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The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)* program is a professional doctorate designed to prepare physical therapists for practice in an evolving healthcare environment.

The DPT program at FranU is unique among its competitors in that it features a streamlined curriculum, expert faculty with over 100 years of industry experience combined, state-of-the-art learning environments, and both clinical education and service-learning opportunities for students.

School of Health Professions
Physical Therapists
Program Contacts

The FranU DPT 2021-2022 application deadline is April 15, 2021.

The DPT program at FranU participates in the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service, known as PTCAS. Applicants applying to the FranU physical therapist education program should apply online using the PTCAS system.

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Admission Requirements

In order to be considered for admission to the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University, the following admission requirements must be met:

  • Successfully earn a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution prior to the first day of scheduled classes in the DPT program
  • Earn a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and a calculated GPA of 3.0 in all prerequisite courses
  • Successful completion of all pre-requisite courses with ‘C’ or better, inclusive of*:
    • General Biology and lab (8 credit hours)
    • Upper level Biology or Chemistry (2000 level or above) (3 credit hours)
    • General Chemistry and lab (8 credit hours)
    • Human Anatomy (3 credit hours)
    • Human Physiology (3 credit hours)
      - Or 6 hours of combined Human Anatomy and Physiology
    • General Physics and lab (8 credit hours)
    • Math [Algebra or higher] (6 credit hours)
    • Statistics (3 credit hours)
    • General Psychology (3 credit hours)
    • Upper Level Psychology [preferably Child/Developmental Psychology and/or Abnormal Psychology] (3 credit hours)
    • General English Composition/Writing (6 credit hours)
    • Upper Level English Composition/Writing [2000 level or above] (3 credit hours)
    • Medical Terminology (1 credit hour)
  • Graduate Record Exam (>/= 290) combined quantitative and verbal portions and earn a minimum of 3.0 on the analytical writing portion. The GRE must have been taken within the last 5 years.
  • 60 clock hours of observation/practical experience with a licensed physical therapist. 100 clock hours from 2 different settings is recommended.
  • 2 letters of recommendation (from licensed physical therapists you have observed)
  • A personal statement that summarizes why the applicant desires to be a physical therapist, what they personally can contribute to the profession, and why they are a fit for the University

* All coursework will be reviewed in regards to course acceptability as meeting prerequisite requirements. If you have questions regarding acceptability of coursework, please email us at

Early Decision

The early decision deadline for the present application cycle admitting for Fall 2021 has passed. The application cycle for admission of the DPT class in the fall of 2022 will open July 1st on PTCAS. Those wishing to be considered for early decision for this application cycle will need to submit their application through PTCAS prior to November 1, 2021.

Early Decision Process

In order to be considered in the Early Decision process with FranU DPT, you must indicate via the prompt questions on PTCAS that you are planning to apply via Early Decision. You must then complete the PTCAS online application and submit all supporting documents at, including:

  • Transcripts from all Colleges and Universities listed on your application
  • GRE scores (Program code 4462)
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Physical Therapy Observation Hours (volunteer or paid)
  • Essays
  • Pre-requisite information

PTCAS will allow application submission starting July 1st. The Early Decision deadline for FranU DPT is November 1st. Applicants must complete the PTCAS application and arrange for your transcripts to be received by PTCAS by this date. If application fees or transcripts arrive after November 1st, your application will be considered during our regular application cycle and those deadlines will apply.

Early Decision Interviews
Interviews for the Early Decision process are tentatively scheduled for early to mid-December.
Admissions Status

Early decisions will be delivered no later than January 15th. Early decision applicants may be offered early admission or denied early admission and returned to regular applicant status for continued consideration. Should you be offered a position as an Early Decision applicant and you accept that position, our University Admissions team will take steps to get you enrolled in our program once we receive notification of your acceptance. Classes start mid-August of 2021.

Program Mission Statement

The mission of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University is to educate and form entry level Doctor of Physical Therapy practitioners in a faith-based academic community. Students are educated to become highly-skilled, ethical servant leaders who are valued contributors to the health professions and to the community.

Program Goals

As a premier health professional education program, the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University will meet the following program goals:

  • The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program will achieve a two-year average graduation rate of greater than 85%.
  • The Program graduates will have a two-year average ultimate licensure exam pass rate of greater than 90%.
  • The Program graduates will sustain a first-time licensure exam pass rate of greater than the national average.
  • The Program graduates will have a two-year average employment rate of greater than 95% among graduates who are actively seeking employment in the field of physical therapy within one year of graduation.
  • As a community-engaged campus, 85% of the program faculty and students will be engaged in service to the community and profession at the institutional, local, state and/or national levels on an annual basis.

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Upon completion of the DPT program graduates will be able to:

  • Practice in a manner that meets legal standards and demonstrates ethical action and decision-making.
  • Utilize best evidence in making sound clinical judgments, as well as create scholarly material through scientific inquiry.
  • Apply entry-level knowledge and skills in the examination and evaluation of patients and clients to formulate accurate physical therapy diagnoses.
  • Create effective, evidence-based intervention plans that optimize an individual’s physical and emotional well-being and participation in society.
  • Administer effective physical therapy services through communication, interdisciplinary collaboration, servant-leadership and sound business acumen as autonomous, reflective practitioners in an ever-changing healthcare environment.

Core Faculty

DPT faculty members are highly-skilled professionals with diverse backgrounds and a comprehensive blend of clinical practice, content expertise, and educational experience.

Program Resources

Document TitleTypeFile Size
Document Title: DPT Core Performance StandardsType: pdfFile Size: 151.109 KBDownload
Document Title: Fran U DPT Evaluation FormType: pdfFile Size: 101.962 KBDownload
Document Title: DPT Program Handbook 2020-2021Type: pdfFile Size: 1.376 MBDownload


Tuition for the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program


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*Tuition costs do not include textbooks or any additional costs associated with this program.


Regional Accreditation

Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. On September 21, 2017, the University received SACSCOC approval to grant the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University.

CAPTE Accreditation

Effective May 2, 2018, Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, VA, 22305-3085; phone: 703-706-3245; email: If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call (225) 768-1792 or email

Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates that the program may matriculate students in technical/professional courses. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status does not assure that the program will be granted initial accreditation.

Note: Prospective students should visit the State Authorization page to verify that Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University is authorized to offer online courses and programs in your respective state. Prior to enrollment, students are also encouraged to visit their state educational agency or licensing board to ascertain whether or not they can utilize their degree program for additional compensation, initial licensing or renewal, as well as any other benefits.

DPT Program FAQs

How many students are accepted per cohort?

We plan to admit 40 students a year in the fall semester; however, the number of students enrolled is based on the amount of qualified applicants each year. Each cohort progresses together. We do not have a rolling admissions process.

What is the acceptance rate at FranU DPT?

In the previous admissions cycle, we had 509 applications submitted to PTCAS, 130 of these were verified by PTCAS and we admitted 40 students into the program in August, 2020.

How long is the program?

Our curriculum is comprised of 99 credit hours over eight semesters and includes over thirty-six weeks of formal clinical education.

How does the total cost of the program compare to other similar programs in the region?

DPT program at FranU costs less than most private physical therapy programs in the south region. The tuition is $87,000 and fees are $7,767.75, totaling $94,767.75 for the overall cost of the program









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Is Financial aid available?

The office of financial aid works individually with students to procure appropriate student loans and aid based on their needs.

Are transfer credits from another program accepted?

Transfer credits from other physical therapy or physical therapist assistant programs are not accepted.

Does Kinesiology coursework count for the upper level biology requirements?

In most cases, Kinesiology coursework does not meet the upper level biology or chemistry requirement for our program. Please visit FranU’s PTCAS Directory Page for a list of acceptable coursework.

Does a PTA-PT bridge program currently exist? Will this be pursued in the future?

Currently, a bridge program from PTA to PT does not exist at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University. Plans have not been made to include this in the future.

When will the school achieve full accreditation?

In September 2017, the University received approval from SACSCOC to award the degree of Doctor of Physical Therapy. On May 2, 2018, the program was granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).

Per CAPTE, "accreditation is a process used in the US to assure the quality of the education that students receive. It is a voluntary, non-governmental, peer-review process that occurs on a regular basis. Prior to graduation of the first cohort of students, the program completes the Accreditation Process." Please view CAPTE’s website for further details:


Curriculum Notes:
Total Program
99 Credit Hours

*A minimum of 4 elective credit hours is required for graduation. Students choosing to enroll in more than the required 4 elective credit hours will incur additional tuition costs.