Georgia State’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program uses PTCAS to receive transcripts and to calculate GPA. Please be aware that all coursework and grades that an applicant wants to be considered need to be included on the transcript(s) sent to PTCAS at the time of application submission. PTCAS does not re-verify coursework or grades submitted after an application is submitted until the Fall Academic Update. Example: Applicants submitting their applications under early decision submit early (before summer grades are typically released). Any coursework completed after an application is submitted will not be considered, as it won’t be verified by PTCAS.
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.
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.
|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 the entire application. The supplemental graduate application and fee must be received.|
|GRE scores||Electronically submit||Allow 4-6 weeks||Use code 5251|
Applicants are required to match the courses they feel meet the prerequisite course requirements in their PTCAS application. No AP credits are accepted for Psychology, Statistics, or Biology. Other AP credits will be considered by the Admissions Committee on a case-by-case basis. Anatomy & Physiology and Biology courses must have a BIO prefix. Psychology courses must have a PSY prefix. More information about acceptable prerequisite courses can be found here.
The courses identified by the applicant in the PTCAS application will have to be verified by the processors to see if they are acceptable courses.
If you have questions, please contact us at 404-413-1000 or [email protected]
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
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).
Please call the Department of Physical Therapy with any questions regarding prerequisites or the completion of your undergraduate degree, call the Byrdine F. Lewis College of Nursing and Health Professions academic adviser at 404-413-1000.
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.
- 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 will have to pay the $50 attached to the GSU Graduate application and complete a new GSU Graduate application
- – 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.)
Georgia State University
|(404) 413-1225 phone
(404) 413-1230 fax[email protected]