ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

Enrollment per class60
Program begins:  Summer (late June)

Average Admission Scores (Most recent admitted class as of 3/12/2018)

  • Average cumulative undergraduate GPA: 3.71
  • Average science prerequiste GPA: 3.72
  • Average GRE scores: 76th percentile (Verbal); 69th percentile (Math)
Minimum Entrance Requirements

It is recommended that candidates review the technical standards found on pages 39-41 of the University of Delaware (UD) Department of Physical Therapy Program Policy Document (see link that follows) prior to submitting their application.

NOTE: Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Acceptance is based on academic excellence, GRE performance, evidence of physical therapy clinical experience, the required essay, interview (by invitation only), and letters of recommendation.

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) must be taken and scores forwarded to the University of Delaware (School Code 5811). GRE scores older than five years will not be accepted for admission.
  • Verification of 100 hours minimum observing a U.S. licensed or educated physical therapist in patient care. A minimum of 50 hours is required at time of application. A minimum of 100 hours is required at time of matriculation.
  • Three letters of recommendation — two from U.S. licensed or educated physical therapists whom you have observed in patient care (Letters from a family member or close friend will not fulfill this requirement); one from a professor of an upper-level course you took.
  • Completion of prerequisite courses with a grade of C (2.0 minimum) or higher (see list that follows).
  • Completion of the PTCAS application. Please note that PTCAS applicant data of candidates who apply to UDPT will automatically transfer into the UD supplemental graduate application system. After the data transfer occurs, candidates will receive an email from the UD Office of Graduate & Professional Education to create a login, answer a couple of additional questions and pay a $35 supplemental application fee. Please DO NOT create a supplemental account or application prior to receiving the email from our Graduate Office.
  • Payment of UD supplemental fee $35.
  • By invitation, an interview with the admissions committee, which is required for admission.
Required Courses
  • Introductory or General Psychology (3 credits/1 semester): A foundation course in the application of the scientific method to problems of human behavior and experience.
  • Introductory or General Statistics (3 credits/1 semester): Probability; estimation; classical statistical inference; modern decision theory.
  • Introductory or General Biology w/labs (8 credits/2 semesters): Biology of the cell both structure and function. Perpetuation of life cell division, genetics and development. Origin of life and diversity of life. Material also included is the physiology of multi-cellular organisms: fungi, plants, and animals. The biology of populations, including behavior, evolution and ecology. (An Anatomy and/or Physiology course may NOT be used to fulfill this requirement).
  • Introductory or General Chemistry w/labs (8 credits/2 semesters): Matter, the changes that matter undergoes, and the laws governing these changes, with greater emphasis on atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, equilibria and energy relationships. Includes one three hour lab per week.
  • Introductory or General Physics w/labs (8 credits/2 semesters): Fundamentals of physics, classical and modern; includes mathematics and problem solving. Calculus or Trigonometry based Physics will fulfill this requirement.
  • Human or Mammalian Anatomy* w/lab (4 credits/1 semester)
  • Human or Mammalian Physiology* w/lab (4 credits/1 semester): Principle underlying function of organisms at the organ system level; ionic composition and regulation, respiration, circulation, nutritive metabolism, excretion and neuromuscular activity. (Exercise Physiology may NOT be used to fulfill this requirement)

*May substitute two-course sequence of anatomy and physiology.

Additional Requirements for International Applicants
  • The University of Delaware DPT Program requires all international educational documents to be evaluated by World Education Services (WES), arranged for by the applicant, prior to submission of the PTCAS application.
  • The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is the standard University requirement to show proof of English language proficiency. A waiver of the TOEFL exam is only allowed when:
    • A degree has been earned in a country where English is the primary language.
    • A degree has already been earned in the United States.
  • Following are UDPT’s preferred minimum TOEFL scores on each section of the exam:
    • Total: 100 IBT or 600 paper-based
    • Reading: 26
    • Writing: 24
    • Listening: 22
    • Speaking: 26
  • For complete instructions, please visit the Office of Graduate & Professional Education admissions website and follow the instructions for international students.

If you have any questions please send an e-mail to us at pt-admissions@udel.edu or to the Admissions Office in the Office of Graduate & Professional Education at gradadmissions@udel.edu

Highly Recommended Courses (Not required for admission)
COURSE TYPE OR LEVEL/SEMESTERS AND (CREDITS)
Calculus Introductory/ 1 semester (3 credits)
English Composition Introductory/ 1 semester (3 credits)
Psychology Upper-level/ 1 semester (3 credits)
Recommended Courses (Not required for admission)
COURSE TYPE OR LEVEL/SEMESTERS AND (CREDITS)
Medical Ethics Introductory / 1 (3)
Public Speaking Introductory / 1 (3)
Sociology of Health Care Introductory / 1 (3)
Sociology Introductory / 1 (3)
Inter-professional Education Introductory / 1 (3)
Interpersonal Relationships/Communications Introductory / 1 (3)

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