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PT School Resources

Our fact sheet for PT school is compiled from reputable internet sources and based on our work with previous students in the field. We hope it helps you navigate and simplify the cryptic admissions process.            

Central Application Website

Top 10 Schools (US News)

  • University of Delaware
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Southern California
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • Emory University
  • Northwestern University
  • University of Iowa
  • MGH Institute of Health Professions
  • U.S. Army-Baylor University
  • Duke University

3 years

Degree Duration (typical)

June 29

Application Opens

Various - June 1 (following year)

Application Deadline

GRE (most programs)

Standardized Tests Required

Recommended Test Scores

152+ verbal

152+ quant

4.0+ writing

Recommended GPA



3.0 minimum for some schools

Average GPA


Course Requirements (varies)


  • Anatomy / A&P 1 with lab
  • Physiology / A&P 2 with lab
  • Biology 1 (not botany or zoology)
  • Biology 2 (not botany or zoology)
  • General Chemistry 1 with lab
  • General Chemistry 2 with lab
  • General Physics 1 with lab
  • General Physics 2 with lab
  • Psychology
  • Statistics

1-4 letters required based on program

(letters often come from physical therapists, science professors, or work supervisors)

Letters of Rec


Recommended Experience

  • 100+ total observation hours
  • Experience in 3+ settings
  • 20-40 observation hours per setting
  • Shadowing PT(s)
  • 1-2 leadership experiences (work/extracurricular)
  • Personal Statement (4500 characters)
  • Supplemental essays (some schools)

Typical essay requirements

6+ Months Before Applying

  • Take all pre-requisite courses (finishing by the date you apply is ideal)
  • Decide whom to ask for letters of recommendation
  • Make a GRE Prep Plan
  • Sign up for a GRE test date
  • Last chance to boost your profile by getting additional exposure to the field, leadership positions, research, etc.

0-3 Months Before Applying

  • Write your personal statement (allow yourself at least six weeks if possible)
  • Identify a list of schools to apply to - 10-15 is ideal
  • Order official transcripts from all undergrad institutions to check for errors and help fill out PTCAS
  • Fill out PTCAS
  • Touch base with letter writers
  • Submit your application early - the earlier the better!

After Applying

  • Send official test scores to schools (if necessary)
  • Complete school-specific essay questions
  • Practice your responses to sample interview questions, and do at least one mock interview
  • Update schools with any developments in your grades, employment, or activities
  • Fill out financial aid paperwork
  • Send in deposit to schools of your choice

What Passport can help with


  • Personal Statement
  • Resume
  • Interview Prep
  • School Research
  • Letters of Rec
  • Supplemental Essays

Overview of the Profession

Calendar of Deadlines

Helpful articles from our Savvy Pre-Med blog! While these are written for medical school applicants, the ideas and lessons apply to most graduate school applications.

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