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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 the following general requirements:

  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:
    *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
    *Note: applied sciences are not acceptable for admission
  4. Three recommendations on the required PTCAS evaluation form (one must be from a physical therapist).
  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. Require 100 verified PT observation/experience hours (multiple settings preferred).
  8. Complete 3 unique and distinct essays as part of application process. 
  9. Demonstrate evidence of a well-rounded applicant such as leadership, community service, research experience, etc.

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. 

Additional Information

Upon review of a student’s individual record, the Admissions Committee 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:

Britny Compton
Admissions Counselor 
(954) 262-1114  
Office of Admissions
Physical Therapy Program
Nova Southeastern University
3200 South University Drive
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33328
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