Admission Requirements

Admission to the Marist College Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program is competitive. Each applicant will be evaluated on his/her individual merits. Decisions will be based on academic record, references, GRE score, and an on-campus interview.

All students admitted to the Marist DPT Program will be required to have a health screening and criminal background check completed prior to matriculation. Acceptance into Marist’s DPT Program and successful completion of the program does not imply or guarantee that the student will be able to obtain state licensure upon graduation.

All students applying to the Marist College DPT program will do so via The Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS).

A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution or an equivalent institution must be awarded prior to matriculation into the program. A baccalaureate degree is a minimum requirement; therefore, a masters or doctorate level degree awarded in lieu of a baccalaureate degree will meet this requirement.

Anatomy & Physiology I and II: 8 credits
General Biology I and II: 8 credits
General Chemistry I and II: 8 credits
Physics I and II: 8 credits
Psychology: 6 credits
Statistics: 3 credits

The academic standard for admission is a 3.0 GPA overall, combined with a 3.0 GPA for science prerequisite courses. All of the above courses must be completed with grades of “C+” or above. Please note that a “C” will not be accepted. All prerequisite courses must be completed before an application in PTCAS is submitted for verification. Submission of the following documentation is also required:

  • Official GRE score report (PTCAS GRE code is 2682)
  • TOEFL score (if high school graduate of non-English speaking country)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended
  • PT volunteer/work experience forms demonstrating a minimum of 80 hours of volunteer or work-related PT experience. The hours must be in a minimum of 2 different settings
  • Background check will be required once students are admitted as a condition of their acceptance.

Two letters of reference must be received in order for an application to be complete. This form is to be completed and submitted by a non-relative professional reference including a professor, employer, or physical therapist with whom a clinical observation was performed. This individual should be able to attest to your character, strengths/weaknesses, integrity, and work ethic. 


Accreditation Status
Marist College has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates that the program is progressing toward accreditation and may matriculate students in technical/professional courses. Candidate for Accreditation is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation. Graduation from a PT education program accredited by CAPTE is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states. Pending receipt of accreditation status, students will be eligible to take the licensure examination in January 2021.