The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program emphasizes a “whole person” approach to patient management while preparing individuals to demonstrate excellence in the practice of physical therapy.APPLY ONLINE
All inquiries about admission to the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program should be directed to PCOM’s Office of Admissions.
The physical therapy program participates in the centralized online application service for physical therapy (PTCAS). Visit ptcas.org for additional information.
The Faculty Committee on Admissions utilizes a rolling admissions policy. Therefore, applications will be considered throughout the year as received until the desired enrollment of 40 new students has been achieved. However, those applications completed prior to December 1 will be given priority.
Please forward relevant application materials (defined below) to:
Georgia Campus - Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Office of Admissions
625 Old Peachtree Road NW
Suwanee, GA 30024
For matriculation into this program, an applicant must have completed a bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution.
Prior to matriculation, an applicant must have successfully completed the following:
If all prerequisite courses identified above and all coursework required for the baccalaureate degree have not been completed, a document specifying when these requirements will be met must be supplied. The document should provide specific information as to when the courses will be completed. Note that the requirements for the baccalaureate and all prerequisite courses must be completed prior to matriculation. At least six of the ten required prerequisite courses must be completed before an application will be considered.
Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a licensed physical therapist. The two remaining letters are preferred to be from any of the following sources:
To the extent appropriate, each letter should address the applicant's character, leadership abilities, commitment to service, ability to be self-directed, communication skills, and ability to work as a member of a team. Recommendation letters must be on letterhead and preferably signed and submitted electronically in PDF format to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Along with a completed application, letters of recommendation and transcripts, candidates to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program must submit an official score report from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE - General Test) to be considered for admission. The PCOM institutional code for the GRE is 4281.
There are no specific requirements for health care experiences to be eligible for enrollment. Applicants should, however, be able to demonstrate breadth and depth of knowledge about the practice of physical therapy through meaningful exposures as demonstrated through a completed application for admission. Any volunteer work or paid work in a clinical setting wherein candidates are either providing hands-on care or witnessing care first hand is valued. Health care shadowing experiences are also highly recommended.
On receipt of a completed application, each applicant will be screened to determine if they are to be invited for an on-campus interview. The following will be considered during the screening process:
All applicants selected for an interview will be contacted in writing, via e-mail,
with a proposed date, time and location of the interview. Please note, although all
applicants who are eventually accepted must be interviewed, the granting of an interview
does not guarantee acceptance into the program. On the day of the interview, applicants
may have an opportunity to meet with a student ambassador, sit in on classes and tour
the campus. The interviews are conducted by a panel consisting of one or more of the
physical therapy program faculty members and/or a local clinician.
Following the completion of the admissions process, each applicant is notified of the Admission Committee's decision in writing, including any conditions that must be satisfied prior to enrollment in the program.
Accepted applicants are asked to send a $500 non-refundable deposit by January 15. An additional deposit of $1,000 is required by April 16 from all confirmed students. This fee is non-refundable and, along with the initial deposit, will be credited to the student’s tuition account.
The accepted candidate is also asked to review and acknowledge PCOM's Technical Standards for Admission and Matriculation by sending the completed/signed forms to TechStandardsGA@pcom.edu.
In effort to foster the safety and well-being of the entire campus community, as well as to ensure that students accepted to PCOM will be permitted to perform clerkships/internships required to successfully complete their degree requirements, PCOM requires all first year students to complete a criminal background check prior to matriculation. All students must have their criminal background checks processed through a PCOM vendor of choice. The Admissions Office will send notification of the process after confirmation of enrollment and must have this information on file prior to orientation; students will not be allowed to start classes without this information.
The Department of Physical Therapy does not routinely accept transfer students; however, a transfer application may be considered under extenuating circumstances and depending on the availability of places within the class. In order to be considered, a prospective student must provide documentation of the circumstances necessitating the transfer and must be in good standing in a CAPTE-accredited program of physical therapy. The applicant must be able to demonstrate equivalency of courses undertaken with courses within the Doctor of Physical Therapy curriculum. Credit will only be granted for courses that “match” courses within the DPT curriculum and for which a grade of B or higher was achieved. A minimum of two years must be completed at PCOM for a student to be eligible to receive the DPT degree.
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