Application Deadline: The review of applications begins on December 15.

Our program begins the last week in May each year. It is a three-year, full-time, on-campus program. Applicants to the DPT program must use the Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service. The application deadline is approximately December 15 of each year.  Please see PTCAS for this year’s specific deadline. Admitted applicants will be notified and invited to attend an information session during the month of February.

Below is a checklist of requirements needed to apply:

You must complete the following prerequisite coursework at the college level:

  1. Biology (3–4 credits): one course of general or cellular biology with a lab
  2. 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)
  3. 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)
  4. Chemistry (6–8 credits): two-semester course sequence with lab
  5. Physics (6–8 credits): two-semester course sequence with lab
  6. Statistics (3–4 credits): one course to include descriptive statistics, correlation, and introduction to inferential statistics or research design
  7. General psychology or Developmental Psychology (3–4 credits): one course
  8. 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 pt@bu.edu.

Thirty hours or more of health care experience. Letters of verification are not required.

A completed graduate application, submitted via PTCAS.

Three letters of reference:

  • One from a course instructor or academic advisor.
  • Two others from a supervisor in health care or another work capacity.
  • These letters of reference should be sent directly to PTCAS. Forms are available as part of the PTCAS application.

Two essays responding to each question requested by the PTCAS system for Boston University

Scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE):

  • Minimum accepted scores for the GREs are 150 on the verbal subtest, 141 on the quantitative subtest, and 3.5 on the analytical writing portion.  Applicants with scores lower than these minimums will not be considered.
  • Graduate Record Exam Scores should be sent directly to PTCAS (institution code 7608).

If the student is accepted and plans to attend the program, official transcripts showing evidence of completion of your bachelor’s degree and 10 prerequisite courses must be sent to the following office by the program’s start date:

Academic Services Center
Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College
635 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 207
Boston, MA 02215

Application Deadline: The review of applications begins on December 15.

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