Admission Requirements

The following requirements must be satisfied for admission:

  1. Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university at the time of matriculation.
  2. Successful completion of eight (8) semester hours in human gross anatomy and human or mammalian physiology with lab must be completed within five years of matriculation. A minimum of four semester hour equivalents must be completed in each course. Courses with laboratories are required. The anatomy course must include a lecture component on human anatomy and a laboratory requiring dissection of mammalian specimens or study of prosected mammalian specimens. Topics that must be covered include structures of the following systems: musculoskeletal, respiratory, cardiovascular, and the peripheral nervous systems. Also, study of the gastrointestinal system is recommended. The physiology course must be accompanied by laboratory studies. If a laboratory is not offered with the physiology course, a biology laboratory may substitute for the laboratory requirement providing the biology laboratory includes the appropriate content. The physiology course or the biology laboratory course should cover all the following topics, although four of the five topics are acceptable: cell structure and function; cardiovascular, respiratory and digestive function; excretory function; and reproduction and development. No exceptions are permitted. Other advanced courses in the same area completed within three years of matriculation (such as histology, functional anatomy, and some kinesiology courses) may be used to maintain the currency of that requirement. Acceptable courses are determined on an individual basis.
  3. Applicants must have successfully completed a 3 semester hours of statistics within five years of matriculation. The course should cover both parametric and nonparametric statistics. Use of statistical techniques with data sets, interpretation of statistical results and computer interaction in data analysis are strongly recommended.
  4. Applicants must have successfully completed eight (8) semester hours of Physics (Physics I & II) with labs within five years of matriculation. The course(s) should include a laboratory and the topics of mechanics, sound, light, wave motion, heat, electricity, magnetism and nuclear physics. The course does not have to be calculus-based.
  5. Courses taken as prerequisites for enrollment may not be taken on a Pass/Fail basis. We are aware that some institutions are weighing options of allowing courses to be taken pass/fail. Given the current situation with COVID 19, we will allow pass/fail courses taken in Spring/Summer 2020. If you are given an option of pass/fail at your institution, it is preferred that you decline that option for all prerequisite courses. However, due to the uniqueness of the current circumstances, pass/fail courses taken this semester will be accepted. If you are currently enrolled in classes with regular labs that have gone to an on-line format, we will accept those labs this Spring semester given current circumstances. If you have any questions, please contact the Chair of the Admission Committee, Dr. Ben Rogozinski, directly at
  6. $65.00 supplemental application fee. Pay online at our website,
  7. All applicants must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). We do not accept GRE scores that were taken more than five years prior to applying. A minimum of 297 points on GRE is required for a composite Verbal and Quantitative scores. A minimum of 3.0 is required for Analytical Writing score.
  8. Three letters of recommendation (one must be from a Physical Therapist and one from a Faculty). The third letter may be a reference of your choice – a professor, lab instructor, coach or supervisor/employer.
  9. Two essays addressing the following topic/questions (a) Autobiography (b) Describe how specific attributes of Emory University’s DPT Program align with your professional goals and personal attributes.
  10. Hours of PT experience – 100 hours are required – a licensed PT must verify hours with a signed form uploaded online via PTCAS. We strongly encourage experiences in multiple physical therapy settings e.g. acute care, outpatient, rehabilitation, pediatric, geriatric, etc. For a physical therapy experience in a setting to be counted, a minimum of 30 hours must be completed in that setting. We are aware that the ability to participate in many shadowing experiences has been impacted by the global covid-19 pandemic. If you are unable to complete the required hours due to the global covid-19 pandemic, please describe this in detail in your application.
  11. Applicants must have experience using the following computer applications: word processing, communications, database and statistics. Experience may be gained through formal computer courses or practical experience with the above applications.
  12. Applicants in the final stage of admission are asked to visit campus for a formal interview.
  13. Approval of admission is made by the Physical Therapy Admissions Committee and faculty.
  14. Compliance with the Technical Standards of the Division of Physical Therapy.

Pre-requisite requirements at a glance

Subject Area Semester Hours Lab Required Clarification
Human anatomy 4 Yes Anatomy course with lab is preferred. Anatomy & Physiology with lab is accepted*
Human Physiology 4 Yes Physiology course with lab is preferred. If the Physiology course does not have a lab, a Biology (for majors) lab may be substituted.
Anatomy & Physiology with lab is accepted*

*However, if A&P courses are used to satisfy Both the Anatomy and Physiology requirements, they must total 8 credit hours.

Physics I 4 Yes
Physics II 4 Yes
Statistics 3 Basic statistics should contain non parametric and parametric content including the use of correlations, tests and ANOVAs

Admission Qualifications

Preference is given to applicants with practical experience in physical therapy health care. Such experience may be in a variety of settings and should be of sufficient length to have given the applicant exposure to a variety of problems encountered by ill or disabled persons.

Preference is given to applicants showing academic achievement in the biological, physical, and social sciences. Courses should be above the introductory level and may have been taken at the baccalaureate or post-baccalaureate level. The student should seek academic preparation that assists in developing skills necessary to integrate problem-solving with the study of sciences, provides knowledge necessary to succeed in science courses within the professional curriculum, and promotes an understanding of human interactions, specifically those interactions with ill or disabled persons. Courses that could satisfy completion of emphasis areas may include, but are not limited to, biological science (vertebrate anatomy, physiology, biology, zoology, microbiology, genetics, embryology); physical science (chemistry, physics, mathematics); and social science (psychology, sociology, anthropology, philosophy).

Minimum grade point average (3.0 on a 4 point system) and scores on the verbal, quantitative and analytical writing portions of the Graduate Record Examination score are required. The rigorous program of study necessitates recruitment of applicants with above average academic history and potential. Applicants are evaluated for selection on the basis of probable academic success in the curriculum, experience in and knowledge of the profession of physical therapy, and personal attributes, such as maturity and effective interactions with people. Each applicant is individually and competitively evaluated within the applicant pool for that year. Enrollment is limited and competitive. All qualified applicants may not be admitted.