Application Information (updated 11/20/2018)

  • Interview date: Friday, January 11, 2019.  There are no alternate dates. If invited, plan for inclement weather.

Course Prerequisites

Below is a list of  ALL prerequisite requirements applicants must complete to be admitted. The information is subject to change without written notice or obligation

ALL Coursework must be taken for a letter grade. Any coursework with a grade below C will not be considered toward fulfillment of the program's prerequisites. C minus is NOT acceptable.

If a course is repeated, the Physical Therapy Department will calculate the highest grade achieved in the course when calculating the Prerequisite GPA on your PTCAS application.

The Office of Admission requires an undergraduate GPA of 3.00 or higher. The Office of Admissions calculates your Cumulative GPA. If your undergraduate GPA falls below 3.0, The Graduate School of Admissions will calculate the last 60 semester/90 quarter hours of your bachelor course work. No post bachelor course work is used to calculate your Cumulative GPA.

Courses listed with an asterisk (*) must be COMPLETED AND GRADED prior to submitting your PTCAS application.  A maximum of two of the courses numbered 5-9 can be in progress when submitting an application.

  1. *Human Anatomy with lab - one course taken within the past 7 years from date of application.
  2. *Human Physiology - one course within the past 7 years from date of application; lab not required but strongly recommended
  3. *Physics with lab- one year series of physics taken in the past 7 years from date of application.
  4. *Chemistry with lab- one year series of chemistry taken in the past 7 years from date of application.
  5.  Exercise Physiology with lab- one course taken in the past 7 years from date of application
  6. Trigonometry OR Calculus OR Pre-Calculus - one course taken in the past 10 years from date of application. (An AP test score of 4 or higher in Trigonometry or calculus can fulfill this requirement; your score must be viewable on your application
  7. General Psychology - (AP NOT ACCEPTED) one course within 10 years from date of application. An additional upper division psychology course may be used in lieu of general psychology
  8. Upper Division Psychology- one course within 10 years from the date of application. Must be taken through a Psych department. ESS/Kinesiology Sports Psychology courses will NOT meet this requirement.
  9. Statistics -(AP NOT ACCEPTED) one course taken in the past 10 years from date of application; NOT an introductory course. Statistics course must cover ANOVA (analysis of variation), correlation and regression testing.* (Please submit course description and syllabus contact if you have questions to

All prerequisite coursework must be completed by the end of spring semester, PRIOR the start of the DPT program (Summer Semester; mid-May).


Prerequisite Courses (articulations) from other Utah Schools that satisfy University of Utah DPT program requirements

 Click here to download a list of courses at area institutions


Physical Therapy Observation Hours

As a part of the PTCAS application, students record their observation hours under a licensed clinical physical therapist (PT). PTCAS will then contact the PT for verification. We suggest a minimum of 100 hours, however competitive applicants have completed upwards of 250+ hours.

CPR Certification

CPR Certification is not necessary at time of application and does not require completion as college coursework. The American Heart Association (AHA)Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers 1 & 2-Rescuer CPR and AED for adult, child and infant is universally accepted and is now the is the only CPR program accepted for the University of Utah Department of Physical Therapy. The Skills practice and Skills testing portion must be done in the classroom, NOT online. Proof of current certification is required prior to the start of the DPT program.

First Aid Certification is not necessary at time of application and does not require completion as college coursework. Certification from all providers will be accepted for First Aid.

Hepatitis B for Incoming Students

Hepatitis B vaccination is a series of 3 time sensitive injections. The 2nd injection is administered one month after the first, and the third injection is given 6 months after the second. Therefore, students are advised to begin the series of vaccinations as soon as they begin the application process in order to complete the series before admission. Most, if not all, PT programs require these immunizations so it is well worth the applicant’s time to get them completed regardless of where they are admitted.

GRE (Graduate Record Examination)

GRE is required. Use the CAS code 0407. he GRE must be taken so that official scores are received with the application by the deadline (October 1st). This will allow your GRE scores to be reported officially & directly to PTCAS. GRE scores submitted using CAS code 0407 are ONLY needed on the PTCAS application and do not need to be submitted with your supplemental application. GRE® Test scores are valid for five years after the testing year in which you tested (July 1–June 30). Median GRE scores are: Verbal: 151; Quantitative: 153; Analytical: 4.0


If English is not the first language, applicants must take either the TOEFL or the IELTS, to determine English proficiency. On the TOEFL, students must achieve a score of at least 90 Internet based, 575 if paper based. On the IELTS, students must achieve a score of at least 7.0. For information on qualifications go to this website:

Admission Requirements

  1. An undergraduate Cumulative GPA minimum of 3.0 based on all undergraduate work.
  2. Prerequisite GPA minimum of 3.0; 3.2 or higher prerequisite and cumulative GPA is recommended to be competitive for admission.
  3. Work or volunteer Observation experience with licensed physical therapist; minimum 100 hours. Competitive applicants average 250+ hours.
  4. Completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), results posted prior to application.
  5. On-time submission of complete and competitive applications. University of Utah Office of Admissions application AND PTCAS application.
  6. Competitive ranking during the department’s interview process.
  7. Bachelor's degree from a fully accredited college or university completed prior to the start of the program in May.

Application Instructions

Applicants applying to the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program will complete two (2) applications -the University of Utah Graduate Admissions Application and the PTCAS Application. Both applications can be completed online. The deadline for both applications is October 15, 2018. THE STATUS OF BOTH APPLICATIONS MUST BE MARKED COMPLETE BY THE OCTOBER 15, 2018 DEADLINE. Please be aware that one set of transcripts from EACH college that you have attended or are currently attending,  including concurrent enrollment during high school EVEN IF THE COURSE IS NOT A PREREQUISITE must be included. Deadlines expires at Midnight (EST) Eastern Standard Time for the PTCAS application. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE. No applications will be accepted past the October 15, 2018 deadline. 

University of Utah Graduate Admissions Application (Supplemental) Application #1

Click here to be take to the University of Utah Supplemental Application. 

To ensure your application arrives to the department on time, you should plan to submit your application a minimum of 1 week before the deadline of October 15. Upload transcripts to the University of Utah application site. Upload unofficial transcripts by scanning a paper copy of your transcripts onto your personal computer, or if your institution allows, you can download transcripts electronically and save them as one document onto your personal computer. This applies to ALL applicants, including those who attend the University of Utah as undergrads. Do NOT attach a DARS report nor a link to an electronic transcript, as the Graduate Admissions Office will NOT consider either.

If you are a reapplying, when submitting in the University of Utah Supplemental application only, the recommendation is to use a DIFFERENT email address than used during your previous application. The supplemental application is suspiciously simple. 

YOU DO NOT NEED TO COMPLETE THE RESUME, LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION, STATEMENT OF PURPOSE OR POST SUBMISSION SECTIONS. Nor do you need to have GRE scores sent with the University of Utah Supplemental Application. 

The DPT program begins the second week of May. Indicate on the application that you are applying for Summer Term (May)


PTCAS allows PT applicants to use a single Web-based application to apply to multiple PT programs. PTCAS is a service of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and is administered by Liaison International (LI), an education information technology company located in Watertown, Massachusetts.

Click here to be directed to the PTCAS application portal

Your PTCAS application must be marked COMPLETE by Midnight (EST) Eastern Standard Time October 15, 2018. Transcripts must be official and mailed to PTCAS from your registrars' office. START THIS PROCESS EARLY.

Definitions of application status can be found in the FAQ portal of the PTCAS website. No application will be accepted past the October deadline. NO REMINDER NOTICES WILL BE SENT

PTCAS Applicant Support

PTCAS has a team dedicated to helping applicants with the application process. Please direct all applicants with questions about the PTCAS application to the PTCAS Customer Service Team. The Customer Service information is listed below.

Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday 9am-5pm ET/ Phone Number: (617) 612-2040

Email: When contacting via email, applicants should include their full name, PTCAS ID number and a detailed question.

The Admissions Process

After the October deadline, application files are reviewed. A complete file must contain a University of Utah Office Admissions Application and a PTCAS Application- both marked complete by deadline. If the file is complete, then the application is reviewed to determine eligibility, based upon completion of all prerequisite coursework with a “C” or better, a minimum GPA (both cumulative and prerequisite) of 3.0 and the progression of a bachelor’s degree to be completed by the start of our program.

Once eligibility is determined, each student's file will be audited, reviewed and scored on an individual basis by the Admissions Committee in the Department of Physical Therapy. The top 120 scores are invited to interview.

The interview process is a critical one; through the interview process, we gain an understanding of the candidate, his/her academic preparation and insight into his/her potential as a future PT. The interview process consists of two individual interviews and a group interview, spread over the course of 2 days. The individual interviews are between the candidate and a faculty member. The group interview consists of 3 candidates and a panel of 3 interviewers—1 faculty member, 1 PT from our local community and 1 current 2nd year DPT student. For admission to the program in May, candidate interviews typically will take place on Thursday & Friday, prior to the January MLK weekend. No alternate dates are available. Serious applicants must be willing to travel to campus for interviews on these dates!

Interview scores are then compiled and collated with the written review scores. Admission to the program is offered to the top candidates. Because there are a greater number of well-qualified applicants than the Department is able to accommodate, there is competition for the 48 seats available and although well-qualified, some applicants are not able to be admitted. Qualified applicants who do not receive an initial offer of admission may be offered an alternate spot. Alternates will be offered admission should a spot become available. We do not maintain a waiting list from year to year. If a student is not selected for admission, the student will need to reapply the following year.

The Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Utah is committed to policies of equal opportunity and nondiscrimination on the basis of race, national origin, sex, or age. No preference is given to in-state vs. out-of-state applicants, national vs international status, or student source of funding.

The actual acceptance of those students selected is contingent on the following:

 Official acceptance by the University of Utah Office of Admissions.

    • Verification of completion of all courses requirements, including prerequisite courses and bachelor’s degree
    • Receipt of a non-refundable fee to hold class place. This fee is applied to Summer Semester tuition.
    • Completion a criminal background check and a drug screen, the cost of which is the responsibility of the student.
    • Proof of First Aid and CPR certification
    • Proof of immunizations.
    • Proof of health insurance coverage.

Appointment with advisor

The advisor for the Department of Physical Therapy is Dee-Dee Darby-Duffin. Students who live in the area should attend an information session PRIOR to individual advising. You may email your specific questions or concerns to Sending an email will guarantee the fastest response time. Students who do not live in state are encouraged to book a telephone appointment.   Appointments are limited during the summer months and also during the month of Oct/Nov.