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Admission Requirements for Doctorate of Physical Therapy

Grand Valley State University’s (GVSU) Clinical Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) program utilizes the Physical Therapist Centralized Application System (PTCAS) for the application process. Please refer to to get general information about the PTCAS process. GVSU specific information is posted on the PTCAS website. Students may begin applying when the application portal opens on July 1, 2013.

All application and supporting documents for PTCAS and GVSU have a receipt deadline of October 15. It is strongly recommended that applicants submit application materials 4-6 weeks prior to October 15 to allow for PTCAS processing time.


Program Requirements

1. Completion of Bachelor’s degree.

2. Completion of Prerequisite courses. All prerequisites must be taken for letter grades, earning a C or higher. The prerequisites and undergraduate degree must be completed by the first day of classes of the professional program.

3. Communication and interpersonal skills. On-site interview may be required. Practice interviews for GVSU student and alumni are available by contacting Career Services.

4.  Ability to perform all Essential Functions of the physical therapy program.

University Requirements

1. Completed graduate application for admission

2. $30 nonrefundable application fee (unless you have previously applied to Grand Valley)


Prerequisite Course

GVSU Course Equivalent

Introductory biology (that includes cellular structure and function) with lab

BIO 120

Anatomy with lab

BMS 208 & 309, strongly preferred

Physiology with lab

BMS 290 & 291, strongly preferred

Anatomy & Physiology I & II may substitute for the above 2 requirements

BMS 250 & 251

Exercise physiology

MOV 304

College algebra or trigonometry or calculus

MTH 122 or 123 or 125 or 201


STA 215

Two sequential courses in physics with lab

PHY 220 & 221

Introductory psychology

PSY 101

Lifespan developmental psychology

PSY 364

Introductory sociology or social problems or cultural anthropology

SOC 201 or 205 or ANT 204

Additional Requirements for International Students


1. Original or certified original transcripts.

2Official TOEFL test score. Minimum of 610 (paper-based) or 253 (computer-based) or 102 (internet-based) required.

3. Statement of financial support (refer to GVSU Physical Therapy Supplemental Form).

4. Official credential evaluation (WES, ECE).


PTCAS Admission materials


1. PTCAS online application.

2. Official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended. Students must have a minimum average GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale in prerequisite course requirements, and a 3.2 overall GPA to be considered for admission.

3. Official results from the GRE general and written test (Graduate Record Exam). Subject tests are not required. GRE scores must be sent directly to PTCAS using the PTCAS GVSU GRE code 0282

4. Two recommendations. Submit the names and email addresses of your two references on the PTCAS electronic application. Your references complete and return the electronic form directly to PTCAS. A licensed physical therapist with whom you have worked / job shadowed / volunteered must complete 1 of the 2 recommendations. The deadline for receipt is October 15.

5. PTCAS application fees.

6. Documentation of volunteer / work / job shadow PT hours on the PTCAS application. A minimum of 50 hours of observational experience in physical therapy is required at the time of application. The experience may be volunteer or paid. Observational experience in a variety of clinical settings is valued. Examples of clinical settings include in-patient, out-patient, extended care, and school. GVSU does not require students to submit PTCAS Verification forms.

7. Educational, professional, leadership, scholarly and volunteer activities. These are valued and taken into consideration in the admission consideration process. All activities should be documented on the PTCAS application.