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Post-Baccalaureate Entry into the DPT Program

The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program at the University of Hartford is an entry-level professional physical therapy program. It has been designed for those individuals possessing a baccalaureate degree in another subject area who have also satisfied all the prerequisite courses and wish to be qualified for licensure as physical therapists.

The online application form and all required accompanying materials must be submitted no later than December 1 to begin study in June of the following year. The materials listed below must be submitted with your completed application by the deadline:

  • Three letters of recommendation, including one from a course instructor or academic advisor, one from a supervisor in a professional or other work capacity, and one from another individual in either capacity.
  • Official results of the GRE (Graduate Record Exam) forwarded to the University of Hartford using school code 3436. Visit Accepted students generally have cumulative GPA of 3.2 or better; GRE scores of 300 combined (verbal/quantitative).
  • TOEFL or IELTS (For students who are not native speakers of the English language): Average TOEFL scores for students range from a minimum of 80 (Internet Based Total) and 550 (Paper Based Total).  IELTS minimum score for graduate studies is 6.5. Please contact the graduate admissions office with questions.
  • One essay addressing the question specified in the graduate application.
  • Documentation of physical therapy observation hours (10 hours required)
  • Official transcripts for all collegiate level coursework
  • Non-refundable application fee of $50

    Interviews are requested at the discretion of the graduate admission committee.

All materials must be submitted to:

Center for Graduate and Adult Academic Services
University of Hartford
200 Bloomfield Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06117-1599

Transfer Credit Policy: Transfer credits from other programs or institutions are not accepted toward the Doctor of Physical Therapy program requirements.

Prerequisites: The following prerequisite courses must have been completed at the college level. That includes university, four-year college, or community college courses. It does not include preparatory courses.

  • Biology: (4 credits) one course with laboratory
  • Human Anatomy: (4 credits) one course with laboratory
  • Human Physiology: (4 credits) one course with laboratory. Note: When anatomy and physiology are taken as a combined course, two semesters (i.e. 8 credits) are necessary to meet the requirements
  • Chemistry: (8 credits) general chemistry, two-course sequence with laboratory
  • Physics: (8 credits) two-course sequence with laboratory
  • Statistics: (3 credits) course to include descriptive statistics, correlation, and introduction to inferential statistics
  • Pre-Calculus or Trigonometry: (3 credits)
  • Psychology: (6 credits) courses include general and developmental
  • Exercise Physiology: (3–4 credits) one course.

Applicants may have 2 prerequisite courses in progress when you apply.

Applicants must also demonstrate 10 hours of observation in a physical therapy setting.