Doctor of Physical Therapy Program Requirements

Applicants to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program must demonstrate the following to be considered for admission:

  • Completion of a bachelor's degree at an accredited university in a discipline other than physical therapy
  • Minimum cumulative 2.9 GPA or higher, all prerequisites 3.2 GPA, and science prerequisites 3.2 GPA is required
  • Completion of all prerequisites and undergraduate degree by the end of the spring semester prior to beginning the program
  • At least three professional references
  • Personal essay
  • Completion of all materials in the online application (
  • Participation in a personal interview
  • International students applying from a non-English speaking country, submit a TOEFL score of at least 79 (internet based)
  • Minimum GRE score of 150 on the verbal and 148 on the quantitative portions. Send your GRE score directly to Rockhurst University's Office of Graduate Admission using PTCAS GRE code 7638

Our admissions team also strongly recommends students observe physical therapists working with patients across various generations and in a variety of practice settings before applying.

Prerequisite Courses
Students must have all prerequisite courses completed before entering the DPT program. Numbers in parenthesis reflect credit hours.

  • English I and II (6)
    Course description and objectives should clearly indicate emphasis on writing and grammar. AP credit and courses designated as writing intensive are accepted.  
  • Fundamentals of Communication (3)
    Course description and objectives should clearly indicate content coverage of theories that focus on communication in a variety of settings (e.g., interpersonal, small group, work settings). 
  • Ethics (3)
    Course description and objectives should indicate content coverage of factors involved in moral decision making, ethical principles, ethical theory, and application of these concepts. 
  • Psychology (6)
    General Psychology (3) and three upper level (300-400) credit hours; developmental or abnormal psychology is preferred.
  • General Biology with lab (4)
  • Human Anatomy with lab (4)
  • Human Physiology with lab (4)
  • General Chemistry I and II with labs (8)
  • Physics I and II (non-calculus) with labs (8)
  • Statistics (3)

All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better. Prerequisites that were taken more than 10 years prior to application will only be considered by petition to the physical therapy admissions committee.

If you have questions about whether a specific course meets our prerequisite requirements, please contact Terry Forge, director of academic advising.

Laptop Requirement

Given the need for students to be able to find, analyze and use information, the Department of Physical Therapy Education requires that all students have a laptop computer for use throughout the DPT curriculum. The computer will be used during lecture and laboratory sessions on campus as well online courses that will run concurrent with full-time clinical internships.

Requirements are subject to change. It is the applicant's responsibility to contact the Office of Graduate Admission or the Department of Physical Therapy Education to inquire if there are changes before submitting an application through PTCAS.