Doctor of Physical Therapy admission requirements and application

Admissions to the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) professional program occur annually and subscribe to the following general, university, and program requirements and deadlines.

General admission requirements for the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

  • A minimum of 3.0 undergraduate GPA as calculated by PTCAS, 3.0 prerequisite GPA, and 3.0 math and science prerequisite GPA.
  • All grades in prerequisite requirements must be a minimum of "C" or better (2.0 on a 4.0 grade scale).
  • A minimum of 90 credit hours.
  • General Test of the GRE taken by September 1. GRE scores are valid for two years.
  • GRE minimum scores required: 280 combined verbal and quantitative and 3.0 in writing.
  • The program utilizes the exam with the highest overall scores. Only scores from one testing date are considered. For example, we will not consider a verbal score from one exam date, a quantitative score from another, and a writing score from yet another.
  • General Education requirements must be complete before entering the professional program.
  • Non-science prerequisites coursework must be completed by May.
  • Science prerequisite coursework must be completed within six years of the time of application to the professional program. These prerequisites must also be completed by December of the application year. (One science prerequisite course can remain to be completed by May.) 
  • Admitted students are required to attain Red Cross First Aid/CPR Certification. 
  • Two professional references. One must be from a Physical Therapist.
  • Physical Therapy students must acquire and maintain certain essential functions that are necessary to the practice of Physical Therapy. Please read the linked document that describes these essential functions.

General informational meetings

Information meetings are designed to answer questions about the educational opportunities available in the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. These meetings are held the first Tuesday of each month. After a general presentation in the auditorium, there are break-out sessions with PT faculty and students. For more information or to register, please visit http://www.cphs.wayne.edu/admissions/information-meetings.php.

Admission requirements, prerequisites and deadlines 

Science prerequisites

The following prerequisites must be completed by December of the application year (one can remain to be completed by May):

  • BIO 1510 Basic Life Mechanisms (NSIL)
  • BIO 2870 Anatomy & Physiology & Lab
  • Biology class at the upper level (3 credits at the 300 level or higher)
  • Two chemistry courses with at least one lab, as long as topics do not overlap (options include CHM 1020 or 1220/1230, CHM 1030 or 1240/1250, and CHM 2220/2230) (NSIL)
  • PHY 2130/2131 General Physics I & Lab (NSIL)
  • PHY 2140/2141 General Physics II & Lab

Non-science prerequisites

The following courses must be completed by the May of the year you are applying for:

  • ENG 1020 - Introductory College Writing (BC)
  • PSY 1010 or 1020 - Introductory Psychology
  • STA 1020 - Elementary Statistics (QE)
  • A minimum of 6 additional credits in upper division (3000 level +) courses concentrated in one area.

Students who hold a previous bachelor's degree or who qualify under the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) policy (see transfercredit.wayne.edu) are exempt from completing the requirements listed below.

Students who enrolled at Wayne State prior to Fall 2018 can choose to follow the general education program below or the previous requirements, http://bulletin.wayne.edu/archive/.

University General Education requirements 

The following requirements must be completed before entering the professional program:

  • Civic Literacy (CIV)
  • Cultural Inquiry (CI)
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)
  • Global Learning (GL)
  • Intermediate Composition (IC)
  • Oral Communication (OC)* 
  • Social Inquiry (SI)

*Coursework or an exam can be used to complete this requirement. Please contact the WSU Office of Testing and Evaluation at 313-577-3400 for further information.

How to apply to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program

All applicants must complete the WSU Graduate School application and the PTCAS application in order to be considered for admissions into Wayne State University and the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. All WSU Physical Therapy program admissions information can also be found on our PTCAS program profile.

The following steps outline the application process:

  1. Complete the Office of Graduate Admissions online application to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program by October 15th. Mail transcripts to 5057 Woodward Suite 6000, Detroit, MI  48202-0340.  Electronic transcripts are accepted if they are delivered securely from the Registrar of the issuing institution directly to gradadmissions@wayne.edu.
  2. Complete the online PTCAS application.
    • The online PTCAS application will be available on July 15. You will be given access information to check the status of your application online.
    • All applicants are required to submit the General Test of the Graduate Records Exam (GRE) to PTCAS as part of their application. The Wayne State PTCAS code for sending GRE scores is 3631. GRE scores are valid for two years.
    • The application deadline is October 15.
    • The PT program at WSU participates in Early Decision. Please see the Wayne State page on PTCAS for further information. To be eligible for Early Decision, students must apply by August 15th, the GRE completed by July 31st, and they can have no more than one science prerequisite left to be taken in the fall semester.
  3. Monitor and confirm successful completion of all admission and application requirements.

International students must submit a course-by-course evaluation completed by WES (www.wes.org) to both the WSU Graduate School and PTCAS.  This includes Canadian transcripts that are not in English.

Disclaimer: Meeting prerequisites admission requirements and completion of application requirements does not guarantee an interview or admission to Wayne State University or the Physical Therapy program.