UDPT Frequently asked questions

Entrance Requirements

Yes, the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE are required for UDPT admission and the Admission Committee cannot review an application without GRE scores. UDPT recommends taking the GRE during junior year. There is no limit to the number of times an applicant can take the GREs, and UDPT will utilize an applicant’s highest scores for each section, even if the scores were earned on different testing dates.

UDPT will only expect pass/fail grades for prerequisite courses that were taken when COVID-19 restrictions were in place in 2020/2021.

UDPT will only expect online lab credit for prerequisite science courses that were taken when COVID-19 restrictions were in place in 2020/2021. Online lecture credit for prerequisite science courses are acceptable.

Yes, UDPT will utilize the highest grade earned when pre-requisite courses are retaken. If the courses are retaken before an applicant earns their bachelor’s degree, they will be averaged in the undergraduate cumulative GPA, however, the highest grade earned will be used when calculating the science pre-requisite GPA. No courses with an earned grade below a C- will be accepted.

It is acceptable to have outstanding courses or courses in progress at time of application, especially for students who will be completing courses in their senior year. Should an applicant be admitted, their offer will be conditional pending successful completion of the courses. It is recommended to keep the number of pending courses to a minimum of two or three, particularly if they are science prerequisites.

Yes, UDPT accepts credits from community colleges, however, please note that the Admissions Committee does keep track of the number of prerequisites taken at community college. It is highly preferred that a majority of prerequisite courses be taken at a 4-year institution.

Applicants should have three quarters of each science prerequisite w/lab to satisfy the two-semester requirement. Also two quarters of statistics and two quarters of psychology will satisfy UDPT’s one semester requirement for each.

UDPT accepts AP credit for prerequisite classes as long as the applicant has received credit for those courses at their undergraduate institution of study.

Calculus, English Composition, upper-level Psychology, Medical Terminology, Medical Ethics, Public Speaking, Sociology, and Interpersonal Relationships/Communications.

UDPT welcomes applicants from diverse majors in all degree programs, as we believe our classroom, and ultimately the profession of physical therapy, is enriched by including students of varied personal and academic backgrounds.

Eight prerequisite courses count towards the science GPA calculation: Biology I & II, Chemistry I & II, Physics I & II, Anatomy, and Physiology.

UDPT does not publish a minimum GPA requirement because our Admissions Committee takes more than just the cumulative undergraduate GPA into consideration when inviting candidates to an admissions interview. They consider the undergraduate cumulative GPA, science prerequisite GPA, and GRE scores (verbal and quantitative only). If invited for an interview, the Admissions Committee evaluates other components of the application including letters of reference, essays and the outcome of an admissions interview. To be invited to an admissions interview, the key is to have a balance of numbers.

No, observation hours do not expire for UDPT admissions, however, we recommend that applicants have a majority of their observation hours completed within the past 1-2 years.

Yes, UDPT will accept observation hours completed during telehealth visits when completed with a U.S. licensed and/or educated Physical Therapist.

Yes, UDPT has a supplemental application, with a small fee ($35), in addition to the PTCAS application. However, applicants should not complete this step until prompted to do so by the UD Graduate College.

It is recommended not to wait to apply until the final deadline in December. UDPT follows a rolling admissions process wherein offers are made with each deadline beginning in August. By the time the December deadline rolls around, UDPT will likely not have seats available. It is best to apply early in the cycle (August) when seats are available and the pool of applicants is small.

UD DPT Program

There are several qualities one must possess to be successful in UDPT: resilience, flexibility/ adaptability, drive for excellence, passion to optimize patient outcomes, high moral integrity and moral courage, excellent self-reflective skills, willingness to advocate for self and others, and a love for the profession. Admission into our program is highly competitive and our Admissions Committee expends significant effort ensuring admitted students are a match for the program.

The hallmark of our program are the opportunities and experiences that exist on STAR Campus. Expert classroom instruction is delivered by board certified and PhD prepared educators, researchers, and clinicians. Professional attributes are further developed through interprofessional collaborations, high-fidelity simulations, and service learning. The human anatomy lab solidifies knowledge necessary for future application through the generosity of anatomical donors. Under the direction of expert clinician faculty, students receive hands-on training in our two full-service physical therapy clinics where classroom theory and research findings are immediately applied to patient care. Our clinical education program holds contracts with outstanding facilities throughout the U.S. wherein students refine their ability to deliver high quality, evidence-supported care.

UDPT is committed to advancing diversity in the profession by creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive environment for students, faculty and staff. The ADaPT (Advancing Diversity in Physical Therapy) program is dedicated to preparing minority students for successful entry into the physical therapy profession. With significant evidence that increasing diversity in health care having the potential to maximize health outcomes for all people, the goal of ADaPT is to draw a larger number of minorities to the profession, help them succeed, and become leaders in the profession, which will then parlay into improving the current health disparities that exist among minorities overall. UDPT is also involved with HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America), which provides high school students with opportunities to explore and learn about health professions and is a great way for students from underrepresented groups to gain experience and exposure to the health professions. In addition, the department has implemented diversity, equity & inclusion (DEI) initiatives to address gaps within the curriculum and inequities within student cohorts and faculty, through committees and working groups made up of both students and faculty. 

Students within UDPT’s program are connected to the professional association (APTA) upon their first semester in the ‘PT as a Profession’ course wherein students attend their first continuing education course and business meeting, opening up their networking opportunities. From there, students are encouraged to become active within the APTA, as it fits with their learning and academic needs. Many students attend, as well as present, at the national and regional conferences sponsored by the APTA and other professional associations. Additionally, some students pursue student leadership roles with the Delaware Chapter of the APTA.

Students with both high GPA's & GRE scores standout during the initial application review. When reviewing the full application, students with strong letters of recommendation, where the recommender speaks to an applicant’s specific strengths, and students with well written application essays standout to the Admissions Committee. Then during the interview, students that ask engaging questions without monopolizing the session, demonstrate active listening, and interact with faculty and students are standouts.

There are a limited number of hourly employment opportunities in the UDPT office, clinic, and research labs, as well as in the College of Health Sciences. Given the demands and fluidity of the DPT schedule, it is recommended that students limit part-time employment to no more than 10 hours per week.