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Doctor of Physical Therapy
Offered By: College of Nursing and Health Professions
Graduate School
Application Deadline: February 1


The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) is the preferred degree by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) and the American Physical Therapy Association's (APTA) and it reflects the current level of study that is required to meet the latest standards for physical therapy education.

The DPT program is designed so that a bachelor's degree and prerequisites to the program are completed prior to the professional coursework. Once accepted into the program, students attend full time for 3 years to complete the DPT degree.  


The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Arkansas State University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). 

Note:  Applicants must apply online to the ASU Graduate School AND to PTCAS                                         (see Admission Process below)

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  • Prerequisites
    • Applicants must have a Bachelor's Degree. No specific field of study is required. Students are encouraged to select undergraduate majors consistent with their individual abilities and interests, however the required courses in some majors such as biology and exercise science are more consistent with the specific DPT prerequisites. Students in other majors may have to complete more credit hours than the minimum required for graduation.

    Prerequisite Courses

    IMPORTANT: Satisfactory completion with a letter grade of B or higher in all prerequisite courses are required for admission to the DPT program.

    • Medical Terminology   (1 to 3 credits - Must be taken from an accredited college or university)
    • Statistics   (3 credits)
    • General Physics I   (4 credits - Must include lab)
    • General Physics II   (4 credits - Must include lab)
    • Anatomy & Physiology I   (4 credits - Must include lab)
    • Anatomy & Physiology II    (4 credits - Must include lab)

    NOTE: Students are encouraged to complete additional preparation courses beyond the DPT prerequisites to receive additional weighting credit (see Admissions Evaluative Criteria #5).

    * The GRE is NOT required to apply.

  • Admission Process


    Arkansas State University's DPT program subscribes to the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS). applicants for admission to the ASU DPT program MUST apply online using the PTCAS application. IN ADDITION, students must also apply online to the ASU Graduate School (see links below)

    Deadline for submitting applications to PTCAS and the Graduate School is February 1st.

    To learn more about the PTCAS application process and to get started, please go to the PTCAS website at www.ptcas.org. Information about the ASU Graduate School application is included as supplemental material on the PTCAS website. If you encounter difficulty with PTCAS, please contact their Customer Service. 

    Once a student has submitted an application through PTCAS, the transcript information is verified by PTCAS. this process takes time and depends both on the efficiency of PTCAS and the speed with which your schools respond to the inquiries from PTCAS. ASU will accept completed, verified applications from PTCAS until March 1st. If PTCAS has not completed the verification process by March 1st, the application will not be considered, even if it was submitted by the February 1st deadline. Therefore, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their applications well before the deadline to ensure that the verification process will be completed by the deadline.

    The Department of Physical Therapy will begin reviewing applications after March 1st.


    PTCAS Application


    ASU Graduate School (Go to "Apply Now" - must create user account to apply)



    Official transcripts MUST be sent to both PTCAS and ASU Graduate Admissions. Please do not send transcripts to the ASU Physical Therapy Department unless specifically requested to. Transcripts for ASU Graduate School should be sent to:

    ASU Graduate Admission
    PO Box 1570
    State University, AR  72467

    The application fee of $50 can be paid online (through your applicant account) or by phone to the Cashier’s Window at 870-972-3847.

    ASU Transcripts

    Students who have attended one or more of the ASU campuses (i.e. Newport, Beebe, etc.) must still request transcripts from them separately to be sent to PTCAS and ASU Graduate Admissions. ASU campuses are independent of each other in regards to transcripts and can only be verified by the campus where the courses were actually taken.

    Other Information

    For more information relating to acceptance statistics, Spanish proficiency testing, tuition and fees, etc., please see the Other Information section at the bottom of this page.

    Q & A - Answers and information for commonly asked questions >>> Please read this over carefully before contacting the DPT program

    How we score applications

    Applicants are evaluated on the following criteria: 

    1.   Cumulative GPA (GPA X 6.875 points)

    2.   Last 60 credit hours GPA (Last 60 GPA X 9.375 points)

    3.   Residency (maximum of 7.5 points);

                   a.     Students who have graduated from ASU (7.5 points)

    b.    Permanent residents of Arkansas who are not graduates of ASU (5 points)

    c.     Non-Arkansas residents who are permanent residents of the federally defined Delta Region (Missouri, Alabama, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee) (2 points).

    4.     Spanish proficiency (maximum of 5 points).  Spanish proficiency is not required for application but may enhance the applicant’s overall score.  Students must prove their proficiency by taking the ACTFL-OPI (Oral Proficiency Interview). Spanish proficiency scores must be submitted by February 1.  Additional information is located at www.languagetesting.com.

    5.    Additional preparation courses (Maximum of 15 points). To improve readiness for the DPT program, an Admission Score weight of one (1) point will be added for each course from the content areas below that is sequenced at or above the 2000 level (and not already counted as a prerequisite).  The applicant must have received a course grade of “B” or better for additional application “weight” to be awarded.

    Upper Level Anatomy

    Upper Level Physiology






    Cell Biology



    Principles of Disease

    General Chemistry

    Organic Chemistry

    Quantitative Chemistry



    Thermal Engineering

    Mechanical Engineering

    Electromagnetic Engineering

    Medical Microbiology

    Clinical Chemistry



    It will be the responsibility of the applicant to identify (on the application submitted through PTCAS) those courses he/she believes should be considered for additional weighting.  Note not only the course, but the term in which it was completed and the institution from which the credit was awarded.

      6.     Completion of prerequisite courses at time of application (7.5 points). Students completing all prerequisite courses by February 1st will receive 7.5 points on the admissions score.

     *Resume, work experiences, military service, community service, etc., are only scored in the case of a tie for the 30th position.

     **Students admitted to the program must indicate their ability to meet the essential requirements and functions for admission & retention by signing the Essential Requirements & Functions for Admission & Retention Technical Standard Form.


  • Additional Information


    ASU freshmen students who meet and maintain requirements can secure a spot in the DPT program prior to the application process. Early Commit Applications are due March 15th! 

    Download the Early Commit Program application>>  


    Students who are currently enrolled in another accredited physical therapy program may apply to the ASU DPT program using the regular admissions process. Should a transfer student be admitted into the ASU DPT program, up to 9 graduate credit hours may be used to satisfy degree requirements of the DPT which will be determined by the Admissions Committee and approved by the Department Chair and ASU Graduate School.


    The Department of Physical Therapy requires a high level of proficiency in English so that all students will be able to fully meet academic and clinical objectives as well as meet criteria for professional licensure. All *foreign-born students and nurses must take one of the following tests:

    1. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of 83 on the preferred internet-based test (iBT), 570 on the paper-based test, or 213 on the computer-based test.

    2.International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a score of at least 6.5 and a spoken band score of 7.

    3. Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a score of 56.

    The TOEFL is available at the ASU Testing Center. When taking the exam off campus, the report code for ASU is 6011.

    *The term, "foreign-born" refers to people residing in the United States who were not U.S. citizens at birth. The foreign-born population includes naturalized citizens, lawful permanent immigrants, refugees and asylees, legal non-immigrants (including those on student, work, or other temporary visas), and persons residing in the country without authorization. In contrast, the term native born refers to people residing in the United States who were U.S. citizens in one of three categories: 1) born in one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia; 2) born in United States Insular areas such as Puerto Rico or Guam; 3) born abroad to at least one U.S. citizen parent.

    Students may be exempt from the English proficiency testing if the student is foreign-born but attended school in the United States since kindergarten. For the exemption, students must provide official school records showing continuous enrollment in U.S. schools since kindergarten.

    Students who do not meet the required English language proficiency may enroll in ASU's English as a Second Language (ESL) program in the International Center for English. Potential physical therapy students enrolled in the ESL program must maintain an average of 85 or higher in levels 0 through 4. In the final or 5th level of the ESL program, an average of 90 or higher must be maintained. On completion of the ESL program, the potential physical therapy student must take the internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Upon successfully meeting the proficiency requirement, potential students are eligible to apply to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program.

    See more information on International Admissions>>>



    DPT Application Evaluation Procedures

    DPT Application & Acceptance Statistics

    DPT Professional Coursework List

    DPT Professional Coursework Details

    DPT Tuition & Fees



  • Checksheets & Degree Plans


    Checksheets list all of the requirements and university obligations for degree completion.