How to Apply
To apply to Boston University’s DPT program, please submit an application through the Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS). All credentials and application materials are processed through PTCAS. Please do not send any application materials to BU. To begin, follow these steps:
- Review our application requirements below
- Familiarize yourself with the instructions in the PTCAS Applicant Help Center
- Begin your PTCAS application
For assistance with application-related questions, contact PTCAS customer service by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, by phone at 617-612-2040, or via online chat. For all other questions about the DPT program, please contact us directly at email@example.com.
Please submit your application by November 16, 2020. Our DPT program begins in late May 2021. To ensure application materials arrive on time, we strongly encourage you to submit all documents several weeks before the deadline.
In addition to submitting an online application through PTCAS, the following items are required to be considered for admission to the DPT program:
Applicants should send all official transcripts directly to PTCAS (not Boston University) by following these instructions. We strongly encourage you to submit all transcripts in advance of the application deadline, as PTCAS requires several weeks to verify transcripts.
We require a formal course-by-course evaluation of all foreign transcripts by a third-party verification organization such as World Education Services (WES). Foreign transcript evaluations should be sent directly to PTCAS (not Boston University) by following these instructions.
All students admitted to the DPT program must complete a baccalaureate degree at an accredited institution prior to matriculation.
Standardized Test Scores
GRE scores are not required to apply to the DPT program. Any GRE scores received by the DPT program will not be considered by the admissions committee.
For international students whose first language is not English, official TOEFL scores are required unless you have completed a baccalaureate degree at an institution where the primary language of instruction is English. TOEFL scores should be submitted electronically through ETS to PTCAS (not Boston University) using the institutional code 5312.
Letters of Recommendation
Three (3) letters of recommendation are required. One letter must be from a course instructor or academic advisor. The other two letters can be from an academic, health care, or employer evaluator who can speak to your ability to be a health care provider and/or a successful graduate student.
Letters of recommendation must be submitted through PTCAS by following these instructions.
PTCAS requires all applicants to submit an essay that addresses the following prompt:
Every person has a story that has led them to a career. Since there are a variety of health professions that “help” others, please go beyond your initial interaction or experience with physical therapy, and share the deeper story that has confirmed your decision to specifically pursue physical therapy as your career. (4500-character limit)
In addition, Boston University requires applicants to submit three (3) short-answer essays. Each essay should be limited to 150 words and submitted through the PTCAS application when prompted. All applicants are required to respond to the following essay prompt:
- Describe your reasons and motivations for pursuing a DPT degree from Boston University.
Applicants must then select and respond to two of the following six essay prompts:
- The BU DPT program values empathy as an essential attribute for a physical therapist. As a physical therapist, how will you exhibit empathy with your patients and colleagues?
- The BU DPT program prepares students to be leaders in physical therapy. Leadership can take many forms. Please describe a time when you demonstrated effective or ineffective leadership skills in a group, community, or family.
- The BU DPT program recognizes effective communication is necessary for person-centered care. Please give an example of how you have modified your communication to improve a situation.
- The BU DPT program believes advocacy is an important role and responsibility of the physical therapist. Please describe a situation in which you spoke up even though it was difficult to do so.
- The BU DPT program embraces change as a necessary constant in physical therapy and believes change is influenced positively through innovation. Please describe one way in which a physical therapist can impact positive change through innovation.
- The BU DPT program believes intentional and continual development of critical thinking is vital to excellence in physical therapy practice. Please describe a skilled critical thinker.
Thirty (30) hours or more of health care experience. Letters of verification are not required.
The following coursework at the college level must be completed prior to matriculation:
- Biology (3–4 credits): one course of general or cellular biology with a lab
- Human Anatomy (3–4 credits): one course with a lab (Note: when anatomy and physiology are taken as a combined course, two semesters are necessary to meet the requirements)
- Human Physiology (3–4 credits): one course with lab. (Note: when anatomy and physiology are taken as a combined course, two semesters are necessary to meet the requirements)
- Chemistry (6–8 credits): two-semester course sequence with labs
- Physics (6–8 credits): two-semester course sequence with labs
- Statistics (3–4 credits): one course to include descriptive statistics, correlation, and introduction to inferential statistics or research design
- General Psychology or Developmental Psychology (3–4 credits): one course
- Exercise Physiology (3–4 credits): one course, lab not required
Courses taken to fulfill prerequisites must be completed with an overall prerequisite GPA of 3.0 or higher in order for the application to be considered. You may have courses still in progress during the application process, but all prerequisites must be completed by the start of the program. If you have questions about whether a course fulfills one of the above requirements, please contact the Physical Therapy program at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOTE: All applicants should familiarize themselves with this additional information:
- Technical Standards And Reasonable Accommodation
- For more information regarding state licensing requirements, please visit the State Authorization & Distance Education website.
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