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Doctorate of Physical Therapy Admissions

Admissions Status

Applications are now being accepted for the class of 2019. Deadline for Applications is October 1, 2015.

Our program participates in the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service, known as PTCAS. Applicants applying to our program for the class of 2019 (entering fall 2016) will apply online using the PTCAS application. 

Admissions Policies

The Physical Therapy Program adheres to the non-discrimation policy established by the university:

Walsh University admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loans programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

In consideration of the above policy, any candidate who demonstrates a history of scholastic aptitude along with professional potential will be considered for admission. There are 3 routes of admission into the Graduate Program in Physical Therapy. All qualified students applying to our program are required to successfully complete an interview prior to being accepted.

1. Application with a Bachelors Degree (pending or completed). This is the traditional 4+3 model. Students can complete their undergraduate degree from Walsh University or other accredited institutions and submit application materials for review. Prerequisite requirements are described below.

2. Application via the Accelerated Program at Walsh University, or our 3+3 model. This program is offered through the Division of Math & Sciences and allows highly qualified students to complete their undergraduate prerequisite courses in 3 years. Students who successfully complete the Accelerated Program, fulfill all admission requirements including our on-site interview process will be admitted into the program in what would be their 4th year of college. Click here for more information on this program.

3. Application through the Direct Entry Program, a modified 4+3 model. This program is offered to high school students with a strong academic background an ability to be conditionally accepted into the Physical Therapy Program as freshman undergraduate students. Click here for more information on Direct Entry.


Specific application requirements, to be submitted on PTCAS, for the traditional 4+3 and 3+3 accelerated program include the following:

  • B.S. or B.A. degree with an undergraduate overall GPA of 3.0 or greater

  • Transcripts from all former institutions attended

  • GRE scores to standards (quantitative, verbal, analytical writing)

  • Three letters of recommendation (two academic; one professional)

  • TOEFL score (international students only)

  • Exposure to the field of physical therapy and completion of 3 observation forms from 3 different settings (minimum 10 hours total in each setting).

  • Application form

  • On-Site Interview (by invitation)

  • On-site group work and writing sample (by invitation)

** Additional Health Requirements


Course Name

Semester(s) Required

Credit Hours Required


2 semesters, plus lab

(8 semester credit hours)


2 semesters, plus lab

(8 semester credit hours)


2 semesters, plus lab

(8 semester credit hours)

Anatomy & Physiology

2 semesters

(8 semester credit hours)


2 semesters

(6 semester credit hours)

Exercise Physiology

1 semester

(3-4 semester credit hours)


1 semester

(3 semester credit hours)

An applicant may major in any undergraduate area, but must successfully complete course prerequisites with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Prerequisite courses must be a grade of C or higher to be accepted. Click here for a description of appropriate prerequisites.

We evaluate prerequisite courses taken at other institutions through review of course syllabi. The requirements listed above represent semester credit hours. If your course work was designated as quarter credit hours, convert your quarter credits to semester credits to ensure that your preparation meets these requirements. In order to convert quarter hours to semester hours, divide the quarter hours by 1.5. (Example: 4 QH/1.5 = 2.6 semester hours).

To begin the application process, review our admissions process and then refer to PTCAS.org to begin.


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