Doctor of Physical Therapy Frequently Asked Questions

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What makes an application more competitive? If I’m meeting, not exceeding the academic selection factors, will I be accepted?

The program has recommended GPAs and GRE scores that are minimum benchmarks. Averages for the incoming class have shown that the majority of applicants who are accepted have exceeded the minimum requirements.

Where can I access an application for admission to the MU DPT Program?

Applicants must apply through the Centralized Application Service for PTs (PTCAS; Currently, the program does not utilize a supplemental application, nor do we have an additional application fee.

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

The PTCAS application opens for all programs in July of each year, 13 months in advance of our start date. October 1st is the firm deadline for the program. Interview decisions will be made at the closing of the application, once all submitted applications are verified. Interview decisions will be sent via email 2-4 weeks after the deadline.

What degree do I need to enter the DPT program?

Successful applicants need a baccalaureate degree 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 Advance Placement (AP) courses taken in high school count toward course 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?

No. Applicants who have a plan in place or are in progress of completing outstanding coursework for the program will still be considered, if selection factors have been met. Applicants are encouraged to have the majority of coursework completed at the time their application is received. It is recommended that applicants have no more than 4 outstanding courses at the time of applying. Applicants can have no more than two outstanding prerequisite courses to be taken during the spring semester. We do not accept summer courses.

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 have completed their degree many years ago and who may be close, but below the recommended overall, prerequisite, and science GPA are encouraged to retake prerequisite courses to boost their GPA to make them a more competitive applicant.

It is not always recommended that applicants consider redoing an entire bachelor’s degree. Many post-baccalaureate (Post-Bacc) programs are designed to help enhance, improve and complete/retake prerequisite courses within a short time.  If an applicant does not want to enroll in an official “post-bacc program” he or she should consider prioritizing retaking prerequisites rather than taking upper level courses or retaking lower level courses that are not requirements. Applicants should challenge themselves by taking as many semester hours and challenging courses as possible.

Does attending Methodist University to take my prerequisites guarantee me an interview even if I have an unsatisfactory GPA and/or unsatisfactory GRE scores?

No. Completing prerequisites or your bachelor’s degree at MU does not guarantee an interview. However if you are a Health Science Pathway graduate and you meet our requirements you will be granted an interview.

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?


Can you explain the interview process?

After the application deadline, and all applications have been verified by PTCAS, the Director of Admissions will rank students based on their Phase I academic score. The top 100-200 applicants will be invited for an on campus and in person interview. We do not hold phone or Skype interviews.

Interviews are typically held in mid-December and are conducted over a 2-3 day period. Applicants are not able to select the day or the time of their interview. The Director of Admissions will notify the applicant of their interview date at least one month prior to the interview, unless an applicant is on the interview waitlist. The interview waitlist will close the day before interviews are held. Applicants will go through a series of individual and group interviews and will be scored by a variety of faculty and community members. A Phase 2 interview score will be given to each applicant.

After interviews have been completed the Director of Admissions will calculate the applicant’s total score using the Phase I and Phase 2 scores and will offer seats to the top 40 students. A 40-80 person waitlist will be created.

How many seats are available vs. how many apply?

The program receives hundreds of applications a year for 40 seats. Previous trends have shown close to 130 applicants a year are 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?

The program strongly encourages prospective students to attend one of our monthly information sessions that are listed on the DPT home page.

Sessions are listed on a monthly basis and applicants must confirm their attendance via email. The Director of Admissions will cover prerequisites, application process, program curriculum, and reserves time at the end of the session to look over transcripts and answer individual questions.

Students who are unable to attend the session may send an electronic copy of their transcripts to the Director of Admission email at Further, if prospective students call and no one is available to answer your questions at that moment you are encouraged to leave a voicemail and your phone call is always returned promptly. If the Admissions Director is out of the office applicants are encouraged to send an email with their question. In most instances emails will be returned on days that the Admissions Director is out.

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 time classes, part-time tracks, or online version of the program. Classes are typically Monday through Friday from 8 am-5 pm 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, late 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 $500 non-refundable deposit is due within two weeks of being accepted into the program.