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Professional DPT Program - Fort Lauderdale Campus

Admissions Requirements

The Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy program selects students based on the following general requirements:

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university

  • A minimum of 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a four point scale

  • 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 prerequisite course. List of required prerequisite courses

  • Three professional recommendations completed on the required PTCAS evaluation form (one must be from a physical therapist)

  • GRE* (Graduate Record Examination) scores from the ETS (Educational Testing Service) no later than January 31st of the entry year. 

  • Official Test of English** (TOEFL) for international students, where the course of study was not in English 

  • 100 verified PT observation/experience hours (multiple settings preferred)

  • Completion of 3 unique and distinct essays as part of application process. 

  • Demonstrate evidence of a well-rounded applicant such as leadership, community service, research experience, etc.

*The Admission Committee will not consider the application until the official GRE scores are received.

**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

NOTE: Requirements and more information for early decision are located on the early decision fact sheet.  

For dual admission eligibility requirements click here

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. Students are required to inform the Program Director immediately if any circumstance has happened in the past or occurs during the student’s tenure in the program, which may impact the background check.

Open House Information 

Click here for open house information and upcoming dates. 

Scholarship Information

Visit the NSU Financial Aid Scholarship page for more information on internal and external scholarship awards. 

Admissions Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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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.

For information on how to apply, go to application procedures.

Inquiries should be directed to:

Britny Compton
Admissions Counselor
(954) 262-1114
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