New York Medical College

School of Health Sciences and Practice

Doctor Of Physical Therapy DPT Admissions Requirements & Application


The application for summer 2016 is open – deadline is February 1, 2016. 


The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program application is available only through the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) which will allow you to use a single Web-based application and one set of materials to apply to physical therapy (PT) education programs.



To apply online to the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, please click here.


Admissions Requirements

Applications are reviewed from November 1 through February 1. Applicants are invited to campus for an orientation to the program and for a formal interview. Acceptances are issued on a rolling basis from November through April. Accepted students must submit a $500 deposit to guarantee their place in the class. Specific requirements for admission to the program are:

1. Submit completed application to by deadline.

2. Applicants must have a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree from an accredited college.

3. Applicants should have an academic record that includes a balance of course work in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, including competency in English writing. Generally, applicants should have a GPA. of at least 3.0.

The following specific prerequisite courses must be completed before entrance into the program (prerequisite courses, in which a laboratory component is required, must be taken as a hands-on, in-class course):

    • One course in biology with laboratory
    • Two courses in anatomy and physiology (These may be one course in anatomy and a second course in physiology. Alternatively, a two-semester sequence in anatomy and physiology as a combined course is acceptable. In either case, each course must include a laboratory.)
    • Two courses in chemistry, with laboratories
    • Two courses in physics, with laboratories
    • One semester of general or introductory psychology
    • A second course in psychology (suggested courses include abnormal psychology, developmental psychology, physiological psychology, or neuroscience)
    • One course in mathematics
    • One course in statistics


4. Applicants must submit results of the Graduate Record Examination directly to PTCAS. The institution number to use for the test is 7602. For information, contact the Educational Testing Service (GRE), P.O. Box 6000, Princeton, NJ 08541-6000; (609) 921-9000..

5. Applicants must provide evidence of at least 50 hours of volunteer or work experience in one or more settings under the direction of a physical therapist.

6. Three recommendations are required; one must be from a physical therapist who has observed the applicant in a clinical setting; a second must be from a past or current college professor who can attest to the applicant’s ability to succeed in rigorous graduate study. The third may be an additional faculty person, a therapist, an employer, or an individual who can attest to the attributes of the applicant.

7. Students are expected to be computer literate before entering the program. Several of the courses assume that the student is proficient in the following areas: general computer skills, word-processing, spreadsheets, e-mail, and Internet. Remedial instruction in computer literacy is available.

8. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 637 (PBT) – a minimum of 5 on the written section,270 (CBT) – a minimum of 5 on the written section, or 110 (IBT) -no score less than 24 in any of the four categories; also accepted is the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – a minimum score of Band 7; for all applicants who are in any of the following categories): those whose native language is not English; those from countries where English is one of the official languages, but not necessarily the first language of the majority of the population; those from countries where English is not a native language, although available as a language of instruction at all or some levels of schooling; those whose transcripts are not in English or from schools in non-English-speaking countries.

The institution number to use for the TOEFL test is 2592. For information, contact the Educational Testing Service (TOEFL), P.O. Box 6151, Princeton, NJ 08541-6000; telephone (609) 921-9000; e-mail:; website:
For information about the IELTS test, contact IELTS, Inc., 100 East Corson Street, Suite 200, Pasadena, CA 91103, USA; phone (626)-564-2954; fax (626)-564-2981; email:; website:

Note: The ECFMG ENGLISH TEST scores may not be substituted.

***For more information on required documentation for DPT in Physical Therapy international students, click here.***

9. In order to guarantee a place in the class, an accepted applicant must submit a non-refundable $500 deposit and evidence of the immunizations required by New York Medical College, at the time of acceptance of an offer of admission. The deposit is applied to the first year tuition. See Health Services History and Physical.

10.  Accepted students are subject to a criminal background check.


To be considered for admission, candidates for the DPT in Physical Therapy must demonstrate motivation, maturity, stability, sound judgment, a sense of responsibility, and good moral character; they must evince cognitive, motor, and organizational skills, sensory perception, and ability to synthesize and apply knowledge. These are attributes essential to becoming a caring and effective physical therapist.

No transfer credits are accepted into the physical therapy program.

Please note that admission requirements are subject to change. Contact the Office of Admissions for current requirements at or 914-594-4510.

Updated: July 23, 2015