Chatham University

Doctor of Physical Therapy (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 1st. Please have your official GRE scores sent directly to PTCAS using school code 0412. Applications will not be considered complete without current GRE scores. Completed applications will be considered for admission only if they are e-submitted to PTCAS by the October 2nd deadline. Please be advised that PTCAS involves a long processing time. It is in your best interest to submit all materials as early as possible, but we highly recommend e-submitting on or before September 15th.

Application deadlines for Fall 2018 entry into the program

Deadline: Monday, October 2, 2017
Interview Date: Saturday, November 11, 2017 by invitation only

Please note 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.

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 requirements
  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

Admission Review Process

After verifying that the minimum academic requirements are met, the Physical Therapy program reviews each candidate's entire application and invites the most talented and qualified students to interview before program faculty and alumni. As part of the admission review, Chatham reserves the right to request a background check prior to offer of admission.

Technical Standards for Admission

All candidates must meet technical standards for admission to and participation in the physical therapy educational program at Chatham University. The clinical doctorate degree denotes that the holder’s educational program has prepared that individual for entry into practice. Thus, graduates must have the knowledge, abilities, and essential physical skills to function in a wide variety of clinical situations while providing a broad spectrum of patient care. The necessary abilities and skills are in five essential areas: observation; communication; motor function; intellectual capacities related to conceptual, integrative and quantitative abilities; and, behavior and personal attributes. Candidates who possess any disability that would potentially interfere with the attainment of such competencies are encouraged to contact the Assistant Director of Graduate Admission, Melanie Jo Wrobleski, or the Director of the DPT program, Joe Schreiber, during the application process. Chatham University and/or affiliated sites may arrange to enable the candidate to demonstrate the necessary physical, mental, and emotional capacities.

Fall 2016 Accepted Student Profile

Number of Applicants:436
Number Enrolled:40
Average Overall GPA: 3.69
Average Prerequisite GPA:3.65
Average Combined GRE:303
Average Writing GRE:3.98
Average Age: 24
Out-of-State Residents:28%

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 2017-2018 academic year: Allegheny College, Baldwin Wallace University, Mount Aloysius College, Mount Vernon Nazarene University, Saint Vincent College, Washington and Jefferson College, and Waynesburg University. Applicants from these institutions are advised to discuss the articulation requirements with their advisor as well as 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) 365-1394
(412) 365-1609 (fax)