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  • Application Process

    Gannon University and the Physical Therapy Department receives and reviews applications for the Doctor of Physical Therapy program and all applicant credentials exclusively through the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS), provided by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). This includes information from all previously attended university or college transcripts, letters of recommendation, PT observation hours, personal essay and supplemental materials. Full application instructions can be found on the Gannon University, Ruskin, FL campus - Doctor of Physical Therapy page by visiting


    Deadline for application is December 2, 2019. Applications received after this deadline will be reviewed if space is available in the program.


    The program is designed as a full-time course of study. Students are not able to transfer into the program. A maximum of 6 credits may be accepted for transfer, if a grade of B or higher was achieved, based on program director approval. Prior to matriculation in the program, students must complete and fulfill the following requirements:

    • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
    • Cumulative prerequisite course quality point average (QPA) of 3.0 or better (4.0 scale). Grades below a "C" are not acceptable.
    • Overall undergraduate QPA of 3.0 or better (4.0 scale)
    • A series of prerequisite courses, as shown below, must be completed within ten years preceding entrance into the graduate program
    • All prerequisite courses must be completed by May 15 in year of enrollment
    • TOEFL – Minimum score of 550 for all applicants from non-English speaking countries.

    Prerequisite Course Requirements

    • Biology* 2 semesters
    • Chemistry 2 semesters
    • Physics with Lab 2 semesters
    • Psychology** 1 semester
    • Statistics 1 semester
    • Human Anatomy with Lab*** 1 semester
    • Human Physiology with Lab*** 1 semester

    *(200 or 300 level; Human Anatomy and Physiology courses do not meet this prerequisite)

    ** (200 level behavioral/social science course)

    *** (Human Gross Anatomy recommended; course should be at 200 or 300 level at four year degree granting institution)

    *** (Anatomy/Physiology (AP) 1 and 2 with Labs, from a Baccalaureate degree granting school, may be accepted in lieu of one semester of Human Anatomy with Lab and one semester of Human Physiology with Lab.

    Recommended Course Requirements

    • At least two additional semesters in the Social Sciences (i.e., Sociology, Social Psychology).
    • Exercise Physiology with Lab
    • Kinesiology with Lab

    Additional Requirements 

    • Three letters of recommendation
    • 100 PT observation hours
    • Demonstration of the ethical, personal and professional qualities to fulfill the role of the physical therapist as determined by review of the applicant's references and the interview process.
    • Meet essential functions of the program: physical, emotional, intellectual, and communication standards.
    • Practice as a health care professional requires the ability to communicate both in written and oral form. The physical therapy program stresses communication and expects potential students to demonstrate graduate level competence in written as well as oral communication
    • Qualified, prospective candidates will be scheduled for either an in-person or virtual interview with the Admissions Committee and DPT faculty.

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