Steps to Enrollment

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Anderson University began its first cohort in Summer 2019. Application for the next available cohort (Summer 2021) will be accepted beginning March 23, 2020.

We will admit 28 students per year, which is lower than the average physical therapy class size of 45. This is a reflection of Anderson University’s more personalized educational experience. At the current time, we are unable to accept applications from international students for this program.

Basic requirements

A bachelor’s degree in any discipline is required; however, most students find it easier to pursue their prerequisites by majoring in biology, exercise science, or kinesiology.

You must have a minimum grade-point average of 3.0.  GRE scores of: 150 verbal, 150 quantitative and 3.5 analytical/writing are preferred, but not minimum requirements. You must also document at least 40 hours of observation, volunteering or paid work in physical therapy settings in order to ensure your familiarity with the profession.

Prerequisite courses

Completion of the following prerequisites are required. You can have no more than 12 hours of prerequisites remaining at the time of application.

  • 2 biology courses, one lower level and one upper level (7-8 semester hours), with at least 1 lab course
  • 1 anatomy and 1 physiology course or 2 combined A&P courses with lab (8 semester hours)
  • 2 chemistry courses with lab (8 semester hours)
  • 2 physics courses with lab (8 semester hours)
  • 1 statistics course (3 semester hours)
  • 3 social science courses with at least 1 psychology course (9 semester hours)
  • 1 medical terminology course or approved self-study course
  • 1 composition or technical writing course (3 semester hours)

We will not consider science courses that are more than 10 years old. For repeated courses, the higher grade is calculated into your prerequisite GPA, but the two grades are averaged when calculating your overall GPA. Consideration is also given to academic loads and the type(s) of institution(s) where prerequisites were taken (indicators of academic rigor).

Additional Requirements

A record of involvement in service/leadership must be submitted along with two personal references: one from a teacher/professor addressing your academic aptitude and one from a physical therapist, former supervisor, coach, or service activity sponsor addressing your attitude and/or work ethic.

In lieu of a statement of purpose, applicants are asked to submit a three-minute video that introduces yourself and summarizes your reasons for wanting to pursue a DPT degree at Anderson University. Qualified applicants will be invited to campus to interview and complete a writing sample.

For admissions-related questions, contact Marissa Fatt (

“Effective April 30, 2019, the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at   Anderson University has been granted Candidate for Accreditation  status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: If needing to contact the program directly please call 864-622-6084 or email

Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates that the program is progressing toward accreditation and may matriculate students in professional courses. Candidate for Accreditation is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation.”