Future Students

Frequently Asked Questions

Georgia State University offers a clinical entry-level doctorate in physical therapy. Upon completion, graduates are eligible to take the national licensure exam. Students are accepted into the program once a year to begin the program in summer semester. It is your responsibility to submit all materials in enough advance. Certain components have to be verified and received, and these processes take time.  Admission decisions are based on materials and coursework completed at the time of application.  Your application packet must be received and verified by the deadline.

  • Complete the Graduate Application for Georgia State University(biographical portion only) and pay $50 fee electronically.
  • Complete the entire PTCAS application and pay their subsequent fees.
  • Residency form (included in the online application)

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION (collect and submit your prerequisite form to this address:)
Georgia State University
Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing & Health Professions
PO Box 3995
Atlanta, GA 30302-3995

          • Send your sealed transcripts to PTCAS and if accepted, please only send transcripts to GSU if you are completing your Bachelor’s before the program start date (i.e. May of your program start year).
          • Send your GRE scores electronically to Georgia State via ETS.
          • Prerequisite form (5 of the 9 courses must be completed at the time you apply. Please list your prerequisites on the prerequisites form, but do not calculate your prerequisite GPA.)
You may check the status of your application online by choosing “Admissions Status” at student.gosolar.gsu.edu. Please allow three weeks after submitting your application to check its status. If you are unable to access your application status, please contact the Office of Academic Assistance.
For the Summer 2016 entering class the averages are as follows:

Overall GPA- 3.7036

GRE Quantitative score- 155

GRE Verbal score- 155.2

GRE Analytical score- 4.26

Average Prerequisite (science) GPA- 3.688

The Admissions Committee. After your file is deemed complete by the Office of Academic Assistance, it is forwarded to the committee for review and a final decision.
The admissions timeline is a guideline. In any given year the schedule may have to be adjusted.
Yes. Two letters of recommendation are required. One letter must be from a licensed physical therapist. The other letter should be from someone who knows the applicant professionally or academically. You will include your recommendations when you complete your PTCAS application.

To apply to a graduate program in the Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions, you may complete the application online.
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.
Your bachelor’s degree must be completed prior to entrance into the DPT program.
The full-time DPT program takes three years to complete.
Because studies show that undergraduate GPA and GRE scores(s) strongly predict the level of a student's performance in the first year of physical therapy study, both are significant factors in admissions decisions. However, your entire file, including your Doctor of Physical Therapy application and your personal statement is carefully reviewed by each committee member.
You may visit the Georgia State University Testing Center for preparation for the Graduate Record Examination.
We will use the highest score earned in each section of the GRE. For example, if your verbal test score was 153 on your first attempt and 147 on your second attempt, we will use the first score when ranking your application.
Five of the nine prerequisites must be completed by the November 2nd deadline. All nine must be completed before the start of the DPT program in June. Students seeking admission require a strong science background. 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. It is not required that you attend Georgia State University to complete the prerequisites. You may attend any four or two year accredited institution.

 No, GRA positions are not offered during a student’s first few semesters (refer to the Student Handbook).
Yes. However, five of the nine prerequisites must be completed at the time you apply. You should submit a Prerequisite Form (included in application materials) outlining when and where you will complete any remaining required prerequisites prior to beginning the program in June.

No. We don't accept any credit hours from other programs. A student in this situation, would have to apply like the rest of the incoming applicants.  ***Foreign trained PTs must also apply as new incoming students as GSU does not offer a “bridge” program or offer courses to satisfy the state board exam.
The purpose of volunteer hours is to familiarize you with the depth and breadth of physical therapy practice. Eighty hours of volunteer or paid experience in two physical therapy patient care settings is required (i.e. inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient rehabilitation, acute care, geriatrics, pediatrics, home health care, or orthopedics). The hours may be split in any combination provided a minimum of 20 hours is spent in each setting. The two experiences may be in one facility; for example, a large health care facility with outpatient and inpatient rehabilitation. A minimum of 40 hours must be completed prior to submitting your application.
No. The Admissions Committee considers each student's credentials regardless of residence.
A limited number of graduate assistantships are available for qualified candidates.

Additional scholarships are available at:

Housing is available for graduate students. The University Lofts are located at 135 Edgewood Avenue, adjacent to Alumni Hall, in the center of campus. Registration and deposits cannot be made until an applicant has been accepted as a graduate student in the Department of Physical Therapy.
*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 by the admissions deadline.