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Physical Therapy

Doctor of Physical Therapy requirements are as follows:

  • Completion of the Radford University graduate application process and application fee.
  • Minimum 40 hours of clinical experience (volunteer or work-related).
  • Minimum combined Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score of 1100 preferred.
  • Foreign applicants whose native language is not English must achieve an acceptable score on TOEFL examination and submit an approved credential report for coursework completed outside the United States.
    • Minimal acceptable TOEFL scores are:
      • Paper Based à 550
      • Internet Based à 79-80
      • Computer Based à 213
    • A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.25 (based on 4.0 scale) from an accredited 4 year institution.
    • A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (based on 4.0 scale) in math and sciences prerequisites as defined below:
      • Anatomy and Physiology (4 credit hours)
      • General Biology I and II with labs (8 credit hours)                        
      • Chemistry I and II with labs (8 credit hours)
      • Physics I and II with labs (8 credit hours)
      • Statistics or Biostatistics (3 credit hours)
    • Recommended Courses
      • Abnormal Psychology
      • Biochemistry
      • Biomechanics
      • Kinesiology
      • Public Speaking
      • Technical Writing
    • Completed Essay: How will the APTA Vision 2020 impact the profession of physical therapy and how you will practice?
    • Provide 3 references specifically addressing the applicant’s potential for success in the DPT program:
      • 1 Academic/Educational reference
      • 1 Professional Physical Therapist reference
      • 1 Work-Related/Volunteer reference
    • Personal interviews may be required; and no transfer credit will be allowed into the program due to step-lock sequencing.
    • Prior to initial enrollment, verification of required immunization and CPR certification, and completion of a criminal background check. Applicants are reminded that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s opportunities to attain state licensure and/or administration of certification exams. Further details will be provided by the department. Applicants seeking additional information are encouraged to review information on the following websites: