Admission Requirements

Admissions Cycle

  • The Admissions Cycle for the Class of 2021 will be accessible July 3, 2017, via the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) program website.
  • Students who are interested in applying for the next Admissions Cycle (Class of 2021) should apply to PTCAS starting July 2, 2017.

Application Deadline: November 1, 2017

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 (the last recommended date for applicants to take the GRE to meet the program's application deadline is September 30th of each year). The recommended minimum scores for applicants is a combined GRE score of 300 with an analytical writing score of 3.5; it is highly recommended that applicants reattempt the GRE if not achieving the recommended minimum scores.

  • 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: a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5; a minimum combined GRE combined (verbal and quantitative) score of 300; a minimum  GRE analytical writing score of 3.5.

NOTE: For the cohort of students starting in August 2018, the application deadline is Tuesday, November 1, 2017.

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 to take the GRE will be on September 30 of each year.

ETS Code

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

Recommended GRE Scores

  • 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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