UDPT Frequently asked questions

Ordinarily, UDPT expects prerequisite courses to be taken for standard grading (i.e. letter grades) and still prefers this over Pass/Fail grading. However, given the unprecedented circumstances, the UDPT Admissions Committee will accept a grade of “Pass” in prerequisite courses taken during the phase when COVID-19 restrictions were in place.

Ordinarily, UDPT expects the science prerequisite labs to be taken in a traditional laboratory learning environment (in-person). However, given the unprecedented circumstances, the UDPT Admissions Committee will accept online credit in prerequisite labs taken during the phase when COVID-19 restrictions were in place. Online credit in the lecture portion of science prerequisites has always been accepted.

The GRE is required for UDPT admission and the Admission Committee cannot review an application without GRE scores. There is a test-from-home option available through ETS. You will find more information about this option here. There is no limit to the number of times an applicant can take the GREs, however, UDPT recommends taking the GRE during an applicant’s junior year. UDPT will utilize an applicant’s highest verbal and quantitative GRE scores, even if the scores were earned on different testing dates.

UDPT does not publish a minimum GPA 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. 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.


Our admissions process purposely includes a mechanism for increased consideration of Delaware residents as well as University of Delaware undergraduates, however, UDPT does not reserve a specific number of seats for UD undergraduates. Admission into our DPT Program is highly competitive and our admissions committee expends significant effort ensuring admitted students are a match for the program. Comparing Delaware to non-Delaware residents, the acceptance rate for Delaware residents has averaged 37 percent over the past three years compared to an acceptance rate of 8 percent for non-Delaware residents in the same time period.

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 a couple of courses in progress or pending at time of application. Should an applicant be admitted, the 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.

UDPT accepts credits from community colleges, however, the Admissions Committee does keep track of the number of prerequisites taken at community college. It is preferred that most of the prerequisites be taken at a 4-year institution.

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

Yes, UDPT has a supplemental application, including a small fee ($35), in addition to the PTCAS application. However, applicants should not complete this step until prompted to do so. Once the PTCAS application is submitted, that data will be transferred to UD’s supplemental application system. Then, applicants will receive further instruction from the UD Graduate College about creating an account and completing the supplemental application. Please do not create the account prior to receiving the instructions. You will find all of the application procedures on our website here.

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’s best to apply early in the cycle when seats are available and the pool of applicants is small.

There are several qualities one must possess to be successful in UDPT: resilience, flexibility/ adaptability, drive for excellence, passion to optimize patient outcomes, intolerance for inadequate/insufficient/inappropriate patient care, high moral integrity and moral courage, excellent self-assessment skills, willingness to advocate for self and others, and a love for the profession.

The hallmark of our program are the opportunities and experiences that exist on the STAR Campus. UDPT’s academic, clinical, and research areas are housed at the same location where open, collaborative spaces are supported by modern technologies. 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.

There are a limited number of hourly employment opportunities in the UDPT front office, the clinic, and research labs. 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 and find employment at STAR, as we can be more flexible with your work schedule.

Yes, we will accept observation hours completed during telehealth visits with a PT. A greater number of observation hours does not boost an application – the minimum number is all we are looking for.

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

At UDPT, students receive direct instruction from world renowned physical therapist researchers and clinicians. One of the greatest strengths of UDPT, and something we are very proud of, is that our students interact with our esteemed faculty in the classroom, laboratory, and clinic. We believe the instructional and future networking opportunities provided by these interactions is of tremendous benefit to our students.