Doctor of Physical Therapy Application Requirements

Arcadia’s hybrid DPT program is a full-time program consisting of 110 credits completed across 26 months. Applicants of the hybrid program must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents who plan to continue U.S. residency throughout the entire length of the program.

Arcadia Hybrid DPT Program Deadlines

Next Class Cohort: August 2024

The chart below outline the program-specific start dates and corresponding application deadlines for our upcoming cohorts.

Summer Priority Deadline
August 25, 2023
Fall Priority Deadline
October 2, 2023
Winter Priority Deadline
December 15, 2023
Spring Priority Deadline
March 1, 2024
Final Deadline
May 17, 2024

Candidates are reviewed holistically and must receive an acceptable departmental review of the full application. Meeting all of the below requirements does not guarantee admission into Arcadia’s hybrid DPT program.

To qualify for admission to Arcadia’s hybrid DPT program, you must meet the following criteria and submit the materials listed below.

A Doctor of Physical Therapy Application

This application, which must be completed online, includes your academic and professional history, and personal statements.

Bachelor’s Degree

Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. You must have completed your degree prior to entering the program, but is not required to apply.

Minimum Cumulative GPA of 3.0

A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and a minimum Arcadia prerequisite GPA of 3.0 is required.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program has decided to make the GRE optional for the 2023-2024 application cycle. The admissions committee is piloting the use of alternative criteria in an effort to decrease barriers to admission. However, if you have already taken the GRE or have scheduled to take the test, we encourage you to submit your official scores. GRE scores are valid for 5 years from the date on the official score report. Expected scores are: (1) Individual Verbal ≥ 151, (2) Quantitative ≥ 150,  and (3) Analytical Writing ≥ 4. NOTE: the GRE code for the residential pathway is 7637; the GRE code for the hybrid pathway is 4722.

Official Transcripts

Official transcripts are required for prerequisite courses and degree-bearing work. Transfer credits included on a transcript must include grades earned. If grades are not included, an official transcript from the original school must be submitted. Applicants do not need to include transcripts for external certificates or extra classes not related or not required to submit. Do not send transcripts directly to Arcadia. Transcripts can be sent using e-transcripts to or via sealed mail to the following address:

Arcadia University
Application Processing Center
Arcadia DPT Online
PO Box 30096 002-001
College Station, TX 77842

Please note: To be considered an official transcript, the transcript must be sent directly from your institution(s) or through an electronic transcript vendor retained by that institution. Transcripts submitted by enrolled or prospective students are considered unofficial documents, even if they are in a sealed envelope provided to you by the issuing university.

Observation Hours

Applicants should have experience working in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Observation hours can include both volunteer and paid work but must demonstrate knowledge of the profession. It is a requirement that prospective students directly observe a licensed physical therapist when completing observation hours.

Health & Immunization Requirements

Barring a documented exemption, proof of vaccination against the following is required in order to matriculate in the program: Covid19 (initial vaccination series + 1 booster), MMR, HepB, Varicella, Polio, TdaP, Annual Flu. These requirements are in place not only for your health and safety, but for that of the school community and any clinical sites where you are assigned. Failure to fulfill this requirement by the start of the program will make your admission null and void.

Personal Essays

Three personal essays are required for admission. You will also have an option to complete a fourth essay if you feel there is anything else about yourself or your application that requires additional explanation. The three required essays are listed below:

Essay 1: Every person has a background, an identity, interests, or talents which they feel their application would be incomplete without having mentioned. Describe the traits or experiences that make you unique and explain how they will help you be a successful Physical Therapist.

Essay 2: Share a time when things at school or work didn’t go according to plan, and how you adjusted course, managed the situation, and the outcome.

Essay 3: Tell us about a time you set a challenging goal for yourself and what steps you took to achieve it. 

Include any personal experiences, learning styles, or individual preferences that will support your success in the hybrid program.

Prerequisite Courses

Please download the prerequisites form PDF (PDF, 156kb) in order to view the detailed prerequisite requirements on Pages 2 & 3. In conjunction with this form, you must refer to the Prerequisite Requirements on our website, which provides additional specifications for each prerequisite course. Arcadia will accept AP coursework that has been received as transfer credit on a degree bearing transcript will be accepted. All AP coursework used for a prerequisite course requires the course syllabus to be uploaded into the application. 

Minimum Required Courses Include:

Biological Science — four courses (a minimum of 12 semester credits) from a biology department, which must include the following:

  1. Anatomy (or Anatomy & Physiology I)
  2. Physiology (or Anatomy & Physiology II)
  3. One lab/lecture biology course 
  4. One upper-level course (300 to 400 level) with a biology focus

Physical Science — four lab/lecture courses directed toward science majors to include the following:

  1. Chemistry I 
  2. Chemistry II or higher (e.g., Biochemistry, Organic) 
  3. General Physics I 
  4. General Physics II

Behavioral Science — two courses: one course in Psychology, and one course from either Anthropology, Sociology, or Psychology to include:

  1. Psychology
  2. Psychology, Anthropology, or Sociology

Statistics — one course to include:

  1. Statistics 

If you need assistance to determine if you meet our prerequisite requirements (or that you will meet them before matriculation), you must complete the following steps:

  1. Open an application portal.
  2. Order official copies of your transcripts from any and all higher education institutions you attended, including In-Progress courses (if applicable), to be uploaded to your application. You should opt for electronic transcript delivery to ensure the transcripts route correctly to your Hybrid DPT application. Please have all official transcripts sent to If electronic delivery is not offered, you must utilize the Application Processing Center mailing address found under the “Official Transcripts” section of this Application Requirements page.   
  3. Please fill out and upload the prerequisite form which can be found in the “Academic Background” section of the application. Put an asterisk next to any course name for which you are unsure whether or not it meets our requirements, including previously taken and/or planned prerequisite courses. Please leave any sections blank for which you are missing classes or are unsure altogether. You will be able to provide additional context to your admissions counselor after you complete the remaining steps below.  
  4. You must request syllabi for any courses that you need reviewed as mentioned in Step 3, including previously taken and/or planned prerequisite courses. Syllabi are typically available by reaching out to an institution’s Registrar office. Upload all syllabi to your application within the “Academic Background” section.
  5. Your admissions counselor will reach out to you within the next business day for further assistance and to advise on application steps that can be completed while we await your prerequisite feedback.

Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation are required:

  • One from a currently practicing, licensed physical therapist. Preferably from the licensed physical therapist that you shadowed while completing your observation hours.
  • One from a college professor who is able to judge the applicant’s academic qualification and readiness for rigorous work at the graduate level. This professor should have taught one of the academic courses for the applicant’s major.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to add a third letter of recommendation of their choosing:

  • One can be anyone of the applicant’s choosing, such as a supervisor or a physical therapy assistant.

Enrollment Deposit

Once admitted into the program, all admitted applicants will be required to place a deposit of $1,500 to hold a place in class.1

1 In addition, any student who currently lives or has lived in New York state within the past 7 years (as determined by an initial background check) will incur a one-time additional “pass through fee” of $95 upon entry into the program for a criminal background report. This fee is subject to change at the discretion of the state. Students subject to this fee will be billed through their student account.arrow_upwardReturn to footnote reference