Chatham University

Entry-Level DPT Admission Requirements

Applying to the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program

Applicants to Chatham University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program must use the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS). PTCAS will allow applicants to apply to professional programs using a single online application, one set of transcripts, and one set of references. Applications may be submitted at beginning July 1, 2014. Please have your official GRE scores sent directly to PTCAS using school code 0412.Applications will not be considered complete without current GRE scores.The application will be considered on time if it is e-submitted to PTCAS by the October 1st deadline. Please be advised that PTCAS invovles a long processing time. It is in your best interest to submit all materials as early as possible.

Application deadlines for Fall 2015 entry into the program

Deadline: October 1
Interview Date: Saturday, November 8, 2014 (*by invitation only)

* Applicants need to have completed at least 60% (24 credits) of the prerequisites at the time of application in order to be considered for an interview. The complete, verified application must be available for us to review in time to be considered for our required on-campus interview.

Please be advised that PTCAS involves a long processing time. It is in your best interest to submit all materials as early as possible.

Application Requirements

  1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
  2. Cumulative prerequisite course grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale; grades less than a “C” are not acceptable in prerequisite courses
  3. Cumulative GPA of 3.00 or better on a scale of 4.0, as calculated by PTCAS
  4. GRE score - Applications will not be considered complete without current GRE scores.
  5. Required prerequisite courses :
    • Biology with lab - two terms
    • Chemistry with lab - two terms
    • Physics with lab - two terms
    • Physiology with lab (prefer human) - one term*
    • Human Anatomy with lab - one term*
    • Developmental Psychology
    • Statistics
    *If taking anatomy with physiology, both Anatomy & Physiology I and II are necessary to fulfill the anatomy and physiology requirement
  6. On-campus writing sample and interview.
  7. Official transcripts verifying cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above.
  8. Evidence of volunteer/work experience in physical therapy setting(s) must be included in the PTCAS application.
  9. Three (3) letters of reference: two from faculty and one from a physical therapist OR one from faculty and two from physical therapists.

Fall 2014 Accepted Student Profile

Number of Applicants:600
Number Scheduled to Enroll:40
Average Overall GPA: 3.62
Average Prerequisite GPA:3.56
Average Combined GRE:306
Average Age: 22
Out-of-State Residents:52%

Articulation Agreements

Chatham University has entered into "Articulation Agreements" with a select group of Colleges and Universities. These agreements provide for additional student pre-professional advisement and possible priority admission status for candidates with exceptional applications, demonstrating academic preparation above the minimal acceptable standards. Agreements exist with the following institutions for the 2011-2012 academic year: Allegheny College, Baldwin Wallace College, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Mount Aloysius College, Mt. Vernon Nazarene College, Thiel College, Washington and Jefferson College, St. Vincent College, and Waynesburg College. Applicants from these institutions are advised to discuss the articulation requirements with their advisor and/or the graduate admission counselor at Chatham University.

The Physical Therapy Program strives for diversity and gender equity within each class.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our Admission Department:

Office of Admission
Chatham University
Woodland Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
(800) 837-1290
(412) 365-1825
(412) 365-1609 (fax)