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Admission Criteria DPT Program

Application is open for this cycle

We are accepting applications for the 2024 summer enrollment cycle

  • Early Deadline: September 15th
  • Final Deadline: December 1st

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Moravian University participates in the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service, known as PTCAS.  Applicants applying to the Moravian University physical therapist education program will apply online using the PTCAS application. To learn more about PTCAS, visit  Here are our admissions requirements:

  1. Baccalaureate degree or higher from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the US Department of Education
  2. Undergraduate overall minimum GPA: 3.0
    1. All post-secondary transcripts must be provided prior to admission (no more than 3 outstanding prerequisite courses are allowed at the time of application).
  3. Prerequisites
    1. Students must earn no lower than a C in each individual prerequisite course
    2. Prerequisite course minimum GPA: 3.0 
      1. Biology: One general biology course and one upper-level biology or exercise science course is required. Two upper-level courses in biology or exercise science are also acceptable. (6-8 credits)
        1. We do not accept Botany as a Biology course.
      2. Chemistry: Two general chemistry courses (Chemistry I and Chemistry II) with labs or higher (8 credits)
      3. Physics: Two general physics courses (Physics I and Physics II) with labs or higher (8 credits)
      4. Anatomy: A human anatomy course with lab (4 credits)
      5. Physiology: A human physiology course with lab (4 credits). A full-year sequence of combined Human Anatomy and Physiology (8 credits) may be substituted for separate anatomy and physiology courses
      6. Psychology: One course in introduction to psychology, lifespan psychology or higher (3 credits)
      7. Statistics: One college-level statistics course (3 credits) (Healthcare or Science-related Statistics are also acceptable)
      8. English Composition or writing course (3 credits)
  4. 2 letters of recommendation
    1. 1 academic faculty
    2. 1 physical therapist clinician
  5. Interview
    1. Early applications are highly encouraged.
    2. Applicants will be invited to interview on a rolling basis as completed applications are received. Interviews will be scheduled between November and February.
    3. Invited applicants will participate in in-person interviews that include one-on-one and group activities. 
  6. Observational hours in a physical therapy clinical setting are highly recommended

Additional Requirements for International Applicants

  • IELTS/TOEFL - Students who do not consider English to be their primary language are required to submit official scores of a recent IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) examination. Minimum scores for each test can also be found below:
    • IELTS: 6.5 or higher
    • TOEFL Paper: 577 or higher
    • TOEFL Computer: 233 or higher
    • TOEFL Internet: 90 or higher 

Other Important Information:

  1. Moravian University students who meet the admissions criteria, have an overall GPA of 3.2, and have completed a minimum of 4 semesters at Moravian University will be guaranteed a faculty interview. Participation in a faculty interview does not guarantee admission to the DPT program.
  2. Moravian University's DPT program does not accept transfer credits from other DPT programs.
  3. Acceptances will be offered on a rolling basis until the class is full.

If you have specific questions related to the admissions requirements, please direct them to the Program Director, Dr. Mary Anne Riopel at

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Concerns regarding all forms of discrimination, including sexual harassment and/or sex discrimination in admission/employment:

Dr. Darren Snyder
Equal Opportunity and Title IX Coordinator
1309 Main St. (room 204)
(610) 625-7023
Mailing address: 
Moravian University
1200 Main St.
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18018

Concerns regarding gender and equity in athletics: 

Rebecca May
Associate Athletic Director (Deputy Title IX Coordinator)
109 Johnston Hall
(610) 625-7991
Mailing address:
Moravian University
1200 Main St.
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18018 

Concerns regarding the application of Title IX: 

U.S. Department of Education
Office of Civil Rights
100 Penn Square East, Suite 515
Philadelphia, PA 19107-3323
(215) 656-8541

Report sexual harassment/sex discrimination online anytime (can be anonymous) at The full policy and grievance procedures can be found in the institutional Equal Opportunity, Harassment, and Non-Discrimination Policy.