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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.

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InstitutionGPA to AdvanceLengthGRE Required?Interview Required?Notes
Alvernia University3.56 or 7
Andrews University3.4YesYesEarly Assurance
Arcadia University3.46YesEarly Assurance
Bellarmine University36 or 7YesEarly Assurance
Belmont University3.26
Boston University36
Bradley University3.5YesEarly Assurance
Carroll University36
Chatham University3Guaranteed Admit & Preferred Admission
Clarke University3.36Yes
D'Youville College6
Daemen College2.86Direct Admit
DeSales University6Recommended
Drexel University3.336Yes
Duquesne University36
Elon University3.36.5Yes
Emory & Henry College3.5YesEarly Assurance
Gannon University3.46 or 7Guaranteed Admit
Hardin-Simmons University5.5YesYes
Husson University3.26
Ithaca College6
Lebannon Valley College36
Marquette University6
Marymount University3.3Guaranteed Admit
Maryville University3
Methodist University3.2YesYesAdmissions Preference Program, no guarantee
Misericordia University3.2Guaranteed Admit
Narareth College of Rochester36
New York Institute of Technology6
Nova Southeastern University3.37YesYesDual Admission
Quinnipiac University36 or 7Dual Admission
Saint Frances University36
Saint Louis University6
Samford University3.56Yes
Seton Hall University3.26YesDual Degree
Shenandoah University3.46YesEarly Assurance
Simmons University3.56
Southwest Baptist University3.25Early Acceptance, DPT Scholarship awarded
Springfield College3.36
St Ambrose University3.35.5YesYes
St Catherine University3YesDual Degree w/ Early Admit
The Sage Colleges3.256 or 7Guaranteed Admit
Touro College (Manhattan/Long Island)3YesDual Degree program BS/DPT
Trine University3.56 or 7YesDirect Admit
University of Alabama at Birmingham3.5YesYesGuaranteed Admit
University of Central Arkansas3.7YesGuaranteed Admit
University of Cincinnati3.5YesEarly Assurance
University of Evansville3.356 or 7YesDirect Admit
University of Findlay3.26YesEarly Assurance/Junior Admit
University of Hartford3.26 or 7
University of Illinois ChicagoGuaranteed Admit
University of Indianapolis6Early Assurance/Accelerated Undergrad
University of Jamestown3YesYesDirect Admit
University of PittsburghYesGuaranteed Admit
University of Scranton3.2Guaranteed Admit
University of the Sciences6Direct Admit
Utica College3.2Guaranteed Admit
Walsh University3.5YesYes
Widener University3.36 or 7Reserved Seat Admissions
Wingate University3.56YesEarly Assurance
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