Frequently Asked Questions

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Frequently Asked Questions


Can I submit an application before all requested materials are complete?
Yes. The admissions office tracks and consistently communicates with applicants regarding missing information.

Can I be interviewed before all requested materials have been submitted?
Yes. The DPT program may extend an invitation to interview if all materials are submitted except all required observation hours and one letter of recommendation (2 of 3 must be submitted).

Do my letters of recommendation have to come from a PT?
We strongly recommend 2 of 3 letters of recommendation come from a PT.

How do I increase my chances for acceptance?
The DPT program uses a rolling admissions process. This means we interview and accept students each month throughout the year. We recommend applying to the program early in the application cycle (February to September 1).

How do I find out more information about the DPT program?
The DPT program has recurring open houses each month. These opportunities are a great way to interact with the program director and program faculty and admissions staff. Tours of the campus and program facilities are included along with the information session. You can sign up for a DPT program open house online or contact one of our admissions counselors.

Rodney Hipwell 
Admissions Counselor
[email protected]

Common prerequisite questions
A few examples and clarifications are provided below for the most common questions. Each situation is evaluated independently. If you have a different situation, please contact [email protected]:

  • Statistics must be taken through Psychology or Math departments
  • Survey courses will not count toward prerequisite requirement
  • Animal physiology and anatomy related courses can count toward the upper level biology requirement if course level is 300 or greater. It cannot replace human anatomy and physiology requirement
  • Exercise physiology will count towards 3-4 hours of the upper level biology requirement

Do all applicants have to take the GRE?

Where should GRE scores be sent?
Code 4575

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Does the program require an onsite interview for acceptance?

Does the program require a background check prior to admission?
Yes. Most clinical sites require background checks for students to participate in clinical education. Information is provided to accepted/deposited students regarding procedures for this process.

Note:  You are obligated to report any charges resulting in conviction including plea bargains, fines paid to lower charges, etc.  You are also required to report any charges pending adjudication (i.e., have not been finalized by the courts).  Convictions under the age of 18 may appear on your criminal background check. 

Charges and convictions will not automatically prevent you from entering a professional health program at Campbell University; but all charges and convictions will appear on your criminal background check, so these must be disclosed.  Failure to disclose any convictions may result in reconsideration of a student’s admissions status. 

Convictions that occur at any time (prior to or after matriculation) may prevent clinical placements and, therefore, successful completion of health programs.

Does the program require a drug screening?
Yes. Most clinical sites require drug screenings for students to participate in clinical education. The process for meeting this requirement is provided by the program to accepted/deposited students.

Can I be admitted to the program with findings on a background check?
Yes. Depending on the finding, program faculty can appropriately counsel the applicant regarding the potential ramifications and provide contact information for the PT examination and licensing bodies across the United States.

Can I be admitted if I've left or been dismissed from another PT program?
Yes. The program is open to all applicants meeting the Campbell DPT program prerequisite requirements. Transfer of credit from another DPT program is not accepted.

When do my undergraduate courses need to be completed?
Applicants must have earned their undergraduate degree by December 31 of the year prior to matriculation to be eligible for admission.

When do classes start?
Each class matriculates in January, during the Spring semester.

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Clinical Education

Can I have a clinical internship close to home or at a location not currently listed?
Yes. The DPT program has a policy and process in place to work with the Director of Clinical Education in setting up clinical internship placements for facilities that we do not have a contract with. Every effort will be made to set up final clinical internships close to where students plan to practice after graduation and licensure.

How will the program ensure rural training opportunities?
The curriculum is designed to provide two informal part-time clinical experiences. Within these experiences, the DPT program has contracted with local hospitals and outpatient clinics that service rural areas. Students will be required to rotate through both acute and outpatient facilities to satisfy this requirement. Additionally, the program has secured over 95 clinical internship spots at facilities within North Carolina. A majority of these facilities are within driving distance of the University, service rural regions, and are highlighted on the DPT program website under "clinical partners". The DPT program will continue to pursue clinical training opportunities across the United States as part of the accreditation process.

Are there required practice settings to complete clinical internships?
Yes. The program requires completion of internships in four practice settings (acute/subacute, neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, and an elective). At least one of the four practice setting locations must occur in a rural location.

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