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Chatham University

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Admission Requirements

How to Apply

Applicants to Chatham University’s DPT program must use the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS). Beginning early July, applications may be submitted through PTCAS with all relevant materials: official transcripts, official GRE scores, PT volunteer/work experience, and references. Please note there is not a supplemental application requirement.

Important dates FOR FALL 2020 admission

Application Deadline:  Tuesday, October 1, 2019*
Admission Interview Date:  Saturday, November 2, 2019  by invitation only

In order to be eligible for invite to the admission interview date:

  • Applicants need to have at least 60% (24 credits) of the ten prerequisites complete by August 31, 2019
  • Applications must be e-submitted to PTCAS by October 1, 2019*
  • Applications must be complete and include all other Chatham admission requirements (see below) by October 15, 2019

*It is highly recommended to e-submit your application to PTCAS on or before September 15, 2019. PTCAS’s verification process occurs once an applicant e-submits the application and all official transcripts have been received. Verification involves some processing time, so it is in your best interest to submit all materials as early as possible to ensure your complete, verified application is available for us to review.


  1. A completed baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution prior to the beginning of classes.
  2. Official transcripts from all institutions attended sent directly to PTCAS.
  3. Overall combined GPA of 3.0 or better on a scale of 4.0 as calculated by PTCAS.
  4. 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 or Lifespan Development – one term
      • A combination of developmental psychology courses that cover the lifespan —birth to death— are also acceptable
    • Statistics or Research Methods – one term

    A prerequisite GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale is required. Additionally, grades less than a “C” are not acceptable, and prerequisite courses must have been completed no more than 10 years prior to the anticipated start date of the program. Applicants need to have completed at least 60% (24 credits) of the ten prerequisites by August 31st of the application year.

    **If taking anatomy with physiology, both Anatomy & Physiology I and II with labs are necessary to fulfill the anatomy and physiology requirements.

  5. Official GRE scores sent directly to PTCAS using school code 0412.
    • GRE scores will only be accepted if taken within 3 years of the application date.
    • There is not a cutoff or minimum GRE score, however, a competitive score is considered a 300 combined with an analytical writing score of 4.0.
    • Chatham will use your highest section—quantitative, verbal, writing—scores across all GRE test dates.
  6. Evidence of volunteer/work experience in a minimum of two different physical therapy locations OR two different physical therapy settings included in the PTCAS application. Please note verification of this experience is not required. Examples of different settings include -
    • Acute Care/Hospital
    • Nursing Home/Skilled Nursing Facility/Extended Care Facility
    • Acute/Sub-acute Rehabilitation
    • Free-standing PT Clinical/Hospital-based Clinic
    • Industrial/Occupational Health
    Home Health
  7. Three letters of reference included in the PTCAS application: two academic (faculty or advisor) and one licensed physical therapist OR one academic and two licensed physical therapists
  8. Attendance at on-campus interview.


Chatham University undergraduates applying through the Integrated Degree Program (IDP) must complete all requirements outlined on their respective admission or track tab on the IDP Portal Site. All IDP applicants should work closely with their academic advisors to ensure all requirements are met according to the IDP course of study.


Additional requirements for international applicants can be found here.


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 the offer of admission. The Physical Therapy Program strives for diversity and gender equity within each class.

Technical Standards

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. More information on these five essential areas can be found here. 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, MJ Wrobleski, or the Director of the DPT program, Joe Schreiber, during the application process.


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 2019-2020 academic year: Allegheny College, Baldwin Wallace University, Grove City College, Saint Vincent College, Washington and Jefferson College, and Waynesburg University. Pre-existing agreements with Mount Aloysius College and Mount Vernon Nazarene University are only applicable to undergraduates who matriculated at these institutions prior to August 31, 2017. Applicants from these institutions are advised to discuss the articulation requirements with their advisor as well as the graduate admission counselor at Chatham University.

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)