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.

PT School Resources

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

Degree Duration (typical)

  • 3 years

Application Opens

  • June 29

Application Deadline

  • Various - June 1 (following year)

Standardized Tests Required

  • GRE (most programs)

Profile of a Successful Applicant

Recommended Test Score

  • 152+ verbal
  • 152+ quant
  • 4.0+ writing

Recommended GPA

  • 3.7
  • 3.0 minimum for some schools

Average GPA

  • 3.52

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

Letters of Rec

  • 1-4 letters required based on program
  • (letters often come from physical therapists, science professors, or work supervisors)

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)

Typical Essay Requirement

  • Personal Statement (4500 characters)
  • Supplemental essays (some schools)


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


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