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Physical Therapy (DPT)

The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program prepares students to diagnose, evaluate and treat movement-related disorders in a variety of clinical and community settings. The program emphasizes a collaborative learning environment combining strong faculty mentorship and state-of-the-art facilities and resources. Our cohort model ensures that you will form lasting relationships with your classmates and build your professional network.

To learn more about the Doctor of Physical Therapy, visit temple.edu.

Admissions Information

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You must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution to be considered for admission. A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 is required. The program also requires a number of prerequisite courses. Learn more about program prerequisites.

View FAQ about the DPT program here.

View suggested timeline for applying here.


Non-science prerequisites (statistics, behavioral science and psychology) may be completed online. For science prerequisites the lecture portions (chemistry, anatomy, physiology, biology, physics) may be taken online but the laboratory component must be taken in a traditional laboratory setting.

Prerequisites need to be taken at an accredited university or college. Trade school courses are not acceptable. Courses taken at accredited community colleges are acceptable.

Who should apply?

Doctoral students come from all over the country and have various academic backgrounds and degrees. Recently admitted students have traditional backgrounds in exercise science and kinesiology and more nontraditional backgrounds like dance, engineering, English and sociology. The department also welcomes career changers. Some students have been out of school for more than 10 years before entering the doctoral program.

Applying to Temple’s DPT Program

Temple utilizes a holistic admissions process that incorporates key academic performance measures as well as non-academic components. We examine each application thoroughly, looking for key elements of emerging healthcare providers and leaders, including academic aptitude, determination, empathy, motivation, perseverance, professionalism, responsibility and self-reflection.

Application Components

  1. Applications: Students must through the Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) for the DPT program. The documents listed below will all be submitted through PTCAS.
  2. Official transcripts: Submit transcripts from all the undergraduate and graduate institutions you’ve attended. Please mail all of your official transcripts to:
    • PTCAS Transcript Department
    • PO Box 9112
    • Watertown, MA 02471
  3. Official GRE scores: These should be sent directly to PTCAS using the Temple-specific code: 7581. We do not have a minimum for GRE scores but recommend that applicants attempt to earn scores close to the average for admitted students.
  4. Reference Letters: Two letters are required: one professional (from a physical therapist) and one academic (from a professor).
  5. Essay: The essay is required within PTCAS application about your perspective on the profession of physical therapy
  6. Volunteer/observational work in the field is not required although highly recommended

Notes about the application process:

  • Prerequisite coursework can be taken at any accredited institution, including colleges, community colleges and universities.


  • Prospective students will be notified via email that their applications have entered the review process.
  • Selected applicants will be invited for in-person group interviews to learn more about the program.

Additional Requirements for International Students

  • TOEFL: For applicants whose native language is not English, the TOEFL is required with a minimum score of 79 on the iBT. These scores should be sent officially to PTCAS using the PTCAS-specific TOEFL code of: 5312.
  • A WES Evaluation (www.wes.org) is required for applicants who completed their degree outside of the United States. This can be requested and submitted through PTCAS.

Early decision applications

Temple’s DPT program participates in PTCAS’s early-decision option. Applicants must complete all their required elements by the deadline specified by PTCAS.

The program will review and process applications that are designated early decision to provide applicants with a decision prior to the general deadline (in late September). If you are considering the early decision option, email DPTadmissions@temple.edu for specific advising.

Application Deadlines

Deadline: Nov. 1

Other Information

Temple University 3+3 Accelerated Option Applicants: If you are an incoming freshman and are interested in applying for the Temple University 3+3 Accelerated Option, read more here.

The DPT program is accredited by the *Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. Learn more about the program outcomes and essential functions, or feel free to provide feedback, concerns or complaints regarding the program.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Temple University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 215-204-9066 or email deptpt@temple.edu.