DPT Admission Center

Welcome to the University of Saint Mary Doctor of Physical Therapy Admission Center. Here, we list the requirements needed to gain acceptance into our program and describe the application process. The application process is competitive and application does not guarantee acceptance into the program.

Application to the USM DPT program is handled through PTCAS, the Physical Therapy Application Service. Once you are on the PTCAS site, be sure to select the University of Saint Mary as a recipient of your DPT application. A good place to start if you are new to PTCAS is at the PTCAS application instructions.

Technical Standards and Essential Functions Required of DPT Students

Technical standards and essential functions describe a set of characteristics and abilities that DPT students must have, with or without accommodations, in order to participate in the DPT program at USM.  Be sure to view the Technical Standards (Essential Functions) info sheet for DPT applicants.


Go to PTCAS!

The student is responsible for assuring that he or she has met all necessary admission requirements as follows:


  • Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution that is recognized by the University of Saint Mary in any field other than Physical Therapy.

  • All prerequisite courses must be completed before a student can be admitted into the program. Questions about your prerequisites can be addressed by the department's admissions director or by the department chair at the number listed in our contact information. When in doubt always check whether a course will apply.

  • Applicants must submit to PTCAS one official copy of ALL transcripts of ALL undergraduate and graduate courses completed at any accredited college or university.

  • Applicants are required to pay a non-refundable application fee of $35 by check or money order payable to the University of Saint Mary. Payment may also be made online. This fee should be paid before you are scheduled for an interview.

  • Applicants must have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Overall GPAs less than 3.0 will not be considered for admission.  A GPA no lower than 3.5 is recommended to effectively compete against other applicants.  Note that the average GPA of acceptance varies from one year to the next.

  • Applicants must submit their official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Revised General Test scores through PTCAS. The Revised General Test includes questions that test your verbal reasoning, your quantitative reasoning, and your analytical writing.

  • A total of 40 observation hours is required to apply to our program, with those hours completed at no fewer than two facilities. Observation past 40 hours is recommended. See PTCAS for more details.

  • Applicants must complete the required essay within the PTCAS application.

  • If accepted, applicants must enroll as full-time students, year round, for nine consecutive semesters.

  • Highly qualified applicants will be scheduled for, and must successfully complete, an onsite personal interview and will participate in other onsite activities. This is the final phase of the admissions process. Applicants will be selected for an interview based on their compliance with and scoring on the other admissions criteria with emphasis on GPA and GRE scores. Applicants will be notified of their selection for interview by letter confirming the day, time, location, and itinerary of an interview. It is the applicant's responsibility to provide his or her current mailing address and telephone number so the program can contact you.

*Admission into the Physical Therapy Program is highly competitive and the number of students who can be admitted each year is limited. Therefore, completion of all admission requirements does not assure acceptance into the program.

The Stefani Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the University of Saint Mary is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia, 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org.
USM DPT Program Student Outcomes (As of 2/3/2016)

1. Graduation Rate:  97% for Class of 2015 (first class graduated on May 9, 2015).
2. Ultimate Licensure Examination Pass Rate:  91.9% for Class of 2015.
3. Employment Rate of graduates looking for employment as a PT within one year of graduation: 100% for the Class of 2015.