Admission Requirements

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
Note:  Effective 2020-2021 admissions cycle, all pre-requisites must be taken within 10 years of the application.

Applicants must receive a minimum of a C on all prerequisites.  When calculating GPA, please keep in mind that averages are taken of all course attempts.

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

Six 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 (Anatomy in Kinesiology and Health) and KH 2230 (Physiology in Kinesiology and Health) can use these courses in place of
BIOL 2110K/2120K. KH 3550 (Statistics and Evaluation in Excercise Science) 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 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 overall GPA of 3.0 is required. A minimum prerequisite GPA of 3.0 is required.  The minimum of 3.0 must be maintained until all prerequisites and undergraduate degree are complete.

A minimum score of 150 on the Verbal and 145 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 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.)
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


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