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Professional DPT Program - Fort Lauderdale Campus

Admissions Requirements

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered for the 2024-2025 application cycle: 

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university, earned by the May 2025 program start date
  • Minimum 3.0 Science + Movement Science GPA
  • Minimum 3.0 Prerequisite GPA
  • Grade of C or better in each of the 11 prerequisite courses Prerequisites 
    • May have up to two incomplete or in progress courses at time of application submission 
  • Three professional references using the PTCAS evaluation form
    • Cannot be from a friend or family member
  • Official GRE scores (verbal, quantitative & analytical)
    • Must be taken between 12/2/2019 and 12/2/2024
    • No minimum score is required
    • Applicants with an earned Master's degree or higher are not required to have a GRE score
  • Official Test of English (TOEFL) for international students, where the course of study was not in English
  • Important Notes:
    • NSU uses the highest grade earned in GPA calculations if a course was repeated.
    • The PTCAS Applicant Help Center provides information about course subject categories and what constitutes as Science and Movement Science coursework for Transcript Entry.
    • We do not accept nor apply transfer credits toward the DPT degree 

Undergraduate Dual Admission

Pursuing a degree in physical therapy makes you part of the frontline effort to elevate the level of health care for everyone, everywhere. With Nova Southeastern University’s Dual Admission program in Physical Therapy, you can start making an impact even sooner. You’ll save your spot in our well-respected Doctor of Physical Therapy program while you earn your bachelor’s degree and with a 100% employment rate for graduates of our DPT program, you know that your future will be bright. Review the program requirements. 


Scholarships may be available for DPT student students through NSU or other sources. Students may also qualify for financial aid. Apply for scholarships or financial aid. 

Clinical Education Requirements 

While matriculating through the program, students are required to attend full-time clinical education experiences at off-campus locations. Students are assigned to clinical sites by the Director and Assistant Director of Clinical Education. Students are not allowed to recruit their own clinical sites. Placement in a particular geographical location is not guaranteed. Students are financially responsible for travel, housing, and other living expenses associated with the full-time clinical experiences. Students are responsible for coordinating housing and travel to and from clinical sites.   

Background Checks

Non-fingerprint and fingerprint background checks are required for clinical practicum and internship placement clinical education experiences and activities. Some citations on the background checks may prevent a student from being assigned to or result in 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 or her background check(s) may not be able to complete the program. Students are required to inform the program director immediately if any circumstance has occurred in the past or occurs during the student’s tenure in the program, which may impact the background check.

Health and Vaccine Requirements 

Students are required to comply with the PCHCS health policies found in the A.4 Health Policies section of the Student Handbook. In addition to these requirements, clinical sites may require compliance with other conditions for student clinical placements. Additional requirements may include, but are not limited to, specific health attestations, personal protective equipment, and other vaccines not listed in section A.4. Students must be able to fulfill the Technical Standards and Essential Functions of a DPT Student during all clinical experiences and activities. Failure to fulfill these requirements may prevent clinical placement and delay graduation.

How do I apply? 

Admissions procedures can be found here


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