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Admission Criteria

Admission Criteria DPT Program

Applications are closed for the 2022 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 www.ptcas.org.  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. Essay completion on PTCAS
  6. 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. Prior to the in-person interviews, an online, open-response situational judgment test known as the CASPER is required if minimum GPA requirements are met.
    4. The CASPER assessment will be administered by a third party (Altus Assessments) which is available at https://takealtus.com/casper/. You will be provided with an access code and specific instructions directly from CASPER. Please note that this is an external website and Moravian University takes no responsibility for the use of personal information by Altus Assessments.
    5. Scheduling of the CASPER assessment will occur in conjunction with the DPT program and should be completed in a timely manner as there are limited test slots available.
    6. For any support with CASPER, please contact CASPER Customer Service.
  7. 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. In light of the challenges associated with COVID-19, the DPT program acknowledges individual circumstances in the ability to meet all admissions criteria and will be flexible when reviewing applications.
  4. Acceptances will be offered on a rolling basis until the class is full. If an offer of admission is made, a tuition deposit is not formally required until January 15th, 2023. If your tuition deposit is not received by January 15th, 2023, you will forfeit your seat in the program.

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