Chatham University

Admission FAQs

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 will be able to indicate on the 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 but for courses requiring a lab component, a lab must be taken. (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).

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.

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 priority interview date is Saturday, November 16, 2013. The interview is by invitation only. If the class is not filled, a second interview date will be held on Saturday, January 18, 2014. Also, by invitation only.

What is the difference between the priority and regular deadlines and interviews?

For students who meet our minimum overall and prereq GPA criteria and have designated Chatham as their top choice, priority is recommended.

Will I be bound to Chatham if I am accepted for priority?

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 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.

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

We had more than 400 applicants last year for 36 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.

How do Chatham DPT graduates perform?

  • 98% Licensure Examination Pass Rate
  • 94% Graduation Rate
  • 100% Employment Rate (within six months of graduation)