Combined Physical Therapy Programs

As the baby boomer generation ages, the field of physical therapy has been growing at a rapid pace. The best news for teens seeking to enter this important and rewarding profession is that it is expected to continue its growth well into the next decade. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects an 18% increase (much faster than average) in physical therapy jobs through 2029. Young people seeking to enter this field need to earn an undergraduate degree as well as a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. The traditional timeline to earn both degrees is a combined seven years. However, many of the 60 institutions on our list of Combined Physical Therapy Programs offer an accelerated option that allows students to complete all necessary educational work on 5.5-6 years. The following table reveals colleges offering BS/DPT programs as well as the undergraduate GPA needed to advance in the program, the length of the program, and whether the GRE or an interview are required. Click the links on each university name for more information about each program.

Table updated December 2023

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InstitutionSAT/ACT Score (Minimum/Average)GPA to Advance (Minimum)LengthGRE Required?Interview Required?Notes
210775Alvernia University11703.56-Yes guaranteed admission; Must be admitted as Biochemistry, Biology, Healthcare Science, or Psychology major
168740Andrews UniversityOptional3.56NoYes Assurance; Must be an Exercise Science major
211088Arcadia UniversityOptional3.46YesNo Assurance
156286Bellarmine University1250/28 (Average)2.756 or 7YesYes Assurance
219709Belmont UniversityOptional3.76YesYes,Belmont%20University%20provides%20an%20opportunity%20for%20high%2Dachieving%20students%20majoring,year%20of%20a%20traditional%20undergraduateGuaranteed Admission: Must be an Exercise Science major
164988BUBoston UniversityOptional3.06NoYes
143358Bradley UniversityOptional3.56 or 7NoNo Assurance
238458Carroll UniversityOptional3.26YesNo Admit: Must be a Physical Therapy major
211556Chatham UniversityOptional3.06.5NoYes
153126Clarke University-3.36Yes- Assurance
190716D'Youville UniversityOptional3.06No- Admit; ; Must be a Biology or Exercise and Sports Studies major
190725Daemen College-2.86-- Admission
210739DeSales UniversityOptional-6-Yes Admission; Minimum 1270/26 SAT/ACT if applying using test scores
212054Drexel UniversityOptional3.336YesYes
212106Duquesne University-3.05.5--
198516Elon UniversityOptional3.36.5YesYes
232025Emory & Henry College1150/25 (Minimum)3.57YesYes Assurance
212601Gannon University1170/24 (Minimum)3.46No- Admission
225247HSUHardin-Simmons University--5.5YesYes
487524Husson UniversityOptional3.56NoYes Admit
191968Ithaca CollegeOptional3.26NoNo
213507LVCLebanon Valley CollegeOptional3.06NoNo Admission; Minimum 1250/26 SAT/ACT if applying using test scores
239105Marquette UniversityOptional2.676NoYes Assurance
232706Marymount University-3.5--Yes Admit
178059Maryville University1180/243.06.5NoNo Admit
214069MUMisericordia UniversityOptional3.26.5No- Admission; Minimum 1130/23 SAT/ACT if applying with test scores; Must be Biochemistry BA, Biology BA, Computer Science, English, History, Mathematics BA, Medical and Health Humanities, Philosophy, Psychology, or Statistics Major; GRE required for students with SAT/ACT scores older than five years
193584Nazareth CollegeOptional3.06-- Admit
194091NYITNew York Institute of Technology1170/24 (Minimum)3.26--
136215NSUNova Southeastern University1220/25 (Minimum)3..07YesYes Admission
130226Quinnipiac UniversityOptional3.26 or 7NoNo Assurance; Must be Human Movement or Sports Medicine major
195128Russell Sage College-3.256 or 7-- Admission; Must be Biology, Health Sciences, or Psychology major
154235SAUSaint Ambrose UniversityOptional3.35.5YesYes spot
215743SFUSaint Frances UniversityOptional3.26 or 7-- 1210/25 SAT/ACT if applying with test scores
215770SJUSaint Joseph's UniversityOptional3.05.5NoYes Entry
179159Saint Louis University--6-- Assurance
102049Samford University1300/28 (Minimum)3.56-Yes Admission: Must be Exercise Science major
186584Seton Hall UniversityOptional3.26YesYes Degree
233541Shenandoah University-3.46-Yes Assurance
167783Simmons UniversityOptional3.56NoNo
179326SBUSouthwest Baptist University1160/24 (Minimum)3.0--- Acceptance, DPT Scholarship awarded
167899Springfield CollegeOptional3.36.5-- Degree
152567Trine University1210/25 (Minimum)3.56 or 7NoYes Admit; Must be Biology or Exercise Science major
100663UABUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham1330/29 (Minimum)3.2--Yes Acceptance
106704UCAUniversity of Central Arkansas1360/30 (Minimum)3.77YesNo Assurance
201885UC University of Cincinnati1260/27 (Minimum)3.56.5NoNo Assurance
150534UEUniversity of Evansville-3.356 or 7-Yes Admit
202763UFUniversity of Findlay1240/26 (Minimum)3.56YesNo Assurance/Junior Admit
129525University of HartfordOptional3.26 or 7-- Entry
145600UICUniversity of Illinois Chicago-2.0-YesNo Admission
151263UIndyUniversity of Indianapolis-3.06 or 7-Yes Assurance/Accelerated Undergrad
200156University of Jamestown-3.0--Yes Entry
215293PittUniversity of PittsburghOptional3.57NoNo Admission
215929University of ScrantonOptional3.27NoNo Admission
197045Utica UniversityOptional3.26NoNo Admission
206437Walsh University1300/28 (Minimum)3.56YesYes Assurance; Must be Biology Pre-Physical Therapy or Exercise Science Pre-Physical Therapy major
216852Widener University-3.36 or 7No- Seat Admissions
199962Wingate UniversityOptional3.56NoYes Assurance/Early Acceptance

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