Admission Requirements

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in the U.S. (must be conferred prior to matriculation in January)
  • Recommended cumulative GPA of ≥3.0 and math+science GPA of ≥3.0 
  • Recommended GRE score of > 300 (1100 in previous format) taken within the last 5 years
  • A minimum of 50 hours of work/volunteer/observation in multiple physical therapy settings
  • Completion of prerequisite courses listed below (all grades must be “C” or higher)


  • All prerequisites must be completed no later than December 31 of the year prior to matriculation
  • All pre-professional academic work must be done at a regionally accredited institution in the U.S.
  • Science prerequisite course work must be completed within the last 10 years
  • All prerequisite courses must have earned college credit hours
  • All prerequisite courses must have an earned grade of “C” or higher

    Prerequisite Courses:
  • Two semesters of human anatomy and physiology with labs (this may be taken as two combined A&P courses with lab or one anatomy course with lab and one physiology course with lab) – 8 credit hours
  • One semester of general chemistry with lab – 4 credit hours
  • Two semesters of general physics (algebra) with lab – 8 credit hours
  • One semester of upper level biology (300+) with or without lab – 3-4 credit hours
    • 3-4 hours of exercise physiology with or without lab will be accepted to meet one upper level biology course
  • One semester of statistics (math or psychology) – 3 credit hours
  • Two semesters of social sciences (psychology or sociology) – 6 credit hours
  • One semester of math (algebra or higher with trigonometry preferred) – 3 credit hours

Admission Process

The program is currently accepting applications for the January 2018 and January 2019 start terms. Applicants must have earned their undergraduate degree by December 31 of the year prior to matriculation to be eligible for admission.

Applicants who plan to begin the DPT program in January 2018 will complete the online application.

Applicants who plan to begin the DPT program in January 2019 must complete the PTCAS application and the supplemental application.

The DPT program is committed to selecting applicants who have demonstrated academic success and strong critical thinking skills. In order to be an asset to the physical therapy profession, candidates should also possess integrity, compassion, empathy, flexibility, and the ability to multitask. The goals of the admissions process are:

  • To understand each applicant as a whole person;
  • To evaluate the applicant’s potential for success in the DPT program;
  • To assess the candidate’s commitment and aptitude as a future practicing physical therapist.

Once a complete application is submitted it will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee. Qualified candidates will be invited to campus for an interview. Interviews are conducted on a rolling basis.


The interview is designed as a two-way exchange with the goals of discussing and understanding:

  • The Campbell University DPT Program
  • The physical therapy profession
  • Educational background
  • Communication skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Rural healthcare needs
  • Inter-disciplinary cooperation
  • Work and personal experience

Following the interview process, applicants will be notified by the DPT program of an admissions decision through email and an official decision letter will be mailed. Applicants may be accepted into the program prior to completion of a bachelor's degree or required prerequisite courses, however, all admissions requirements must be met prior to matriculation into the program.

Application Packet

Applications will be accepted beginning February 1 with an application deadline of September 1 for each admissions cycle. For example, students wishing to begin classes in January 2018 can apply anytime between February 1 - September 1, 2017.

Applicants are required to compile all official documents into a single packet to include the following items:

  1. Letters of Recommendation should be submitted via the online application system. We strongly recommend 2 of 3 letters of recommendation come from a PT. Email or hand delivered recommendations will not be accepted.
  2. All transcripts (seal/s must not be broken) and observation hours.  We recommend requesting official transcripts early as the process can take 4-8 weeks to receive documents.
  3. Single packet full of required documents should be sent to:
    Campbell University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
    Attn: DPT Admissions
    P.O. Box 1090
    Buies Creek, NC 27506

You may submit your online application prior to submitting your official documentation packet, however all required documents must be submitted before your application can be fully processed.

Applicants are required to request the following information to be sent on their behalf:

  1. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores should be requested and sent to code 4575.

Applicants are required to provide this information online via the online application.

  1. Letters of Recommendation should be submitted via the online application system.
    Emailed or hand delivered recommendations will not be accepted.


Work/Volunteer/Observation Experience

The DPT program desires that students demonstrate a well-rounded, contemporary knowledge of the physical therapy profession. In order to demonstrate this, students must complete a minimum of 50 hours in a variety of clinical settings. A diversity of experience will be weighted during the application process. Examples of appropriate experience can include:

In-Patient facilities

- Rehabilitation facility
- Acute care hospital

Outpatient facilities

- Neurological rehabilitation
- Pediatric/children
- Industrial rehabilitation
- Orthopedic/sports medicine - Hospital based or Private practice

Home health


Long-term care facilities

- Skilled nursing facilities
- Assisted living

International Applicants

International applicants who have completed a bachelor’s degree and all prerequisite courses in a regionally accredited institution in the United States are eligible to apply to the program. International applicants may be asked to submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score directly to the CPHS admissions office if English is a second language.