Doctor of Physical Therapy Frequently Asked Questions

The 2021/2022 admissions cycle is now open! Apply through PTCAS for our Class of 2025 to enroll in Fall 2022. Applications close on January 17, 2022.

What is the Situational Judgement Test and how much does it cost?

The Situational Judgement Test is an additional assessment taken through Altus Assessments. It is a type of psychological test which presents the test-taker with realistic, hypothetical scenarios and is used by academic programs to help assess applicants for non-academic attributes or people skills. More information about the test can be found here. The total cost to take the test will be $52.

How can I make my application more competitive? If I am meeting but not exceeding the academic selection factors, will I be accepted?

The program has minimum GPA and GRE score requirements. The most competitive applicants have GPA and GRE scores that exceed the minimum requirements, as well as the minimum recommended number of observation hours across multiple settings. If you meet our minimum admissions requirements, you will be invited for an interview. This is not a guarantee of acceptance to the program.

How do I apply to the MU DPT Program?

Applicants must apply through the Centralized Application Service for Physical Therapists (PTCAS; The program does not utilize a supplemental application.

When does the application open and what is the deadline for admissions?

The PTCAS application opens in June of each year, 14 months in advance of our start date. We operate a rolling admissions process. October 1st is the soft deadline for applications to the program, with applications closing in January.

What degree do I need to enter the DPT program?

Applicants are required to have a bachelor’s degree in any field of study from an accredited college or university.

Is there a required major to apply to the DPT program?

No. Applicants can major in anything as long as the required prerequisite courses are completed.

Do Advanced Placement (AP) courses count towards prerequisite requirements?


What is the average GPA for entering students?

The DPT program considers three GPA calculations. For the 2019-2020 admissions cycle, the average cumulative GPA was 3.41, the average prerequisite GPA was 3.48, and the average science GPA was 3.46.

What GRE scores does the DPT require to be accepted?

The DPT program has a minimum GRE score requirement of the 20th percentile for the Verbal and Quantitative sections, and a 3.0 for the Analytical section. GRE scores in or around the 50th percentile for each section (verbal, quantitative, analytical) are considered competitive within our applicant pool.

I’ve taken the GRE more than once, with different results. Which score will you use?

The DPT program uses the highest score earned in each section of the GRE.

I took the GRE a few years ago. Will you still accept my scores?

An applicant’s GRE scores must be less than five years old (5 years from the time of application).

What is the Methodist DPT GRE code?

The Methodist PTCAS GRE code is 1683.

Are there time limits on your prerequisite courses?

Biology, Anatomy, Physiology, and Chemistry prerequisite courses must have been completed within ten years prior to application. Work experience or graduate level education in a related field (e.g., athletic training, exercise physiology etc.) may be accepted, at the discretion of the admissions committee, in lieu of the ten-year prerequisite course time limitation.

Do I have to have all coursework completed when I submit my application?

At the time of application, candidates are expected to have no more than two prerequisite courses remaining to be taken during the spring semester after the application closing date. Exceptions may be considered at the discretion of the Admissions Committee. All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to starting the DPT Program.

Where can I document my planned or in-progress coursework?

There is a section on the PTCAS application where applicants can list these courses.

Is it ok to take or retake my outstanding coursework at a community college?


How does the program view repeated coursework?

The MU DPT Program evaluates the following GPAs: prerequisite GPA (calculated by the program), science GPA (calculated by the program), and overall GPA (calculated by PTCAS). We will take the higher grade of the repeated course when determining a prerequisite GPA. Repeated coursework will be factored in with old coursework when calculating your science and overall GPA.

My undergraduate grades are not very strong. Would retaking some classes help my chances of being more competitive?

Applicants who may be below the required overall, prerequisite and science GPA requirements are recommended to retake any prerequisite courses in which they achieved a C- grade or below. If you are still below the required GPAs, we recommend you retake any remaining courses in which you received a C- grade or below in order to boost your overall GPA.

Does taking my prerequisite courses at Methodist University guarantee me an interview even if I have an unsatisfactory GPA and/or unsatisfactory GRE scores?

No. Completing prerequisite courses or your bachelor’s degree at MU does not guarantee an interview. If you are an applicant on the MU Health Sciences Pathway, please refer to the “Affiliate Programs” page for information on the benefits of the pathway.

How many hours of observation do I need?

Observation hours in a physical therapy setting are not required but are strongly recommended. Typically students who are admitted to the program have at least 100 hours in multiple settings.

Do I have to provide documentation of my hours to the program?

Hours completed are documented on the PTCAS application with the dates of employment/ volunteering, number of hours completed, description of duties, and a contact person. However, the applicant should make sure that the hours have been verified by the employer/volunteer location. Hours must be verified in order to be counted on the application.

Does the DPT Program require interviews for admission?


Are any of the clinical rotations paid positions?


How many seats are available in each class and is the admissions process competitive?

Yes, the admissions process is competitive. The program receives hundreds of applications a year for 40 seats. Every qualified applicant is invited for an interview.

Do you give preference to in-state residents?

Methodist University is a private institution and is not mandated by our state to accept only NC residents.

What is the difference in tuition for in-state and out-of-state students?

Since MU is a private institution, all costs are the same for in-state and out-of-state students. Please visit the Tuition and Fee’s tab for details.

I would like to visit the program and have someone look over my transcripts, what do I need to do?

We strongly encourage prospective students to attend one of our information sessions that are listed under the “Information Sessions” tab. Students with additional queries about their transcripts may send an electronic copy of their transcripts to the Admissions Director.

If you would like to tour our facilities and discuss the admissions process in person, you may schedule an appointment with the Admissions Director by emailing In-person visits are available Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

How long is your program? Do you have one or two start dates?

The program is a full-time, 33-month curriculum. There are no night classes, part-time tracks, or online only versions of the program. Classes are typically Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and clinical rotation schedules are based on the hours of the clinic in which the student is assigned. The program has one start date a year in August.

Can I work during my enrollment in the DPT Program?

Due to the demands of the program, through academics and clinical rotations, students are strongly discouraged from working while enrolled.

Does the DPT program offer areas of specialization?

The DPT program offers a doctorate degree that includes all basic aspects of physical therapy. While the program does not offer specialties, there is an opportunity for emphasis through electives, clinical affiliations, scholarly projects and research.

Are there research opportunities within the DPT program?

Yes. Students are required to complete a research project as part of the research design courses included in the DPT program’s curriculum. DPT faculty are involved in various research, and students are also able to offer assistance to current faculty members on research projects that interest them.

Is on-campus housing available?

No. All of our students live in apartments and houses around the university. A list of suggested apartments is given once the student is accepted into the program.

Is a deposit required for acceptance?

Yes. A $1,000 non-refundable deposit is due within two weeks of being accepted into the program.