To be considered for admission into CMU's DPT Program, students must have completed or be in the final stages of completing a bachelor's degree, the prerequisite course requirements, 50 career exploration (shadowing) hours* and the GRE** (Graduate Record Exam). 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.

*Career Exploration: If you were unable to complete 50 observation/shadowing hours due to the pandemic, please be prepared to answer a question on the PTCAS application demonstrating your in-depth understanding of the scope and breadth of physical therapy practice.

**GRE: The DPT Admissions Committee understands that completing the GRE during a pandemic has been problematic. ETS does now offer a test-at-home option, but if you are unable to complete the GRE either in person or online, we will still consider your application if you let us know the reasons why you when you submit your application. If you do take the GRE, submit your scores to the CMU PTCAS portal using the code 7751.

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 of 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

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 feel you meet these criteria, write a formal letter to the Director of Physical Therapy, Dr. Silkwood-Sherer, and attach it as a pdf or document in an email. The Admissions Committee will evaluate your records to confirm whether you meet the listed criteria and are eligible for a recalculation. 

If you have questions, contact our CHP Graduate Admissions Office via email or phone 989-774-1730.