Admissions Requirements

Graduate Physical Therapy Program

Technical Standards (All Applicants):

Because of the number of essential psychomotor competencies and level of communication and clinical decision-making requirements of clinical fieldwork, the following technical standards are applied to all applicants and matriculants:

  • Community-level mobility over a three city-block area with or without accommodation of ambulation or mobility aid
  • From a seated position, the ability to lift an object (equivalent to a 10lb sack of potatoes) a vertical height of 16 inches and replace it with precision to its initial resting position without accommodation
  • The ability to turn over five small disks equivalent to the size of five quarters with hand precision and efficiency without vision of the disks and without accommodation
  • The ability to orally communicate a grammatically correct and cogent interpretation of a common proverb with a time period of three minutes. Interpretation should describe the general meaning of the proverb rather than literal meaning
  • The ability to fluently and sequentially describe and efficiently demonstrate the motor planning required to perform a familiar task such as tying one's shoe or wrapping a package 

Graduate DPT Program

To apply, please use the graduate online application and complete the general requirements. The deadline for applications is November 30 for acceptance into the next class beginning in the summer semester.

Candidates must submit:

  • Evidence of completion of 60 or more hours of work with a vulnerable population (e.g. children, individuals who are socio/economically disadvantaged, clinical populations, individuals with disabilities)
  • Two letters of recommendation addressing leadership potential and the ability to work with others.
  • Evidence of capability to succeed in a graduate program, as shown by a cumulative undergraduate G.P.A. of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Evidence of completion of all prerequisite courses completed with a grade of B or better with a minimum prerequisite G.P.A. of 3.20.
  • A willingness to conform to published college and program policies

International students whose primary language is not English:

  • Submission of TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score (students must achieve a minimum score of 500 written or 173 computer based on the TOEFL)

Prerequisites Courses

The completion of the following prerequisite course work (equivalent to the following D'Youville College courses) is required for admission:

Math & Natural Sciences

  • Human Anatomy & Physiology I and II with labs,
  • Chemistry for the Health Sciences I
  • Chemistry for the Health Sciences II
  • Chemistry for the Health Sciences Laboratory
  • Introduction to Physics I and II with labs
  • Introduction to Applied Statistics

Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • Principles of Sociology or Social Problems
  • General Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Medical Terminology

Application Review:

Graduate admissions counselors initially conduct the application review. Once an application file is complete, then the transcript/course review is conducted by designated Department of Physical Therapy faculty to determine equivalency of course content with specified undergraduate prerequisites for acceptance into the professional program.


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