To be considered for admission into the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program, you must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution to be considered for admission. A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 is required. The program also requires a number of prerequisite courses.
Temple utilizes a holistic admissions process that incorporates key academic performance measures as well as non-academic components. We examine each application thoroughly, looking for key elements of emerging healthcare providers and leaders, including academic aptitude, determination, empathy, motivation, perseverance, professionalism, responsibility and self-reflection.
Who should apply?
Doctoral students come from all over the country and have various academic backgrounds and degrees. Recently admitted students have traditional backgrounds in exercise science and kinesiology and more nontraditional backgrounds like dance, engineering, English and sociology. The department also welcomes career changers. Some students have been out of school for more than 10 years before entering the doctoral program.
Temple’s DPT program realizes the hardships that the COVID-19 pandemic has created for our prospective students. The program strongly believes that in-person lecture and laboratories are ideal preparation for incoming students. However, the program understands this may not be feasible at this time, and safety must be at the forefront of the educational experience. At this time, the DPT program will allow for all lecture/laboratory courses to be taken in an online or in-person format. We do believe that an in-person Anatomy or Anatomy/Physiology laboratory experience best develops the prospective student for the DPT program coursework.
Prerequisites need to be taken at an accredited university or college. Trade school courses are not acceptable. Courses taken at accredited community colleges are acceptable.