Physical Therapy, D.P.T.

Admission Requirements

Minimum Requirements for Admission

  1. Baccalaureate degree from a regionally or nationally accredited college/university completed prior to the starting date in the DPT program.
  2. Prerequisite Courses: Must complete all prerequisite courses prior to the summer term for which you are applying. For example, if you are applying for the class that starts in May 2019, all of your prerequisite courses must be completed by Summer 2019.
    Science 1
    Biology (& lab)8
    Chemistry (& lab)8
    Physics (& lab)8
    Human Anatomy 23
    Human Physiology 23
    Mathematics3
    Statistics 33
    Biohavioral/Social Science
    Psychology (Preferably abnormal & developmental or life span)6
    English
    Composition/Writing6
  3. Clinical Observation Hours: Complete at least 60 clinical observation hours, preferably from two different settings under the direct supervision of a licensed physical therapist by the time of application. Please follow the instructions listed on the PTCAS website (www.ptcas.org/PTHours/) to submit your hours for verification. For PTCAS general application, PT observation hours need to be completed no later than October 1. For PTCAS Early Decision application, PT observation hours need to be completed no later than July 31.
  4. Grade Point Averages:
    A minimum 3.0 for overall Undergraduate GPA
    A minimum 3.0 for the GPA for prerequisite sciences
    A minimum 3.0 for the GPA for all prerequisites combined
  5. GPA calculation for repeated courses:
    — For the 2017-2018 application cycle (class start date: May 21, 2018) & afterwards:
    • If a student retakes the same science course at the same institution and earns a higher grade on the second attempt, we will use the higher grade to calculate GPAs.
    • In other situation (i.e. taking the same science course more than two times at the same institution; retaking the same or equivalent course at a different institution), if a science course is repeated, we will use all grades earned for that course to calculate GPAs.
  6. Completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with submission of scores at the time that the application is submitted. Please contact ETS to determine testing dates and sites. (1-800-GRE-CALL; www.ets.org/gre). For submitting your score report, our program code is “Marshall U Sch Phy Therapy PTCAS (0323).” Your score report will be received and verified by PTCAS. For PTCAS general application, GRE needs to be completed no later then October 1. For PTCAS Early Decision application, GRE needs to be completed no later than July 31. Do Not have ETS send your score report directly to Marshall University.4
  7. Provide two references: One from a physical therapist and the other from either another physical therapist, or a faculty member or an employer. A reference request form is provided on the PTCAS website (www.ptcas.org).
  8. Provisional Admission: A student who possesses a baccalaureate degree from an accepted, regionally accredited college/university and has submitted all other application materials, but still has 1-2 prerequisite courses in progress at the time of interview (early January) may be provisionally admitted. However, outstanding course(s) must be completed with the appropriate minimal grade prior to commencing the DPT program in May of the year for which the student is applying.
  9. Conditional Admission: A student who does not already possess a baccalaureate degree from an accepted, regionally accredited institution, and/or has 1-2 prerequisite courses in progress at the time of interview (early January), but has submitted all other required application materials, may be conditionally admitted. However, the bachelor’s degree must be earned, and outstanding course(s) must be completed with the appropriate minimal grade prior to commencing the DPT program in May of the year for which the student is applying.

How to Apply

The School of Physical Therapy at Marshall University is participating in the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service, known as PTCAS. Applicants applying to the entry-level physical therapist education program for the 2013 entering class and afterward will apply online using the PTCAS application. To learn more about the PTCAS application process, visit www.ptcas.org.

MU DPT program will participate in the PTCAS Early Decision process. The Early Decision application is for applicants who have decided MU DPT program is their first choice and have met all of the following requirements:

  1. a minimum overall GPA of 3.5;
  2. a minimum total GRE score (verbal + quantitative) of 300;
  3. a minimum GRE analytical writing score of 3.5;
  4. no more than two outstanding science prerequisite courses at the time of application.

Criminal Background Check Information

Special Note Regarding Eligibility for Certification for Licensure, Criminal Background Clearance

Students who are offered admission to the Marshall University School of Physical Therapy are required to have a criminal background check. Complete instructions on obtaining and forwarding these documents will be provided to students who are offered admission, prior to matriculation. Clinical rotation sites that require a criminal background check may deny a student’s participation in the clinical rotation because of a felony or misdemeanor conviction or a record of child abuse. Clinical sites may also deny participation in clinical experience for other reasons, such as failure of a required drug test, or inability to produce an appropriate health clearance. As participation in clinical experiences, rotations or fieldwork is a required part of the curriculum and a requirement for graduation, denial of participation by a clinical site may result in delay of graduation or the inability to graduate from the program. Regardless of whether or not a student graduates from Marshall, individuals who have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor may be denied certification or licensure as a health professional. Information regarding individual eligibility may be obtained from the appropriate credentialing bodies or state licensure board.

Program Requirements

Academic Progression

Provisions for academic progression are further outlined in the Graduate Catalog and SOPT Student Handbook. Academic progression is reviewed during orientation upon matriculation in the DPT Program and includes, but is not limited to, the following details regarding Academic Progression (probation, dismissal, re-entry):

  1. Summer (DPT Semester 1) of First Year:
    • A student whose Grade Point Average falls between 2.99-2.90 will be recommended for academic probation by the APSC and approved by the SOPT chairperson.
    • A student whose Grade Point Average falls between 2.89-2.75 will be recommended for academic probation. The student may request to restart the DPT program with the following cohort or continue on probation. Due to CAPTE accreditation rule 9.8(a) that limits the class size for new, re-entering, and decelerating students, a maximum of 3 students per cohort will be allowed to restart the program. The APSC will review the academic/professional performance of all students who request re-entry and recommend restarting the program based on overall Grade Point Average and academic performance in individual courses during the Summer semester.
    • A student whose Grade Point Average falls below a 2.75 will be recommended for dismissed from the MUSOPT. The student may reapply to the program through PTCAS in the following year.
  2. Any Semester thereafter (after Summer of First Year):
    • A student whose cumulative Grade Point Average falls between 2.99 - 2.75 will be recommended for academic probation by the APSC.
    • A student whose cumulative Grade Point Average falls below a 2.75 will be dismissed from the program and may reapply through PTCAS.
  3. Any student who is on probation will have one semester to correct academic deficiencies. If a student has demonstrated academic progress and improved their cumulative Grade Point Average to 2.90 to 2.99 during the semester of probation, the student may appeal to the APSC for an additional consecutive semester of probation. Students are allowed a maximum of two semesters of academic probation as part of the DPT curriculum.
  4. Following notification of probation and before the start of the next semester, the student will be counseled by their faculty advisor or the APSC. During this initial counseling session, the student will be advised of his/her deficiencies and the requirements for removing the deficiencies by the end of the following semester.
  5. The SOPT Chairperson may either accept or overturn all recommendations by the APSC, and will subsequently inform the student of the final recommendation to the Dean of the Graduate College.
  6. The Dean of the Graduate College makes the final decision regarding academic dismissal.
  7. If the student disagrees with the SOPT Chairperson’s decision, the student may appeal the decision in writing to the Dean of the Graduate College within 3 university business days after notification of dismissal.
  8. In the event a student is placed on probation in the final fall semester (DPT semester 8) and it is mathematically unable to achieve a 3.0 GPA, the student will not be permitted to attend the intermediate internship (PT 792 Clinical Internship II) and referred to the APSC for review and to make a recommendation to the SOPT Chairperson.

Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First SemesterCredit Hours
Summer (11 weeks)  
PT 700 Gross Anatomy for PT 5
PT 710 Clinical Skills I 3
PT 750 Foundations of Phys Ther 2
PT 761 EBP I 2
 Credit Hours12
Second Semester
Fall I (15 weeks)  
PT 701 Neuroanatomy 4
PT 711 Human Movement I 4
PT 720 Advanced Clinical Physiology 3
PT 731 Clinical Skills 3
PT 741 Medical Pathology in PT I 2
PT 751 Legal & Ethical Issues in PT 2
PT 771 Clin Application Seminar I (CASES) 1
 Credit Hours19
Third Semester
Spring I (15 weeks)  
PT 712 Human Movement II 4
PT 732 Therapeutic Interventions 3
PT 742 Medical Pathology in PT II 2
PT 744 Med Pathology in PT IV 3
PT 763 EBP II 2
PT 772 Clin Application Seminar II (CASES) 1
PT 781 Musculoskeletal 1 3
 Credit Hours18
Second Year
Fourth Semester
Summer II (10 weeks)  
PT 713 Human Movement III 2
PT 747 Pharmacology in Rehab 2
PT 758 PM&BC in PT Practice 1
PT 773 Clin Application Seminar III (CASES) 1
PT 782 Musculoskeletal II 4
 Credit Hours10
Fifth Semester
Fall II (8 weeks clinical; 7 weeks didactic)  
PT 702 Neuro Evaluation 1
PT 721 Applied Ex Phys 3
PT 754 Health Care Delivery Systems 1
PT 764 EBP III 1
PT 774 Clin Application Seminar IV (CASES) 1
PT 789 MSK III 1
PT 791 Clinical Internship I 4
 Credit Hours12
Sixth Semester
Spring II (15 weeks)  
PT 704 Neurorehabilitation 4
PT 755 Service Learning Practicum 1
PT 765 EBP IV 1
PT 775 Clin Application Seminar V (CASES) 1
PT 783 Cardiopulmonary in PT 4
PT 786 Rehab in Select Pops I 3
 Credit Hours14
Third Year
Seventh Semester
Summer III (11 weeks)  
PT 756 Administration in PT 3
PT 766 EBP V 1
PT 776 Clin Application Seminar VI (CASES) 1
PT 784 Integumentary 3
PT 787 Rehab in Select Pops II 2
PT 799 Integration & Review 1
 Credit Hours11
Eighth Semester
Fall III (6 weeks didactic; 12 weeks clinical)  
PT 785 Health Promo and Nutrition 2
PT 788 Rehab in Select Pops III 1
PT 792 Clinical Internship II 6
PT 777 Clin Application Seminar VII (CASES) 1
 Credit Hours10
Ninth Semester
Spring III (1 week didactic; 15 weeks clinical)  
PT 767 EBP VI 1
PT 793 Clinical Internship III 8
 Credit Hours9
 Total Credit Hours115