FAQ

1. What is the deadline to submit application materials to PTCAS?

2. What prerequisite courses are required for the program?

3. Does the university accept online course work toward meeting prerequisite requirements?

4. What if I have a B- in a prerequisite? Does that mean I can't apply?

5. What happens if I am in the process of repeating a prerequisite course to raise my grade because it does not meet the minimum grade requirement, but the course is not completed by the November 1 deadline?

6. Is there any way of being admitted if my GPA does not meet the minimum requirements?

7. Which section of the GRE test do I take?

8. When I apply, my GRE scores will be 5.5 years old; are they acceptable?

9. Can I have a health care professional other than a licensed physical therapist write my physical therapy recommendation?

10. Can I submit more than three references with my application?

11. How many hours of experience and exposure in the field of physical therapy are required for admission?

12. Is a personal interview required as part of the application process?

13. Can I transfer physical therapy courses I have taken at another institution in for credit at University of Puget Sound?

14. What is the profile of students admitted to a recent Puget Sound PT class?

15. What is the total tuition for the DPT? 

16. Is a background check required prior to entry in the program?

17. When will I be notified about admission decisions?

18. Who is the best resource for me to contact about the PT program?

19. What is a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree, and how does it differ from a Doctor of Philosophy degree (PhD) or Master of Physical Therapy degree?



1. What is the deadline to submit application materials to PTCAS?

November 1st is the firm deadline to e-submit your application to PTCAS. Do NOT wait for PTCAS to receive all of your materials (transcripts, references, etc.) before you submit your application. We suggest that you apply early as it can take up to 4-5 weeks for PTCAS to process your file once it is complete.
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2. What prerequisite courses are required for the program?
Human, comparative, or vertebrate Anatomy & Physiology (with labs) (human preferred); one year series of physics (with labs); one year series of chemistry (with labs); statistics, and abnormal behavior or introduction to psychology, each with a minimum grade of "B (3.0).
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3. Does the university accept online course work toward meeting prerequisite requirements?
The program accepts online or hybrid courses that you have taken as part of your undergraduate degree at your degree granting institution. When completing a prerequisite course outside of your undergraduate degree, you are cautioned that the program may not accept non-traditional formatted courses. It is recommended that you have our transcript evaluator approve prior to enrollment (registrar@pugetsound.edu)
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4. What if I have a B- in a prerequisite? Does this mean I can’t apply?
If you have a B- (2.70) in a prerequisite course, you have not fulfilled our requirement for this prerequisite. Assuming you have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better and you plan to repeat the course prior to enrolling in our program, you can apply. You must indicate on your application that you have a plan to complete the prerequisite before entering our program. It is best if the repeat course is work in progress during fall term. This is similar to degree in progress, in which case you can apply and you can be admitted, but it will be a contingent admission. This means that if you do not successfully fulfill all contingencies, you will not be allowed to enroll with the class.
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5. What happens if I am in the process of repeating a prerequisite course to raise my grade because it does not meet the minimum grade requirement, but the course is not completed by the November 1 deadline?
If you have submitted your PTCAS application by our deadline of November 1 and you included in your written plan course work for fall semester/quarter your file will be evaluated after the academic update deadline set by PTCAS for posting fall grades.
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6. Is there any way of being admitted if my GPA does not meet the minimum requirements?
The physical therapy curriculum requires full-time study in rigorous course work, and students must have a 3.0 average in this course work in order to graduate with a physical therapy degree. Thus, to be admitted to the program, students must have achieved at least a 3.0 GPA in undergraduate work and earn grades of "B" (3.0) or more in each prerequisite. If an applicant has completed a graduate degree (masters or doctorate) this more recent GPA will be used to qualify instead of the undergraduate GPA.
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7. Which section of the GRE test do I take?
Take the general test. The committee looks at the scores from the verbal, quantitative and analytical essay sections of the general test. The committee will make a judgement on applicant writing ability based on considering quality of writing on our application questions combined with your score on the GRE essay section. University of Puget Sound will accept the old test or the new revised GRE.
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8. When I apply, my GRE scores will be 5 1/2 years old; are they acceptable?
No, the GRE must be taken within five years prior to enrollment in the program. You will need to retake the GRE.
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9. Can I have a health care professional other than a licensed physical therapist write my physical therapy recommendation?
No, the admission committee is looking for information specific to the physical therapy profession, therefore, the licensed physical therapist is the only acceptable professional for this reference.
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10. Can I submit more than three references with my application?
PTCAS allows an applicant to submit a maximum of four references. The PT admissions committee requires a minimum of three references, one of which must be from a licensed physical therapist and one must be from an educator.
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11. How many hours of experience and exposure in the field of physical therapy are required for admission?
The physical therapy admission committee does not have a specific hour requirement for experience and exposure in the field. The committee does encourage an applicant to obtain experience in a volunteer or paid position, (which must be under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist) in many different physical therapy settings with different patient populations. A minimum of 100 contact hours is recommended. Most importantly, the applicant should be able to communicate an understanding of physical therapy to the admission committee through answers to the physical therapy essay questions contained in the application which can be found on PTCAS. We do not require verification of hours completed.
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12. Is a personal interview required as part of the application process?
No, decisions for admission are made on the application materials submitted. Students are strongly encouraged to visit the program and meet the faculty, but information from this visit is not recorded for admission decision purposes.
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13. Can I transfer physical therapy courses I have taken at another institution in for credit at University of Puget Sound?
No, the University of Puget Sound does not accept physical therapy courses from other institutions for credit toward the physical therapy degree. Courses in the Puget Sound program are all designed specially to function as an integrated curriculum.
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14. What is the profile of students admitted to a recent Puget Sound PT class?
You can find the class profile for the most recent entering class online. In addition, successful applicants demonstrate strong writing skills in their application materials, and their recommenders must indicate that they possess excellent character traits.
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15. What is the total tuition for the DPT?
Puget Sound graduate students pay a "per/unit" tuition rate. You can find the most current information about tuition and expenses online. In general, you should plan for tuition rates to go up by some percentage every year at any school. Typical annual tuition increases at Puget Sound are two to three percent.
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16. Is a background check required prior to entry in the program?
No; specifically, you do not need to register or pay for the Certiphi Screening background check as detailed in PTCAS. After admission to the program, students will be given specific information about background checks needed for clinical education.
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17. When will I be notified about admission decisions?
We begin contacting applicants in late February and continue until all spaces in the program are filled.
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18. Who is the best resource for me to contact about the PT program?
Prospective students are encouraged to visit our program. A visit may include a campus tour, meeting with professors and students, and even sitting in on classes. Please contact pt@pugetsound.edu or call 253.879.3180 to schedule a visit. Prospective student advisors are Sara Shapiro and Jennifer Hastings and they can be reached best via email for specific questions. Please review the FAQs before reaching out to an advisor. 
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19. What is a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree, and how does it differ from a Doctor of Philosophy degree (PhD)?
The Doctor of Physical Therapy degree is an entry level, clinical degree. All accredited PT programs must confer this degree. The Doctor of Physical Therapy qualifies a graduate to sit for the physical therapy licensure exam, and upon passing that exam, practice physical therapy. It is very different from a PhD, (which some may confuse with it because of the name "doctor" in the title,) because a PhD has a research emphasis rather than a clinical focus. A Doctor of Physical Therapy degree implies a mastery of the current knowledge of the clinical field of physical therapy. PhD training is about creating new knowledge in a field of study.
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