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Physical Therapy (Professional DPT - Tampa Bay)

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 grade point average (GPA) on a four-point scale.
  4. A minimum of 3.0 science & math grade point average (GPA) on a four-point scale.
  5. A grade of C or better in each of the following prerequisite courses:

    Note: applied sciences are not acceptable for admission.
    prerequisites credits
    Psychology/Sociology 6 credits (one general psychology and either general sociology or an additional psychology)
    Statistics 3 credits
    Biology 3 credits
    Human Anatomy and Physiology 6 credits (anatomy and physiology may be combined or separate)
    Chemistry with lab 8 credits
    Physics with lab 8 credits
    English Composition 3 credits
  6. Three recommendations on the required PTCAS evaluation form. 
  7. GRE (Graduate Record Examination) scores from the ETS (Educational Testing Service) no later than January 2 of the entry year. The Admission Committee will not consider the application until the official GRE scores are received.
    • GRE scores must be no more than 10 years old.
    • Applicants with an earned master's degree or higher are not required to have a GRE for consideration.
    • Both the GRE General Test and the GRE revised General Test will be accepted.
    • There is no required minimum GRE score. The GRE is considered along with all other application requirements including GPA, volunteer experience, educational maturity, and the interview.
    • Scores should be sent to PTCAS using the PTCAS GRE code for Nova Southeastern University - 7741.
  8. An understanding of the profession of physical therapy and current issues being addressed by the American Physical Therapy Association (
  9. Exposure to and/or understanding of physical therapy practice settings such as outpatient, acute care, skilled nursing facilities, home health, and specialty practice settings. 

Throughout the program, students must use computer skills such as word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation software. It is recommended that students have coursework 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 coursework and/or testing as a condition of acceptance. No prior graduate credits can be transferred or counted toward the DPT degree.

Inquiries should be directed to:

Jason Barshay
Assistant Director of Student Recruitment & Enrollment Management
NSU Tampa Bay Regional Campus
(813) 574-5286

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