Applying to the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

All applications must be submitted through the Physical Therapy Common Application Service. The deadline for submission of applications is March 1st. The department uses a rolling admissions process; applications are reviewed and students offered admission on an on-going basis.

The department follows all applicable laws and guidelines to ensure that all prospective students' rights are protected.

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Transferring from Another DPT Program

The Clarkson University Department of Physical Therapy will review the application of any individual who wishes to transfer from other physical therapy programs. However, we do not accept transfer credits. All students who would like to apply for our physical therapy program, including those who have already taken graduate level physical therapy coursework, must apply through the Physical Therapy Central Application System (PTCAS). Everyone who is accepted into our program, including those who have already taken and successfully passed graduate level physical therapy coursework, must begin at the start of the Clarkson Doctor of Physical Therapy curriculum and successfully pass all coursework in order to graduate.

Prerequisite Courses

The following pre-requisite courses must be successfully completed within 10 years in order to be considered for admissions to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program:

  • Biology courses:
    • Cellular and Molecular Biology/Lab (Clarkson course: BY160/BY162), 5 credits
    • Human Anatomy and Physiology I/Lab (Clarkson course: BY 471/BY 473), 5 credits and Human Anatomy & Physiology II/Lab (Clarkson course: BY 472/BY 474) 5 credits
  • Chemistry courses: 
    • General Chemistry I with lab (Clarkson course: CM 131 or CM 103/105: Structure and Bonding with lab) 4 or 5 credits
    • General Chemistry II with lab (Clarkson course: CM 132 or CM 104/106: Chemical Equilibrium and Dynamics with lab) 4 or 5 credits
  • Medical Terminology
  • ​​​​​​Physics courses: 
    • Physics I with lab (Clarkson course: PH 131 or PH 141) 4 credits
    • Physics II with lab (Clarkson course: PH 132 or PH 142) 4 credits
  • Statistics course: 
    • Statistics (Clarkson courses: STAT 282, STAT 284, STAT 318, STAT 383) 3 credits
  • Psychology Courses 
    • General Psychology (Clarkson course: PY 151) 3 credits
    • Another 3 credit Psychology course, we recommend Developmental Psychology, life span (Clarkson course: PY 370) 3 credits