*The application cycle for Fall 2021 is now open on PTCAS. The priority application deadline is October 1, 2020 and the final deadline is November 1, 2020. Please note that we utilize rolling admissions and review files once they are complete.*
All applicants seeking admission to the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program must submit all required application materials, including the PTCAS and supplemental essay, and meet the following requirements prior to enrollment in the program.
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- Completion of an undergraduate (Bachelor's) degree from a regionally-accredited college or university in the United States.
- Required overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
- Required prerequisite GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
- Preferred Science GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
- Completion of all prerequisites prior to matriculation with required GPA of 3.00. We recommend you complete at least six (6) of the ten (10) prerequisites prior to submitting an application that includes a plan for completing the remaining prerequisites prior to enrollment. If you have taken a prerequisite more than once, all attempts will be considered in calculating your prerequisite GPA. Please note that the program does not accept transfer credits from physical therapy curricula from other institutions.
- The prerequisites for Mercer's DPT Program are:
- two course introductory chemistry series (for science majors) with labs,
- two course physics series (for science majors)with labs,
- two course series of human anatomy and physiology with lab preferred,
- a statistics or biostatistics course,
- a biology course,
- a psychology course with an emphasis on individual behavior (general, abnormal or developmental), and
- a behavioral science course with an emphasis on group behavior (sociology, cultural anthropology)
- Applicants are encouraged to complete coursework / experience in professional writing and oral communication prior to enrollment in Mercer's DPT Program. Examples of courses / experiences related to these areas are: writing intensive courses, grant-writing, professional publication(s), public speaking, Toastmasters.
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE) minimum combined (Verbal and Quantitative) score of 300, required minimum Verbal score of 150, and required Analytical Writing score of 3.5. The best attempt of each section will be considered.
- Required Experiential Hours: Volunteer, observation, or work experience in physical therapy and service learning: A minimum of 60 hours total, divided among three settings with at least 20 hours in each setting.
- 40 Hours: Experiences should be in at least two different types of physical therapy clinical practice settings. Examples of physical therapy settings include: out-patient orthopedics, pediatrics (outpatient, home health, inpatient, rehab), geriatrics (home health, skilled nursing facility, rehabilitation center), and acute care (hospital). Thirty (30) of these hours should be completed prior to application.
- 20 Hours: The third experience should be as an active participant in a service or community project. Examples of this service/volunteer experience include working in an after-school program, volunteering with a food bank or shelter, or engaging in community improvement projects (locally, nationally, or internationally). Ten (10) of these hours should be completed prior to application.
- Qualified applicants with complete files and who meet or exceed the admissions criteria listed above may be invited to campus for a personal interview.
- International students or domestic students with credentials from institutions outside the United States are required to have those credentials evaluated by a professional evaluation service. Transcripts from colleges and universities outside the U.S. must be evaluated by World Education Services (WES) and submitted to PTCAS. Please see www.wes.org/ptcas for instructions. Additionally, applicants whose native language is not English must also demonstrate satisfactory proficiency in English Language as measured by the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Until these documents have been submitted, an application for admission cannot be considered.
- Applicants must also meet the DPT Program's Abilities and Attributes in order to be considered for admission into the program.
*A note for prospective DPT students: Exceptions to our application requirements given the current situation with COVID-19 are listed below:
- We will accept science courses/labs that have had to go online for the remainder of the semester (Spring 2020 and Summer 2020 courses).
- Students given an option of pass/fail at their institution are strongly encouraged to decline that option for all prerequisite courses and maintain a letter grade; however, due to the uniqueness of the current circumstances, pass/fail courses taken during Spring 2020 will be accepted.
- Applications will be accepted without the minimum 60 hours of observation documented with the expectation that all observation hours will be completed with appropriate documentation by program start if accepted. At the time of application, it is expected that students will be able to document some exposure to physical therapy practice leading them to pursue this profession.