative prerequisite GPA of 3.0  (see required prerequisite course list below).

  • A minimum of 40 hours of clinical experience (volunteer or work-related) with a licensed physical therapist. A variety of settings is highly recommended.

  • Completion of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) taken within five years prior to application.

  • Three letters of recommendation: One (1) must be from a physical therapist; one (1) must be from a professor or instructor familiar with applicant’s academic work; the third can be from multiple accepted sources (see PTCAS website).

  • Proficiency in verbal and written communication (will be determined via interview and PTCAS application essay).

  • Foreign applicants whose native language is not English must achieve a minimum of 79 on iBT TOEFL examination or a Band 6 on the IELTS. Also, please submit an approved credential report for coursework completed outside the United States.

  • Emory & Henry College has a strong history and reputation for preparing students to be critical thinkers and to be civically engaged. Additionally, Emory & Henry College espouses serving  the rural community in which it is located and the underserved throughout the area. As such, applicants are required to provide an example (in 1-2 paragraphs) of how they have worked to improve lives in their communities, and how this has impacted their personal growth in School-specific Question #3 on PTCAS.

  • Early decision requirements include: minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5

NOTE: For the cohort of students starting in August 2016, the application deadline was Monday, November 1, 2015. For the cohort of students starting in August 2017, the application deadline is Tuesday, November 1, 2016.

Prerequisite Courses

The prerequisite courses are shown in the table below. Applicants should have successfully completed all of the prerequisites, either as part of their baccalaureate degree or independently, prior to starting the Program in the Fall semester.

Required CourseworkCredit Hours to be completed
*Science courses must have a lab component and be courses intended for a science major
* Accepted Courses (Lab component required in course)
  • Biology I with lab
  • Biology II with lab
  • Cell Biology with lab
  • General Biology I with lab
  • General Biology II with lab
  • Microbiology with lab
  • Biology Immunology with lab
  • Molecular Biology with lab
  • Biology Embryology with lab
  • Biology Histology with lab
**Pre-calculus or above; if pre-calculus is a two-part course, both parts must be completed
General Biology* 8
Human Anatomy and Physiology* 8
Chemistry* 8
Physics* 8
Statistics or Biostatistics 3
Psychology 6
Social Sciences 3
Math (pre-calculus or above)** 3

Taking the GRE


In terms of scheduling, the last recommended date for applicants for the Class of 2020 to take the GRE will be on September 30, 2016.

ETS Code

Emory & Henry College's DPT program specific GRE code for the PTCAS is 1613

Recommended GRE Scores

  • For GRE taken before Aug. 1, 2011: combined score of 1000 for Verbal and Quantitative sections and a 3.5 on the analytical writing.
  • For GRE taken on or after Aug. 1, 2011: combined score of 300 for Verbal and Quantitative sections and a minimum of 3.5 on the analytical writing.
  • Emory & Henry College's GRE specific code for the PTCAS is 1613.

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