Physical Therapy Program Admission Criteria

To be considered for admission into Central Michigan University's Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program, you must have completed or been in the final stages of completing a bachelor's degree, the prerequisite course requirements, and the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).

GRE test at home

We realize that the pandemic has made it difficult for some applicants to successfully complete the GRE at a testing center, which is why ETS is offering a test-at-home option. Either testing option is acceptable. The GRE can be taken on your own computer at home and monitored by a human proctor online. Visit the ETS website to take the test online.

Observation hours temporary exception

In normal circumstances, we also require a minimum of 50 career exploration hours. However, we recognize that due to the coronavirus pandemic, most facilities are currently limiting access to essential personnel only. Since this means some of you will be unable to acquire 50 hours of observation, the admissions committee is willing to accept what hours you have completed at the time of application. However, please be prepared to answer questions on the PTCAS application that demonstrates you have a good understanding of the scope and breadth of physical therapy practice. You may gain this understanding by researching the profession. This waiver applies to the current application cycle only. The admissions committee will continue to monitor the effect of the pandemic on students applying at future dates and make decisions on a year-to-year basis.

Grade point average (GPA)

Applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0-grade point average in prerequisite and overall undergraduate academic coursework, with no grade below a 2.0 in each prerequisite course.

Admission into the DPT Program is highly competitive. In 2020, CMU received 223 verified and completed applications, and 60 applicants were offered and accepted admission.

The following information highlights the average academic and practical qualifications for the class beginning in 2020. This information will allow you to assess your chances of admission and help in your planning process. It is important to note, however, that applicants are evaluated based on their own credentials and merit.

  • Average cumulative GPA: 3.63
  • Average prerequisite GPA: 3.61
  • Average GRE Verbal percentile: 48
  • Average GRE Quantitative percentile: 40
  • Average GRE Analytical Writing percentile: 58

GPA recalculation policy

Students will be allowed the opportunity to recalculate their cumulative GPA under the following circumstances:

  1. The career path and curriculum that they were pursuing had significantly changed so that they were now following a completely new area of academic study.
  2. The previous academic coursework and their current coursework are separated by a significant enough period of time to demonstrate a change in career direction.
  3. That they do not wish to use courses from their earlier academic career as prerequisites for the DPT Program.
  4. That all of their prerequisites were taken within the last six years.

If you meet these criteria, you can recalculate your cumulative GPA based on the last 75 credit hours that you have taken. These must include all prerequisite courses. The Admissions Committee will evaluate your records to confirm whether you meet the listed criteria and are eligible for a recalculation.

Should you have any questions regarding our recalculation policy, please contact our CHP Graduate Admissions Office at 989-774-1730.