Admission 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.

Requirement Submission Method Processing Time (may vary) Notes
Official transcripts Mail to PTCAS  
PTCAS application & their fee(s) Electronically submit PTCAS processing may take up to 5 weeks, once all required materials are received. Application must be complete & verified.
GSU Graduate application & $50 fee Electronically submit Up to 2 weeks Complete all components of the application, except the Statement of Purpose, Resume, Writing Sample, and Art Portfolio.
GRE scores Electronically submit Allow 4-6 weeks Use code 5251
Prerequisite form Email to Up to 2 weeks Please email it to AFTER you have receive email confirmation we have your supplemental application.

Applicants must receive a minimum of a C on all prerequisites.

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

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.

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.)
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.
In addition to the admissions requirements listed above, international applicants are required to take the TOEFL, have an evaluation of foreign educational credentials by an independent evaluation service done, and submit a Financial Affidavit form.  The Certificate of Immunization only needs to be submitted once you have been admitted. We like to see a TOEFL IBT score of 80 or better.For more information for applying as an international applicant please look here. Please abide by the admissions deadlines of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program.
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.
If you have questions, please contact us at 404-413-1000 or

Note: It is the choice of the applicant when they will submit their materials. But, there is no guarantee that your materials will be received, processed, and verified in time to meet the appropriate deadline if you submit after the suggested dates. Please review the components below and their individual processing times when deciding when to submit your materials.


Contact Us

Georgia State University
Physical Therapy
P.O. Box 4019
Atlanta, GA 30302-4019

(404) 413-1225 phone
(404) 413-1230

Application Deadline