Chatham University

Admission FAQs

When is the application deadline?

Applications deadline is October 1st. Applications must be e-submitted to PTCAS by October 1st. It is strongly recommended that applicants complete their application including submission of recommendations and transcripts by October 1st. The complete, verified application must be available for us for review in time to be considered for our required on-campus interview.

When should I have my materials in to PTCAS in order to meet Chatham's deadlines?

PTCAS recommends having your recommends having your application completed 4-6 weeks prior to the October 1st deadline. You may complete your application later, but you risk further delays in process and this could jeopardize your admissions status. We strongly encourage you to complete your application by the October 1st deadline. We will begin sending out interview invitations at least one month prior to the interview date. Your application must be complete in order to be considered for the on-campus interview.

Do I need to have all of the prerequisites complete in order to apply?

No, you may have prerequisite courses still in progress; however, applicants need to have completed 60% (24 credits) of the prerequisites in order to be invited to interview. All prerequisites must be completed prior to matriculation if accepted into the graduate program. You must indicate on the PTCAS application which courses you still need to complete and the terms in which you plan to complete them.

May I take prerequisite courses at a community college?

Yes, you may take outstanding prerequisites at a community college or any other accredited school. Online courses are also permitted. If you are unsure whether courses meets our criteria and have a course description you may e-mail it to the Office of Graduate Admissions at gradadmissions@chatham.edu.

What if I have not completed my prerequisites at the time of matriculation?

All Admissions requirements must be completed before you enroll. Any student who has not done so will not be permitted to enroll in the program. Students are strongly encouraged to have plans and alternate plans for completion of any work prior to entering the program. Students must provide evidence of completion (official transcript) of any coursework.

If I have retaken a class does Chatham look at the new grade or the average of both?

Chatham takes the newer or better grade for your prerequisite coursework.

How long are prerequisite courses acceptable?

We will not accept a course that is more than ten years old to fulfill a prerequisite.

Will you review my application before it is completed?

An application will not be reviewed by the PT program until it is made available to the Graduate Admissions Office as a complete, verified application, by PTCAS. It is the applicants responsibility to contact PTCAS directly to verify receipt of all application materials by PTCAS and the current status of her/his application.

Can I transfer credits to reduce the number of courses I must take?

Because of the integrated nature of the program, no advanced standing or transfer of credits is granted. Each class is an integral part of the academic experience and is necessary for a complete education.

Is there a supplemental application for Chatham in addition to the PTCAS application?

No, Chatham's DPT program does not require a supplemental application. All documents including transcripts and GRE scores must be sent to PTCAS.

Do I need to have volunteer and/or PT observation hours completed by the application deadline?

It is not mandatory. Some students have not completed their volunteer or PT observation experience at this point. You may indicate on your application what you have so far or plan to do in the future. We do recommend that you try to complete both prior to the mandatory interview.

What are the interviews and when are they conducted?

Interviews are conducted on a Saturday for a half a day. The session includes an introduction, overview of the program, and campus tour. Students must complete an oral interview and a written portion which includes 2-3 essay questions.

The interview is by invitation only.

What distinguishes Chatham from other PT programs nationally?

  1. Chatham's DPT program is an innovative leader in problem-based learning (PBL). PBL is a dynamic small group learning process that emphasizes active learning, critical thinking, and clinical decision-making.
  2. The PT faculty are accomplished teachers, scholars, practitioners, and leaders within the profession.
  3. Licensure pass rates are above the state and national level.

How can I learn more about problem-based learning?

You should review the PBL video and information found on our website at: http://www.chatham.edu/academics/programs/graduate/pt/pbl.cfm

Can the program be done as a part-time student?

The DPT program is completed as a full-time, cohort program only. Students complete their course of study in seven (7) semesters. The program begins in the fall (August) and classes graduate in December after completion of the program.

When do classes start?

Chatham's DPT program is a cohort that commences once each year at the end of August.

Can I work while attending the DPT program?

Due to the intensity and time demands associated with the program, students are strongly discouraged from working while in the program.

Can I defer my acceptance into the DPT program for a future class?

Offers of acceptance are valid for one entering class only. Deferrals are considered on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the Graduate Admissions Office for details via email at gradadmissions@chatham.edu or call 800-837-1290.

Will I be bound to Chatham if I am accepted?

There is a financial commitment of a non-refundable deposit of $500 to secure a seat.

Can I make an appointment to learn more about the program and see the campus?

We offer group informational appointments with an admission counselor on Wednesdays at 10:30 am. You must schedule an appointment as space is limited. To schedule an appointment please contact Mary Schmidt, Admissions Receptionist, at mschmidt@chatham.edu or 412-365-1825.

Do I have to take the GRE? How heavily is the test weighted in the admissions process?

Yes, all prospective students must take the GRE. Please keep in mind that we do evaluate the student as a whole. So, for example, if you have a low score on your GRE but a high GPA, excellent letters of recommendation and solid PT experience this could overcome your low GRE score. Official GRE scores must be sent directly to PTCAS using school code 0412.

How many applicants does Chatham have for this program and how many seats are available?

We had more than 600 applicants last year for 40 seats per incoming class.

What can I do to make myself a competitive candidate for program at Chatham?

  • Exceed our overall and prerequisite GPA minimum requirements.
  • Shadow, volunteer, or work in a PT setting.
  • Volunteer outside of a PT setting to demonstrate civic engagement.
  • Understand the role of a PT and be able to articulate your understanding as related to your personal, academic and professional strengths and goals.
  • Brush up on your writing skills. Be able to answer questions in a clear and concise manner within an allotted timeframe.

What is the profile of a successful applicant?

On average, accepted applicants have an overall GPA of 3.63, preprequisite GPA of 3.57, and combined GRE scores of 306.

How do Chatham DPT graduates perform?

  • 100% Licensure Examination Pass Rate
  • 94% Graduation Rate
  • 100% Employment Rate (within six months of graduation)

What is the job market for PTs?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov) occupation outlook: employment of physical therapists is projected to grow 36% from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations."

Do I need to purchase a laptop for the program?

Each student will be required to have a laptop computer. Specifications will be provided to admitted students.

Where is Chatham located?

Chatham is uniquely situated on a 39-acre campus that is designated as a arboretum, providing a serene environment in the center of a thriving urban educational and medical center in the east end of Pittsburgh. The DPT program is housed in the Chatham Eastside which is a "green LEED rated" building located at the intersection of Penn Avenue and Fifth Avenue just a few blocks from the Shadyside location.

Is University housing available to DPT students?

Graduate students are a vital part of on-campus residential community. Several options for university housing are available for full-time degree-seeking students. For more information please visit our graduate housing webpage at: http://www.chatham.edu/campuslife/resident/gradhousing.cfm