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Old Dominion University School of Physical Therapy uses the Physical Therapy Centralized Admissions Service (PTCAS). Students wishing to apply will send one set of their materials directly to the PTCAS, and will then pay to have the service process the files and forward them to any PT programs chosen by the applicant. We hope that this saves you time and trouble in exchange for a moderate increase in expense. Applications are due November 3rd. More information on the process can be found at  www.ptcas.org.

We accept 40 students per year into the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. Applicants must have a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with at least a 3.00 grade point average. We admit one class of students per year, and they begin the curriculum the last week in June each year. The following prerequisite course work must be completed prior to admission into the Physical Therapy Program:

Course Work

Semester Credit Hours

Statistics 3
General Biology 8
General Chemistry with lab 8
Human Anatomy and Physiology 8
General Physics with lab 8  
Psychology 3


** Please Note the change in Prerequisite Coursework.  We have added a second Biology course and removed the second Psychology or Social Sciences course.   This is part of a move by the profession to standardize prerequisite courses.  For the class starting June 2015, we will accept either the old or the new prerequisites.

For admission to the DPT class starting June 2015:

  • Applicants will submit an on-line application to the PT Centralized Application Service (http://www.ptcas.org) And an online application to ODU (http://www.odu.edu/admission/graduate) by the deadline November 3. Please note that because you will submit supplemental materials such as references and essay directly to PTCAS you do not need to submit these again with the separate ODU application.
  • Applicants will possess a Bachelor's degree and have successfully completed / or have a sensible plan to complete all prerequisite courses before the start of the PT program in June. Transcripts will be sent to PTCAS and not to ODU. If an applicant is accepted into the program, transcripts for any coursework and/or degree completed during the spring semester should be sent directly to: School of Physical Therapy, 3118 Health Sciences Bldg, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA 23529.
  • Applicants will provide to PTCAS three letters of recommendation, with at least one of them from a physical therapist. These letters of recommendation do not need to be sent to ODU.
  • Applicants will complete the PTCAS form showing a total of 80 hours of work in a Physical Therapy setting. The hours can be paid or volunteer. These hours MUST be completed in TWO (2) or more different PT settings. At lease twenty (20) of them must be in one or more of the following settings; acute care (hospital), rehab (transitional or day rehab), short or long term (nursing homes or assisted living), pediatrics, wound care specialty care centers, or home health. Volunteer hours must be under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist.
  • Old Dominion University's PTCAS Graduate Record Examination code is 7800. If you use this code, ETS will automatically send your official GRE scores to the right place. The GRE code number for ODU is 7800.



    Doctorate of Physical Therapy Applicants

    Financial Aid

    Notice to those wishing to apply for financial aid: Financial aid for the summer session is included in aid packages for the previous academic year. Therefore, be certain to apply for financial aid for this academic year, even if you are not currently enrolled in classes. Please see your financial aid officer for guidance.

    ODU Financial Aid
    FAFSA on the Web (Free Application For Federal Student Aid)


    Housing and Residence Life

    Technical Standards

    Technical Standards are fundamental abilities necessary to successfully complete the academic and clinical requirements of the program.

    On Campus Information

    We have information sessions for prospective students the first Friday of each month (excluding January, July and August) at 3:30pm in room 3113 of the Health Sciences Bldg. You are welcome to attend any of these sessions to find out more about our program and to tour the facilities, meet a faculty member and ask questions. Please contact Mrs. Clagett at 757-683-4519 or kclagett@odu.edu if you plan to attend one of these sessions.

    We also host an annual information session on a Saturday morning in August. This year's session will be Saturday, August 16, 2014, from 10 - 12am in room 2000 of the Health Sciences Building. You are welcome to come to meet faculty and students, tour the facilities, find out about the program and get your questions answered. Please contact Mrs. Clagett at 757-683-4519 or kclagett@odu.edu if you plan to attend.


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