Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree Program Requirements

Applicants to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program must demonstrate the following to be considered for admission:

  • Completion of a bachelor's degree at an accredited university in a discipline other than physical therapy
  • Minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher, all prerequisites 3.2 GPA, and science prerequisites 3.2 GPA is required
  • Completion of all prerequisites and bachelor's degree by the end of the spring semester prior to beginning the program
  • At least three professional references
  • Personal essay
  • Completion of all materials in the online application (
  • Participation in a personal interview
  • International students applying from a non-English speaking country, submit a TOEFL score of at least 80 (internet based)
  • A minimum score of 150 on the verbal portion and 148 on the quantitative portion of the GRE is recommended. Send your GRE score directly to Rockhurst University's Office of Graduate Admission using the PTCAS GRE code 7638.

Applicants should report completed observation hours on their application, but remaining observation hours planned for the 2020-2021 application cycle are waived. Observation helps potential physical therapy students understand just what physical therapists do, the types of patients they work with and the setting for potential job placement. Knowledge from these observations will also help in class work, as you’ll be able to draw from the experiences.

List of Physical Therapy Prerequisite Courses

Students must have all prerequisite courses completed before entering the DPT program. Numbers in parenthesis reflect credit hours.  

  • Fundamentals of Communication (3)
    Course description and objectives should clearly indicate content coverage of theories that focus on communication in a variety of settings (e.g., interpersonal, small group, work settings). 
  • Ethics (3)
    Course description and objectives should indicate content coverage of factors involved in moral decision making, ethical principles, ethical theory, and application of these concepts. 
  • Psychology (6)
    General Psychology (3) and an additional three credit hours; developmental or abnormal psychology preferred.
  • General Biology with lab (4)
  • Human Anatomy with lab (or A&PI) (4)
  • Human Physiology with lab (or A&PII) (4)
  • General Chemistry I and II with labs (8)
  • Physics I and II (non-calculus) with labs (8)
  • Statistics (3)
  • Exercise Physiology (3)

All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better. Prerequisites that were taken more than 10 years prior to application will only be considered by petition to the physical therapy admissions committee.

If you have questions about whether a specific course meets our prerequisite requirements, please contact Terry Forge, director of academic advising.

PT Program Requirement for Laptop Computers

Given the need for students to be able to find, analyze and use information, the Department of Physical Therapy Education requires that all students have a laptop computer for use throughout the DPT curriculum. The computer will be used during lecture and laboratory sessions on campus as well as online courses that will run concurrently with full-time clinical internships. We do not require a specific brand of computer for these studies.

Requirements are subject to change. It is the applicant's responsibility to contact the Office of Graduate Admission or the Department of Physical Therapy Education to inquire if there are changes before submitting an application through PTCAS.