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Doctor of Physical Therapy

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Admission Requirements

PTCAS is currently open for applications for January 2025. Our application deadline is June 3, 2024.

Admission to Marist's 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, 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 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's DPT program will do so via The Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS).

Degree Prerequisites

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 master's or doctorate-level degree awarded in lieu of a baccalaureate degree will meet this requirement.

Required Course Prerequisites

There is currently no time limit on prerequisites.

  • Anatomy & Physiology I and II: 4 credits each, including applicable labs
  • General Biology I and II: 4 credits each, including applicable labs
  • General Chemistry I and II: 4 credits each, including applicable labs
  • Physics I and II: 4 credits each, including applicable labs
  • 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. All science prerequisite courses MUST include a lab. Students can have no more than two prerequisites in progress at the time their application is submitted for verification. Submission of the following documentation is also required:

  • TOEFL score (if high school graduate of a non-English speaking country)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended
  • PT volunteer/work experience forms demonstrating a minimum of 40 hours of volunteer or work-related PT experience.
  • A background check will be required once students are admitted as a condition of their acceptance.

Letters of Reference

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.

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Accreditation Status

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Marist College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website: