Admission Requirements

The early assurance program is designed for the exceptional high school student who knows they want to pursue a degree in physical therapy. For consideration, applicants should have:

  • A 90 high school average
  • 1100 on the SAT (Math and Verbal sections combined)
  • Display a strong performance in science courses and/or Regents exams
  • Have 100 hours of volunteer time, specifically in physical therapy, by the time the application is submitted

Admission Requirements for Entry-Level DPT

For admission directly into the doctoral program applicants must possess a bachelor's or master's degree, and should have an academic record that includes a balance of coursework in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, including competency in English writing. Generally, to be competitive, applicants should have a GPA of at least 3.0 and science and math grades a C+ or higher. Other requirements include:

  • Proof of 100 hours of volunteer time is required, at least 300 is recommended;
  • An essay detailing your desire to pursue physical therapy as a career; and
  • Two professional letters of recommendation, with at least one from a licensed physical therapist. The recommendations must not be over 6 months old.

Please note that most of our accepted applicants far exceed our minimum criteria.

The Physical Therapy Admissions Committee will review completed applications and those who qualify will be invited to the interview process. The Physical Therapy Admissions Committee will then render the final admission decision.

Required Prerequisites for Students With a Bachelor's/ Master's Degree:

Students must have satisfactorily completed the following courses at an accredited college with a grade of C+ or higher:

  • Two courses in general chemistry with lab
  • Two courses in general physics with lab
  • Two courses in biology with lab, not botany
  • One course in general/introductory psychology
  • One additional course in psychology
  • One course in college algebra/trigonometry, or precalculus
  • One course in statistics
  • One course in human/mammalian physiology with lab OR Anatomy and Physiology I and II with labs

The application deadline is December 15, 2015. Early decision applicants must apply through PTCAS by August 15, 2015. Applicants to the preprofessional (prerequisite) phase must submit their applications through the NYIT Office of Admissions.

Once your professional phase application is complete, PTCAS will verify it and then send it on to us. This can take up to 2 weeks. Please remember that we work on a rolling admissions basis, and will review and render admissions decisions as applications are received. Therefore, please keep in mind that we may fill our incoming class before the actual application deadline. Also, due to the volume of applications we receive we will not be not able to notify you of your application's receipt. 

Accepted applicants to the Physical Therapy program are required to apply for a criminal background check through PTCAS after acceptance to the professional phase of the program.Applicants to the School of Health Professions should be aware that certain legal issues and/or convictions may preclude a student from being accepted by clerkships, internships and/or field work and impact the student’s ability to complete the required program courses and qualify for graduation, certification and/or licensure.

The Department of Physical Therapy has been using the Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) since August 1, 2008. For further information, please go to the PTCAS website All applicants for direct entry into the professional phase of the program must submit their applications through PTCAS. Specific instructions related to the application process can be found at the PTCAS website.

For specific questions, please contact our Admissions Coordinator, Dr. Rosemary Gallagher, PT, DPT, ACCE at

Please see below for admittance and yield statistics from the last few years:

DPT Physical Therapy

  Applied Accepted Enrolled
FALL 2010 406 72 33
FALL 2011 580 70 37
FALL 2012 762 88 38
FALL 2013 861 91 39
FALL 2014 828 72 40