Physical Therapy Application Process

The Department of Physical Therapy Education is accepting applications now for its new Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program. The DPT is a graduate degree. Students enter the DPT program after completing undergraduate studies and earning a baccalaureate degree. The DPT program contains nine semesters of classroom and clinical experiences spread over 36 months.

Points of Entry

The DPT program accommodates and encourages multiple points of entry for prospective students.

Freshman Pre-Admission - Exceptional students may be awarded a freshman pre-admission guarantee based on a combination of ACT or SAT scores, high school grades, class rank and letters of recommendation. A personal interview with a member of the Physical Therapy faculty will be scheduled the year before the student begins the DPT program.

Transfer and Post-Baccalaureate - Students transferring to Rockhurst and students with a completed baccalaureate degree from another institution are encouraged to contact the Office of Graduate Admissions or the PT Department to receive personal assistance with the admission process. This assistance could include transcript evaluation, information on prerequisite courses, campus tours and the opportunity to meet with students currently enrolled in the PT program.

How To Apply

To apply to the Rockhurst PT program, students must complete an online application through the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) at www.ptcas.org.

Important Dates

PTCAS application deadline October 1, 2014 (soft deadline).
PTCAS application close date January 15, 2015. 

Students will submit all required materials directly to PTCAS  and must follow guidelines found on the PTCAS web site.

Required materials for PTCAS include:

  • Complete application.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
  • Summary of extracurricular activities, honors and awards.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Personal essay.
  • GRE score (Graduate Record Exam) official GRE PTCAS code 7638 and Rockhurst University school code 6611.
  • TOEFL scores of at least 550 must be submitted by international students whose first language is not English.

After all application materials are received, qualified applicants may be invited to participate in an interview. The first interview date will be held in early December for applicants who meet the October 1st deadline. Additional interviews will be held in early 2015.

Enrollment is limited and early application is encouraged. Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the professional program.

Notice to Applicants Offered PT Acceptance:

A $250 deposit (non-refundable) is required for applicants who accept a spot in the Rockhurst physical therapy program. This deposit will be applied toward the first semester's tuition.

All students who accept an offer of admission to Rockhurst PT program are required to submit a set of official transcripts from every college/ university that the student has attended. These transcripts are in addition to the set that was submitted to PTCAS and must be mailed directly to Rockhurst University to fulfill this institutional requirement.

If you have questions during the application process please contact Beth Harris in the Department of Physical Therapy Education or Cheryl Hooper in Graduate Admissions.