Admission Requirements

Admission requirements are reviewed and revised annually. Applicants should verify current requirements with the Division of Physical Therapy and should be sure to use the current application materials.
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. Minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 (4-point system) is required.
    Prerequisite Semester Hours Lab Required
    Human anatomy 4 Yes
    Human Physiology 4 Yes
    Physics I 4 Yes
    Physics II 4 Yes
    Statistics 3 No
    1. Prerequisites: must be completed within five years of matriculation.
      1. Human Anatomy with Lab (4 semester hours): The anatomy course must cover the musculoskeletal, respiratory, cardiovascular, and the peripheral nervous systems. Study of the gastrointestinal system is recommended. The laboratory must include the dissection of mammalian specimens or study of prosected mammalian specimens. A separate Anatomy course with lab is preferred. Anatomy & Physiology I&II with lab is accepted.
      2. Human Physiology with Lab (4 semester hours): The physiology course / lab should cover cell structure and function; cardiovascular, respiratory, and digestive function; excretory function; and reproduction and development. 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. A separate Physiology course with lab is preferred. Anatomy & Physiology I&II with lab is accepted.
      3. Statistics (3 semester hours): 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. Physics I and II with lab (8 semester hours): The two course sequence should cover the topics of mechanics, sound, light, wave motion, heat, electricity, magnetism, and nuclear physics. The course does not have to be calculus-based.
    2. Prerequisites may not be taken on a Pass/Fail basis. However, some exceptions will be made due to the global Covid-19 pandemic. If you took a prerequisite(s) on a Pass/Fail basis in Spring/Summer semester of 2020, please contact the admissions committee for approval (
  2. 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.
  3. Three letters of recommendation. Please note that one letter must come from a professor/instructor who has taught the applicant at the undergraduate or graduate level and can speak to the applicant’s academic abilities. One must come from a physical therapist that has supervised the applicant in a clinical setting and can speak to the applicant’s suitability for the profession. The third letter may be a reference of your choice – a professor, lab instructor, coach, or supervisor/employer.
  4. Two essays addressing the following topic/questions:
    1. Autobiography
    2. Describe how specific attributes of Emory University’s DPT Program align with your professional goals and personal attributes.
  5. 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.
  6. Applicants in the final stage of admission will attend a formal interview.
  7. The application deadline is 11:59 pm November 1, 2021.
  8. Matriculating students must be compliance with the Technical Standards of the Division of Physical Therapy.

The rigorous program of study necessitates recruitment of applicants with above average academic history and potential. Applicants are evaluated for selection based on 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. For further information concerning the admission requirements, please contact: Division of Physical Therapy (404) 727-4002