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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 2022-2023 application deadline is April 15, 2022.

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.
  • At least 2 letters of recommendation from licensed physical therapists under which you completed observation hours AND who submitted hours to PTCAS
  • 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

*New requirement for 2022-2023 application cycle*

All applicants are required to complete Altus Suite as part of their application for the 2022/2023 admissions cycle. To complete Altus Suite visit to create an account and complete the following assessments:

  • Casper: 60-90 minute online, open-response situational judgment test (SJT)

* 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 is now open. Those wishing to be considered for early decision for the 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, applicants must indicate via prompt questions on PTCAS of plan to apply Early Decision. Applicants must complete the PTCAS online application and submit the following supporting documents at

  • Transcripts from all colleges and universities listed on your application
  • Pre-requisite information **Please note that applicants must have no more than 9 outstanding hours of pre-requisite courses, and must maintain minimum required GPA and a “C” or better in outstanding pre-requisite courses
  • GRE scores (Program code 4462)
  • At least 2 letters of recommendation
  • Documentation of at least 60 hours of physical therapy observation
  • Personal statement

PTCAS will allow application submission starting July 1. The Early Decision deadline for FranU DPT is November 1. PTCAS application must be completed and all transcripts received by PTCAS by this date. Application fees and/or transcripts arriving after November 1 will be considered in our regular application cycle.

Early Decision Interviews

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

Admissions Status

Early Decision letters will be delivered no later than January 15th. If offered early admission, applicants are not bound to the university; however, a non-refundable admissions fee will be required to accept and hold the position in the cohort. If applicants are denied early admission, the application will be automatically returned to regular applicant status for continued consideration in the regular application cycle.

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: FranU DPT Observation Hours 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

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website: If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call (225) 214-6965 or email

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?

In the previous admissions cycle, we had 344 applications submitted to PTCAS, 124 of these were verified by PTCAS and we admitted 38 students into the program in August, 2021.

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.