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Professional DPT Program - Fort Lauderdale Campus

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Admissions Requirements

The Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy program selects students based on cumulative grade point average (GPA), prior academic performance, work experience, references, interview, completed application and recommendations. The general requirements include:

  1. A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  2. A minimum of 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a four point scale.
  3. A minimum of 3.0 prerequisite and science grade point average (GPA) on a four point scale and a grade of C or better in each of the following prerequisite courses:

    Note: applied sciences are not acceptable for admission.

    prerequisites semesters
    Psychology/Sociology 2 semesters (one general psychology and an additional psychology or sociology)
    Statistics 1 semester
    Biology 1 semester
    Anatomy and Physiology 2 semesters (anatomy and physiology may be combined or separate)
    Chemistry 2 semesters with lab
    Physics 2 semesters with lab
    English 1 semester of composition or writing
  4. The three recommendations (one must be from a physical therapist) on the required PTCAS evaluation form.
  5. GRE (Graduate Record Examination) scores from the ETS (Educational Testing Service) no later than January 31st of the entry year. The Admission Committee will not consider the application until the official GRE scores are received.
  6. Official Test of English (TOEFL) for international students, where the course of study was not in English. The scores required are 550 on the written examination, 213 on the computer-based examination, or 79 on the internet-based examination. Students may also submit an IELTS score of 6.0.
  7. Previous experience acquired in the field of physical therapy on the required PTCAS experience form (optional but highly recommended).

Background Checks

Level I and Level II background checks are required for clinical practicum and internship placement.  Some citations on the background checks may prevent a student from being assigned to or result the student being denied placement at clinical sites.  A student who cannot be placed at required clinical sites due to information of concern on his/her background check(s) may not be able to complete the program. 


During the curriculum, students must use computer skills such as word processing, spread sheets, and presentation software. It is recommended that students have course work or self-study to meet these needs. Also, students should have a working knowledge of medical terminology.

Additional Information

Upon review of a student’s individual record, the Committee on Admissions may require additional course work and testing as a condition of acceptance. No prior graduate credits can be transferred or counted toward the DPT degree.

Inquiries should be directed to:

Office of Admissions
Physical Therapy Program
Nova Southeastern University
3200 South University Drive
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33328

Christy Saunders, Interim Admissions Counselor

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