To apply, complete the online application through PTCAS. Applications will be accepted from July 2 until November 2 or until the cohort is filled.
The SRU DPT Program has a rolling admissions process which means applications are reviewed throughout the application process, applicants are encouraged to apply early as we will accept applications until the cohort is filled. The admissions committee does a holistic review of each application, considering multiple factors when making admissions decisions (GPA, GRE scores, letters of recommendation, essay/short answer questions, observation hours, extra-curricular activities, leadership abilities, etc.).
1. A minimum of a baccalaureate degree with an emphasis in the natural sciences or completion of the first three years of the Pre-Physical Therapy SRU 3+3 and the following prerequisites:
a. Two courses of Anatomy & Physiology with labs
We will accept any of the following:
A&P: Combined course
A&P: Separate courses
We will accept anatomy and physiology courses taken in sequence (e.g. A&P 1 and A&P 2) or we will accept anatomy with a lab and physiology courses taken separately.
b. Two courses of Chemistry with labs
We will accept any chemistry course with a lab.
c. Two courses of Physics with labs
We will accept any physics course with a lab.
d. Two courses of Psychology
We will accept any psychology courses.
e. One course in Statistics
We will accept either of these statistic courses: Biology-Biostatistics and Mathematics-Statistics.
2. All prerequisite courses must be completed with a C or better. Due to COVID-19, we will accept "pass" for Spring and Summer 2020 courses. However, we will rank them as a 'B' when analyzing grades.
3. Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts from all institutions previously attended.
4. Official scores from the general test of the Graduate Record Exam scores. GRE scores are reportable for five years. SRU PTCAS code is 4802. If the applicant already holds a Master or other graduate degree, we do not require GRE scores.
GRE Update for the 2020-2021 Cycle: The GRE exam is strongly recommended but will be optional for the 2020-2021 admissions cycle. GRE scores that are submitted will be considered but will not be a requirement for admission.
5. Documentation of 50 hours or more of physical therapy experience with a licensed physical therapist at a minimum of two different facilities.
Observation hours requirement for SRU for the 2020-2021 Cycle: We recognize that obtaining the required observation hours may not be possible prior to our review of applicants beginning on November 2, 2020 due to the COVID-19 situation. We encourage you to obtain the 50 observation hours in two different settings, including tele-health prior to November 2. However, we will fully consider applicants who are unable to meet the minimum hour requirement (50 hours) or multiple setting requirement by November 2. If admitted, all required prerequisite courses and observation hours must be complete by June 1, 2021 for entry into the Fall 2021 cohort.
6. Three recommendations: two must be from licensed physical therapists and the third is a professional reference. Reference letters from physical therapy assistants (PTAs), athletic trainers, etc. will not be accepted. Each applicant MUST submit one professional reference letter from someone of their choice; however, letters from family members or friends WILL NOT be accepted. Professional recommendations may include professors, employers, and volunteer supervisors other than physical therapists.
Letters of recommendation requirement for the SRU 2020-2021 cycle.: We recognize that obtaining the required two letters of recommendation from licensed physical therapists may not be possible prior to review of applicants beginning on November 2, 2020 if you still have observation hours to complete due to the COVID-19 situation. We strongly recommend having the two licensed physical therapist letters prior to November 2; however, if this is not feasible, we will accept an alternate letter. We encourage the alternate letter to be from an employer or supervisor rather than an additional letter from a professor.
7. Completed essay questions.
8. An undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
*All prerequisites must have been taken within the last 10 years.
* Online courses for all prerequisites permitted except for Anatomy & Physiology and Chemistry. Due to COVID-19, we will accept online courses however we encourage students to defer taking the course in a later semester when possible.
* AP/IB courses are permitted except for Anatomy & Physiology. For Chemistry, Physics and Psychology we only accept one as AP/IB while the second prerequisite must be from a college-level course.
* Regardless of citizenship, if you are a non-native English speaker, you may be required to submit scores that show proficiency in the English language.
Applicants who are offered and accept admission in the program are required to submit a deposit within two weeks of acceptance to hold a seat in the upcoming cohort. The $500.00 deposit is applied directly to the student's tuition for the fall semester.
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