Doctor of Physical Therapy

Admissions Information

NYU participates in an APTA-sponsored central application program. To download the application for the NYU DPT program, visit the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) website. For deadlines, application requirements, and other information on how to apply, see the Graduate Application Guide

The PTCAS application is available as of July 5th at the PTCAS website.

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 and can also be found here.


The NYU Physical Therapy Department has two deadlines, a “soft” and a “firm” deadline.

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.


To be considered for admission to the New York University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, you must meet the following requirements:

  • A baccalaureate degree with a minimum 3.00 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a scale of 4.00
  • A minimum GPA of 3.00 in the 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 & 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

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.

  • Competency in written and spoken English. Applicants whose first language is not English are required to take one of the following English proficiency exams: TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic. 
    Test of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TOEFL), scores are valid for two years from the date taken. Successful candidates typically score a 100 on the Internet-based exam or 600 on the paper based exam. Send official scores from ETS to NYU Steinhardt using institution code 2556. A department code is not required.  
  • 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.
  • List of leadership and service experiences (on PTCAS)
  • Two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a physical therapist. (on PTCAS)
  • 2 essays (on PTCAS)

Strongly Recommended

  • Public speaking course (credit or non-credit) 

Licensure Requirements

Research on state-by-state licensure prerequisites is in progress, however, please note:
  • The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) does not address approval for academic programs leading to professional licensure or certification.
  • The Physical Therapy Department is currently in the process of researching state requirements for professional licensure and/or certification outside the State of New York, as it relates to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. Please contact Jessica Pearl ( for additional information.


  • Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree (in a field other than physical therapy) and appropriate prerequisites for consideration. The NYU DPT Program is full-time only and begins in the summer semester.
  • In addition to official transcripts sent to PTCAS, candidates who are admitted and choose to attend NYU will need to submit official transcripts again to the University before they begin their studies.
  • All records from foreign colleges must be submitted for credentials evaluation in accordance with University policy. Official translations of all foreign documents in languages other than English are required. All transcripts, translations, and evaluations must be submitted as original documents. Photocopies are not acceptable.
  • The Admissions committee reserves the right to withdraw an offer of acceptance if the applicant fails to complete all admission requirements prior to the start of the Program.
  • Applicants are responsible to make sure their entire application is complete.
  • It is our policy to request applicants who receive an offer, to secure a seat in a class by the stated deadline.