DPT Degree Prerequisites

Prerequisite courses* in which a grade of C or better is required include:

  • 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)

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

Early Decision Information

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 have their application verified through PTCAS prior to November 1.

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 the PTCAS website.

  • Transcripts from all colleges and universities listed on your application.

  • Prerequisite information: applicants must have no more than 9 outstanding hours of prerequisite courses and must maintain minimum required GPA and a C or better in outstanding prerequisite courses.

  • GRE scores (program code 4462).

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

  • Documentation of at least 60 hours of physical therapy observation.

  • Personal statement.

Early Decision Deadlines

PTCAS will allow application submission starting July 1. The early decision deadline for the DPT program is November 1. PTCAS applications 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 enrollment deposit 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.

How many students are accepted per cohort?

The program admits up to 40 students every Fall semester.

What is the acceptance rate at FranU DPT?

In the previous admissions cycle, we had 310 applications submitted to PTCAS, 133 of these were verified by PTCAS and we admitted 40 students to start the program in Fall 2022.

How long is the program?

Our curriculum is comprised of 99 credit hours over eight semesters and includes over thirty-two 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?

Yes, financial aid is available to FranU DPT students. The office of financial aid works individually with students to procure appropriate student loans and aid based on their needs. Visit the Financial Aid page to learn more.

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.

I did not attend FranU for my undergraduate degree. Will this affect my potential for acceptance into the program?

Absolutely not! You may attend any accredited college or university within the US for your prerequisite and degree completion.