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Important Dates

  • Final application deadline for beginning the program in Fall 2019 is January 15, 2019.
  • Interview Dates: February 9th and February 23rd.

Early Admission

The FIU Physical Therapy Department reviews applications on a weekly basis beginning in September prior to the January deadline of the following year. Well-qualified students who apply within this timeframe will be invited to campus for an early interview. Successful candidates will be offered early admission contingent on completing all admission requirements. The FIU Physical Therapy Department also participates in the PTCAS Early Decision program.

Admission Requirements

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Professional Preparation Program:

  • A bachelor’s degree in any academic field from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Admission into FIU as a graduate student.
  • Applicants are required to take the GRE to meet Graduate School requirements. A score above the 50th percentile on both Verbal and Quantitative sections of the GRE is recommended. Students must also take the Analytical Writing portion of the GRE. A minimum score of 3.5 is recommended.
  • A GPA of 3.0 on upper division coursework. In addition, overall GPA and prerequisite coursework are considered in the admission process.
  • At least 60 hours of observation within a physical therapy clinic or facility. This must be complete prior to application to the program.
  • Three (3) letters of reference, two (2) of which must be from a licensed physical therapist.
  • Completion of the following prerequisite courses before starting the program (courses listed are for students enrolled at FIU). Please note that survey courses in chemistry, biology, and physics are not acceptable.
    • Two semesters of General College Physics with labs
      PHY 2048, PHY 2048L, PHY 2049 and PHY 2049L
      PHY 2053, PHY 2048L and PHY 2054, PHY2049L
    • Two semesters of General College Chemistry with labs
      CHM 1045, CHM 1045L, CHM 1046 and CHM 1046L
    • Two semesters of General College Psychology
    • One semester of General College Statistics
    • Biology (select one of the following two options):
      1. One semester of General College Biology with lab, one semester of human physiology with lab, and one semester of anatomy with lab:
        BSC 1010, BSC 1010L, PCB 3702 and PCB 3702L OR
        HSC3549 and ZOO 3731 and 3731L
      2. One semester of General Biology with lab and two semesters of anatomy/physiology combined with labs:
        BSC 1010, BSC1010L (FIU does not offer combined anatomy/physiology courses)