» Frequently Asked Questions

+ - 1. How do I apply for Chapman’s DPT program?

Please apply to our program through the Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) website.

+ - 2. When is the application deadline?

For early decision, the application deadline is in August. For regular admission, the application deadline is in November.  Please visit the PTCAS website for specific deadlines.

+ - 3. What is early decision?

Early decision is for competitive applicants who only want to pursue one school. If accepted through early decision, the applicant is unable to apply to any other school and is obligated to submit an enrollment deposit.  Please visit the PTCAS website for specific early decision GPA and GRE requirements.

+ - 4. What happens to my application if I do not get accepted during early decision?

The application is considered for the regular admission process and the applicant is able to apply to other schools.

+ - 5. How many applications do you receive each year?

There are approximately 1400-1800 applicants per year. 

+ - 6. If I get denied can I reapply?

Yes, you just need to resubmit an application through PTCAS during the next application cycle.

+ - 7. What is the average cohort size?

The cohort size is 48 for the fall and 32 for the summer cohort.

+ - 8. Does Chapman require a supplemental application?

No, Chapman does not require an additional supplemental application.

+ - 9. When are application decisions made?

Application decisions will typically start in December or January. For both application cycles, decisions are given on a rolling basis. Acceptance, waitlist, and decline decisions continue to go out until the class is filled.  

+ - 10. How much is the deposit for the DPT program?

The deposit amount for the DPT program is $500, non-refundable.

+ - 11. Does Chapman require interviews as part of the admissions process?

No, Chapman does not require formal interviews as part of the admissions process.

+ - 12. Does Chapman require letters of recommendation?

No, Chapman does not require letters of recommendation as part of the admissions process.

+ - 13. What is the minimum prerequisite GPA required?

3.0 (regular admission); 3.5 (early decision)

+ - 14. What is the minimum cumulative (overall) GPA required?

3.0 (regular admission); 3.5 (early decision)

+ - 15. What are the minimum GRE scores required?

Regular Admission:                Early Decision:

Verbal: 146                             Verbal: 152

Quantitative: 144                    Quantitative: 148

Analytical: 3.5                         Analytical: 4.0

+ - 16. What code should I use when sending Chapman my GRE scores?

Chapman’s DPT program GRE code is 7669.

+ - 17. What degree do I need to apply?

A bachelor’s degree in any area of study is required.  All applicants must complete all required prerequisite courses.

+ - 18. What are the prerequisite courses required to apply to Chapman?

Please see our website for required prerequisite courses.

+ - 19. Do prerequisite courses have an expiration date?

Human anatomy and physiology must be completed within 5 years of the application deadline.  All other prerequisite courses must be completed within 10 years of the application deadline.

+ - 20. Do all prerequisite courses need to be completed before applying?

All prerequisite coursework must be completed, and the awarding of a baccalaureate degree, must occur before matriculation into the DPT program.  Students must satisfactorily complete all remaining prerequisite course requirements in accordance with the admission requirements. 

+ - 21. Can a pass/no pass class fulfill prerequisite requirements?

Pass/Credit grades for prerequisite courses will be converted to a C if letter grading options are not available.

+ - 22. Can I take prerequisite courses at a community college?

Yes, prerequisite courses can be taken at a community college.

+ - 23. Can AP credits fulfill prerequisite requirements?

Courses which received advanced placement credit (AP or CLEP) may fulfill prerequisite requirements. The credit hours and grade points will not be computed in the pGPA calculation.

+ - 24. How many observation hours do I need?

You need a minimum of 40 hours of observation in any type of setting.  The hours must be supervised under a licensed physical therapist.

+ - 25. Does Chapman give priority to in-state applicants?

No, Chapman does not give priority to in-state applicants. 

+ - 26. Does Chapman accept DPT transfer students?

No, Chapman does not accept DPT transfer students.

+ - 27. Can the program be taken online?

No, Chapman does not offer an online entry level DPT program.

+ - 28. How long is the DPT program?

The program is 36 months long, on a trimester system (15 weeks each trimester).

+ - 29. When does the DPT program begin?

The summer cohorts will begin in May and the fall cohorts will begin in August 

+ - 30. Where are the physical therapy classes located?

All PT classes are located at the Rinker Health Science Campus in Irvine, CA.

+ - 31. Can I work while enrolled in the program?

It is recommended that students do not work while in the program.

+ - 32. What is the curriculum for the program?

+ - 33. What is the tuition rate for the DPT program?

For the 2016-2017 school year, tuition is $13,122 per semester.

+ - 34. Does the physical therapy program or Chapman University provide scholarships for students?

Yes, the physical therapy department offers minimal fellowships as a one-time award based upon academic merit.  Other scholarships can be researched online.

+ - 35. Can I take a campus tour?

Appointments are required to visit the Rinker Campus; please email cudptadmissions@chapman.edu to schedule an appointment during business hours. Also, please visit our website for information about upcoming events and info sessions. 

+ - 36. Is there someone I can talk to concerning the DPT program?

You can email the Admissions Specialist at cudptadmissions@chapman.edu.

+ - 37. How will a felony or misdemeanor impact eligibility for a PT program or PT license?

“PTCAS requires you to report any felony convictions. Physical therapist programs may require criminal background checks or drug tests in order to verify your eligibility to participate in clinical education, to confirm your eligibility for PT licensure, and to ensure patient safety.”