Admissions Requirements

Admission into the Doctor of Physical Therapy program (DPT) is very competitive. Factors considered for admission include completion of a bachelor’s degree and program prerequisites, academic performance, Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores, knowledge of the physical therapy profession, and a personal interview.   The DPT curriculum of Georgia State University  demands rigorous scholarly effort. We welcome students with different strengths and backgrounds to the program.

UPDATED for 2016-2017 cycle:

*The dates below are simply estimated guidelines. It is your responsibility to get all materials in on time.

For an application to be reviewed, your application packet must be complete, submitted, and verified before the appropriate deadline.

(If you are trying to make the Early Decision deadline, which is August 15, 2016)

  • You need to have submitted your PTCAS application and all official transcripts to PTCAS by July 4th
  • You need to have submitted your GSU Graduate application by July 25th

(If you are trying to make the HARD deadline, which is October 17, 2016)

  • Your last date to take the GRE is Sept 12th.
  • You need to have submitted your PTCAS and GSU Grad application by September 5th.

To apply for admission, you must submit the following documents:

Please complete the supplemental Prerequisite Form. Please mail it to the following address AFTER you have receive email confirmation we have your supplemental application.

Regular Mail: Academic Assistance
Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions
Georgia State University
P.O. Box 3995
Atlanta, GA 30302-3995

Courier: (UPS, FedEx, DHL, etc.) Academic Assistance
Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions
Georgia State University
140 Decatur Street, Suite 811
Atlanta, GA 30303

If you have questions, please contact us at 404-413-1000 or

Five of the nine prerequisites must be completed at the time you apply.* All nine must be completed before the start of the program in the Summer. Students seeking admission require a strong science background.

Human Anatomy and Human Physiology
One course each of Human Anatomy & Physiology or two course series of Human Anatomy & Physiology
(Courses in Vertebrate or Mammalian Anatomy and Exercise Physiology DO NOT fulfill this requirement.  Anatomy and Physiology labs are recommended but not required.)

General College Physics I and II with labs
Biomechanics and Musculoskeletal courses DO NOT fulfill this requirement.

General Chemistry I and II with labs OR Principles of Chemistry I and II with labs*
Introductory Chemistry and Chemistry Calculation courses DO NOT fulfill this requirement.
*NOTE: Beginning with the 2009 applications, Survey Chemistry I and II will not be accepted.

One semester of Biology with lab
Botany (plant biology) courses DO NOT fulfill this requirement.

One semester of Psychology
Any level

One semester of Introductory Statistics or higher
Example of courses that DO fulfill this requirement include traditional statistics, business statistics, biostatistics, psychology statistics and educational statistics.

For Georgia State University Students Only
Georgia State University Exercise Science students who have taken KH 2220 (Musculoskeletal Function and Human
Performance I) and KH 2230 (Musculoskeletal Function and Human Performance II) can use these courses in place of
BIOL 1110K/1120K. KH 3550 (Evaluation and Instrumentation in Physical Education) can be used in place of MATH 1070 (Statistics).

Examples of course numbers meeting prerequisite requirements for GSU students can be found here.  Please call the Department of Physical Therapy with any questions regarding prerequisites or the completion of your undergraduate degree, call the Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions academic adviser at 404-413-1005.

Students must possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. The degree must be completed prior to matriculation into the DPT program and should be in a student’s area of interest.

Students who wish to complete or update prerequisites at Georgia State University can apply through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for post baccalaureate status. With this undergraduate status, a student who has received a bachelor’s degree can complete the required prerequisites.

Grade Point Average
A minimum prerequisite GPA of 3.0 is required.  All attempts at the prerequisite courses will be calculated in the prerequisite GPA. A minimum overall GPA of 3.0 is recommended.


A minimum score of 150 on the Verbal and 140 on the Quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is recommended.  A minimum score of 4.0 in the Analytical Writing section is preferred. Georgia State University’s code for the GRE is 5251.


  • Re-applicants do not need to re-submit their GRE scores unless they have retaken them or their scores are more than five years old
  • Re-applicants do not need to re-submit their transcripts unless they have retaken pre-requisites
  • Re-applicants will have to pay the $50 attached to the GSU Graduate application and complete a new GSU Graduate application (complete the biographical portion only)
    – Create a new username and password to complete the new application
  • Regarding your PTCAS application, you will have to add your existing/new references, observation hours, GRE scores, essays, payments, designations, and responses to School-Specific Questions again
    – You should be able to use your previous username/password. (PTCAS will create a unique re-applicant code for you.)

Volunteer Hours
Applicants must have knowledge of physical therapy by working, observing, or volunteering in at least two different physical therapy settings. The hours may be split in any combination, provided a minimum of 20 hours is spent in each setting.  A minimum of 40 hours of the required 80 hours must be completed prior to submitting application.  Applicants will need to put their PT Experience (volunteer hours) in through PTCAS even if they are re-applicants.

Additional forms include Certificate of Immunization and if applicable: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), evaluation of foreign educational credentials by an independent evaluation service, and Financial Affidavit form.  The Certificate of Immunization only needs to be submitted if you have been admitted.

PTCAS allows applicants to have up to four references. It is an admission requirement to have two references completed on your PTCAS application by the deadline. Submitting more than two references is your choice. One letter must be from a licensed physical therapist. The other letter should be from someone who knows the applicant professionally or academically.