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Admission Requirements

Applying to Drexel's DPT program can now be done through the Physical Therapy Centralized Application System (PTCAS) at www.ptcas.org. You may start the application process anytime after July 2nd. Please submit all the admission requirements listed below to PTCAS as you have them. The application deadline is October 1st, but applications are reviewed and admission decisions are made on a rolling basis; therefore, applicants are encouraged to apply early.

The following are required for admission to the DPT program:

  • Applications: All applicants must apply through the Physical Therapy Centralized Application System (PTCAS) at www.ptcas.org.
  • Send all official transcripts directly to PTCAS. Copies do not need to be sent to Drexel.
  • Official transcripts from all universities attended as well as satisfactory completion (grade of "C" or higher) or plan to complete the following prerequisites (prerequisites below are for Fall 2015):
    • General biology with laboratory: two courses
    • Anatomy: one course (or the two-part series of anatomy and physiology I, II)
    • Physiology: one course (or the two-part series of anatomy and physiology I, II)
    • General chemistry with laboratory: two courses
    • General physics with laboratory: two courses (algebra or calculus based)
    • General psychology: one course.
    • Introductory statistics: one course (a behavioral science-based course is preferred)
  • Official GRE scores. Drexel's code is 7795.
  • Essay (PTCAS application).
  • Documented work or volunteer experience: 50 or more volunteer, shadowing or paid internship hours are required.  
  • Two letters of recommendation:
    • One letter required from a science-based professor or advisor.
    • One letter required from physical therapist.

International students must also submit: 

Qualities such as maturity and effective interpersonal relationships are ascertained from the letters of recommendation and an interview. Any candidate who submits an application that is deemed competitive will be offered the opportunity to interview with the Program faculty. Overall, the interview is a time for the program faculty to learn more about the applicant, as well as an opportunity for the applicant to discover more about the program. Typically, current students are available during the interview times to give tours of the facilities as well as to offer their insights about the program.

All supporting application documents may be submitted through PTCAS.

Students are selected for admission into the program based primarily on the anticipation of their ability to successfully complete the curriculum. To make this judgment, the program's admissions committee uses the materials submitted by applicant, GRE scores, recommendations, and interview. No special consideration is given to state residents over non-residents, and there is no difference in tuition costs.

Typically our students admitted to our DPT program have the following qualifications:

      • Mean cumulative GPA: 3.6.
      • Mean cumulative science GPA: 3.4.
      • Mean GRE scores: 155 verbal, 156 quantitative, and 4.3 analytical.

Graduate work that has led to an advanced degree will be considered. Applicants who wish to take additional courses to enhance their application and preparation are encouraged to continue with their studies in biological sciences.

Please note: The Doctor of Physical Therapy program does not accept transfer credits. All students must enter the program in the Fall term.

Tuition and Fees 

The tuition for the ’13-’14 academic year is $735 per credit hour.* There is a total of 128 quarter credits in the DPT program (equivalent to 86 semester credits).

*This figure is tuition only and does not include any additional fees.

Financial Aid
The Office of University Student Financial Affairs helps students obtain the funds necessary to pursue their education.  Approximately 95% of the matriculated students receive a financial aid package that consists of Federal Perkins Loans, Subsidized and Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loans, Health Professions Student Loans, and work-study. Additionally, each student’s admission application and supporting documentation is screened for scholarship eligibility. Many incoming Professional DPT students receive scholarship assistance that ranges from $25,000 to $62,500 over the length of the program.

For more information visit the Financial Aid Office.

Housing
Most of the students enrolled in the DPT program at Drexel University live in close proximity to the Health Sciences Campus at 15th and Vine Streets. Students either rent apartments close by or reside in Stiles Alumni Hall, Drexel University’s graduate student housing complex just off campus at 15th and Wood Streets. In Stiles, all units are carpeted, have full kitchen facilities, and are wireless. In the complex, laundry facilities are available as well as access to a television lounge and pool table; 24-hour security monitors the building.

For additional information on housing, contact the Office of Residential Life.


American Physical Therapy Association
For additional information about the field of physical therapy, please visit: www.apta.org