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
Chemistry I & II w/labsCHM 120, 127 and 342

CHM 131 and 132
Mathematics (Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus or Calculus)MTH 109, MTH 130 OR MTH 132
Physics I & II w/labs

PHY 130, 131, 170 and 171
PHY 145, 146, 175 and 176 

Developmental Psychology (must cover the development of human behavior from birth to old age)

PSY 220- Developmental Psychology

StatisticsBIO 500, HSC 544, PSY 211 OR STA 282QR

Credit Hour Requirements:

Biology: Must complete at least 14 semester credit hours of human biological sciences. This includes the biology requirements listed above (anatomy, physiology, and exercise physiology), plus additional courses such as human biology, kinesiology, or health science and movement science courses that are the study of humans.

Psychology: Must complete at least nine semester credit hours of psychology. This includes the developmental psychology requirement listed above, plus two or more additional courses of human psychology. Please note that PSY 211, Psychological Statistics, cannot fulfill both the statistics requirement and psychology credit hour requirement.

Career Exploration

Career Exploration Temporary Exception:

Under normal circumstances we require a minimum of 50 career exploration hours as described below. 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 a question on the PTCAS application that demonstrates you have a good understanding of the scope and breath 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.

Your exploration of physical therapy as a career can include volunteer work, observation hours, or work experience with a licensed physical therapist, as well as interviews and professional journal reading. Observation hours completed in facilities must be obtained in at least two different professional settings with a licensed physical therapist. You must choose settings that offer exposure to different types of patients receiving different types of diagnoses and treatments. Verification of observation hours 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.