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Physical Therapy ( Professional DPT - Tampa)

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 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
  6. Three recommendations on the required PTCAS evaluation form. 
  7. GRE (Graduate Record Examination) scores from the ETS (Educational Testing Service) no later than March 1st 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 5 years old.
    • Applicants with a Master's degree or PhD 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.
  8. An understanding of the profession of physical therapy and current issues being addressed by the American Physical Therapy Association (
  9. Exposure and/or understanding of physical therapy practice settings such as outpatient, acute care, skilled nursing facilities, home health, and specialty practice settings. 


During the curriculum, 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 testing as a condition of acceptance. No prior graduate credits can be transferred or counted toward the DPT degree.

Inquiries should be directed to:

Tony Thompson
Assistant Director of Student Recruitment & Enrollment Management at Nova Southeastern University - Tampa
(813) 574-5291


Office of Admissions
Physical Therapy Program
Nova Southeastern University
3200 South University Drive
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33328

(954) 262-1101 or (877) 640-0218

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