Bachelor's Degree

The DPT Program at CMU is designed for students who have already received their baccalaureate degree (B.A. or B.S.) from a regionally accredited institution or are in their final year of undergraduate studies. 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.

Prerequisite Courses and Equivalencies

At the time you apply for admission to the DPT Program, you must have completed (or be no more than two classes from completing) the following prerequisite courses. Prerequisites must be completed within six years of when the program matriculates.

Check course equivalencies from other institutions.

CMU Equivalent
Anatomy w/LabHSC 214 or BIO 337
Physiology w/LabHSC 215 or BIO 392
Exercise Physiology (with or without
HSC 308
ChemistryCHM 120, 127 and 342

CHM 131 and 132
MathematicsMTH 109 - Plane Trigonometry

PHY 130, 131, 170 and 171 (lab experience required)
PHY 145, 146, 175 and 176 (lab experience required)


PSY 220- Developmental Psychology
(Also, a course in health or rehabilitative psychology
is recommended.)

Total of 9 credit hours required

StatisticsBIO 500, HSC 544, PSY 211 OR STA 282

Credit Hour Requirements:

Human Biological Sciences (14 semester credit hours of biological sciences) - must include anatomy (lecture and lab), physiology (lecture and lab), and physiology of sport and exercise - also known as exercise physiology (with or without a lab). Additional courses needed to meet credit hour requirements can include human biology, kinesiology, health science and movement science courses that are the study of humans.

Chemistry (8 semester credit hours)
Physics (8-10 semester credit hours)
Psychology (9 semester credit hours - must include developmental psychology)
Note: If PSY 211 is taken to meet the statistics requirement, it cannot be used for the psychology credit hour requirement
Mathematics - a background in trigonometry (or higher) sufficient for success in required physics courses
Statistics (3 semester credit hours)

Career Exploration

A minimum of 50 hours of time is required exploring physical therapy as a career. Career exploration can include volunteer work, observation hours, or work experience with a licensed physical therapist, as well as interviews and professional journal reading.

Observation hours must be obtained in at least two different professional settings with a licensed physical therapist. By different settings, the program does not mean two different practice sites whereby applicants observe the same type of patients. The program prefers that applicants have exposure to as many different patient populations/diagnoses as possible.

Verification by a physical therapist is NOT required.

Letters of Recommendation (references)

Two letters of recommendation are required. One must come from a licensed PT and the other must come from a faculty member that you had as an instructor. If you have a GA or TA submit a letter of recommendation on your behalf, the "overseeing professor" must sign off and approve of the GA's/TA's recommendation.


The CMU DPT Review Committee evaluates each applicant's credentials and selects candidates for a formal interview. Interviews are held each January and acceptance letters are sent out in February.

Technical Standards

All candidates interviewing for admission and students admitted into the DPT Program are expected to demonstrate the attributes and meet the expectations listed in the Technical Standards. These Technical Standards are required for admission and must be maintained throughout a student's participation in the program. Visit the Technical Standards page for more information.