Doctor of Physical Therapy Admission Requirements
The application process for summer admission to the Oregon Tech/OHSU Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program will open July 1, 2023. The Oregon Tech/OHSU DPT program plans to participate in the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service, known as PTCAS, in the 2023-2024 admissions cycle. Applicants applying to the Oregon Tech/OHSU physical therapist education program for the 2024 entering class will apply online using the PTCAS application beginning July 1, 2023. To learn more about PTCAS, visit www.ptcas.org. Applications will be due November 1, 2023. Offers of admission will be made on a rolling basis beginning 2 weeks after interviews and continuing until class is filled. All applicants must satisfy requirements for admission, which include:
Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university by the date of program enrollment, which is in September of each year.
Minimum Cumulative and Prerequisite GPAs of 3.0
The minimum cumulative GPA is 3.0 and the minimum prerequisite GPA is 3.0. Higher GPAs will be more competitive within the applicant pool.
Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores
The GRE is not required for DPT applicants.
Transcripts from each institution are required, including any graduate coursework or degrees completed.
Physical Therapy Observation Hours
Clinical experience in a physical therapy setting and under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist is not required, but applicants may be more competitive if they have this experience. This requirement can be completed in a volunteer or paid capacity.
The application will include two essays: the standard PTCAS essay and an Oregon Tech/OHSU personal statement. Please make sure that you answer both essay questions.
Related Work/Volunteer Experience
Applicants will be required to list related work and volunteer experiences, via PTCAS, that they have had that are somehow related to physical therapy but not actually in physical therapy. Some examples are listed below:
- working as a caregiver
- working as a medical scribe
- coaching a youth sports team
- working as a personal trainer
- working at a retirement center
Three Letters of Recommendation
Three confidential letters of recommendation from professionals attesting to the ability, scholarship, and aptitude of the candidate for a rigorous full-time DPT program.
- At least one letter must be from a licensed physical therapist with whom the applicant had a professional association and can thereby appropriately evaluate the applicant’s potential as a student in the physical therapy program.
- One letter must be from a professor for a course which the applicant completed.
- The third letter of recommendation can be from a licensed physical therapist, academic instructor for a course which the applicant completed, or an individual that the applicant worked, volunteered, served or participated with in a professional environment or setting. Letters from family or friends will not meet this requirement.
Program Disclosure Form
Once your PTCAS application is submitted, verified, and received by Oregon Tech/OHSU, applicants will be sent an email notification from Oregon Tech/OHSU asking you to review and sign the Program Disclosure form.
Technical Standards Form
Once your PTCAS application is submitted, verified, and received by Oregon Tech/OHSU, applicants will be sent an email notification asking you to review and sign the Technical Standards form.