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Professional DPT Program - Fort Lauderdale Campus

Admissions Requirements

  • Earned a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university by the start date of the DPT program
  • A minimum of 3.0 prerequisite and science grade point average (GPA) on a four point scale with a grade of C or better in each prerequisite course. List of required prerequisite courses

  • At the time of application, you may have up to 2 prerequisite courses in progress 
  • We will only consider courses taken Pass/Fail if they were taken during the 2020 academic year due to COVID-19 
  • Three professional recommendations completed on the required PTCAS evaluation form 
  • 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 

*The Admission Committee will not consider the application until the official GRE scores are received. GRE scores must be no more than 5 years old. Applicants with an earned Master's degree or higher are not required to have a GRE for consideration

**The scores required on the TOEFL 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

IMPORTANT NOTE: The PDPT Program does not accept transfer credits.

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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