This accredited, entry-level doctoral program combines full-time academic study with three summers of supervised clinical practice, preparing you to work as a highly-skilled physical therapist practicing in a clinical setting. You’ll study normal and abnormal structure and function and the theory and practice of physical therapy. Graduates are eligible for New York State licensure as a physical therapist.
Academic Plan Code: PTPS
Academic Load: Full-time only
Summer soft application deadline: October 1, 2019
Summer final application deadline: December 2, 2019
In order to be considered for admission to this program, you must have the following:
- A bachelor's degree in a field other than physical therapy, with a minimum 3.00 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a scale of 4.00
- A minimum of one day (8 hours) of observation in each of three different physical therapy locations, including at least one inpatient setting, with documentation from each facility
- A minimum GPA of 3.00 in the following prerequisite natural science courses. All courses must be 4 credits and taught in science departments, and all, except Physiology, must have a laboratory component:
- Biology I (General, Cell, Zoology)
- Biology II (General, Cell, Zoology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology)
- Chemistry I (General or Inorganic)
- Chemistry II (General, Organic, Inorganic,or Biochemistry)
- Physics I (General - Trigonometry or Calculus-based)
- Physics II (General - Trigonometry or Calculus-based )
- Physiology (Cell, Mammalian, or Human) or 8 credits of Anatomy/Physiology I and II
All prerequisite science courses must be completed within 10 years of application to the DPT program at NYU.
Grades must be available for a minimum of 5 of the 7 science prerequisite courses before the December 2 application deadline:
- Three social science/behavioral science courses, at least one of which must be psychology. All courses must be 3 credits.
- One course in statistics. Course must be 3 credits.
- One course (credit or noncredit) in physical activity/movement/dance/sports, or collegiate level participation in physical activity/movement/dance/sports or intramural/club team participation in physical activity/movement/dance/sports or intermediate level of participation in fitness/wellness (e.g. Pilates, Tai Chi, Yoga, etc.) activities. Noncredit physical activity/movement/dance/sports experience should be logged in the extracurricular activities section in PTCAS (the Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service).
In addition to the official transcripts you will submit as part of your application, if you are admitted and choose to attend, you will need to submit final, official transcripts before you begin your studies.
Soft deadline date is October 1, 2019. We strongly encourage you to submit a complete application by the soft deadline date since decisions regarding interviews are made as soon as all completed information is received.
Firm deadline date is December 2, 2019. All required documents must be received by PTCAS by this date. These materials include all transcripts, letters of recommendation, observations, and GRE scores. The supplemental fee must also be received by NYU by this deadline.
How to Apply
These instructions and requirements are for all applicants. If you are not a citizen or a permanent resident of the United States, please read the special instructions for international applicants.
Your application will require the following items. You will apply through PTCAS (the Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service) only. You do not fill out a separate NYU Steinhardt graduate admissions application.
1. Prepare Your Application
You will submit two essays through PTCAS.
You will submit two letters of recommendation (one of which must be from a physical therapist) through PTCAS.
In addition to the official transcripts you will submit as part of your application to PTCAS, if you are admitted and choose to attend, you will need to submit final, official transcripts before you begin your studies.
Required. See detailed instructions on how to submit your GRE scores to PTCAS. GRE scores - Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores must be received by PTCAS by the December 2 admissions deadline. Official scores should be sent by the Educational Testing Service to code 1575 - New York U PTCAS.
You will submit a list of leadership and service experiences through PTCAS.
You do not have to submit an English language exam score to PTCAS if:
- Your native language is English
- You completed four years of study in the US (undergraduate, graduate, or a combination of both undergraduate and graduate study)
- You received the equivalent of a four year college education from a non-US school where English is the only and official language of instruction
For those who do not meet the above exemptions, please submit your Test of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TOEFL) through PTCAS by the application deadline.
Applicants holding or completing a graduate degree from an English-speaking institution are still required to submit official exam scores if their graduate education was fewer than four years in duration.
This English proficiency exam requirement cannot be waived. If your scores have expired before you apply, you must retake the exam.
We will review all applications regardless of your scores. All components of your application are reviewed together as a whole.
We reserve the right to require any candidate, regardless of country of citizenship, to submit results from an English language exam prior to rendering a decision if they believe proficiency in English is an area of concern.
Candidates may be further evaluated before a decision is made through a second-level review of English proficiency regardless of score received on the above exams.
You will apply through PTCAS only. You do not fill out a separate NYU Steinhardt application. After you fill in and upload the required information, you can submit your completed application. Your application must be completed, dated, electronically signed and submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST of the stated deadline.
There is a $50 supplemental fee. The link to the supplemental fee payment page is included on NYU's PTCAS directory page under Supplemental Requirements.
3. Receive Your Admission Decision
The final admission decision from NYU Steinhardt will be provided through its online application system which is separate from CAS. Within 7 to 10 business days of submitting your application to NYU Steinhardt you will receive an email providing next steps on how to access your NYU Steinhardt account.
You will be notified about the status of your application by email. Typically, you will be notified by the Office of Graduate Admissions by mid-February with an update on your status. You may learn of your status before this timeline.