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If your "Observation Hours" have been submitted and verified (including the PT License #) through PTCAS, then you do not have to send the documented forms in with your Supplemental Application.
Application Forms

• SUPPLEMENTAL APPLICATION FORM
• DOCUMENTATION OF PT EXPERIENCE FORM

Application Procedures

Students who can meet the prerequisite requirements by the time the program begins in Fall semester of a given year should apply to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the USA by the prior December 15th by following these steps:
  1. All applicatants must apply to PTCAS and submit a supplemental application to the PT program. Applications are available in July each year. Students should also download a supplemental application below. Additional details concerning submission of application materials are provided with the application form.

  2. International applicants must have a TOEFL score > 600, TSE > 60, and TWE > 4.5 and must submit the following to the Department of Physical Therapy by October 15 of the year prior to admission.

  3. In addition to the PTCAS application, applicants must submit these documents by 5:00 p.m. on December 15. Materials being sent by mail carrier must be postmarked NO later than December 15.

  4. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores must be officially reported to the University of South Alabama: (use Institution Code: 7799) No copies are accepted.

  5. The Department of Physical Therapy will not process any application that is incomplete (for any items noted above) or that is not submitted by the deadline.

  6. A limited number of applicants who meet all admission requirements will be invited for personal interviews.

  7. Students accepted to the program must submit completed health and physical exam forms to include required immunizations. Accepted students must also read, sign and submit the Core Performance Standards document outlining fundamental tasks of which applicants should be capable upon entering the PT program. The document is included in the application packet and available upon request.

  8. Acceptance into the DPT program is provisional pending completion of any additional required prerequisite courses with a grade of "C" or better and submission of required medical forms as supplied in the acceptance packet. Failure to make a grade of "C" or better in any required prerequisite course will result in a nullification of acceptance into the professional program.

  9. If a student is not selected for admission in a given year, they may re-apply the following year.

  10. Click here to download the supplemental application form for the USA DPT program. Please contact the Physical Therapy Office of Admissions by email for information on applying to the program: ptdept@southalabama.edu

  11. Click here for a Documentation of PT Experience Form (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)
Minimum Requirements for All Applicants

  1. The applicant must declare one of the above categories on the application form (deadline Dec. 15th) and meet all applicable requirements including prerequisites.
  2. Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores must be officially reported to PTCAS by Dec. 15th with a minimum score of 300. GRE must have been taken within the last 5 years. Verbal, Quantitative and Analytical Writing sections may be utilized.
  3. Regular Graduate applicants must have a minimum 3.0 (A=4.0) overall grade point average (GPA); Advanced Undergraduate applicants must have a minimum 3.5 overall GPA.
  4. All applicants must have a minimum grade of "C" in each of the prerequisite courses.
  5. Observation or work experience in Physical Therapy (50 hours minimum) under the supervision of a licensed Physical Therapist. Must be completed and must be verified and submitted electronically to PTCAS.
  6. International applicants must have a TOEFL score > 600, TSE > 60, and TWE > 4.5 and must submit the following to the Department of Physical Therapy by October 15 of the year prior to admission.
  7. Additional requirements as of July 1, 2014 for applicants who will apply in 2014 and plan to start the program in 2015: Applicants may have a maximum of 8 credits of science prerequisites remaining by the application deadline (December 15). The remaining prerequisites must be completed in the spring and summer prior to the start of the program.
Prerequisites Required For All Applicants

English Composition 2 courses
Social Science 3 courses - at least two of which must be Psychology
Precalculus Algebra / Trigonometry or Higher Mathematics 1 Course, or Pre-Calculus Algebra and Pre-Calculus Trigonometry (2 Courses), or higher Math
Statistics 1 course
College Physics -with labs 2 semester or 3 quarter sequence
General Chemistry for science majors -with labs 2 semester or 3 quarter sequence
General or Cell Biology for science majors -with lab* 2 semester or 3 quarter sequence
Human Physiology, Mammalian Physiology OR a course
sequence in Anatomy and Physiology Minimum 6 credits
(Human physiology is the preferred sequence.)

Additional Prerequisites for Advanced Undergraduate Applicants

Fine Arts (History or Appreciation) 1 course
Literature I & II (World Lit, American Lit, or British Lit) Both courses must be in the same series
Oral Communication (Speech) 1 course
History of Civilization or U.S. History 1 course
Computer Science 1 course
Microbiology or Infectious Disease 1 course
Electives 21 Semester hours**

NOTE: For all prerequisite courses, credit older than ten years from the application deadline must be repeated or validated by examination or other appropriate mechanism.

For Advanced Undergraduate applicants, prerequisites must total at least 96 semester hours.
*Botany may not be used to satisfy this prerequisite.
**Electives should be concentrated in a back-up major of the student's choice.


Admissions Timeline


This schedule represents the admissions timeline in a typical year. In any given year, the schedule may have to be adjusted.

July 1-December 15th   Application period

February   Admissions committee considers applications

Mid February   Interviews begin
-includes a brief presentation and tour of the department
-each applicant has a 30 minute interview with a pair of PT interviewers

March - April   Initial acceptance letters and alternate letters mailed
Deadline to respond to offer and reserve your place

Late August   Students begin first semester of DPT program

Admissions Data

The table below displays characteristics of the individuals accepted into the DPT Class for each cohort in recent years. Please note that the GPA and GRE data are means for the group that was admitted.

Class of
2011 Class of
2012 Class of 2013 Class of 2014 Class of 2015 Class of 2016
Mean Cumulative GPA 3.63 3.63 3.69 3.71 3.81 3.80
Mean M/S GPA 3.64 3.59 3.59 3.68 3.64 3.67
Mean GRE (V+Q) Total 1076 1071 1104 1051 1123 (302*) 302*
Gender F 23
M 13 F 24
M 11 F28
M 8 F20
M16 F24
M12 F22
M18
Number of Applicants
(complete applications/pre-requisites met) 190 203 210 249 217 302
Number Accepted 74 78 81 104 98 97
Number Enrolled 36 35 36 36 36 40

*For the class of 2016, the new GRE scoring system was implemented.

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